Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, dreams are forever. - Walt Disney
I can honestly almost shamelessly say that I know practically all the words to all the Disney movies! Oh, and the songs, of course. Having grown up with the opportunity to watch Disney movies, I've always loved how beautiful each story is, how meticulously planned each character's personality is, and all the life lessons we can learn from each movie. From Mulan's character and bravery all the way to lessons of knowing our place and not taking credit for things we don't do... (classic values of stories such as The Lion King and Ratatouille, respectively), some of Disney's beauty is that its stories are not just for children. Better said, it's for both children and adults. The first ones might see nothing beyond the dreamy, fantasy side of Disney, while adults can go beyond the dream and understand the darkness, the struggle, the challenges, the lessons.
It's 2018, I am 27 years old and yes, and I still love Disney! I am well aware that we all have to, eventually, grow up, BUT that doesn't mean that the magic has to stop! In fact, loving Disney as an adult is even better than when you're a child. Why? Because I recall knowing every line to all Disney movies of my childhood, but I also remember not understanding certain meanings of those same lines. I remember thinking 'but why did they say that? What do they mean by this?' But now, as an adult, when rewatching those same movies and hearing those same lines, I understand them. I can now find the hidden lessons that guide me through life, and that's what makes Disney so special to me.
Disney is all about hope. It's all about how everything will work out in the end: the prince marries the princess and they live happily ever after; the villain dies in a fire or gets killed by the hero and, in the end...everything is alright! It's the beauty of this, combined with the fact that Disney is, for some, an escape from reality the things I love the most about Disney. But the ultimate reason I love Disney so much is because Disney sells dreams to children. We live in a stressful world, and Disney is an escape from it all, and a way to teach children that it's okay to dream and follow your heart. Disney is all about magic, and magic is what they sell. Can it get any better than this? A company that sells happiness and magic?
Disney brings back all my childhood memories, and even though from different perspectives, they're memories I can share with my friends, family....everyone! My memories might be standing behind the living room's couch singing to The Little Mermaid's songs, mimicking the famous end of the song where Ariel sings behind a rock, with braking waves behind her...hair wildly moving with the wind...this is why Disney was important for my childhood: because the memories stayed with me.
But talking about Disney and how much I love it wouldn't be complete without mentioning Walt Disney's absolutely inspirational story of success, struggle and perseverance! Every time I think about all the struggles that he had to go through in life in order to be successful... (from growing up poor to having to starting over after bankruptcy, his story, personality and reputation are simply fascinating to me!)
Going to see Disney on Ice was a dream come true! Even though I was working in partnership with Disney for my job and Disney kindly gifted some tickets for the nurseries I work with, I really wanted to have the change to go see the show. Luckily, Bruno surprised me with some tickets for the show, for the two of us. I was beyond excited!
The show was at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena, and I loved every second of it! And in case you're wondering...yes, I sang every song....yes, I got emotional and cried a little bit....and yes, I'm not ashamed to admit it.
The performances were brilliant! The only thing I was a little bit sad about, was the fact that they wouldn't let me in with my DSLR camera. I was seriously gutted! All the photos and videos had to be taken with my Iphone, and it's really, really hard to have to go back to photographing on an Iphone after you get used to a DSLR camera. If you're a photographer, you'll understand the frustration. I agree and understand the need to check and search all the bags, as well as the need to go through metal detector machine, and all the other security measures. But I even offered to simply take the camera around my neck, and put the rest of the gear in the car (the back pack with spare camera lens, charger, etc.). Unfortunately, I was told no. The worst part? They allowed phones and small cameras, but not DSLRs. I was gutted! I do feel like this mentality needs to change a little bit, although I completely understand the need to proceed as they did.
The reason I took the camera with me was also in order to take photos with all the winning families from the Disney on Ice competition we ran as part of my job. Unfortunately, all the photos had to be taken with my Iphone.
The show was incredible! The songs were perfect, everyone was singing along. Frozen was obviously the highlight of the show, performance which was left til the end. The children went crazy and sang at the top of their lungs. But for me, while Frozen was clearly one of the best performances when it comes to smoke, fire and light effects, performances like Moana's, Aladin's, Cinderella's and also The Little Mermaid were the highlights of the evening for me. I particularly loved Ariel's transformation from mermaid to human!
The choreographies were out of this world, and every skater was super talented! Their costumes were so detailed, and the cutest ones, in my opinion were Olaf's from Frozen and Flounder from The Little Mermaid - Even though I really, really love Olaf, I think Flounder takes the medal on this one. This particular costume was the cutest ever!
The show was incredible! It started just after 6:30pm and finished at around 8:00pm, with an interval of 10-15 minutes halfway through. I couldn't stop smiling all evening. This was my first time watching Disney on Ice, and I was sold! From incredible sceneries, which were incredibly loyal to the movies, all the way to the performances, it was definitely a show that I will remember for a long time.
Disney sells dreams to people. It teaches us that it's okay to dream, no matter how 'silly' your dream might be or sound. As I left the show, and on my journey home, I was inspired and reminded myself how I should always follow my dreams, no matter how hard, silly or nearly impossible it might seem to pursue them.
I'd like to finish by saying that there's a lesson to be learned in each Disney movie, and no matter how old you are, it's never too late to dream. In the worlds of Walt Disney himself...That's the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They forget. - Walt Disney
So, call me Peter Pan...but I today I do not want to grow up! #disney