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25 years of The Little Mermaid

When I was pregnant with CJ and people would ask what I was going to name the baby, I would say, “Aladdin if it’s a boy and The Little Mermaid if it’s a girl.” I made it a point to let people know that I did not mean Ariel. I really meant The Little Mermaid. I wanted a little girl with red hair and green eyes and when we found out I was having a girl, I was beyond thrilled. I collected a few mermaid items for her during my pregnancy and continued calling her The Little Mermaid. In the hospital the first night, I sang “Part of Your World” and have continued to sing it to her every day. It amazes me how she can calm down the second she hears me sing that particular song. Today is the 25th anniversary of The Little Mermaid. On November 17, 1989 , Disney released its 28th film and with it, began the Disney Renaissance. To celebrate, CJ and I listened to The Little Mermaid soundtrack and watched the movie. It was her first time seeing it and I was so happy to see how excited she was when Ariel sang Part of Your World. She didn’t enjoy it as much as Lilo and Stitch, but it was definitely fun to try something new!

20141117-214236.jpgIn honor of Ariel, CJ wore her Little Mermaid socks!


Happy Birthday Magic Kingdom

On this day in 1971, my happy place, the happiest place on earth opened. Disney World has become a second home to my family. I was 21 before I ever got to visit the Magic Kingdom, but I have made up for lost time! We just got back yesterday from our latest trip and it was my favorite one yet. We were able to experience the Food & Wine Festival, Dapper Day and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (all to be discussed in a later post).

My family has a tradition when we vacation in Disney World. We always visit the Magic Kingdom first. Anything can happen after, but my vacation starts once I step on to Main Street. I love the Magic Kingdom. I dreamed about visiting there my entire childhood and it was all I expected and more. Each time I visit, I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. Happy Birthday, Disney World. Thank you for making me feel like a kid who’s dreams have come true every time we walk through your gates.

photo taken by me, May 2012

Happy Birthday, Bambi

72 years ago today, Bambi premiered in New York City at Radio City Music Hall. The Great Prince of the Forest was introduced to the world and even though this movie is beloved now, it did not find success at first. Maybe it was a result of the film’s depiction of the animal’s struggle to survive and humans’ need to hunt the animals or maybe it was the lack of fantasy that the 4 previous Disney films possessed, but many critics felt that Bambi did not live up to the Disney reputation. However, subsequent re-releases have proved the film to be a success. The ideas in this film are still extremely relevant almost 3/4 of a century later – we need to respect the creatures that share the earth with us.


Happy Birthday Disneyland

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59 years ago today at 2:30 pm, Walt Disney opened the gates of his first theme park. Disneyland’s opening day was actually a disaster (2 Autopia cars crashed, the new asphalt wasn’t completely dry and half of the rides broke down), but visitors loved the park despite these pitfalls.

Hunny and I visited Disneyland a few years ago and fell in love. While it is a lot smaller than Disney World, it is just as magical, maybe even more. There’s a sense of community there. On any given day in Disneyland, you can see a number of social clubs walking down Main Street. As Disney World annual pass holders, we visit the parks a lot, but Disneyland AP holders visit the parks on a monthly, sometimes weekly basis, which leads to cast member and other pass holder recognition.

The three main Disneyland hotels are all within walking distance of the park – this was one of my favorite things about visiting other than the food. Oh and speaking of food……I dream about the Three Cheese Monte Cristo from Cafe Orleans every night. It was just that amazing. Disney World has some of the best food in the world, but they are missing this sandwich! And while I’m on the subject if things Disney World is missing, The Indian Jones ride in Disneyland is one if my favorite rides ever. We can’t wait to head back to Disneyland in 2016 with CJ!


“To all who come to this happy place – welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here age relives fond memories of the past and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, dreams and the hard facts that have created America … with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”
-Walter E. Disney July 17, 1955


Happy Birthday, Disneyland!