Disney Reviews

What Disney means to me

A little while ago, I ran a poll on Twitter asking what kind of posts you’d like to see more of from me. I’m sure most of the people who voted just voted on the general kind of blog posts they like reading from anyone – not me specifically (I don’t think I’m that special) but still, I like to take on board what people enjoy reading and try and cater to that. One of the most popular options was Disney. Which surprised me a little bit. I know there’s a humongous Disney community on Twitter but there’s also a humongous amount of people who aren’t that bothered about Disney or who like it but wouldn’t necessarily go out of their way to read Disney related blog posts.

I love Disney but I haven’t really blogged an awful lot about it. The results of the poll made me want to because Disney is and always has been a huge part of my life so why wouldn’t I want to blog about it more? Although I was a bit reluctant to churn out the good old, “favourite Disney movies” and “favourite Disney songs” blog posts because personally, I find those a little boring to write. Despite enjoying reading them on other people’s blogs. So I started brain storming Disney related ideas and I thought talking about what Disney means to me would be a nice post to write. Albeit, maybe a bit emotional.

So… if you don’t like Disney, probably best to skip this one! For those that do, I hope you enjoy and can connect and relate to some of the things I mention here.

I don’t participate in the Disney community on Twitter. I find it very cliquey and very, “well I’ve been to Disney more than you so I’m a bigger fan” (genuinely… I’ve seen comments like that before). I also don’t collect merch, I don’t own all the movies on DVD and I still haven’t seen Moana (okay, you’re allowed to moan at me for that one because I can’t quite believe it either). But to me, I don’t like nor understand the mentality behind that the more you own or the more times you’ve been somewhere, the bigger the fan you are. That just isn’t true. If something is important to you, it’s important to you. 

So with that out the way, I want to explain why Disney means so much to me. I’ve never really thought about my answer to this question before so forgive me if this post is a bit all over the place whilst I try and coherently say what I’m thinking. Disney started when I was little. My parents allowed me to watch the Disney movies when I was a kid and took me to Disneyland Paris for the first time when I was 5 years old. Obviously I was too small to go on most things but what did I care? I was 5 and in the happiest place on Earth. I went back to Disneyland Paris again in the New Year of 2009/2010 with my parents and my best friend at the time and for the third time in 2011 with my boyfriend at the time.

I grew up with Disney and haven’t really known not liking or enjoying Disney. To me, it has and always will be very much ingrained into my very being. Disney means a lot to me because I’ve never had a bad Disney experience. The words Disney and bad don’t belong in the same sentence. And I’m just going on personal experience here of course. Each trip to Disneyland Paris was utterly magical for it’s separate reasons. My first holiday as a little kid, spending New Years Eve at Disneyland with the phenomenal fireworks, my best friend and my parents and finally, the first holiday with my then boyfriend, after I was diagnosed with anxiety.

Stepping into those parks each and every time have brought with it a sense of calm, happiness and a safe place where nothing could go wrong. Where the outside world doesn’t exist. Where characters walk around amongst everyone. Where dreams and fairy-tales are real around every corner. Disney reminds me that there is happiness in the world, that magic can be found and we also have magic within ourselves. It reminds me to laugh and that laughter is timeless. That it doesn’t matter how old you are, you should always embrace the child in you, have fun and believe in magic. Even if it’s for a short period of time. The parks taught me that and so did the movies.

Disney also gives me a very strong sense of nostalgia. A few years ago, I found the tap recordings my parents took during our trip to Disneyland when I was 5 and I did nothing but cry when I watched them. I’m actually crying right now whilst typing this, jeeeez. I realised that this was a special time for my parents and although I was too young and I don’t remember it, they do. And there will come a time where those tape recordings are going to mean a lot more to me than they do now. They also show me that I want to ensure I do the same with my kids, when the time comes.

For those that don’t know, I have a Peter Pan tattoo. I have the quote, “Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning” on my left hip. Clearly, I like Peter Pan judging by my blog but I love that quote so much because to me, Neverland is a place that we all need to have. We all need our own little Neverland; somewhere to switch off, to go to mentally when things get tough which is full of nice things and nice memories. Somewhere where we can be ourselves and not worry. Have fun, dream and imagine. And that, on a whole, is what Disney means to me. It’s a part of who I am. It’s me, it’s my childhood, my family and a lot of my memories and Disney will certainly stay with me forever. 

If you’re a Disney fan, I’d love to hear your Disney stories. What Disney means to you, your favourite films and what they mean to you, your favourite Disney holidays and whatever else you want to share!

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

90 Comments

  1. […] things that you should already know about me. 1) I love Disney. I love Disney with all my heart. I’ve grown up with Disney, I have a Disney related blog name, a Disney tattoo and I never listen to regular music – […]

  2. […] grown up with the films and they more or less started my whole Disney journey and how much Disney grew to mean to me over my meager 25 years. There really is nothing quite like immersing yourself in the magic of a […]

  3. I love disney! I grew up with the movies and going to the parks. Now I’m an annual passholder and I work in character entertainment in my city. So I basically get to dress up like all of the princesses, it’s a dream come true! I just wrote about disney too actually!!

    1. Oh my god I am so jealous! xxx

  4. I have only just started my blog…
    but I LOVE YOURS! amazing xxx

    1. Thank you 🙂 xx

      1. Your welcome xxx

  5. I’ve been to Eurodisney a few times too, and I love it. I was going to go to Disney in Florida but it was too much money. I love Disney too, the films are classics, but I don’t watch them as often as I should. It’s lovely to see how passionate you are about it, you’re never too old to be a Disney fan!

    Amy | hookedonthemusic.com

    1. Absolutely not! Disney holidays really are so expensive aren’t they xxx

  6. Your tattoo is beautiful! I’m so jealous you’ve been to Disneyland in Paris, it sounds magical 🙂

    1. Thank you! It really is 🙂 xxx

  7. jazziepickles says:

    Disney has always played such a huge part in my life. As a kid I’d watch the movies on VHS over and over again, until the tapes wore out. When I’m feeling sad, or poorly I whack on a Disney movie and it makes me feel much better!
    I went to disney paris on a school trip when I was 13, and cried of happiness when we pulled up. Everyone took the piss for a while but it didn’t matter because I was at Disney!

    Can’t wait to read more Disney posts from you <3
    PS; I love you're peter pan tattoo xx

    1. Awh sod everyone who took the piss! I’ve cried every time at Disneyland, it’s a magical place! Thank you 🙂 xxx

  8. I love love love love love love love that tattoo! It suits you to a T and it means so much to you! I love it xxx

    1. Thank you so much! xxx

  9. I love this! So relatable 🙂

    1. Thank you ☺️

  10. i love your tattoo! I love disney too! there films are amazing and i would love to visit

    1. Thank you very much xx

  11. […] to waffle too much about this one because earlier in the month, I wrote an entire blog post about what Disney means to me, where I mention Disneyland Paris. It’s my happy place. I can’t wait to go […]

  12. It occurs to me in my comment on your other Disney post that I said I went to Disneyland, which is in California and I meant Disney World, which is in Florida…oops. I would like to visit Disney again just to see how it compares with when I was a kid. I really, really want to go to the Harry Potter part of Universal too (I’m a big fan of the books & the movies.)

    1. I’d love to go to the HP part but I don’t like heat at ALL so it wouldn’t be the best place for me to go. But we have Harry Potte Studios which is just an hours drive from me 🙂 xxx

  13. This was such a nice post. I always like to read posts about what mean a lot to people and why. I have way too many posts about Supernatural on my blog, but it’s important to me and weirdly it’s my go to happy place, despite it being about monsters, demons, angels. It’s about so much more than that but I won’t start rambling here as this is SUPPOSED to be Disney related, lol. Your post got me thinking about what was important to me when I was a kid, it wasn’t Disney but it was fantasy related and the two do overlap.
    I was a big reader as a kid (still am) and anything that could transport me to another world, whether it was a Disney movie or a fantasy book I was all for it. I guess you could say books became my escape, especially when life was bad instead of good. It sounds like Disney was and is that thing for you. Thanks for sharing that part of yourself with us random internet weirdos and I hope you’ll do so in the future.

    1. I think Fantasy based things have a really good way to doing that 🙂 xxx

  14. Thank you for sharing! Disneyland Paris is on my bucket list! I had always dreamed to work at Disneyland in California since high school. I worked really hard in school and to get experience, and I was lucky enough to get hired in the Entertainment Dept to run the various shows. I even had the privilege to open shows for Disneyland’s 60th Diamond Celebration. I am truly humbled, blessed and honored to have lived out my dream for a season. I want to mention that I don’t think I am better than anyone else. I am just a small town girl whose big dreams came true through hard work and a huge support group. Now due to medical issues, I had to switch careers. My favorite part about working at Disney was blessing others and seeing the smiles and the faces light up. There is truly no better feeling ❤️.

    1. Wow! You’ve lived an actual dream, that’s amazing xxx

  15. This is such a lovely post! I’m a massive Disney fan too, I’ve been watching Disney ever since I was tiny. I’ve recently been re-watching films like the Hunchback of Notre Dame and Pocahontas which I haven’t seen in years, and they just make me so happy because I remember watching them with my mum when I was little and singing to the songs and things.

    I’ve also been thinking of getting a Disney tattoo, I’m just not sure quite what yet! Although I was thinking of the Simba silhouette as the Lion King is my all time favourite! xo
    Sian | http://www.siankathrine.co.uk

    1. Hunchback is such an underrated film! I bloody love it. And that would be a lovely tattoo idea (: xxx

  16. Ive only been to Disneyland when I was 5 would love to go to Disneyworld though. I am more of a Disney Pixar fan than the normal Disney films.

    Rebecca Elaine x

    1. Pixar is great x

  17. This was so nice to read! I love reading why people live Disney! As you know from my blog I’m a huge fan as well and like you it all came from my childhood and grew as I got older. My love of Disney has definately rubbed off onto my family, and I’ve even encouraged older members to give some of the newer films a try and they’ve enjoyed them!

    1. Some of the newer films are absolutely wonderful!

  18. My boyfriend took me to Disneyland Paris for my 25th last year and it was magical. I was in tears at the fireworks haha I have found some in the Disney community can be quite brash!

    1. Disneyland fireworks are amazing. And yes I totally agree, i don’t get involved at all xxx

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