Silly People. Disney's Not Just For Kids
As someone in their late 20's I seem to always get comments that people just don't "get the whole Disney thing." Or questions like "Don't you get sick of going to Disney? You can go to (fill in the blank) for cheaper." My absolute favorite "Disney is for kids!"
For all the naysayers out there, here's my take on why I love Disney as an adult.
The other night on the 62nd Anniversary of Disneyland, my husband and I were drifting off to sleep and I started crying. He asked me why, and told him that I was thinking about the time we were at Disneyland for the Diamond Celebration. Just after Disneyland Forever concluded, I stood in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle and I started crying. A Cast Member saw me and asked if I was okay. The only response I could get out was "I just love it!" She gave me a huge hug and said "This is what we aim to do! How you feel is the point of all of this!"
Reminiscing on this memory and the feelings it gave me, I realized it wasn't the firework show I had seen several times. It wasn't the music that I can listen to on repeat. It was knowing that Walt Disney is not just a title of a company or a mascot. It is the name of a man who came from nothing and had everything working against him but still made his dreams come true. He made a place for children of all ages to enjoy together and left a legacy of hope, perseverance, strength, imagination, and love.
Then there's the obvious, Disney allows us adults to embrace our child at heart. We remember the first time we had a Mickey ice-cream bar walking down Main Street towards the castle (any of the castles, pick one! Disney is for everyone everywhere!) Meeting characters and filling up an autograph book. Watching our favorite princess live her dream. Wishing we could all be Peter Pan or Alice and live great adventures in lands we could only imagine. Disney awakens the dreamer and believer in us all. Some for small moments, and others who embrace those feelings and run with it. The point is, either is fine. We all have our loves, hobbies, or dare I say obsessions. Let the Disnerds live it up!
Disney is always there for me when I need something to cheer me up! The music gets me through long commutes and work days. Disney has brought me friendships I otherwise would have never had. Best of all Disney brought me the closest connection and relationship in my life. My husband and I bonded over Disney on our first date, got engaged at Cinderella's Wishing Well, had a Disney inspired wedding, and our amazing Disneymoon. We talk about our ideas for the parks if we were imagineers. Watch Disney movies and classic shorts. Plan vacations. Together we embrace all that Disney has to offer.
I know that Disney, for me, is a way of life. It teaches us the simplest lessons that we learn as children, which adults tend to forget. Like, always let your conscience be your guide. Do all things with courage and kindness. Be a strong and fearless leader. Disney helps me reflect on how I treat others and keeps me moving forward to go the distance when I feel defeated. The wonderful world of Disney reminds me to make a wish and do as dreamers do, in hopes that one day all our wishes will come true.