You’re probably thinking to yourself, “Jessica. Why are we staring at the Disney logo?” I’ll tell you why. My stepmom and I have been talking since the day before mine and my husband’s December 2015 trip to Disney in Orlando, Fl about going to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival in September 2016 to celebrate her birthday. She looked at the menu, and thought to herself, “If I wouldn’t eat that, neither will Jessica.” Long story short, we’re still planning a trip to Disney, but it’s not to Food & Wine. It’s for Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival, which I hear is like a mini F&W (Food & Wine). Now, I’m probably the biggest Disney addict on both sides of my family, so I know a lot about the movies, the origin of Disney, and I know a lot about the parks.
My love of Disney came to me when I was a little girl. About 2 or 3, I’d say. The first movie I ever got was, I believe, The Lion King. It was my favorite movie as a kid, and it still is to this day. My favorite Prince and Princess, however, is Eric & Ariel. They always have been, and always will be. It’s my dream to meet them at Disney World.
Speaking of my favorite Prince and Princess, I’m going to tell you about my favorite movies, and my least favorite movies.
Let’s start with my favorite. You guessed it! The Little Mermaid. Like I said, favorite prince and princess, so obviously this would be my favorite movie. I just love the story. I love how Ariel doesn’t let anything stop her from wanting to be human, and to be with Eric. She taught me as a kid watching this movie, that I shouldn’t be afraid to chase my dreams. She chased her, and she ended up marrying Eric in the end, and having Melody in the second film. Now, if you ask me, Melody is THE most underrated Disney princess there is.
My least favorite movie is The Black Cauldron. This movie legitimately scared the mess out of me as a kid. I’m not sure what it was, but it did. I haven’t watched this film since I was around 8 or 9. I’m 23 now. You do the math.
One of my favorite parts about this post! PIXAR!!!!!!! I love Pixar movies. I’ve seen all of them, but two, and it’s on my 2016 Bucketlist to watch ALL of the Pixar films in order. Starting with Toy Story, and ending with The Good Dinosaur.
My favorite Pixar film is Monsters University. “Why not Inside Out?” I love that movie, too, but I just love Monsters University a little more. When I was about 10 years old, my parents let me bring one friend to Disney for my birthday. I brought my best friend, Ashlee. We took a picture with Mike and Sulley and I think that’s why it’s my favorite. Of course, when we took the picture, the only Monsters movie that was out was Monsters Inc. I love that one, too.
My least favorite Pixar film would have to be UP only because I’ve never seen it, and if it made grown men cry within the first 8 or so mintues, I’m sure I’ll bawl like a baby, and not want to finish the movie, ha ha!
My second favorite part about this post. WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA! I love the parks so much! I’m trying to make it a goal to go at least once a year, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. Anyway.
Magic Kingdom. My most favorite park on property. I guess I like it so much because I’m in touch with my inner child. My favorite rides would have to be Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Splash Mountain, Peter Pan’s Flight, Winnie the Pooh, Under the sea: Journey of The Little Mermaid, Pirates of the Caribbean, and so many others. My least favorite rides are Space Mountain(I’ve never been on), Haunted Mansion(I love this ride, but it’s still one of my least favorites, ha ha), Snow White (Thank goodness that ride is on. A three laughed at me when I screamed on this ride about 9 years ago).
Disney’s Hollywood Studios. My favorite rides in this park are Muppet*Vision 3D (It’s more of a show, not a ride), The Great Movie Ride, Star Tours, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith, & Toy Story Midway Mania. There’s only one ride that’s my least. Can you guess it? The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, (aka The Hollywood Tower Hotel) Why, do you ask? I’ve never ridden it before, I’ve heard horror stories, I’m a scardey cat, I’m afraid my neck is gonna snap, I don’t wanna throw up, ya’know. Different things, ha ha! My dad says that if I can do a rollercoaster, I’ll be fine on this ride.
Epcot. Favorites are Ellen, Spaceship Earth, Nemo & Friends, Figment, and Test Track. I love just about all of the rides at Epcot because THERE’S NOT THAT MANY RIDES! Ha ha!
Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Now, before you say anything about the rides, just know that I have not, repeat HAVE NOT, been to AK. My allergies were too bad as a kid.
My favorite times to go to Disney is in February, September, and December. Let me explain why.
My birthday is in February, so as a kid we always went. The weather is perfect, the crowds are not massive, the lines are short. Everything about Disney in February is perfect to me. I would’ve loved to go for my birthday this year, but sadly our finances and my husbands schedule wouldn’t allow it.
September. It’s still a little hot in September, but when my husband and I were there for our Dismoon, Disneymoon, honeymoon, whatever you want to call it, the line for Jungle Cruise was only a 20 minute wait. 20 MINTUES! As opposed to 45-75 minutes.
December. When we went, it was cold! We went 6 days before Christmas to see the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. It was beautiful! Although we only saw about 5 minutes of the show because we both had massive migraines.
Writing this post makes me want to get an annual pass for Disney, even though I’m heavily thinking about it.
“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walter Elias Disney.
This is my favorite quote from Walt. I’m not sure why, but I do. It speaks to me on a personal level, and I’m not saying it to be smart or anything. I’m saying it because his quote does speak to me. I chose the picture above because everytime I see it, I know I’m “home.” It’s not that castle that does it for me. It’s this statue. The Partner Statue.
As I end this post today, I want to leave you with something. Don’t ever doubt your dreams. Walt had dreams, and by golly, he chased them. It’s sad that he didn’t get to see the finished product of Walt Disney World, but his spirit lives here, and in Disneyland California.
Have A Magical Day, and I’ll See Ya Real Soon!