A big theme for Disney – the films and the parks – is that of happiness. “The Happiest Place on Earth”, “Where Dreams Come True”, and “The Most Magical Place on Earth” are some of the slogans Disney employs in their branding and advertising. For those of us who have visited one or more of the Disney theme parks, it is easy to understand and relate to these slogans. The rides, the designs, the cast, the stores, and even the waiting areas, are incredibly imaginative and painstakingly detailed, such that it is impossible to feel as though you are just in a theme park. You are in another world.
A lot of the Disney films also bring joy to those who watch them. (I say “a lot” because there are some that I find primarily sad; in addition, watching as an adult brings up some questionable themes, which I discuss in my upcoming series Disney (Over)Analysed.) The visual aesthetic of these films is one thing that appeals to children of all ages. When I was a kid, I remember thinking how pretty the colours were and how nice the characters looked (once I was old enough to understand that they were animated films, I realised this meant the way they were drawn/animated). Disney uses attractive colour schemes and soft lines in the way they bring their characters and landscapes to life. The music is engaging and appropriate for the emotion a scene is intended to evoke, and the location/time period in which the story is set. I posit that children will inevitably be drawn to at least one Disney film throughout their childhood (yes, that’s just one Disney fan’s opinion!).
As a child, I also found a lot of joy in the Disney songs. I enjoy singing and, as an adult, I still am moved by the emotion behind the lyrics of some of the original songs, such as Baby Mine (from Dumbo), Colours of the Wind (from Pocahontas), and Part of Your World (from The Little Mermaid), just to name a few. But as a kid, songs such as Under the Sea (from The Little Mermaid), Hakuna Matata (from The Lion King), and Friend Like Me (from Aladdin) had me bouncing around the living room floor, dancing my little heart out.
There is something for everyone in Disney movies (even a hidden joke or two for the mummies and daddies!) and parks. This is why I wanted to start this series – Disney Delights – to showcase and share the happy memories and fun times that our children (or even we) experience when we’ve encountered Disney. I invite mummy and daddy bloggers to share their stories – either those of your kids or your own – about the delights that Disney has to offer. Stories about fun, excitement, adventure, danger lurking around every corner … oh, no, that would be Flounder speaking! But you get the general idea. Just something about Disney that leaves you with a song in your heart and a smile on your face.
Stay tuned next week for the first story in the series – one about the delights of sharing Disney with my baby son.
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Mini Mummi Blogger is a first time mummy to a beautiful baby boy. Currently on maternity leave, she is looking to put her writing/publishing experience to good use through her blog, helping other mummies navigate through the wealth of often conflicting (and, sometimes, even discouraging) information out there about pregnancy and motherhood. She believes that every mummy knows what’s best for her own baby – even first time mums!
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