Lucky Best Friends in Disney Movies
While St. Patrick’s Day might not be that popular of a holiday once you’ve had children (and ahem, can’t booze into the night!), some of the themes from this infamous Irish holiday are still relevant for families. One of which is the idea of camaraderie and luck that’s often celebrated in families and groups in Ireland. As a culture that remains very loyal to it’s kin and it’s folk, one way to teach your children about what ‘lucky’ means is to stress the vast importance of friendship.
After all, no matter what twists and turns, evil villains, detours and pitfalls your kiddos may face throughout their life, having the support and rapport of their trusted buddies will get them through anything. (Especially when they’re far too cool for ma and pa in a few years.) As you serve up green milk for their cereal, prepare a traditional Irish breakfast and sneak in a beer (or three) with your number one partner once the kids have gone to bed, have a chat around the table about these Disney pairs who found luck in one another:
Timon and Pumbaa
Hakuna matata might mean no worries for the rest of your days, but the same can be true when you find a best pal who puts up with every last little quirk you have. And that means even more when they, ahem, embrace your less-than-desirable qualities like nomming on bugs from your back and always agreeing to break out into song when… love—and luck!—is in the air.
Winnie the Pooh and Tigger
This friendship is sibling-like, making for an ideal analogy for when your two favorite —and wildly argumentative—kiddos begin to bicker. Thanks to their age-old and timeless bromance, these two help each other through any struggle that happens, even if one is bouncy and another is sluggish. The luck in their friendship is in how they always work together as a team—despite their differences—all in the name of their number one guy’s happiness, Christopher Robin.
Woody and Buzz
While not all friends are competitive with one another, sometimes it’s the way you butt heads and move on that helps strengthen your bond. There’s no truer story than this love-hate dynamic pairing of Woody and Buzz. In the beginning of the iconic series, they may have struggled to find a common ground, but as the story continued, they used their own special skills to make for a lucky happy ending. Remind your children that having a dedicated friend in someone doesn’t mean you always see eye-to-eye, but rather, you always have one another’s back.
Ariel and Flounder
Though Sebastian may keep to the straight and narrow of the ocean currents, Flounder provides the necessary ‘fin’ to lean on that Ariel needs as she swims through teenage angst. Ever-supporting, funny and at times, a bit silly—friendship is often curated in the deep, meaningful conversations that happen when life crashes a wave at you. In this beloved film, help your children understand how Ariel’s pal gave her the confidence and love to help her chase her dreams.
Merida and Angus
A strong-willed teen and a horse might seem like an unlikely duo, but isn’t that a tale as old as time for most Disney movies? Angus provides an escape from her overpowering family that wants to mandate her current and her future, simply by giving Merida a ride into the sunset. As a Disney film that encourages young girls to seek a life that fulfills them, knowing Merida is never alone is a reminder to never be afraid to lean on those who care.
Plan a Best Friend Disney Trip!
What’s better than an unexpected trip to Walt Disney World this spring or summer? An open invitation to your kid’s best pal to join in on the fun. With tons of cost-effective ways to travel and special deals, your specialized travel agent can put together the ideal package for every princess and pirate pair. Trust us when we promise in 20 years, they’ll still be giggling about the time they went to Orlando!
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