Why Loving Disney is Timeless – From Lifelong Fans
While those rugrats you’re lucky to raise in your home content they’re the greatest Disney fans of all, you know the biggest secret of all: they’re definitely not. How come? Because you and your partner – and all of your closest friends – hold that prized title, since you’ve had a few decades on the kiddos to fall in love with all-things-Mickey.
Part of the wonder, the allure and the magic of Disney parks, films and experiences is how they attracts audiences of all ages. With storylines that ring true, loud and clear, no matter if you’re 7 years old or 77 years old, there’s something addicting and well, indescribable.
That being said, some megafans have tried their best to articulate the reasons why the splendor Disney is a timeless relationship. Perhaps their sentiments will strike a chord in your heart, too:
“Anything is possible.”
Disney all-star Tommy Bentiez-DiDario goes to Walt Disney World every year for an annual escape and watches all of the movies religiously. For him, Disney reigns top because they create a world where anything is possible.
Or in other words, he explains, “Where magic makes the ordinary, extraordinary. It creates an atmosphere where we can forget about the craziness of everyday life, and get back to the innocence of imagination.”
“You never have to grow up.”
Nicknamed the ‘happiest place on Earth’ – the Walt Disney Resort in Orlando truly feels as such for fans like Emily Guth. Beyond the grounds though, she explains Disney provides an escape for anyone who dares to be different and who wants to believe in greater things beyond themselves.
And as a girl who had an Ariel swimsuit as a toddler and now has one as a 22-year-old graduate student, she says Disney taught her to always stay young at heart. “As I get older I appreciate it more. I start to really see the messages in the movies and see how a little bit of magic and kindness can change a person,” she says.
“I related to Belle as the weird girl who loved books, I wanted to fly like Peter Pan and swim like a mermaid. Disney is only timeless if you let yourself be timeless too. It’s about not taking yourself too seriously and remembering to ‘never grow up’ and enjoy a little magic every once in a while.”
“We’re always striving to be like Disney.”
For 23-year-old Heather Card, Disney is timeless because the feelings associated with Disney are timeless, no matter how old you grow or how far you roam. “The happiness you feel from hearing a song from your childhood to the magic you experience in the parks with your loved ones.
The lessons the characters have taught us—to be brave, independent, true to yourself, never give up on your dreams—stick with us no matter what, and we are always striving to achieve them,” she shares.
“They create strong female role models.”
While previous storylines from Disney included the quintessential woman who needed to be rescued, fan Emily Danae Whitmire finds the new movies to be timeless, since they’ve evolved with culture. “Now, you have Moana who is saving her whole island and is the hero. It creates the image for positive female role models which is the way our culture is shifting,” she says.
“They don’t sugar coat everything.”
Thirty-two year old Whitney Jones doesn’t just appreciate the unbelievable story lines where magic is possible, she appreciates how Disney is real with the facts of life. And maybe more importantly, how they feature characters who are able to overcome their strifes.
“Disney doesn’t just candy coat everything. Bad things happen. To good people. But the spirit thrives. Disney also adapts. I love seeing how the heroines specifically have evolved as women’s roles in society have evolved. That, and a good ear worm song never hurt,” she adds.
“There’s always something new to experience.”
For Lauren Milam who has been visiting Disney yearly since she was five years old, she can safely say ‘it never gets old.’ How come? There’s always – always! – something new. They always transport you to all the memories you’ve had there through the years. All of which are happy. Whether with family, friends or by myself, Disney is always magical and all the stress of the real world disappears when you are there,” she says.