“Disney Day”

“Disney Days” are essential to the mental health of an avid Disney fan. If you didn’t know, I’m an avid Disney fan…times ten.

I know. Shocking.

What is a “Disney Day?” It’s not just a day spent at a theme park (although it can be). A Disney Day can be any ol’ regular day with an intentional amount of magic and pixie dust thrown in.

Disney fans have a way with “fluffy” words, don’t they?

We (my family and I) had our own Disney Day this past Sunday. We declared it Disney Day from the start–we each picked out a Disney movie and sat down for hours to watch some favorites and some forgotten classics. We took a break for lunch and a treat, and we gabbed and napped throughout the showings.

It was pure, lazy, pixie-dusted bliss.

We could’ve made our day more elaborate, with treats and favors fit for Instagram. We could’ve put more thought and planning into the movies we watched. I could have started a hashtag, worn ears, done my makeup, felt like a presentable human being.

But did we do that? Nope! We just sat down and watched some movies. The simplicity of the occasion made the day so much better–free of fuss, free of perfection, free of a bra. (TMI? Probably.)

Here’s how our lineup developed:

  1. The Little Mermaid, followed by a Lean Cuisine for lunch and a trip to DQ for a vanilla ice cream cone.
  2. Aladdin with bouts of power outages due to a summer thunderstorm. It took us a long time to watch and finish Aladdin. Momma cried because she had never sat and watched it all the way through–she adored the song “A Whole New World,” and she was so proud of Al when he set the Genie free. My sister took a hearty nap.
  3. The Lion King, with bonus features included.
  4. Peter Pan whilst sorting through old photos and memorabilia. I found some old short stories of mine, written around the third or fourth grade. One piece was entitled “The Irish Setter Who Loved Golf.” An Irish Setter is a breed of dog, one I was particularly fond of as a child. It was a work of literary genius, no doubt. Find me an agent, stat! (Ha.)

While this wasn’t a stop-the-presses kind of day, it was one of my favorite. It was a Disney Day for the books–I’ve had some pretty incredible park days, but there’s something about intentionally sitting  and watching movies all day with the ones you love that makes every “monotonous” moment magical.

How would you go about your own Disney Day?



My Pin Collection: Peter Pan’s Flight Edition

Pin collecting is a big deal among the Disney folk–and I mean “folk” as sort of a folk group, a group of people with their own lingo, traditions, ect. We truly are our own “folk,” and I take pride that I am consider myself a part of that magical Disney fan base.

I have a few pins, all bought on our first trip in 2009. We truly thought it was going to be our first and only trip (this is an extremely funny thing considering after that fateful visit I vowed to come as often as I could…three trips in 6 years later I’m always wanting to go back), so we bought any pins that represented our favorite Disney World rides/ characters, and resorts. It was an expensive endeavor, so we haven’t bought any since.

I still love them, however. Next time I go back (in the next year or so), I intend to try pin trading for the first time. I thought it would be fun to show off what I do have here on this little blog, one pin at a time.

Here is a pretty pin that is a depiction of the beloved Peter Pan’s Flight ride. Disney pins are so intricate, this one included: it has an iridescent sparkle, and Peter and the Darlings are able to spin around as if they are in flight.

I got the Peter Pan shirt at Hot Topic.

I love this ride so much. The flying pirate ship is so whimsical, the scene of London’s skyline at night is so cool, and the ride is an artful representation of Disney’s classic film. I can’t wait to see the new queue that greets guests on our next visit. I love the thought of taking a stroll through the Darlings’ playroom.

So, my friends, let’s take a cue from Peter today and “think happy thoughts!” Thinking positively is the “same as having wings,” so why not spread your wings and fly today?

Remember, “faith, trust, and pixie dust!” I hope all of you have a magical day.