As a 33 year old male, a lot of people try to make me feel like I shouldn't like Disney. As if it's weird. I just laugh at them. I'm not ashamed of it. My cubicle at work is filled with Disney stuff. My living room has books, figures, toys, and every Disney Animation Studio film on Blu ray. I don't have to justify it, but here's why …
  1. Like most people, I've loved Disney my whole life.
    I grew up watching the classics on vhs and seeing them in theaters. And then, from the time I was age 7 through age 12, they released Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Lion King. It was easy to fall in love with these movies and the way they made me feel.
  2. Every time I go to Walt Disney World, I fall under its magic spell completely
    I've been to WDW a few times in my life. 1987, when I was 5. 1992, 2003, 2004, and then 2010 for my honeymoon. But nothing compares to 2014, when we brought my daughter for the first time. My ex-wife and I get along very well, so it was easy to take it daughter when she turned 3 and make it an amazing trip. I'll be honest, her giddiness and excitement were equally matched by mine. I fall in love with the details. The kindness. The feeling that you're actually in another world.
  3. Having a daughter had made me appreciate some of the movies and experiences I hadn't thought about before
    Suddenly we're watching movies like Brave, Tangled, and having dinner with all the princesses at Norway in Epcot! She loves it, and honestly, I do too. Then again, I've never felt that only girls could love princess movies. Cinderella has been my favorite Disney film since my earlier memories
  4. After the separation, it turned from an enjoyable hobby to addiction
    Things are quite amicable between me and my ex wife. We drifted apart, no one was to blame. I have my daughter exactly 50% of the time and we still do things as a family whenever we can. But when we separated, I had free time I hadn't had in a while. I found that watching Disney movies and reading books and websites about it felt great. It reminded me that no matter what, I'm still a kid at heart. I started collecting old out of print coffee table books, figures, and lots more
  5. No matter what I'm feeling, I can just start thinking about and planning my next trip to the parks and I feel better
    One of the hardest things about leaving WDW is not knowing when you'll be back. But last trip, I decided on the flight home when the next one would be. And I've been planning it ever since. We were about 475 days away when I started planning. Now I'm only 157 days away and every day I plan a little something or look something up or talk about it. It gives me something to look forward to. Plus, my daughter is so excited to go back, but she has no idea how many magical moments I've planned! 😍👍🏰
  6. So, I'm not ashamed to be a Disney nerd. I wish everyone let their inner child out as often as I do.
    I know it's all a fantasy. And I know real life isn't a fairy tale. But it's nice to have hope that one day my story will have its Disney happy ending. I'll never lose that hope.