“To all who come to this happy place: Welcome.”

“When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”

-James M. Barrie

Like Peter Pan, I refuse to grow up.

Now, that could mean that I refuse to mature and become an adult.  But that’s not what I mean.

I am refusing to let go of the beauty of childhood memories and innocence, which I find to be perpetuated through the Disney company for all ages, young and old.

I consider myself to be a writer.  In the last year or so, I decided that fiction writing is what I was always meant to do.  I think I always knew that, but I needed college and some writing classes to affirm it.  I am currently applying to graduate schools for a Creative Writing Master’s of Fine Arts to broaden my horizons as a writer, as well as to eventually teach as a professor of creative writing at a college.  I have a B.A. in English from Lehigh University, and writing is my passion.

Through college, I took a few fairy tales courses.  There is something about these stories that fascinates me.  Though many are sexist and fail to really show the complexities of real life through black-and-white good-versus-evil narratives, there is something beautiful about them.  And I grew up with many of these tales through Disney.

I had a love/hate relationship with Disney earlier in my college career.  I used to love the beautifully designed tales on the big screen when I was younger, bringing the classic fairy tales to life with gorgeous drawings and songs that made you believe the characters and stories were real.  And then I heard that Disney had altered these stories so they would not be as harsh on young viewers as they had been when the original Grimm’s tales (and others) had been back when they were first told and written.

For shame, Disney.

However, I took another fairy tales class that changed my opinion and strengthened any positive ideas of Disney to the point where I had to learn more.  As I learned, fairy tales have many variations throughout history!  There is not one specific version that is right or wrong, but, as they have been passed down from generation to generation, they are always altered.  Therefore, the Grimm’s tales are NOT the originals.  Nor were the tales the brothers first heard.  And so on.

No harm, no foul, Disney.

And so my passion for Disney grew, both with the parks that have given visitors another world to explore unlike the realities of life, and the stories that Disney himself and the Imagineers, artists, storywriters, etc., have written and continue to display for the public and its imagination.

I have been to Walt Disney World five times in my short 23 years of life, and I have been following the movies and advances of Disney since I was young.  I try to see almost all the movies that they create, and the history of Disney, both the man and the company, are amazing to track.  I have no intention of letting go of my love affair with Disney, and I hope, through this love of all things Disney, that I can continue to keep my innocence and childhood joys intact as I grow older, while also spreading its happiness and wonder to others.

So where does the title “Childhood WEDing” come from?

In Disney’s history, there was one man who started it all: Walt Elias Disney.  The Disney company has never forgotten their namesake, and the initials of his name pop up periodically for different attractions and throughout the theme parks in hidden messages, such as the previously-known-as WEDway People Mover in Tomorrowland, currently known as the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover (I don’t think I’ll ever get used to calling it the latter).

“Why do we have to grow up? I know more adults who have the children’s approach to life. They’re people who don’t give a hang what the Joneses do. You see them at Disneyland every time you go there. They are not afraid to be delighted with simple pleasures, and they have a degree of contentment with what life has brought – sometimes it isn’t much, either.”

– Walt Disney

Disney’s statement is exactly what I want you, my readers, to get from my blog.  I want to share my experiences and knowledge of Disney so that we all can “be delighted with simple pleasures.”  This is what Disney lived and worked for, and I think we can all benefit by just enjoying the simply things in life and reliving the days of our youth, while also learning a little bit of something through it.  Somehow, I always feel like I can learn something from Disney, whether it is a moral or some history.  Even just having a change of perspective, something that I just never thought about before.

In this age of technology, instant connection, and so many other things, we could all use a reminder of childhood and simplicity, no matter how old we are.  Imagination and creativity is still out there; we just need to find it, utilize it, and treasure it.

Throughout the course of my blog, I plan to address the parks (mostly in Florida), how I’ve seen them, how they’ve changed throughout my lifetime, as well as incorporating the movies and shows that I’ve seen.  I want both my and your imaginations to run wild with creativity and awe.

Disney has become a passion of mine.  I am hoping to share that passion with you, and I want you to share your thoughts and comments as well.

“I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.”

-Walt Disney

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