Believe it or not, I didn’t know a whole lot about Disney when I was younger. I wasn’t obsessed with the Princesses and probably couldn’t tell you many of the popular Disney movies of the time (like the 1990s). In fact, we didn’t even get the Disney channel on TV! And now, I can’t imagine my life without Disney. My family and I love all things Disney. From the shows, Princesses, movies and amusement parks to their clothes, toys and other branded products. It all makes a daily impact on my children’s lives – in a positive manner. Let me tell you what makes Disney so special.
Because of the Disney Princesses, my daughter has learned so much. She has learned specific colors from the dresses they wear and different ways to fix her hair. From the ever popular Elsa braid to the sleek Snow White bob. Don’t worry, she doesn’t want to cut her hair – she wants to grow it like Rapunzel’s. Because of Belle from Beauty and the Beast, she knows about France and says, “Bonjour!” Because of Aurora she learned about true loves kiss. And because of Cinderella she learned that even though her life might be one way doesn’t mean it can’t change into something else. Tiana taught her about New Orleans and making your dreams come true. And Snow White showed her how to be kind to everyone, whether they are Grumpy, Sleepy or Happy! As a parent, I think the Princesses are a great group of women for a three year old to look up to. I am glad that they all have a positive influence on her.
A lot of parents are anti-screen time, but I am not. In fact, I think television helps develops a child’s imagination and visually enhances things that books can’t. Books can’t put stories in motion (except in the child’s mind). Disney shows are not only educational, but they help develop and grow imaginations. The sounds are also wonder. Both of my children sing and dance along with the songs on Disney shows. The shows also encourage children to think for themselves and do what they want to do.
A couple of our current favorite Disney shows are PJ Masks, Sheriff Callie’s Wild West, Elena of Avalor and of course, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. All of these shows have characters that my children can relate to and have story lines that are interesting and educational. I don’t think the stories are way over the top to where it just isn’t any fun but they are still interesting to watch. And my daughter uses the show plots to enhance her own made up stories. I am glad that she is learning beyond the pages of books.
I didn’t take my first trip to Disney World until I was 21. My husband (boyfriend then) and I went with his parents. We are now planning our sixth trip, fourth with kids! It is the most magical place I have ever been – for adults and children. My daughter was there when she just turned two and can still tell me things she remembers from that vacation. We just went again a couple months before she turned four and it was fascinating. To say that she is excited to return to Disney World is an understatement. She is already counting down the days – well year at this point.
There are so many things to do there for everyone. From the rides to meeting the characters (which takes me back to the shows and Princesses because then they become REAL!) and the food! If you have never been to Disney World, I highly suggest you look into it. I know traveling with young children can be hard, but it is SO worth it! You can read more about my top 5 things to pack when traveling to Disney with kids to help alleviate some stress.
Disney is Where Dreams Come True
I could go on and on all day about Disney and how much it influences my family, especially my children. It is wonderful that I can rely on a brand, a company, its characters, movies and products and know they are always top notch. They do so much more for my children beyond pure entertainment. It brings their imagination to life!