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.
I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.” Walt Disney
Because of the Disney Princesses, my three year old daughter has learned so much. She learned specific colors from which dresses they wear, learned about different ways to fix her hair, from the ever popular Elsa braid to the sleek Snow White bob (but my daughter 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 and 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. They 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, Sofia the First and of course, Mickey Mouse – but the old school Mickey cartoons. All of these shows have characters that my daughter can relate to, have storylines that are interesting, educational – but not over the top to where it just isn’t any fun- and of course, are interesting to watch! She uses the plots to enhance her own stories and make believe time and 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 and my husband (boyfriend then) and I went with his parents. We are now planning our fifth trip! 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. To say that she is excited to return to Disney World is an understatement. She is counting down the days! There are so many rides to experience, characters to meet (which takes me back to the shows and Princesses because then they become REAL!) and food to taste. If you have never been to Disney World, I highly suggest you looking into it. I know traveling with young children can be hard, but it is SO worth it!
I could go on and on all day about Disney and how much it influences my family, especially my three year old. It is wonderful that I can rely on a brand, a company, its characters, movies and products that are always top notch to do so much for my children beyond pure entertainment.
What are your thoughts on Disney? Is there a company or a brand that you have strong feelings for like I do for Disney? I’d love to know so I can check them out too!
[tweetthis]The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. Walt Disney #quote[/tweetthis]