Hello my beautiful monsters, how are you on this glorious Saturday morning?
If you’re reading this when it goes live, I’m aboard a plane and Disney bound!
Matt and I went to Disney back in 2013 as adults, and discovered that Disney is a totally different experience as an adult. We don’t have kids, but I’ve heard that a Disney vacation can be really exhausting for the adults when children are running amok? For that, I’d like to say a great big thank you to my mum and dad, who took us not once, but twice when we were younger and are some of my best vacation memories ever. This’ll be my fourth time visiting, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store!
In 2013, Epcot was hosting its Flower & Garden show, which was wicked cool. This time around, we’re getting the full experience. Disney is such a cool place to be in autumn because you’ve got Magic Kingdom running the “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party” and Epcot has its Food & Wine show. We plan to take full advantage of both.
For non-Disney folk who have never heard of these things – that’s Halloween in September, complete with costumes and trick-or-treating (even for adults), and over at Epcot, international chefs brings cuisine from all over the world. I’m so excited. We’re also staying on the property for the first time ever, and plan to eat in the restaurants.
There will be Disney vacation posts. You’ve been warned.
For now, I thought I’d share my favorite Disney movies. Since there are so many movies to choose from, I break the categories into the following: classic, 90s, Pixar, live action, and Disney Animation Studios.
Otherwise, I will be responding to all comments and what not when I am back next week! See you all then!
My Favorite Classic Disney Film
Sleeping Beauty (1959)
When I was a kid and we used to rent tapes (OMG REMEMBER THOSE? Blockbuster and VHS. Ahh, childhood) I would persistently annoy my parents by bringing them Sleeping Beauty to rent. Just about every week. I think this is an early testament to my love of fantasy. This film is beautifully animated, has awesome fantasy elements, and a prince with an iota of a personality (practically unheard of in pre-90s Disney).
I like the blue dress better.
Runner up: Aristocats (1970)
My Favorite Disney Film from the 90s
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
I think a lot of girls my age love Belle. And how can you not? She’s full of life and passion. She’s a brunette princess, breaking a stereotype. And she loves books. She has a kind heart and she stands up for the things that are important to her. She’s even cordial to Gaston, who is honestly the worst.
I know that the classic fairytales that inspired this story can be a smidge of a mess, but the Disney version? Solid.
Runner up: Aladdin (1992)
My Favorite Pixar Film
The Incredibles (2004)
Pixar puts out a lot of solid films, but I love The Incredibles because of Violet. When this movie came out, I was a high school sophomore, feeling awkward and invisible and I had an annoying little brother and #relate. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve grown to appreciate different parts of it – family, desire to follow your passion, career frustration (the opening scene is gold). All around a great film, with awesome character (Edna Mode <3 ).
I gotta say – The Incredibles 2 was awesome. Even though it took 14 years, I am not disappointed. So many funny bits, but I loved Edna and Jack-Jack.
Runner up: Toy Story 2 (1999)
My Favorite Live Action Disney Film
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
Again, lots of good choices here and I almost went with Mary Poppins (classic), but I’ve always been enchanted with Bedknobs and Broomsticks. This one sorta fell into Disney oblivion. In the 60s, there was concern that Mary Poppins would never happen, so Disney started developing a second film based on a classic childrens book with a magical realism feel. When Mary Poppins finally came together, Bedknobs and Broomstick fell to the back burner and wasn’t released for another seven years.
The music is catchy, the story fun and witchy, and definitely one worth checking out if you’ve never head of it.
Runner up: Hocus Pocus (1993)
My Favorite New Disney Animation Studios Film
I really, really like a lot of Disney’s new stuff. From Moana to The Frog Princess (so underrated) I think the quality of the DAS films is back to 90s level brilliance. But I gotta give this one to Tangled. This is possibly my favorite Disney movie of all. It has fun music, it makes me laugh, and has a great complex villain. Plus – Flynn Rider is the best Disney prince ever, hands down.
Runner up: Wreck-It Ralph (2012)