Until I moved my Sophomore year of high school, my walls were covered with drawings, cells and framed scenes from Disney movies. I was subscribed to the Disney Adventures magazine and my nightstand housed my treasured collection of every Disney soundtrack CD I could get my hands on, I listened to a different one every night as I fell asleep. I can still remember sitting in my friend’s bedroom speculating about upcoming Disney movies and trying to guess which story they’d take on next. (I called Tangled in 1990 people.) My favorite characters were Pooh, my favorite soundtrack was Hunchback of Notre Dame and my favorite movie was whichever one was on, but if I had to pick it would be between Cinderella and Little Mermaid. I currently own every possible Disney classic on DVD and I have made absolutely certain that Addie has an appreciation for both the new movies as well as the old. (Her favorite classic is 101 Dalmatians.) I watch Mary Poppins when I’m depressed, the most unappreciated Disney classic is The Sword in the Stone and my favorite shorts are Pluto and the Gopher and Bubblebee.

Yesterday I went to a place very few people know about and even fewer have the opportunity to visit known as the Disney Archives. 64 million pieces of art from Disney movies and shorts dating back to the 1920′s. I saw hand drawn pencil sketches from Plane Crazy (1929) and Steamboat Willie (1928.) I even saw one from Pluto and the Gopher. I saw an oil pastel storyboard painting from Peter Pan that was easily one of the most amazing pieces of art I have ever seen and I met the man who archived the scene in Cinderella when her dress changes from rags to a gown. I saw a hand painted glass plates of the most memorable scenes from both Bambi and Sleeping Beauty. I stood close enough to the statues from Nightmare Before Christmas to touch them and the only thing between me and the original marionette of Pinocchio was a piece of glass (and a very protective archivist.) I met the man who illustrated Ariel in The Little Mermaid and another man who taught us how to draw Mickey and Minnie, both men are considered ‘master Disney artists’ of which there are only 5 in the entire world.

I then boarded a bus for Disneyland and spent the afternoon physically restraining sobs as I walked down Main Street because I simply couldn’t believe that not only was I there, but I was there because I decided to start a blog seven years ago and have worked hard ever since. My face is honestly sore from smiling so much and in all the photos from yesterday I border on looking terrified simply because I was so so happy.

At the end of the night as we walked out of the park I was able to do my most favorite thing in the entire world, close my eyes and listen to main street.

You can’t hear it when your eyes are open, it’s impossible.

When you close your eyes at night on Main Street all of the noises and sounds marry into this wonderful orchestra of happiness and peace. An underlying murmur sprinkled with laughter, music and the occasional whiff of magic and dreams. I never hated leaving Disneyland when I was a child because leaving meant going down Main Street.

Disneyland is where my heart, spirit and soul can go to recharge the moment I walk under the sign that promises me “Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy.

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Comments

  1. DisneyWorld is where my heart, spirit and soul can go to recharge. We used to go every year when I was a child, and it makes me sad that I can’t take my children every year. We’re saving up and hoping that 2014 can be the year when the magic happens!

  2. I’m going at the end of April, when in LA for the March of Dimes walk.

    It’s been too long, I cannot wait.

  3. lisabella says:

    My grandfather started his animation at Disney (he then moved onto Hanna-Barbera where he created The Flintstones) and Disney has always been a place of magic for me.

  4. Disney Adventures. I used to get those! I remember saving the one’s with JTT on them <3

  5. this is amazing.

    and I agree, The Sword in the Stone is so awesome. It’s my most favorite Disney movie. My brothers and I had the whole thing memorized at one point.

    When we were kids my parents didn’t have a VCR, so we would rent a VCR and Disney movies. Always Disney movies because they weren’t “smut”. I don’t remember the name of the video, but it had bears cleaning up a national park and singing “first you take a rag, put it in the bag bump bump” in it. That was our all time favorite.

  6. Most underappreciated Disney movie: Meet the Robinsons. I love, love, love the story and the motto of the whole movie, Keep Moving Forward. Makes me cry every time the ending credits roll, but it’s a happy cry. So glad you aren’t currently in Indiana. This place is depressingly cold and grey. Stay where you are, woman!

  7. Okay I didn’t think I could love you more than I already do, however Sword and the Stone? DUDE! I tell people that all the time. Also Mary Poppins is still my favorite all these years later.

  8. Ummm, how did I not know that you were LDS when I met you at EVO and then Blissdom??? I thought I came to your blog a while ago, but I guess didn’t look closely!!! Also didn’t realize that mooshinindy is actually Moosh in Indy!! Hahaaa!

  9. This is such a beautiful homage to the joy and spirit of Disney. I had tears in my eyes as I read what you wrote. It made me think of how I felt about Disneyland as a child, how much I love Disney movies, and how I feel about Disney parks to this day. This quote especially spoke to my heart, “Disneyland is where my heart, spirit and soul can go to recharge the moment I walk under the sign that promises me “Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy.” Thank you for this.