Taken from Earth to Ree on this gloomy October Monday…
1. A scene in any Disney movie you wish you could experience?
I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Pizza Planet. Every time I watch Toy Story I just can’t wait to get to that part of the film – even the bit where Buzz and Woody are stuck at the gas station gives me goosebumps because I see the Pizza Planet truck and that little dinosaur logo and it’s all dark and weirdly peaceful and I just know any minute they’ll be in Pizza Planet AKA the best fictional restaurant of all time. The fact that this restaurant mixes everyone’s favourite food with space theming and arcade games is just too much for me – it looks SO magical. Sadly the restaurant in Disneyland Paris isn’t quite the same as the movie version, but it still makes me ridiculously happy when they play Strange Things on a loop and when you look up from your food to see the rocket with the aliens in. Eek.
2. An unforgettable experience/moment you’ve had at the parks?
One of my absolute favourite moments at Disneyland Paris was when we were watching the 20th anniversary celebration train (“Do you be-lieeeeve in magic?”) and Mickey saw that I was wearing a t-shirt with him on. He did that adorable hand-over-mouth thing he does when he’s a little bit surprised and then he waved at me and I promptly burst into tears because I was so happy he’d noticed me.
Another magical experience was when I was on Phantom Manor back in June – I was sitting in my doombuggy and I leaned forward when we got to the ballroom scene so I could see everything. I looked out over the room and I saw the creepy organ player with his little skull-ghosts and the unopened presents on the table next to the uneaten wedding cake and the Phantom peering down from the window and I just swelled with love for Disneyland Paris and that ride. I had a little weep as we journeyed through Phantom Canyon and then when we got off PM we sat in the exit area for a while and listened to the soundtrack while I composed myself. I could throw up with excitement every time I talk about Phantom Manor and Thunder Mesa, or anything else in DLP. I can’t even comprehend how much work went into the resort.
3. What non-Disney song(s) reminds you or brings back memories of Disney and/or the parks?
Weirdly enough the song Not Fair by Lily Allen reminds me of DLP because it was on the radio loads just before we went there one summer. It’s quite Frontierland-y in an odd way so it always reminds me of being really warm and wanting to be a cowboy and do some barn dancing.
4. When was the first time you went to a Disney park?
It was 1996 – I think. I always tell people this because in the photos of me from our first ever trip I look around six which would mean it’d be 1996 due to the fortunate year in which I was born. But honestly I’m not too sure and no-one else in my family remembers. Here is a photo of me and my brother finding something hysterical at the Newport Bay:
5. If you could choose any of the characters to be your best friend, who would you choose?
I think I’d get on pretty well with Lilo and/or Stitch. Me and Lilo would just get each other and because Stitch understands Lilo I like to think he’d understand me, too. I also like Pleakley which I know is perhaps a strange choice but honestly I think hanging out with Pleakley would be really fun. Other than that, I think Mickey would be the sweetest pal of all.
6. Who are your favourite Disney princesses?
This is always such a toughie because I love them all in different ways and for different reasons. HOWEVER, if I absolutely had to choose, I reckon it’d be Belle, Aurora and Rapunzel. Belle for classic reasons (BaTB makes me very nostalgic and I think Belle was my first ever Disney doll!), Aurora for beautiful-face-and-hair reasons (she is a VISION) and Rapunzel for lots of reasons (she’s positive and kind and I think her relationship with Mother Gothel was v. complex – I liked how they made MG a more sneaky, less ‘mwahaha-I-am-evil’ kind of a villain).
7. Name a scene/moment in any Disney movie that never fails to make you cry?
It’d probably take less time to name a scene in a Disney movie that doesn’t make me cry, really. I think my favourite happy-crying moments are when they sing Be Our Guest in BaTB and when Alice paints the roses red in Alice in Wonderland. But I have a little sad-cry in Mary Poppins where Jane and Michael say that their father doesn’t like them and also in Cinderella where her stepsisters rip her ballgown off her. I remember seeing the Cinderella scene when I was young and wanting to switch it off because I couldn’t believe that anyone could ever be that awful.
8. What is the first Disney movie you remember seeing?
I have a sneaky suspicion that my first Disney movie was The Little Mermaid but I don’t remember watching it for the first time; I just know it was one of my first favourites. The first Disney movie I actually recall watching was The Lion King – my parents took me and my brother to see it at the cinema and I cried during the stampede and had to be taken out of the showing. Whoops…
Any Disney memories from your childhood? Favourite Disney park experiences? Tell me below!
P.S. If you miss ’90s DLP as much as I do, have a look at my other photos from my earlier trips.