As a product of the 80's, I grew up like many early 90's children; Nintendo 64, drinking Surge, dial-up internet, Game Boy, Power Rangers, Fruit Gushers, Crocodile Hunter and Pokemon Cards. But above everything else, there is only one brand to rule them all.
Growing up in Miami, Florida, I am fortunate enough to be a few driving hours away from the park. Disney World became my everything as a child.
My parents took me to Disney World right when I was at the ripe age to walk. I would never forget seeing the castle for the first time. I was ecstatic to see the Disney movies I grew up to come to life before my very eyes.
And it wasn't just me, you can see the sparkle in my parent's eyes going to one part of the park to another.
Disney is truly one of those few topics that individuals of diverse age groups can relate to. Sharing that moment with my family was truly a magical experience.
But Disney didn’t just take over my primary vacation destination. It completely took over the better of my childhood. Coming home from school I would turn on the TV and watch my favorite 90's Disney cartoons such as....
And of course, Darkwing Duck
And let's face it, the cartoons back then blow every kid's show out of the water today
Did you know what was also better in the 90's? The Disney movies! When the family got together, it was movie time. And man did I have my selection of Disney films.
You want to know what was my favorite Disney movie as a kid?
It was comical, accelerating, amazing soundtrack and taught me a very valuable lesson I keep with me until this day; If you work hard enough and stay true to who you are, you can go the distance….
Of course, this movie led me to an interest in Greek mythology which lead me to the actual story of Hercules that involves murder, incest, rape and manipulation….
Overall, Disney has taught me the importance of family and staying positive in bad situations. They even gave me hope that love can be found anywhere
Walt Disney even takes credit for who I am today in the workforce. Growing up watching the movies and cartoons back in the day have opened my eyes to animation, cartoon characters and amazing stories which has lead me into my creative career path. Hopefully my story comes to full circle and I can work for Disney one day.
Today, I'm still the giddy kid every time a new Disney movie comes out.
It is amazing the level of admiration and appreciation I get watching these movies as an adult, especially me being an artist who has dabbled a bit in animation and character design. The details in the facial expressions, the fluid motion of the body movements, the choice of mood and colors…. Disney truly has gotten the animation process down to a T.
I mean have you seen the intro for the movie Up?
I was blessed growing up in an era where the animation renaissance took place. Disney delivered big in their movies and shows. They made sure we enjoyed every minute of their programs and hypnotized us with their creativity. I honestly can't wait for the day I have kids and sit them down to my old cartoon shows. I mean they are honestly better off watching Ducktales than whatever this is.
But beyond the quality of their work. There is something more to Disney than a name brand.
Their history of beating the odds that inspire us to push forward in life despite the circumstances.
Their characters who we grow to love as well as relate to regardless of the years in your life.
Their stories that can be colorfully fascinating as well as life lessons that teach us the value of love, friendship and family....
Most of all, it is their magic that provides our world of imagination, the possibilities of dreams coming true and hope to those who have ever wished upon a star.
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