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43 Things Everyone Who Grew Up With Disney In The '80s Will Understand

The struggle of waiting to have Disney release its movies from the "Vault" was too real.

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2. ...and having to wait to see the majority of the classic films whenever they were re-released from the "Vault" and put in theaters.

Yup, that's right, '90s kids — Disney would re-release its animated movies into theaters and that was the ONLY way you could see them.


3. Feeling #Blessed that your parents paid for the then-PREMIUM Disney Channel.

And if your parents didn't pay for the Disney Channel, then you ALWAYS looked forward to those "free preview weekends" to get your Disney on.

5. The rush of excitment you felt the first time you ever stepped into a Disney Store -- mind-blowing! It felt like a mini-trip to a Disney Park.

You immediately ran to the back of the store, to the giant stack of stuffed animals, with the movie screen playing Disney cartoons behind it.

6. Getting your fitness on with the Mousercise record...

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"Come on, everybody, and Mousercise! Let the music move you 'til you're carried away. Keep your body moving."

7. ...and the Disney Channel series of the same name, which was hosted by Kellyn Plasschaert.

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Jane Fonda who? Every '80s kid's exercise guru was Kelly. You can probably still hear her soothing voice say, "Hi Mousercisers, how is everyone today? Are you ready to Mousercise?"


11. Enjoying one of these treats on a hot afternoon:

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OK, so basically any time of year, day or night, was perfect for one of these popsicles.

12. Having a deep-down fear that you might be separated from your family after being kidnapped by aliens, thanks to Flight of the Navigator.


15. Learning all the words to your favorite songs -- and rewatching them over and over -- with the original YouTube, Disney's Sing Along Songs videos.

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You also learned the words to songs from films you'd never heard of before -- since they weren't available on VHS!!! =(


20. Begging your parents to get you Disney Dollars whenever you visited a Disney Park and then feeling reluctant to spend them.

21. Getting excited for Sunday nights, 'cause it meant the the Disney Sunday Movie.

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That intro probably still gives you chills.

22. Making calls to your favorite characters on your own personal phone:


This was fun until the batteries were running low, at which point it sounded like Mickey was really drunk while talking to you.


23. Playing with this toy a lot longer than you probably should have:


Really, who cared about whether it was age-appropriate? It was FUN AF to just make the characters pop out.

27. Getting traumatized after riding the original version of Snow White's Adventures at the Magic Kingdom.

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You're still having nightmares from it.

29. Knowing it truly wasn't Christmastime until you watched Mickey's Christmas Carol...

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Sure, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman are great TV specials, but this one hits all the feels.

31. Making your parents upset after you wasted several slices of bread as you played with the Funwich Factory.

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It really did make the bread useless after you imprinted the character on it, since it made it fall apart.

34. Having your mind blown while watching Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and believing deep-down that toons did actually exist.

36. Owning weird merchandise where Mickey is trying to be hip.

What in Miami Vice hell is going on in that invitation card? Was Mickey taking down drug dealers on the DL or something?

40. Having a huge cryfest to literally almost every scene in The Fox and the Hound.


That scene where Widow Tweed leaves Tod in the woods is still HEARTBREAKING after all these years.

42. Knowing there was no BETTER theme song than the one to DuckTales.

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Go ahead and press play — you know you want to sing along.

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