back to top

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.

Posted on

1. The struggle of having only a handful of movies available on VHS...

There were literally only FIVE movies on VHS!!! And they didn't even come in the classic white video case. =(

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.

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

Disney / Via

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?"

8. Burning the tips of your fingers on your still-too-hot-to-touch Shrinky Dinks.

You were just too eager to start playing with freshly baked Gummi Bears Shrinky Dinks.


9. Without even trying, you mysteriously accumulated a collection of picture disc albums...

Like, where did they come from?! Also, they were almost too pretty to play on the record player!

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

Disney / Via

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


13. Taking your photo with a creepy-looking Mickey Mouse whenever you visited Disneyland and/or the Magic Kingdom.

Also, those eyes on Pluto! WTF was he on?

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.

Disney / Via

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

16. Dancing along to the synthpop-filled Mickey Mouse Splashdance album...

And of course, singing along to the standout track: "Mickey, She's Got a Crush on You."


19. Being both mesmerized and creeped out by the Disney Channel's Welcome to Pooh Corner and Dumbo's Circus.

TBH, those puppets were nightmare-inducing.


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

View this video on YouTube

That intro probably still gives you chills.

24. The joy of listening along to your Read-Along Book and Records -- which you probably played on your Fisher-Price record player.

"You will know it is time to turn the page when you hear the chimes ring like this: *Tinkerbell noise*"


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

View this video on YouTube

You're still having nightmares from it.


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

Disney / Via

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.

Ebay / Via

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

32. Learning your ABCs, shapes, numbers, and also about nature with the Walt Disney Fun-to-Learn Library.

This was another set of books that magically appeared on your bookshelf.


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?


39. Getting bomb-ass movie tie-in Happy Meal toys that were as good as anything you could buy at Toys 'R' Us.

They also smelled like fries and plastic.


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

View this video on YouTube

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