with this love letter I want to thank you for everything you have given me and the rest of the world. You bring so much joy and happiness to millions of people all across the globe that I wouldn’t even want to imagine how life without you would be.
I grew up with you. I spent my childhood with you and I chose to keep you in my life, even as an adult. You are not just for kids, you were made for every person who believes in powerful entertainment, enchanting music and characters that feel like friends. Your purpose is to spread joy and every person can use some of it, no matter what age.
When I was a little girl, my uncle gave me a video tape that had The Beauty and The Beast on it. Until today, it is my favorite Disney movie and it started my deep love for all of it. The first time I went to a movie theater, I watched Aladdin with my Grandma and the first English film I ever watched was The Lion King. From a very young age, Disney has been there and I am very happy about this because I do feel that there was always a lot to learn from everything I saw. And even if not, the movies always had the power to make me happy.
I feel like the older I got, the more I grew to love you. My visits to Disneyland are some of my most cherished memories and I will go as often as possible until I grow old. After all, it’s the happiest place on earth and I absolutely agree with that. For all those days I can’t spend there, I’ve always had my own little Disneyland at home. Surrounded by characters that have made me laugh and cry so many times, surrounded by sounds from your movies and surrounded by the feeling that I can grow up and still keep a part of being a child inside of me, forever.
I’m not going to lie, you cost me a lot of hard-earned money but to me, it’s worth every penny. Everytime I can add a new movie to my DVD collection or a new stuffed animal to my crowd of Disney pals, it makes me happy. When I see Dumbo waiting for me when I go to bed, when I take my Lion King Lunchbox full of yummy things with me, when I write down some notes with my Minnie Mouse pen, it makes me happy.
Furthermore, thank you for providing me with topics for several papers and presentations during my time at university and for giving one of my teachers the material, to give one of the greatest classes I have ever taken. I learned so much more about your history, your power, your meaning and I started obsessing, even more. Your lessons are important, your history inspiring and your world will fascinate me, as long as I live.
As I write this, I am wearing Bambi pajamas and I am listening to the beautiful Pocahontas soundtrack, the first CD I ever bought. I am thinking about which movie I want to watch next and which ones are still missing in my collection. I’m thinking about how I can visit Disneyland again, anytime soon. And most of all, I’m thinking of everything that I connect to Disney and realize the smile I have on my face. Yes, this might be cheesy but that’s ok. Whatever makes you happy is ok and Disney never fails to do exactly that – make people happy.
The little girl that will forever be inside of me ♡