Disney Has Shaped Me Into The Person I Am Today

Disney Has Shaped Me Into The Person I Am Today

In a world that sometimes is filled with negativity, this is my happy place.
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If you follow my articles you know by now that I am an avid Disney lover and fan. I watched my first film before I could walk and I’ve been watching those films ever since. I even lived at Disney World for 6 months on an internship, so yes. You could say I’m a huge fan. But I get asked all the time why I like Disney. Well to me that’s like asking someone why they enjoy breathing. Because you like living... There’s not really an obvious explanation but rather one that goes very in depth and could take an hour to tell. So with my ability to write, I’ll do my best to break down exactly why I love Disney.

The company is the most professional company I’ve worked for.
We all know that Disney is known for their customer service. They are always placed at number one because of their outstanding customer satisfaction. As a former employee, I did anything and everything to keep customers happy, and when I say anything…I mean anything. I swear if a customer were to ask me to do the chicken dance and spin around 3 times, I would not hesitate. If that’s what will keep a smile on their child’s face, then so be it. If ever a customer goes into a situation unhappy and angry, 10/10 times they will come out happier than ever gaining more benefits and services than they could have imagined. As a server at Disney, it was always a high priority to make sure what the customer ordered and asked for was the most important task that I completed.

They are always expanding.
Disney will never have an end destination. Just when you think the parks can’t build anymore, they come out with an entirely new land. They have projects that will continue to be built until my grandchildren have grandchildren. Even with the films. Just when we think we have all the princesses, we hear that there will be 7 more by 2045. There will always be something new and something to look forward to with this amazing company.


I feel like a kid again.
This is probably the most obvious reason but it’s so true. Whenever I watch these films, ride these rides, anything associated with it, I feel like a little kid. There is this joy that fills my heart and though I call myself a writer, even I can’t explain it. There is the feeling of forgetting all responsibilities and not having to care about anything in the world except for one’s own happiness. It’s similar to that feeling of going to bed on Christmas Eve wondering if you’ll catch a glimpse or hear a noise that could indicate St. Nick has arrived. That feeling when you wake up at the crack of dawn and run downstairs to see all the presents Santa has left you is a timeless feeling that one will know well even at age 75. For me, Disney gives me that feeling at all times. I feel like I can be myself and I can indulge in the magic and mayhem that seeks adventure and make belief. Peter Pan was right when he said to never grow up.

It gives me hope.
In a world that sometimes is filled with negativity, this is my happy place. This is where I can escape to and know that there are little boys and girls who are infatuated by the imagination that Walt has given us all. I know that this company and genre of movies and music will fill the eyes and ears of future generations to come. I know that they will pass down their joy and memories for generations to come, and the world will see magic come to life.

It really is the happiest place on Earth.
I have seen countless miracles play out on the premise of Disney property. I have seen proposals, weddings, pregnancy announcements, gender reveals, family reunions, birthday celebrations of all ages and so much more. While there are milestones in life that can be celebrated at Disney, it is not exclusive to one age group, one gender, one race, etc. I have seen families come together over a sit-down meal in a resort. I have seen parents hold their children’s hands and promise that the roller coaster filled with creatures was make believe and they wouldn’t be harmed. I have seen father’s praise their daughters to feel like princesses for the day, and parents enjoy themselves as well as pat themselves on the back for the joy they have brought to their children. I’ve truly seen it all.

Everyone knows Disney.
At one point or another, we have seen a film, heard a story, mimicked a character, etc. We all know the company and it's universally known everywhere. With its ability to touch lives internationally, everyone at least knows the mouse we call Mickey. We all know the fun that it represents and the happiness that it brings to everyone of all ages.

So although these are the reasons that I can talk about at the top of my head, there is no one set answer as to why I like Disney. I will never be able to explain it under 500 words but my best way to form an explanation is to show someone my love for Disney. This company means the world to me and has truly shaped me into the person I am. And at the end of the day, my love for a mouse has only grown since I was an infant.

Cover Image Credit: Cheyenne Wong

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8 Struggles Of Being 21 And Looking 12

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“You'll appreciate it when you're older." Do you know how many times my mom has told me this? Too many to count. Every time I complain about looking young that is the response I get. I know she's right, I will love looking young when I'm in my 40s. However, looking young is a real struggle in your 20s. Here's what we have to deal with:

1. Everyone thinks your younger sister or brother is the older one.

True story: someone actually thought my younger sister was my mom once. I've really gotten used to this but it still sucks.

2. You ALWAYS get carded.

Every. Single. Time. Since I know I look young, I never even bothered with a fake ID my first couple of years of college because I knew it would never work. If I'm being completely honest, I was nervous when I turned 21 that the bartender would think my real driver's license was a fake.

3. People look at your driver's license for an awkward amount of time.

So no one has actually thought my real driver's license is fake but that doesn't stop them from doing a double take and giving me *that look.* The look that says, “Wow, you don't look that old." And sometimes people will just flat out say that. The best part is this doesn't just happen when you're purchasing alcohol. This has happened to me at the movie theater.

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4. People will give you *that look* when they see you drinking alcohol.

You just want to turn around and scream “I'M 21, IT'S LEGAL. STOP JUDGING ME."

5. People are shocked to find out you're in college.

If I had a dollar for every time someone had a shocked expression on their face after I told them I'm a junior in college I could pay off all of my student loan debt. It's funny because when random people ask me how school is going, I pretty much assume they think I'm in high school and the shocked look on their face when I start to talk about my college classes confirms I'm right.

6. For some reason wearing your hair in a ponytail makes you look younger.

I don't understand this one but it's true. Especially if I don't have any makeup on I could honestly pass for a child.

7. Meeting an actual 12-year-old who looks older than you.

We all know one. That random 12-year-old who looks extremely mature for her age and you get angry because life isn't fair.

8. Being handed a kids' menu.

This is my personal favorite. It happens more often than it should. The best part of this is it's your turn to give someone a look. The look that says, "You've got to be kidding me".

Looking young is a real struggle and I don't think everyone realizes it. However, with all the struggles that come with looking young, we still take advantage of it. Have you ever gone to a museum or event where if you're under a certain age you get in for a discounted price? Yeah? Well, that's when I bet you wish you were us. And kids' meals are way cheaper than regular meals so there have definitely been a couple times when I've kept that kids' menu.

So, all in all, it's not the worst thing in the world but it's definitely a struggle.

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What It Is Really Like Having Sisters Close To Your Age

While having siblings close to your age is pretty amazing, there can be a lot of issues that can come with it.

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I come from a family of 5 people and 1 dog. I have 2 sisters, Grace and Caroline. We are all pretty close in age, Caroline being the youngest and 3 years younger than me.

My sisters and I share a bond like no one else, no one can replicate it. When you have siblings close to your age you have built-in best friends, and since they are around your age you have the same interest, or at least, enough so that you can do things that other siblings cannot. Examples of this would be seeing R-Rated movies and going to the mall without too much complaining, along with being able to shop in the same stores or even share clothes. Grace and I sometimes even split the cost of a shirt we both like.

We even overlap friend groups! Which is not much of a problem for us, Grace and I are both in music programs which overlap enough for us to have the same friends, which is great for when one of us has a sleepover, the other can join in on the fun. Caroline, however, even though she is seen as the sporty one of the 3 of us, she still has a lot of friends who have similar interests as Grace or I, giving us a lot of the same friends. It's nice not to be considered the "cool older sister", I am just like the rest of them.

While we do fight a lot, we make up really quickly, because most issues we have are stupid sibling fights: who gets the T.V., what to have for dinner, what movie to see. But it is always fun because there are 3 of us, which means majority rules, something we tend to go by most of the time depending on the situation.

Having 3 teenagers in the house can be a handful for our parents though, when you have three teenage girls going through puberty at relatively the same time, it can be grueling, especially when you are all on your period at the same time.. (yes, that has happened before) (and yes, it sucks). While I am on the topic, let's say a prayer and a thank you to my dad for dealing with 5 girls (including the dog, obviously) because he does a pretty damn good job at dealing with all of us.

When we were younger, we always had a play date even when one was canceled. We all made up songs and dances and would perform them for our parents. We even had a band called The Halsey Sisters (AKA the female version of The Jonas Brothers) where we had a hit song called "We Got The Heart and Soul". It was a hell of a time. Let's just say the music video for that song is, interesting to say the least.

At the end of the day, I wouldn't switch my sisters for anything in the world, they are my rocks, and I wouldn't want it any other way, Grace, Caroline, keep doing what you're doing, because you're pretty damn awesome.

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