My mom always pre-ordered Disney Movies from The Disney Store when I was little. Of course, pre-ordering meant we had to go into the store because the Internet didn’t exist, but it also meant that I could wander around and touch everything while she put her order in and again when we went in to pick up our VHS copy of whatever movie happened to be coming out. (Touching magical things makes them more magical.) She ordered them through the Disney Store because she loved to collect the lithographs that came with the video, and somewhere tucked away in her home I know there’s a whole pile of them simply waiting to be discovered someday.
The Little Mermaid is coming out on Blu-Ray diamond edition on October 1st and just like when I was a kid, when you pre-order you get magical lithographs to go along with it — I hope that’s one thing that never, ever changes about Disney video releases.
The Little Mermaid is one of the only movies I ever remember seeing in a theater; that opening scene with the ship coming through the fog as the sailors start singing. I just got goosebumps. The very next weekend, my friends and I recreated so many scenes from the movie as we swam around in my friend Jennifer’s pool, tossing our wet hair over the top of us (it never really worked) and launching ourselves out of the pool as we sang “Part of Your World.”
On our Disney Cruise in December, I busted Addie playing mermaid at the side of one of the pools, and after splashing her tail around for a bit, she too launched herself up and sang “Part of Your World” to herself. There are proud parenting moments, then there are moments when you just want to scream and shout about how awesome your kid is — this was one of those moments.
There isn’t a single girl my age who hasn’t been affected by Ariel, her free spirit, her voice, her thingamajiggies and those bangs. OH, THOSE BANGS.
Next week I’ll be meeting Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel. There will also be a peek inside the Animation Research Library, a place I have had the extreme privilege to visit once before. And guess what y’all? THERE WILL BE SO MANY TEARS. When it comes to legendary Disney voices, Jodi Benson ranks amazingly high and she’s going to talk to me. (She was 28 when she did The Little Mermaid, my lucky number! Coincidence? Probably, BUT WHO CARES.)
I can’t even.
When in LA I will also have the chance to attend the premier of Planes which, WHOA, as well as a special peek and discussion with some of the filmmakers of Frozen, which, DOUBLE WHOA.
Disney fandom comes in so many different forms. Mine is deep and constant, it was instilled in me early on (my mom went to Disneyland the year it opened!) and has stayed a constant throughout my life. To have opportunities like this make me weep with gratitude to be so closely involved with the movies I grew up on, and the movies my girls will grow up with. You can follow along with the whirlwind of activities on almost every social media site out there with the hashtags #DisneyPlanesPremier and #LittleMermaidEvent.
I’ll try to do every Disney fan out there proud, as well as the little girl who is still very much alive in me.
Travel costs and most expenses have been taken care of by Disney (thank you!) opinions are my own and I have not been otherwise compensated for this particular event.
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