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10 Ways to Make the Most of a Bad Day — Disney Character-Style!

We’ve all had them. Bad days. Days in which nothing went our way. Whether we woke up on the wrong side of the bed or just had a bit of bad luck, we can’t escape these kind of days, as much as we want to look at the brighter side of life. The good news is that we’re not alone! There have been folks just like you and me who have had bad days, especially our favorite Disney characters.

If your day has had a stroke of bad luck or just been epically bad, take a look at how these Disney characters overcame their bad days with a smile and a little bit of Disney magic.

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    10 Ways to Make the Most of a Bad Day--Disney Character Style!

    Have you ever experienced a realllllllly bad day? Did you think that day would never end? Take a look at 10 Disney characters who thought their bad day was the worst day ever ... and how they made it better!

  • Carl: If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! 2 of 11
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    Instead of trying to fight all the things that are going wrong, why not just join in on the fun-side of your bad day? Take Carl Fredrickson from UP.  After having to share his adventure with Russell and then having a hard landing with this home, he took on the extra burden of Kevin and Dug — just to please Russell. Then, after finally meeting his idol, Carl had to run away from a pack of dogs and let go of his home .... and lifelong dream. But in the end, he found he'd had an unbelievable adventure and formed an unexpected friendship with Russell.

  • Vanellope: Look for the good in others 3 of 11
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    Poor Vanellope — being a glitch (or the odd man out) is never fun. When she finally found what she thought was a true friend in Ralph, she was on top of the world and was able to forget the fact that she felt alone. But when Ralph crushed her cart and destroyed her chances to compete in the race, she still found it in her heart to forgive him. Because she was able to forgive, she ruled the raceways and turned around her day. Not a shabby way to end a bad day, don't you think?

  • Flik: There’s always time to make things right 4 of 11
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    Flik, from the movie A Bug's Life, messed up royally when an invention he created (to gather food for the bully grasshoppers) accidentally dumped all the food the ants had gathered into a stream. The leader of the grasshoppers made the ants gather double the portion that was lost, essentially making an impossible task even worse. Flik was then kicked out of the colony. Feeling bad about what he did to his fellow ants, he still tried to rectify himself by thinking of another creation to scare off the grasshoppers, eventually building a fake bird. Much to Flik's dismay, his plan failed miserably, and the grasshoppers wanted revenge. Little did they know that Flik had friends in high places — a real bird spotted the commotion and had some grasshoppers for lunch. Flik was then accepted back into the colony after one of his inventions was used to gather food for the ants.

  • Maudie: Remember that it will all be over soon 5 of 11
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    Maudie is the caretaker in the DunBroch castle in the movie Brave. Having to care for Harris, Hubert, and Hamish (Merida's younger, rambunctious triplet brothers) was bad enough, but Maudie's day only got worse when the triplets ate some of Merida's enchanted dessert that turned them into bears. Poor Maudie! She found refuge with the other maidens in the castle, who assured her that everything was going to be okay. I'm sure she asked for an extended vacation after the whole bear fiasco. 

  • Lightning McQueen: Have a positive outlook 6 of 11
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    When Lightning McQueen got lost and happened upon Radiator Springs in the first Cars movie, it was only the beginning of his troubles. From being held prisoner and getting filthy by hanging around with Mater, to having to pay his dues to society by re-paving the main road in Radiator Springs, he had to do it all. Once McQueen changed his attitude about his situation, his outlook on life AND his career took a turn for the better.

  • Woody: Keep calm and accept the challenges 7 of 11
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    In the second installment of the Toy Story saga, Woody's day started off on the wrong foot. First he lost his hat, and then the unimaginable happened: Andy accidentally tore Woody's arm. To top it all off, he got shelved (which, according to the toys, is one step away from being yard sale junk). To make matters even worse, he was "toy-napped" by a toy collector, which is where he finally met the rest of the Round-Up Gang. From that moment on, his whole world changed. He didn't give up and managed to save Jessie and Bullseye from a boring life in a toy museum. If Woody had just stopped trying and remained in the toy-napper's apartment, he never would have found his new friends. 

  • Marlin: Keep an open mind 8 of 11
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    Oh, boy. Marlin seems to have hit the jackpot of bad days. From the minute his son, Nemo, got taken by the dentist in the movie Finding Nemo, Marlin set off on an adventure like none other. Too bad he was too freaked out to notice. His first encounter with Dory was a doozy that led to interacting with sharks in bomb-infested waters. Then he was made fun of by a school of fish, which led to him swimming with scary jellyfish. On top of all that, he was swallowed by a whale and then scooped up by a pelican. But all's well that ends well. He did find his son, and it was then when he realized the great adventure he had experienced.

  • Sebastian: Never give up 9 of 11
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    Another caretaker for the win! When Sebastian was put in charge of Ariel in the movie The Little Mermaid,  little did he know about the adventure he was about to go on. It's bad enough to have to take care of a teenager, but when Ariel falls in love with a human, things go downhill for Sebastian. First he deals with Ariel's decision to become human, then he almost gets cooked by Prince Eric's chef. He tries and fails time and time again to get Eric to kiss Ariel so that Ursula's spell could be broken. In the end, he was finally vindicated in the eyes of King Triton when Ariel and Prince Eric entered into wedded bliss.

  • Maurice: Take deep breaths 10 of 11
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    Maurice is Belle's inventor father in the movie Beauty and the Beast. When he sets off to a fair to try and sell off his new invention, his bad day begins. He gets lost in the woods and faces a pack of wolves that make him run deeper into the trees, leading him to stumble upon Beast's castle. Once inside, Beast throws him in the dungeon. His bad luck doesn't end there. Once Belle finds her father, she replaces him as prisoner in the castle and makes her father leave. He does what any father would've done:  he tries to rescue Belle, but falls ill and ends up passing out in the woods. Then, to top all of that, Gaston arranged to sabotage Belle into marring him by threatening to put Maurice into an asylum. In the end, Gaston's plans failed, and Maurice's day finally ended on a high note as his daughter, Belle, and Prince Adam danced the night away and lived happily ever after. 

  • Eeyore: Remember that things turn out right in the end 11 of 11
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    Oh Eeyore. The king of all bad days and bad luck. Have you ever met an Eeyore in real life?  No, I'm not talking about a real sad donkey, but a person who's always just down in the dumps and never has anything good to say. I met an Eeyore this past week, and let me tell you, they are really something. Eeyore is just gloomy and sad, and something is always the matter. But in the movie Winnie the Pooh and a Day for Eeyore, we finally get to see a smile on Eeyore. After a depressing day of sadness caused by everyone forgetting his birthday, Pooh and all his friends came together for  surprise party for Eeyore. By the end of this party, Tigger was the one that was sad after losing a game, and Eeyore found himself comforting Tigger. That's quite the change for our grumpy friend.

Photo Source: Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Studios

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