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Once Upon a Time

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Andrew Smith
Mrs. Nesbet
English III
23, August 2013
Once Upon A Time
I am a lifelong Disney enthusiast; I know everything there is to know about Disney movies, theme parks, and culture. Some people would say that I am obsessed, but I just think of myself as a huge admirer. At the young age of six, I took my first trip to Walt Disney. A big part of who I am is my love for Disney culture. From the day that my mom put in Toy Story, my enthusiasm for Disney spread like fire and, once kindled, blew into a flame.
As a kid, I was curious to see, learn, and do just about everything. When I watched movies like Aladdin or Jungle Book, I was captivated by the great characters, the songs, and the exotic, faraway lands the movies introduced. My mom would play Aladdin, and I would watch the entire movie, then go to my neighbor’s house across the street, and go to my friend Ian’s house, and tell him, “We need to go explore!” I was convinced that if Ian and I walked far enough, we would come across a desert like in Aladdin, or a mysterious jungle with singing monkeys. Watching Disney movies really sparked my enthusiasm for exploring and for traveling. As soon as I started high school, I g heavily involved myself in foreign language and student clubs like Student Council and Science Club. Spanish introduced me to other parts of the world, which I found appealing because of my urge to see other places. My open-mindedness, curiosity, and enthusiasm for travel can be linked to my early interests in characters that I found appealing, like Wendy, who took a leap of faith and joined Peter Pan on a journey to Never Land, and I will never forget Rapunzel finally leaving her tower. I was always at the edge of my seat during all of these movies and I truly felt everything the characters felt. I can see how the actions I make in my own life now reflect those moments as a kid when I watched my favorite movies. This is how I have come to believe Disney magic is indeed real.
The moments I remember from my early years are sometimes just strange. Little moments like my dad helping me tie my shoe is something that I will remember forever. Some people may not remember much from their childhood because it was a long time ago, but everyone can remember at least one special moment from when they were young. A special moment occurred when I was watching The Lion King on VHS, not because of the movie but because of a short Disney commercial in the previews that always stood out to me. The commercial started inside a house. I could see a boy, a little older than me at the time, carrying a suitcase up the stairs, with his little brother trailing behind him. The boys make their way to the bedroom to pack their clothes. All the while, the older brother is telling his little brother all about Disney World and what to do there and what not to do. It was quite obvious, to me, even though I was a child that it was the little brother’s first trip to Disney World. The end of the commercial shows the boys packed and sitting on their suitcases. The older brother has his arm around his little brother’s shoulder, and he said, “You are going to love this place, Larry.” This is by far my favorite commercial of all time. I remember feeling so excited; I remember begging my parents to take me to Disney World. Now that I look back at it, this was excellent marketing on Disney’s part. Here I am ten years later and the image is still clearly visible in my mind. The memories I made as a child stayed with me to this day, whether it is my favorite Disney commercial from when I was five or when I was running around the house, singing, “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King”. Disney gave me most of my favorite memories, and for that I am grateful.
I recall bits of my first trip to the happiest place on earth, but feel as though my memories are mostly from my parents retelling stories about my first visit. I do remember sitting in my old living room, surrounded by luggage, and feeling like we were going on an adventure. Seeing my parents so excited made me feel even more impatient to get on the plane and go. When I finally arrived at the world-renowned Magic Kingdom, I felt as if I stepped into a world of wonder. Right out of a fairy tale, I saw Cinderella’s castle and Main Street USA. I remember that hot, humid day all too well and, to be honest, I was one cranky six-year-old by the end of the day. I may have taken my parents’ generosity for granted, but I was only six. By the time we were finally home, I was crying to return, so I know I enjoyed myself.
When I was a kid, I never saw Disney films or books as anything more than quality entertainment. When ten years passed and Toy Story was still my favorite movie, I knew there was something more. I like to call it Disney magic, but others call it an obsession. In fiction or in real life, it is true that imagination can give one the inner strength to face life’s difficult situations. All of my favorite Disney characters found escape from a world of hardships through their desire to make their dream a reality. I find a similar escape from everyday life into faraway countries I am determined to visit one day. However difficult life gets, one way to escape is through the doorway of one’s own imagination.

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