My Secret Disney Life.
I cannot believe it has been almost a year since I sat down and wrote a blog post! I can only apologise to those of you desperate to hear from me….although, deep down, I know that’s none of you! What a year it has been. Since my last blog post we have: proven our abilities by climbing a mountain, conquering the Black Gorge, walked with Llama’s, crashed a car, dressed as Harry Potter and welcomed in a new member to the Barnsby family as my big brother got engaged to the beautiful Chloe, in Miami. Wow when I think about it we really have had a lot of adventures. We also said goodbye to some very close friends, which is always sad, but we are very blessed to be surrounded by amazing people and got to welcome many new friends too.
For those who don’t already know, Jane, Lauren and I are huge Disney fans (possibly me more so than the girls!). We love to snuggle up and watch a Disney movie from the first full-length animated motion picture, Snow White to the more modern Disney/Pixar movies like Toy Story (my personal favorite), or Coco. A lot of people laugh at me and say such things as “Disney is just for kids”, or “Aren’t you a little old to like Disney?”. I usually respond with a quote from Walt Disney himself “Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional”. The thing about Disney is that it expands way beyond animated or even live action movies. Disney is an entire world within itself. Walt Disney is such an inspiring individual, who influences modern culture and change 50 years after his death. Yes the movies do have a childhood appeal, but they inspire far beyond too. They reinforce positive life lessons and culture changes. Pocahontas discusses the boundaries around race and how colour, creed or ethnic background cannot influence true love.
Beauty and the Beast teaches s not to judge people by their appearance or first impressions and that beauty comes from within.
The Lion King reminds us that even in death, the circle of life continues and our spirits live on in those we love.
Cinderella expresses never to give up on your dreams; the list goes on!
Still many people are un-impressed so it’s usually at this point I introduce the concept of the Disney community. Via social media there is an ever-growing community of like minded Disney fans making friends. We have friends all over the world, from France and Germany to Australia and Canada. There are very few states in the USA that I think we don’t have friends. People from Florida, California, Oklahoma, Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Minnesota, Texas and Carolina speak to us on a daily basis and send us regular Magic Mail, (letters and gifts that are Disney inspired), just to make us smile.
Now if you’re a cynic I have already anticipated your next objection “People on social media are not REAL friends”. Well I can tell you right now, that statement could not be any more false!! I am currently working on my next 2 blog posts, one on this very topic (and one covering the adventures from the last 12 months). I will go into more detail on why social media friends are “real friends” then. In the mean time, just trust me. The Disney community could not be more supportive and is an amazing happy place, Walt would be proud of. Also check out my Instagram and see for yourself Disney isn’t just for childhood it’s for life.
A group of us Disney friends have teamed up to help promote each others blogs, so be sure to click on this link and check out the amazing Blog by Lisa and keep clicking trough the loop and reading all the blogs until you get back here!
Remember – “Its kinda fun to do the impossible” – Walt Disney
Have a magical day
Ian B xxx
|Art of Animation resort|
|Lauren & Belle her favourite princess|
|Meeting Mickey for the 1st time|