Welcome to those of you joining me from Capturing Magical Memories and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail.
This month we are sharing our #DisneySide with our readers. My blog is 100% all Disney, all the time because I love Disney. I previously wrote a mom blog from 2004-2012 but changed to “I Am a Disney Nerd” because I was posting a lot about Disney and my mom blog was turning into a Disney Blog.
So you may be wondering why am I nuts about Disney. I believe that it all started when my mom took me to Disneyland in 1977 for the first time when I was four. I don’t remember much about it but I do have some wonderful vintage photos to help me remember the trip. I live in Northern California and Disneyland is an 8-hour drive or a quick plane ride away. When I was a kid I went to Disneyland almost every year during summer break. I grew up thinking it was normal to go to Disneyland every summer.
I think I have missed a few summers at Disneyland, but not many. 1985 was one of my favorite years there. I remember it was the 30th Anniversary of Disneyland. Do you remember the Gift Giver Extraordinaire? Check out this vintage video about the park celebrations at Disneyland that year, I think I won a Mickey Mouse plush.
Each year, my #DisneySide grew bigger and bigger until it just could not be contained anymore and I needed a Disney fix almost every day. I went off to college in San Francisco and as luck would have it a Disney Store was opening in town at the corner of Post and Powell Street in Union Square. I knew that I had to be a part of it.
I applied for a position and I remember being so excited to interview. I didn’t care if all I did was fold t-shirts all day, I just wanted to be surrounded by Disney all the time. I was hired (thank goodness) and started out as a part-time cast member and worked my way up to full-time cast member, lead cast member, stock captain and finally to assistant store manager. I worked for the Disney Store for five years.
Our store was a big deal at the time, it was 1995 and it was the largest store on the West Coast. There was an Adults area that was like decorated like a sound stage, a Kids section themed like Alice in Wonderland, a toy section themed like the Ballroom from Beauty and the Beast complete with a rotating cake, Gepetto’s Workshop for all the plush and a Gallery for all the awesome collectables.
Working at the Disney Store was the best time ever. I won the Teamwork award with in my first year there and competed in the Disney Store Trivia Competition. I meet some fantastic cast members that I am still friends with today and thanks to the power of Facebook we are able to connect and share our love for Disney even though we are miles apart. I like to call them my Disney Sisters and Brothers.
A few years ago our Disney Store closed and just before it closed I visited the store. The store was dirty, lights were burnt out and the store was a mess. It was very sad to see the magic of our store was gone. But I stood still in the store and I closed my eyes and I imagined all the fun that I had there and the crazy times we spent together. For a brief moment I could feel it, I could sense the magic of the past and in my mind I could see everyone running around the store helping guests. I believe that it really does take a group of people with the love for Disney to make the magic happen.
As you have read, my #DisneySide has been developing since I was a very young girl, but what makes that part of my personality tick today? The answer is Disney History, I am a nut for all things vintage Disney. In general I like history, but when you put Disney history into the mix then my brain explodes with dates, facts and figures all about Disney, Disneyland, Walt Disney World , Disney Movies, Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney. When people ask me a question about Disney I can sometimes turn into Professor Ludwig Von Drake and just give out way to much information and get really excited about the topic.
Mickey Mouse is by far my favorite Disney character because he is our connection that we can have with Walt. While we can only step foot into Disneyland a few times a year, we can be near Mickey Mouse everyday though our #DisneySide.
Since I live in Northern California I am able to see these letters anytime I want at the Cal Expo entrance and I think that is pretty special because it is a part of Disney History.
I am also growing my kids #DisneySide and taking them to Disneyland as much as possible. This picture below is of me at four years old in 1977 and the one on the right is of my daughter at four years old. Both of us are standing outside of the Storybook Land Canal Boats ride. Too bad they put up a safety fence and took out that awesome rock or else I could have done a reproduction photo, but this is pretty close. I love how less jagged Monstro’s teeth are now.
Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop Disney with Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
1st Stop ~ Capturing Magical Memories
2nd Stop ~ I Am a Disney Nerd 3rd Stop <—-You are here
3rd Stop ~ Disney with Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
4th Stop ~ Home is Where the Mouse Is
Final Stop ~ Ashley Aspires