Its a DisneySide Saturday, the day of the week I allocate to general ramblings about my life and Disney, and today I thought as I talk about them all the time, I’d introduce you to my family, without whom I don’t think Disney would be such a huge influence on my life.
First of all there’s my dad, Peter.
An absolute Disney pro, he’s been visiting Disney parks since he was 10 years old, his first trip being to Disneyland California in 1975.
Around Disney World you’ll find him snapping pictures, mainly of the iconic monorails, and getting endless compliments for his awesome Disney and minion themed tshirts.
His year of birth Disney classic is Mary Poppins (1964)
I don’t have many memories from early trips to Disney parks, so my favourite Disney memory of my dad was on our August trip to Disney World, when the two of us spent an afternoon photographing Epcot’s World Showcase 🙂
Then there’s Mum, Sue.
She was introduced to the world of Disney parks by my dad in 1991, just over a year before my sister was born.
If you ever need to find my mum, you’ll most likely find her going round and round Buzz Lightyear’s Spaceship Spin, forever attempting to beat her high score (that the rest of us aren’t allowed to come near to beating!), and avoiding any rides that might make her chuck!
Her year of birth Disney classic is The Jungle Book (1967), which is the only Disney film my grandparents have on video/dvd.
My mum is probably the biggest supporter of my Disney dreams, from following my blog to nagging her friends in the states to send me US items to save on international shipping!
I have one sister, Hannah.
That’s her on the left dressed as Belle (we’re about 5 and 3 in this photo).
She’s been visiting Disney parks since she was in the womb (not an exaggeration!), and I will forever have to catch up with the number of trips she went on before I was born!
If she’s not hanging out on Main Street USA, she’s probably sneaking in another showing of Finding Nemo: The Musical in the Animal Kingdom!
Aladdin was the Disney classic that came out the year she was born (1992).
While she may not be quite as obsessed as her darling younger sister, Disney plays a big part in her life and work as a merchandiser for childrens toys for a large supermarket chain, and she’s forever full of exciting news and gossip!
My auntie (mum’s sister), Lesley.
She made her first trip to the happiest place on Earth in 1996 when she joined us on our adventure, and likes to remind me that whenever I fell asleep during/after an exciting day in the parks, it was her who always got lumped carrying me!
Her birth year Disney classic is The Aristocats (1970)
On our most recent Disney excursion, a trip to Enchanted Tales with Belle had us all in stitches as she was chosen to play Madame Bouche (the large, opera singing wardrobe) in our little re-enactment of the story!
And her husband, Uncle Vito.
Vito joined our Disney team on our 2000 trip to Disney World, Florida, two years after he married into our crazy family.
An absolute shopaholic, you’ll find him scouting out goodies in the gift shops, recognisable by his signature hawaiian shirts.
He shares his year of birth with Disney classic Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971).
You can always guarantee that if there’s an audience participation moment, Vito will be featured, the most recent example being when he was picked on during the Monsters Inc Laugh Floor by one of the monster comedians!
Bella is the oldest of my cousins.
She loves The Little Mermaid and Lilo and Stitch.
The Incredibles came out the same year she was born.
Like her daddy, she tends to seek out the limelight, taking part in Enchanted Tales with Belle and Turtle Talk with Crush.
For a 10 year old, she was oddly obsessed with The Carousel of Progress, asking to go on it several times, although I think it may have been her sneaky way of getting out of the heat of the day!
Sophia is the middle child.
She has long blonde hair, so is basically Rapunzel.
She loves Olaf, and all things Frozen.
She was terrified to the point of tears by the thought of The Tower of Terror, but actually loved it from the first drop, silly girl!
She was born the year Cars hit the big screen.
Despite no one else wanting to, she queued for half an hour to meet Mr Incredible and Frozone, and had a rocking time with them!
Liv is the youngest of our crazy crew.
She joined the family the same year Wall-E and Bolt were released.
For a 5 year old, she was a total adrenaline junkie, going on all the rides she was tall enough for, and chose Space Mountain and Expedition Everest as her favourites.
The girl can sleep through anything if she’s tired, including a show as loud as Fantasmic!
Like every other young girl in the world, she loves Frozen.
My absolute favourite moment from our Disney World holiday was when after keeping the girls up and waiting for the Main Street Electrical Parade (hello grumpypusses!), at the sight of Tinkerbell on the first float, her face totally lit up with excitement!
This is my family. I wouldn’t change them for the world and I am so lucky to have so many magical memories of our lives together. Here’s to many more, starting with Disney on Ice this Christmas Eve!