The Disney Favourites of my Childhood

I was born in 1994, which was the year that The Lion King was released, and my first Disney trip was actually while my mum was still pregnant with me, so its pretty safe to say that Disney has been ingrained in me from birth.

I was lucky enough to be born at a time that meant my childhood was filled with some absolute Disney bangers, and I remember watching so many of them, although at that time it was all VHS. The films and the characters from this time all still hold a really special place in my heart, and many of them are still firm favourites of mine, but there are a few in particular that stand out for me.

Sleeping Beauty

Aurora was my favourite princess while I was a kid. I let this slip from my memory a little but my mum reminded me a few years ago and it all came back to me. I remember having a Sleeping Beauty towel (which may still be in our garage somewhere) and I had an Aurora doll, in the pink dress, although I’m firmly Team Blue, and think I may have been as a child as well. Aurora may have been replaced as my favourite princess (oh hey, Rapunzel) but I’ll always remember this.

101 Dalmatians

Animal lover from the start, those spotty pups were particular favourites of mine, and I even had 101 Dalmatian wall stickers all over my bedroom walls and door – in fact, the ones on my door stayed there right up until I redecorated in 2009.

Esmeralda

I loved The Hunchback of Notre Dame as a child, and I had a playset that had the festival tent and various other props, as well as an Esmeralda doll which I adored. Of course at that age I had no idea about some of the darker aspects of the story, I just thought Esmeralda was the best.

Meeko

I seem to recall Pocahontas being a favourite of both mine and my sister’s, but the love affair with Meeko was all mine. I remember being so incredibly excited meeting him in what I’m guessing must have been Wilderness Lodge, where this iconic photo was taken after I pretty much rugby tackled him to the ground.

To this day I have such a strong attachment to this little raccoon.

Pluto

We did a lot of Disney trips when I was little, and although thinking back on it, it would possibly be construed as animal abuse, every time I met Pluto I had to pull on his big red tongue. He never seemed to mind though!

Hercules (but mainly Meg)

A truly iconic film of my childhood, if you ask me. I wasn’t so interested in Herc himself, but I loved Pegasus and Meg, even if I didn’t appreciate her sass as a kid. Does anyone else remember the Disney Channel Hercules series? I remember being so upset that Meg wasn’t in it!

And of course there’s not a single photo of me and Mickey where I’m not grinning my little dimples off! Are there any characters you remember strongly from your childhood?

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Disney’s Silver Era Tag

This one’s a little overdue, but its a another of the lovely Amy’s Disney Era Tags; we’re onto the Silver Era, and it’s a big one!

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The Silver Era includes Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, Sword in the Stone and The Jungle Book – some real classics!

1. Any unseen films?

Nope, seen them all many times!

2. What is your favourite film of the era?

This is a tricky one! Sleeping Beauty was always my favourite princess as a kid, and I still love it to this day, but I have a lot of strong feelings for 101 Dalmatians, Lady and the Tramp, Cinderella and Peter Pan!

3. What is your least favourite film of the era?

Controversially, Alice in Wonderland. I enjoyed reading the book but for some reason the film just don’t do that much for me.

4. Who is your favourite main character?

Its a tie between Aurora and Cinderella!

5. Who is your favourite villain?

Maleficent, but only since the live action movie I think. I’m not a big fan of villains really.

6. Who is your favourite sidekick?

Oh the mice! Jaq or Gus Gus for sure!

7. What is your favourite song?

Once Upon a Dream. My favourite for twirling to!

8. What do you consider to be the most underrated film of the era?

I think that The Sword in the Stone is forgotten about so often, which is sad. While its featured in most of the Disney parks, people often forget the significance of the prop.

9. What is your favourite thing about this era?

The hand-drawn animation films are always more special if you ask me, I think thats a big part of this era. There’s also a bunch of really great songs that comes from this era!

10. What is your least favourite thing about this era?

I’m really not sure there’s anything I really dislike about these films!

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Disney’s Wartime/Package Era Tag

This is the 2nd of Amy‘s Disney Era Tags, and for me I feel its the most underrated era: the wartime/package era!

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For starters, most people haven’t heard of half of the films, which is sad, and those who have often discredit them for being made up of shorts of, or claim they’re not ‘real classics’.

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 So here goes!

Any unseen films?

Only The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr Toad, although it may be I watched it as a kid and can’t remember!

What is your favourite film of the era?

Fun and Fancy Free, I love the Mickey and the Beanstalk story!

What is your least favourite film of the era?

Make Mine Music – to me it doesn’t quite fit in with the others.

Who is your favourite main character?

Donald in The Three Caballeros

Who is your favourite villain?

The Giant from Mickey and the Beanstalk

Who is your favourite sidekick?

If he counts as a sidekick, Jose Carioca!

What is your favourite song of the era?

Say It With A Slap from Fun and Fancy Free!

What do you consider to be the most underrated film of the era?

Saludos Amigos – I think a lot of people forget about it, or think its the same as The Three Caballeros, which gets more publicity.

What is your favourite thing about this era?

The comedy value; all of these films were created for the viewers entertainment, and there’s a lot of fun parts to these films!

What do you least enjoy about this era?

I wish they were better known, and I kind of wish they were longer in length.

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