Happy Birthday Disneyland!

On July 17, 1955, Disneyland in Anaheim California opened its doors to a crowd of anxious people ready to explore the wonders of this new land!

The park has been through a whirlwind of changes over the past 63 years.

It’s such a historic place and Disney lovers like myself enjoy the nostalgia of it all. I’m hoping to make it out there next year for the D23 Expo and will absolutely spend a few days enjoying all Disneyland has to offer!

Keeping it old-school in memory of all that Disney has brought us over the years, I’m leaving you with a happy birthday wish from the first Disney princess ever!

Conflicted over Love Song…

…Not that I am getting married any time soon, so truly this is not an emergency. But every once in a while, this Diva daydreams about her fairy tale wedding. The major details are already set:

Location: Walt Disney World

Officiant: Goofy 

Transportation: Pixie Dust

Groom: TBD 

Along with those important details, my Wedding Song was always going to be from “So This is Love” – and for those of you who do not know what movie that comes from, I will tell you, and then immediately ask you to take a good, long look at your life choices. It’s from Cinderella, and is hands-down one of the most romantic moments in any movie, not just Disney, but ever! It’s perfect in every way. It’s short, which is good, because I don’t need to be dancing to a 5-minute song. The words are perfect yet simple. And it encapsulates what I would imagine a Disney Diva bride would want to feel on her wedding day.

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That being said, I find myself in an (unnecessary) conundrum.

The other day I was working at my desk, crunching numbers while tuned in to one of my most frequented Disney radio stations, when suddenly a familiar song came on. Oh yes, I have heard it many times, and I know all of the words… but for some reason, listening to it again made me realize that THIS might be a better wedding song. The travesty!

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And what song, you might be wondering, has me all in a tizzy. I guarantee you know it too, and if you think about it long enough, you will figure it out.

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But I don’t have all day, so I’ll tell you. Drum roll please!

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It’s “One Song” from – ehm – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. (You knew that, right?!) It’s beautiful! It’s magical! It’s just as perfect as my first choice, and that’s not fair!

Listen to it. Compare it to “So This is Love”, and tell me that I have not just discovered the newest, soon-to-be–most-discussed-and-debated current issue of our time. That being: Which Song is a Better Wedding Song?

Well, what do you think?

 

Top 10 Disney Princes

Can we get some love for the Disney Princes’? Up until recently, the role of the “Disney Prince” was minor. They lacked any depth and fit into a rather shallow mold. But the Princesses would be no where without their other half, so I think it’s time to acknowledge them. And what better way than to place them in order of important? (maniacal laugh)

John Smith from Pocahontas

John Smith from Pocahontas

10. John Smith

All right, let me explain. I know that he isn’t really a prince, BUT I came across an issue. There are only 10 official Disney Princes on the list to date, so #10 is John Smith by default. If I had to imagine him as a Prince though, I still don’t think he would rank any higher. Maybe it’s because we all know what really happened when “explorers” showed up in America that makes it difficult for me to find any redeeming qualities with Smith.

Shang from Mulan

Li Shang from Mulan

9. Li Shang

If he was a Prince, he would be an amazing one in my opinion. My admiration for Mulan might be influencing this, but I think Shang is a strong-willed, tough, and ambitious warrior. He also fell for a headstrong woman, and the fact that he wasn’t intimidated by her is commendable. I would actually put him up higher on the list, but I want to save that for the actual princes’. Sorry, Shang!

Prince Charming from Cinderella

Prince Charming from Cinderella

8. Prince Charming

Prince Charming. I mean, he’s THE Prince. Every girl is looking for him! 😉

While Charming, or Henry as I’ve seen him referred, has all of the classic traits of the perfect Princes; handsome, good-dancer, awesome castle, in my opinion he never did anything brave. He sent his servants out to search the land and find his princess while he waited in his castle. Kind of lame, huh?

Flynn Rider from Tangled

Flynn Rider from Tangled

7. Flynn Rider/Eugene Fitzherbert

It’s confirmed that Flynn/Eugene gets married to Rapunzel, and they even made a cartoon short of the wedding, so he is officially a Prince! Rider will make an excellent Prince with his rags-to-riches type story. He had struggles, went down the wrong path, and learned from his mistakes. He also makes one of the most heroic decisions to save his princess. On the verge of dying, he cuts Rapunzel’s hair so that she will be free. He does this knowing that she won’t be able to heal him. His love for her comes before his own life. Rapunzel softened him, sure, but I think deep down inside, Rider didn’t want to be a “bad guy” his whole life. He was just misunderstood.

Prince Philip from Sleeping Beauty

Prince Philip from Sleeping Beauty

6. Prince Philip

He’s another classic prince that embodies the rich, white-horse riding stereotype of his time. But Prince Philip showed us that he would fight for his princess. I mean, he fought a dragon! Well, a Maleficent-in-Dragons-clothing, which is actually more frightening. After the epic battle, he swooped in and planted true-love’s kiss on his Sleeping Beauty. Who doesn’t love a man that will fight for you?!

Aladdin

Aladdin

5. Aladdin

He had the heart of a prince, unfortunately he was a street-rat who doesn’t deserve a second look. Aladdin could have asked for anything from his Genie friend, but all he wanted was to be with Jasmine. I don’t think that Aladdin cared about being rich, he just needed to be a prince to be with his true love. His focus was on her the whole time. Luckily, Aladdin’s quick-thinking and bravery saved Jasmine and her father from the insatiable Jafar. He became a real hero, and deservingly won Jasmine’s heart!

Prince Naveen from The Princess and the Frog

Prince Naveen from The Princess and the Frog

4. Prince Naveen

A carefree modern-day prince, Naveen meets his match when he gets involved with the tenacious Tiana (one of my favorite DP’s of all time!). I love Prince Naveen. He’s a spoiled brat who never worked a day in his life, but throughout the movie, we get to see him evolve. He went from a pampered, spoiled twerp to a man willing to remain a slimy frog for his whole life to be with his princess. That’s quiet a drastic change, and it shows Naveen’s real character. Once he was on his own, he was able to find himself and what was most important to him, and commendably it was true love and NOT his Mommy and Daddy’s money.

Prince Adam (The Beast) from Beauty and the Beast

Prince Adam (The Beast) from Beauty and the Beast

3. Prince Adam

Some think the curse set upon the beast was harsh, seeing that he was probably still a kid at the time. But I disagree. I think he needed to be cursed drastically to change him. He had the potential of being a real jerk, but after years of moping around his castle, he was able to pick himself up ad change for the better. He risked his life on more than one occasion to save his princess. He even let her leave the castle to make her happy, a truly selfless and heroic act. He knew that Belle might not return, making him stuck as a Beast forever. But even so, he let her go to be with her father, because he truly loved her.

Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid

Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid

2. Prince Eric

He knew she was out there, and he wouldn’t let any one tell him different. Eric was a lovesick prince that just wanted to find the girl of his dreams. His personality was stabile and kind, his people loved him and he wasn’t a pampered brat. I like that Eric was already a good person before he met Ariel. It seems like the pattern for Disney Princes’ is either they are generalized save-the-day royalty or they are thoroughly flawed until their princess comes along and changes them. Eric is unique in that respect, because he was already a stand-up guy. He’s also the most handsome Disney Prince AND dog lover! 🙂

The Prince from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The Prince from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

1. The Prince

This guy is classic, fearless, and has a killer vibrato! He also has a few names and it seems no one can commit to one. He is The Prince, Prince Florian, and also Prince Ferdinand. Whatever. But seriously, he is the original. He found his love, and initiated the ever-so-special “true love’s kiss” (or love’s first kiss, as it is referred in the movie). He made the power of a kiss the ultimate fix-all, a truly magical moment. Really, has there ever been a kiss so fantastic, so historic, or so powerful? You can’t beat a classic, and The Prince is it!

So, that’s my list! Please leave me your thoughts!