Picture: A tiny girl, twirling dizzily along with Cinderella and Prince Charming. She is not prancing around her living room; she is gliding across the dance floor of an opulent ballroom. The sequins and tulle of her costume (straight from the Disney store at the mall in 1996- you know the one) are diamonds and silk, and the plastic of her slippers, the finest crystal. She is graceful, she is elegant- she is a princess.
A little gypsy, circa 1997
It's a tale as old as time, a classic vignette that could be plucked from any childhood of any girl from any decade past, present, or yet-to-come. This time, it's from mine. I've been a Disney kid for as long as I can remember. At two years old, I walked around the house for hours insisting that I be addressed as "Cinderella" and romped around the backyard, imagining my very own "Jolly Holiday". The wee hours of my middle-school mornings were spent with my portable DVD player (hah!) under the covers poring over behind-the-scenes featurettes, excited by the treasure trove that so suddenly opened to me. Those years unearthed what I had never before considered in the films I grew up with; they were no longer frivolous and nostalgic bits of entertainment, but they were breathtaking masterpieces into which artists and composers and writers poured their hearts and souls. They were legacies, each carrying its own history and significance in the greater whole.
That "bigger picture" of Disney is what makes it so special. Sure, there are the movies, the games, and, oh, the world-wide theme park enterprise (not to mention subsidiaries like ABC and ESPN), but Walt Disney's empire represents so much more. It is the realization of a man's dream. It is the eternal pursuit of imagination, wonder, and the magic that can transform daily life into an adventure. It is embracing the child inside and believing in dreams. Those principles, I believe, live in all of us, and, while some may be more up-front about it (guilty as charged), everyone wants to set them free. The truths embodied in Walt's legacy are universal. We all want to believe that dreams come true, that happy endings do exist, and that with faith, trust, and a little bit of pixie dust, we can be carried away to wondrous worlds apart.
Princesses and Pixie Dust is a place where we can. This is a place where Disney fans of every variety- from movie buffs to die-hard park goers- can come together and enjoy the thing they love. With that said, I would absolutely love to find out what kind of posts YOU would like to read! Fun Fact posts? Disney-inspired recipes? Park posts? There's a whole (new) world to explore, and I look forward to sharing it with you- you're as welcome as can be!
See ya real soon!
P.S.- I haven't quite worked out a posting schedule yet, but you can expect some fun summertime-inspired posts up this week!