by Emily R. Collins
Hi, there! My name is Emily, and I’m starting what I hope to be a long and fruitful tenure at the WDW Radio Blog. Since I was a girl, there have only been a few things that have managed to hold close to my heart through it all – Disney, Star Wars, and Writing.
Unlike so many hobbies and short-lived loves, these things kept my devotion and attention through all the stages of my life, even those fickle stages of teenage-hood, and have been passions for me for a long time. Now, I am getting an opportunity to combine the love for Disney, Star Wars, and writing in my contributions to the WDW Radio Blog. Lucky, I am… hmm.
So, I’m here to let you know a little bit about myself! I’m 26 years old, and I live in Virginia with my wonderful husband, Chris, who shares my passion for both Disney and Star Wars, and my sweet Labrador retriever mix, Ariel, who isn’t sure she knows what a Disney is but she does love mice, ducks, and dogs – whether they talk or not.
I grew up in a Disney household. I was fortunate enough to be born during the Disney Animation Renaissance, which meant I grew up terrified of Ursula, lamenting Mufasa’s death, and believing my true love might be a beast. I love all Disney films, but “The Little Mermaid” is my absolute favorite if I have to pick one. It must be the red hair! My love of the 1989 film even influenced my decision to adopt our dog. I would have taken her home regardless, but having such a pretty name didn’t hurt!
When I was 4 years old, I visited Walt Disney World for the first time, alongside my big sister and my parents. I don’t remember much of the trip, but it must have had an impact because we have continued to go back every chance we get.
My love for the Disney parks has grown and matured over the years. I loved them as much as I did as a child but in such a different way than I do now. My favorite memory from the Walt Disney World is honeymooning at The Grand Floridian with Chris. We opted for a castle view room, and it was the best decision. It was the most relaxing and wonderful trip I’ve had so far. But regardless of the differences, all of my trips to the World can be summed up in one word – magical. That’s why I always end up going back.
Somewhere in the time spent visiting, studying, or enjoying Disney, I fell in love with Star Wars. I credit my love of Star Wars to my brother, who is 11 years younger than I am. Growing up, I watched him during the summers while my parents were at work, so I spent a lot of time learning to enjoy his passions. One of the several million things he loved was Star Wars. I had an exposure to the brand that I never had before, and I fell in love. I spent a lot of time watching the movies and getting to know the universe – along the way, I fell in love with a certain bounty hunter who’s out to get the price for Han Solo’s head.
For a while, I kept my Star Wars nerdiness to myself, but that all changed when I met Chris. He is an even bigger Star Wars fan than I am, and I have had the privilege of being his Padawan learner for the past six years and have gotten to know the universe even better.
Now, we have a home filled with Disney and Star Wars paraphernalia, and we are well known as Disney/Star Wars nerds to our friends.
I’m far from ashamed – I even celebrated my Star Wars nerd-dom by paying extra for the tags on my Honda Fit to read, “Boba Fit.”
We have been married since 2010, but we both feel our marriage was officially solidified last year when Disney acquired Lucasfilm.
With that purchase and the acquisition of Marvel, there is very little in this world that we love that isn’t Disney. And I couldn’t be happier about it.
In light of the Star Wars acquisition and because I’m a geek for both Disney and Star Wars, I am going to meld these passions for the WDW Radio Blog. I will be covering a myriad of topics that cover the Star Wars universe within the Disney realm, such as possibilities for a Star Wars land in a Disney park, what Disney methodologies can do to help the Star Wars franchise, and Caption This contests using Star Wars Weekends pictures.
I am so excited to be joining the WDW Radio Blog team. I hope you will enjoy my Star Wars posts. Please let me know if you have any thing you want to see that is Star Wars-related. Thanks for reading!