Extraordinary Magic in Everyday Life


Friends of Disney fans are, by extension, Disney fans. Especially after knowing them a while.

I’ve found this to be true in a number of ways. After two years of college, so far, and meeting many new people at school, most of my close friends, by hanging out with me, took an inadvertent course in Disney 101. They can now pretty much rattle off basic Disney knowledge, and I’ve even seen them be quick to correct conversation that includes misunderstood Disney facts (like the differences between Disneyland®  and Walt Disney World® , or the contrast of Walt Disney Animation Studios to Pixar). It makes me so proud [tear].

I’m sure this is the case with many who are fascinated by the excellence, quality, and magic of all things Disney: more time spent with friends means that those friends eventually learn more about this company than they thought they’d ever care to, and are enlightened by it, and sometimes it goes further than we think it does.

It's Tough to be a BugI have a new friend, Kyle, I just met this summer who goes to school a few states away. He’s in town for an internship while school is off.  While in my car the other day, he noticed my pin lanyard hanging from the rear view mirror, and we got to talking about Disney. Upon glancing at the several CDs I had in the car, his next question took me completely by surprise: “Do you have that song that starts out ‘We’re pollinators’?” Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

Weird thing #1: That is the opening line to the title song from It’s Tough to be a Bug! at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. It’s possibly definitely the most obscure park song out there. I mean, who knows about that? I could not get over how Kyle knew that song even existed, much less that he requested that we listen to it. My mind was blown.

Weird thing #2: Why yes, yes I do have it with me in the car.

Turns out one of Kyle’s friends at school loves Disney and plays that song on repeat during study sessions, but it must have rubbed off on his peers, because here Kyle was requesting one of the most unknown tunes in the whole Disney library. (Naturally, I spent the next hour texting that friend from Kyle’s phone with park references… he eventually stumped me with a Captain EO quote. Dang it.)

(Image ©Disney.)

Does your Disney fandom influence your friends? How have you seen their Disney side come out because of knowing you?


Blake studies Electronic Media and Film at Appalachian State University. He enjoys making his family of six watch the parade in Frontierland and then sprint to Main Street in time to see it again. You can find him on Twitter @olddirtyblake or at BlakeOnline.com.



1 thought on “Finding Disney in Influencing Your Friends”

  1. Jennifer Lambert says:

    My Disney bug has rubbed off on my husband, who before we met had only been to Walt Disney World once in his lifetime!! Now, when we watch TV or movies we challenge each other to pick up on Disney references, even though some of them could be categorized as “go with me”. Note: We’ve been watching reruns of “The Big Bang Theory” and this show is FULL of Disney references!!! (and not all Marvel related).
    We’ve been to Disneyland, on the Disney Dream and are now heading off to Disneyland Paris as a nightcap to an anniversary trip to the UK this summer! My husband plays piano by ear and will greet me with Disney songs when I get home. He learned “Let it Go” in just about an hour and is now playing “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” for me. My favorite song is “Married Life”‘ the main theme from ‘UP’. I am certain that I’ve had an influence on his Disney knowledge and given him an appreciation for all things Disney.