Disney From The Twenty Something: Growing Up Disney

Disneyland FunI think it’s safe to assume that anyone reading this has one very big thing in common with me- we’re all big Disney fans! As a child I often visited Walt Disney World with my family, but I also had so many touches of Disney magic in my life outside of the Disney parks. Growing up, so many of my memories involve Disney in some way, and I bet a lot of you out there can agree with me! I thought therefore it would be really fun to share a bunch of Disney touches connected with my childhood and in return I would love to hear some of your childhood Disney memories! I was born in 1988, so most of my Disney childhood memories focus around the late 80s and early 90s and range everywhere from television shows to toys. So let’s check out some of that Disney magic!

Disney Sing Along Songs: Disneyland Fun – To me, this was the best thing in the world. Sing Along Songs was a VHS (ahh, the old days!) series which featured Disney characters hosting a sing along to your favorite Disney music. I had a whole collection of Ariel Sing Along tapes, but this Disneyland Fun one was my prized possession. From those opening notes, to following the leader with Donald through Adventureland, to Makin’ Memories I could watch this video for days on end! The all time best part of it is the Haunted Mansion scene featuring those spooky dancing trees and a whole bunch of villains. I loved this tape so much that I actually ordered it on DVD for my nieces (okay, alDarkwing Duckso partially for myself) and get to watch it when babysitting. For those of you who haven’t seen it, go check it out! Here is a Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHwrNRIVP-o

The Disney Channel – I’m not talking Hannah Montana here, I’m talking classic Disney animated shows like Tale Spin, Darkwing Duck, Chip & Dale’s Rescue Rangers, and Duck Tales. Television in the 90s really didn’t get any better than those shows! Luckily, Costco has recently started selling these Disney series for around $10 a season, so fans can still get their fix!

Official AlbumThe Official Album of Disneyland and Walt Disney World – I had this tape on constant repeat in the car growing up. Featuring all of the classic songs from the parks, it was a way to feel as though we were in Disney even though we were probably stuck in traffic somewhere here at home in New York. I can clearly remember listening to Magic Journeys on this tape and still sometimes get it stuck in my head!

Stuffed Animals – Every kid loves their stuffed animals, so of course I had a few plush Disney characters. Some of my favorites included Figaro, Pegasus from Hercules, Timothy Mouse, and of course my stuffeFigmentd Figment!

Disney Figurines – Currently, they still manufacture small Disney figurines as toys but when I was growing up throughout Disney World there used to be baskets full of small painted rubber figures of every Disney character you could think of, but unfortunately I haven’t seen them in years. These figures were the crown jewels of my Disney collection, and I had every character I could get my hands on. Thankfully I held onto all of them and my favorites include Mickey and Minnie in their silver spacesuits from the early days of Epcot and a full set of Figments dressed in traditional outfits from each country in World Showcase. These figurines werFigmentse awesome, and I can guarantee that if you were a kid in the 90s in a Disney park, you probably had one at some point!

So there you have some of my favorite Disney centered memories from growing up in the nineties. I would love to hear some of your favorite Disney memories, toys, etc from growing up! I bet a lot of us here loved a bunch of the same things growing up!

What was your favorite growing up Disney memory? Did you have a favorite toy or song? Let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear from you!

Caitlin Corsello was born and raised in New York. She graduated from Adelphi University with a Masters in Mental Health Counseling in 2012. Her love for Disney started as an infant and has continued to grow with family vacations to Disney parks almost every year since. She holds a particular interest in WDW’s parks and attractions, never passing up an opportunity to visit. She looks forward to continuing to explore and learn about all things Disney and to share that passion with readers.

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