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Never Grow Up: The Power of Disney Movies

by Daniel Vickers

disney sunday movieI wanted to start this week’s article with a thank you to my father, my father-in-law and to all of the dads out there who go above and beyond to provide for their families.

Last week we finished up our discussion about moving to the Sunshine State, so this week I wanted to move on to a topic that is very close to my heart – Disney Movies!

Growing up as a child of the 80’s, I was witness to what I consider to be the pinnacle of Disney entertainment. The Disney Sunday Movie was one of the highlights of my week. I had no idea if I would ever meet Captain EO, but I did envy his awesome golden spaceship. I would eventually forget about Captain EO until one sunny day in 2011 when for a brief moment, I met Captain EO and his crew, and got to ride on that golden spaceship.

I have heard many Disney-centered conversations between married couples, and the one question that always comes up is “Which one of you is the convert?” Being a part of the WDW Radio Community, almost every other reader that I meet asks this question at some point in conversation, and my reply is always the same. “I’m the dreamer, she’s the convert.” While obviously a funny subject, I hadn’t given much thought to how much Disney had influenced my life until I began my quest to introduce Disney to my wife. She had grown up in an environment very much removed from things like Disney and it was hard for me to understand how anyone couldn’t instantly love everything about it. It is amazing to watch from day to day her journey as a “convert.”

This brings me to the subject of my children. My kids will be 13 this year, and I feel myself going through this same process once again. The world has changed, and what was once considered quality family entertainment is now old and boring. Bringing my children into the fold has definitely been a challenge. No, there are no pineapples under the sea, and you won’t be seeing any wild police chases; but, that doesn’t mean that Disney movies aren’t adventurous. If we take Swiss Family Robinson for an example, in a short timeframe the family has their ship destroyed, they are shot at, marooned on a desert island, they construct an awesome tree-house, tame wild animals, are shot at again, and on it goes. As I see it, this is much more entertaining and has a longevity that is lacking in much of today’s entertainment. What is even more important is that all of these movies are centered on family.

Another question that I have been asked is “Why would you have your children watch these old movies?” I always answer this question with another question – “Why wouldn’t I?” Morals, Values, Faith, Respect, I don’t see the problem with keeping these ideals at the center of our family. While I will admit that a certain aquatic sponge will give a quick chuckle, I can’t recall hearing said sponge stress the importance of morality or respect.

I will close with a question for our readers. How have Disney movies/tv shows impacted your life? Do you think the days of movies with a message are coming to an end?

As always remember, you’re a firework! Ignite the light!


I am always looking for ways to add to the Magic. It is with this spirit that I would like to ask our readers a trivia question. The first posted comment that answers correctly will receive a little Disney Magic!

Go to this youtube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=eb8i_hL8lKk#t=43s) and watch the clip from 42 seconds. There is a quick scene with a young man performing some acrobatic martial arts. I would like to know what Disney property was this scene taken from, and who is the actor?

Good Luck!