“Love in Bloom” by Jerrod Maruyama
One of my biggest, nerdy interests is…Disney! To me, there is no age limit for Disney, and I approach my love for it with no shame. I’ve been in a bit of a post-Christmas slump, so I thought this would add a little magic in after watching simply_mckenna‘s video. She had some really unique answers and it made me want to do it too. So here’s mine!
1. Favorite Disney movie?
Basically all of them. But stand outs would be Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Wreck-It-Ralph, and Moana.
2. Walt Disney World or Disneyland?
Disneyland! It’s the original.
3. Favorite Disney character?
4. The first Disney movie you remember seeing in the theatres?
The Lion King
5. What type of Disney item do you collect the most? (Pins, Vinylmation, dolls, etc.)
Pushed pennies and Disneyland ticket stubs
6. Your favorite Disney song?
“A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from Cinderella. The lyrics always make me tear up as dream worlds are always better than the real world. I think it best evokes the intentions of Walt Disney and his company.
7. Favorite attraction/ride at the parks?
Basically all of them. But if I had to choose one: Pirates of the Caribbean. Haunted Mansion with the Nightmare Before Christmas overlay is a close second.
8. What is your dream job at Disney?
Disneyland Tour Guide, or Imagineering
9. Who’s the park character you never want to miss meeting at the parks?
Not really into characters, but looking at the way little girls react to princesses waving back at them is the cutest thing ever.
10. What’s your most treasured Disney item?
My souvenir photograph on Splash Mountain from the first time I ever went to Disneyland.
11. Which Disney voice actor would you most like to meet?
Walt Disney (he was the original voice for Mickey Mouse). Also, Thurl Ravenscroft or Paul Frees who did voices all over Disneyland park (notably from Haunted Mansion).
12. Favorite Disney movie that’s not a classic/famous?
The Emperor’s New Groove
13. If you could say anything to Walt Disney right now, what would it be?
I’d probably be too nervous to say anything besides blurting out, “thank you.” But I’d want to say he’s an inspiration for his ability to pursue his dreams, despite people constantly telling him his dreams couldn’t be done. I’d tell him I wish Epcot could have become what he intended it to be.
14. Your favorite snack to get at the parks?
Churro and cotton candy to take home with me.
15. Your favorite parade/show at the parks?
Parade: like McKenna, The Main Street Electrical Parade. I remember being amazed by the snails and thought they were lady bugs! That music is unforgettable.
Show: I love Fantasmic, but it’d have to be the Magical fireworks show. It makes me the most nostalgic for childhood, and I always cry, guaranteed. These fireworks made me fall in love with Disneyland.
16. Flounder, Sebastian, or Scuttle?
17. Your favorite Disney memory?
My first time going to Disneyland, of course
18. Do you have a favorite pair of Mickey ears?
Yes, both of which I do not have. The first being the train conductor ones from California Adventure. The second being the limited edition poison apples from Halloween a few years ago.
19. If you could, what “forgotten princess” would you add to the official lineup?
Giselle from Enchanted
20. Your favorite princess dress/outfit?
21. Your favorite Disney soundtrack?
Cinderella, Peter Pan, or Mary Poppins
22. Genie, Abu, Carpet, Iago, or Rajah?
23. Favorite restaurant at the parks?
Have yet to find one I really like, but I have a soft spot for the French Market purely for the live jazz band.
24. How did you first discover the “magic” of Disney?
I grew up on Disney movies and went to the park twice as a kid, but it wasn’t until after high school when I realized how superior Disney is.
25. What attraction are you most likely to go to first when you’re at the parks?
Indiana Jones for fast passes
26. Your favorite “iconic” moment? (ex. Ariel on the rock, Aladdin finding the lamp, Rafiki lifting Simba, etc.)
Hmmm..my new one would be from Moana, when she gives the heart back to Te Fiti and Te Fiti transforms into Te Ka.
27. What’s the saddest moment for you in any Disney film?
When Dumbo is separated from his mom after “Baby Mine” plays.
28. Best Disney kiss?
29. If you could live in any world from a Disney movie, which would you choose?
The world in Monster’s Inc.
30. Favorite Disney villain?
Hades from Hercules
31. Which Disney princess has the best sidekicks?
Rapunzel, with Pascal and Maximus
32. If you could have a party themed around any Disney movie, which one would you pick?
Probably a Toy Story themed one.
33. Are you the only one obsessed with Disney in your family?
34. Lumiere, Mrs. Potts, Cogsworth, or Chip?
35. Favorite Disney princess/ prince?
Rapunzel, because we’re very very similar.
36. If you could choose the plot/adaptation for the next Disney movie, what would it be?
A princess whose curse is unrequited love.
37. Favorite hotel at the parks?
The Disneyland Hotel, all for that singing headboard and the history.
38. Which Disney movie do you turn to when you’re sad/upset?
39. The Aladdin show or Frozen show?
Haven’t seen either 😦
40. Do you plan to have/have you had your honeymoon at a Disney park?
Nope! But plenty of vacations.
41. Favorite piece of Disney clothing/accessory to wear?
42. One thing you wish you could add to the Disney parks?
Interactive scavenger hunt type games similar to the ones from the D23 expo a few years ago, and the one that came with the Haunted Mansion Ghost Post subscription box.
Also, to bring back the Tahitian Terrace and incorporate Moana into it.
43. Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck?
44. What Disney movies/worlds would you like to see in the next Kingdom Hearts game?
I want to play but I don’t have the right consoles
45. Which Disney movie, even if it’s not your favorite, will always have a special place in your heart and for what reason?
Moana because I’m part Polynesian. My whole family went to see it multiple times, and it was so nice to have our cultural heritage represented. Even though there weren’t many Tahitian attributes in the film, it’s still incredibly relatable and a beautiful story.