“What would I do to see you, smiling at me?”

That is my favorite lyric from my favorite song from my favorite Disney Princess movie, The Little Mermaid! Did you know that it’s the 27th anniversary of when that was released?!

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Happy Birthday, Little Mermaid!!

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Thank you for giving me my favorite princess, Ariel, as well as my favorite prince, Eric!!

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This glorious pearl of a film is not much older than me, so that’s probably why I have grown up with it and loved it my entire life. My love has only grown over the years; each time I watch it, I find something new to love. I also think it’s my love of it and the characters, mostly Ariel and her sisters, that also make me enjoy watching the stupid prequel The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning. Don’t have hope; it’s a dumb story, I just love me some Ariel and her sisters and there at least a handful of hilarious moments! The sequel, on the other hand? Yeah, it’s actually insulting to even think of that atrocity on this special day of Little Mermaid legacy, so…let’s just not!

Like my Star Wars apparel collection and my Rolling Stones collection, I do have a lot of Ariel shirts. Obviously it’s necessary; she is my favorite princess! I’m sorry to disappoint, but I actually didn’t gather my collection of Ariel shirts/sweatshirts/socks/etc out of pure laziness. But unlike my Star Wars and Rolling Stones collections, I don’t have an Ariel dress…yet! I actually recently ordered myself a shorter version of one of my favorite Ariel outfits from Hot Topic:

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It’s cute enough to wear on a normal day, isn’t it?! Seriously; I can’t wait to bust it out on date night or even to the next comic convention!

As far as less costume-like and just simple dresses that showcase my admiration…I don’t have it yet but I will someday hopefully soon-ish, this beautiful tattoo-styled Ariel print dress, also from Hot Topic:

I NEED it!! Also, I might want it because I’m particularly fond of tattoos…I do want an Ariel tattoo someday; I’m thinking of possibly having her next to R2-D2, taking the place of another dear Disney Princess, Leia, giving him vital information. How adorable would that be?!

Speaking of showing off my love of Ariel, I recently put up some artwork I’ve collected over the last year on my wall. Don’t judge by the way it’s arranged and old nail marks still in the walls…and I know it’s crooked and uneven. It’s not final yet! I just wanted to finally have them up:

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Ballerina Ahsoka by Ashley Taylor, Gamora by Gabby Zapata, and Jasmine by Aasilee.

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Rey and lady of the hour, Ariel, also by Aasilee, and FN-2187 here is by Spooksieboo.

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Tatted up, pin-up style Leia I picked up at Wizard World Comic Con by Bianca Roman-Stumpff.

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Dia De Los Muertos style C3PO and R2-D2 by ArtsyChicaBoutique.

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And here’s another of the birthday girl by Megan Carrigan.

Also, here’s a throwback to a few years ago when my boyfriend and I were Ariel and Eric on Halloween:

And here’s another more recent throwback to when I geeked out over Ariel in Disney World (and she geeked out over my pins of herself on my lanyard):

 

Last but not least, here is some Sebastian wisdom to cap this anniversary:

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Mugshot Monday #11

This week’s mug is far from your ordinary mug; it’s a mini mug!!

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I acquired this beautiful Beatles mini mug while I was in Disney World earlier this summer. I swear, I don’t intend for all of my mugs to be Disney-related in some way, it just happens! I found it in a little shop in England in the Epcot park! It was in a darling Beatles corner with t-shirts, lunchboxes, puzzles, and other fun things. I did consider that this might not necessarily be a useful purchase, being a mini mug, but that didn’t stop me; I have plenty of mugs I don’t actually use that simply become decor! Also, I could not resist the way Ringo Starr looks here. I love this photo session; I’ve seen other pictures from it and Ringo looks exquisite, sexy, yet still as adorable as always. P.S. yes, I am obsessed with Ringo, he’s my favorite!

The Beatles' final photography session, Tittenhurst Park, 22 August 1969....all I have to say is look at Ringo:

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God, I love them so much. Anyway, here’s my mini mug next to my Funko Pop! figures Jaylah and Spider-Gwen for scale:

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Speaking of the Beatles, I just watched Ron Howard’s Eight Days A Week Beatles documentary on Hulu and it was amazing!! I saw an advertisement that was all like “you know the Beatles, but not like this,” or something of that vibe, and I thought to myself really, though? And I was delightfully proved wrong! I had no idea that while touring here in the United States, my darlings refused to perform in front of a segregated audience somewhere in the South (of course), and did not do the show until it was agreed that the audience would not be in sections marked by their race. It was a despicable time in America and it warms my heart to know that these men I’ve idolized my whole life took a stand against the huge injustice that was occurring. As a person of color myself (back then anyone that wasn’t white was considered colored, meaning my grandma of Mexican heritage had to use the water fountain and other things labeled for “colored” people), I found this particularly beautiful. Those men just keep giving me more reasons to love them. I will definitely be watching this many times and buy the DVD/blu-ray when it (hopefully) comes out.

“I know you, I walked with you Once Upon a Dream,”

As I somewhat promised, here are my tales from visiting all four parks in Disney World!

So, if you’ve been to Disney World lately, you know about Magic Bands. If you haven’t, they’re these bands (shocking, I know) that get you into the parks with your ticket information and you can also use them throughout the parks to charge things to your room…and yes, it’s as easy, fun, and financially dangerous as it sounds! I bought some “band-its” from the Disney Store’s website to accessorize my band. My friend Hallie had ordered a vinyl decal from Etsy to decorate hers with, but it failed to arrive before we departed for the trip. I felt bad and decided to share one of my Dalmatians with her; I got Pongo because he is my favorite, so I gave her Perdita. I had Patch left from the set I bought and decided to basically force Emily to wear him on her band so we could be a beautiful Dalmatian family together. Sadly, just after Day 1, they both lost theirs. I lost my Pongo briefly 4 times, because sadly it was quite easy, so on all of the rides I constantly was grabbing and checking my wrist to make sure Pongo didn’t fall off. They need to make those more secure! Next time, I’m going to do what Hallie did and order some vinyl decals off of Etsy….but like, several months in advance. I think she ordered hers about a month before the trip but still.

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When you can’t get into Cinderella’s Castle for a fancy dinner, you at least have to get a classic picture in front of it. And when you’re walking by and see Stitch chilling right before you Main Street, you can’t help but jump in line before it gets super long. We were so excited when we discovered that they had added Rapunzel’s tower, but didn’t get any decent pictures…and that area turned out to be a restroom. We didn’t care, we still came back at night and watched the floating lanterns gleam! And then I completely freaked out when I saw Prince Eric’s (my favorite prince!!) Castle and realized it was the new Little Mermaid Ride, which was just so beautiful and majestic, and the most impressive animatronics I have seen on a ride to date. I already talked about the magical meeting with Ariel in my previous post…and you’ll be able to see below, I’m not the only one helplessly enraptured.

 

When you get over not being able to dine in Cinderella’s Castle, you decide you want to try the Be Our Guest restaurant because you and your friends love Beauty and the Beast. You walk by, and the Beast’s castle is very subtle but beautiful and prominent in the distance, and the bridge to the restaurant is outlined with the gargoyles that decorate the castle prior to end of the curse. Ha, just kidding. You can’t get in there either. The whole week was booked. But it’s okay, we hung around Gaston’s Tavern, had some LaFou’s Brew, and even met Gaston himself! (And while we are all old enough to have some real beer, LaFou’s Brew is a delicious mix of frozen apple juice, something maybe mango, and marshmallow foam to create the hilarious farce).

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Evidently I didn’t save any of my pictures from Animal Kingdom…but I went there, I promise. Epcot was beautiful, as always. I already spoke about meeting Mexican Donald Duck, but enjoy the shot of all of us with him! Also, we found Alice dancing in the streets of their little England and decided to follow her. My hair was already severely ruined by then during that rainy, disgustingly hot day; as you can see, I gave up and put some of my hair back and then stuck a red bow in there to feel cute. But the picture above with me in the background as Alice admires Hallie’s pin lanyard is my favorite of the ones we took with her anyway. How do we have so many pictures of the characters interacting with us like that, you ask? Because Hallie’s older sister purchased a package called the Memory Maker, which saves all of the pictures you take at the park by a cast member as long as they scan your band! We almost forgot to do that when we were leaving Alice, and she adorably said “don’t forget your memories!”, which was both helpful and such an Alice thing to say.

In addition to taking many candid shots with the Memory Maker, sometimes they will add a little magic to your pictures for no other reason than because they can! One of them we expected, because the photographer had instructed Hallie to hold out her arm and me and Emily were to appear shocked. She didn’t tell us why at the time, but we knew it had to be something cool. When the pictures uploaded to the account, we discovered she had added Pascal from Tangled! And we just straight up had no idea that Tinkerbell had photobombed us all.

Oh, and Chef Mickey’s…this was a trip with my friend’s family, and Hallie’s sister has three young boys, so honestly that excursion was solely for them. It’s basically a super expensive breakfast where Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy all come to your table to take pictures with you. I recommend this experience to anyone with young children who tire easily and can’t handle waiting in lines to get pictures with the characters in the parks; it’s a good way to get some great character shots without waiting for at least a half hour (and most often that’s outside in the heat). And the food was delicious; Mickey Mouse waffles, chocolate chip pancakes, chocolate croissants- basically all of the wonderful breakfast things you could imagine are there. I basically only did it because everyone else was and I didn’t want to be alone. I would only do it again if I was with my own children in the WAY, WAYS AWAY future. Otherwise, it’s way too pricey of a venture.

Okay…I saved the best for last.

Guys, they have added so much Star Wars to Hollywood Studios, while so much was also covered up and clearly under construction so there will be even more!! I don’t think I want to go back until it’s all finished. They currently have shows with the major characters periodically throughout the day, including one that is simply called The First Order March, which is precisely what it sounds like. It’s so cool; Captain Phasma exerts her authority and they all march around on her command. One of the days we went there, I wore my BB-8 dress by Her Universe, of course. We went into a building that was partially a prop gallery, partially a theater, and also the place to meet and greet Kylo Ren and Chewbacca. We were there immediately after the opening of the park so the wait to meet Kylo was literally two minutes. But man…it was intense. One of the cast members who walked us in warned us not to “keep him waiting”. Then we walked into the room…he just stood there, staring at us. Emily made the hilarious mistake of thinking he extended an arm for her to loop in…and he took his arm away from hers and just stared at her. I’m pretty sure he was getting ready to Force-choke one of us…

Meeting Chewbacca was a much better experience. First of all, I received special, basically VIP treatment for the first time in my life. The young gentlemen cast member that was manning the line instantly struck up a conversation with us. He called me BB-8 and asked me to do my best impression. While I thought I did an amazing job, he thought I sounded more like Blue’s Clues. Hallie and Emily laughed. I then explained the specific scene I was going for and did it again, and they all agreed that one was better. He then told us to come back in a few minutes and he would do something for us. Still super early for park hours, we had a little fun in the other parts of the building with hardly any crowds around. I pretended to drink blue milk and almost traded goods with a Jawa:

So we came to our new buddy and he brought us to the front of the line to meet Chewbacca!! Such a magical moment. I think the wait time for everyone else was almost a half hour…I would have felt bad for the people in line if I didn’t feel so cool for being selected for such a neat privilege…even though I think he did it because he felt bad for saying my awesome BB-8 impression sounded like Blue’s Clues. And the second we walked in the room Emily already felt much better, and even explained to Chewbacca and the photographers what happened with Kylo Ren. The photographer rose his arms in the air and exclaimed “you tried to touch him?! Why would you try to touch Kylo Ren?!” while Chewie just shook his head at her.

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Oh, and Hallie and I did this (and by pure coincidence, it was on Natalie Portman’s birthday):

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I think I make a pretty cool Aayla Secura.

OH WAIT!

I almost forgot!

I think I mentioned my pin lanyard at least briefly in the previous post, so naturally I have to show you how it ended up after a few purchases and trades:

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Dodger (from Oliver and Company) and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit were trades, while I bought the Han and Leia set for myself despite its’ clear Valentine’s Day packaging. I mean, I’ve bought myself chocolate on Valentine’s Day before..same thing, right? And Spider Girl came from a mystery pack with a handful of different Marvel pins; we all agreed to buy the pack and split the cost because Emily was desperate for the little Captain America she saw on the packaging. Because she wanted him so badly, we decided that she would get him if he was in our pack, which he was! For the rest, we had planned to fight over who got which pin. Hallie kept Hulk for herself and used She-Hulk and Venom to trade pins for her niece who couldn’t make the trip due to illness. I had contemplated trying to trade my Spider Girl but in the end, she was just too damn cute to give up…for now.

This is the end of my Disney World tales…until next time!

“A dream is a wish your heart makes,”

As you may recall (that is if you even somewhat read this blog “regularly”), I went to Disney World just a few weeks ago. While I intend on sharing a full report of all of the wonderful things I did there, all I wanted to remind of you in this moment is that I am obsessed with Disney.

Here I am, absolutely beaming while meeting my favorite Princess, Ariel:

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She asked my friends and I about our “thingamabobs”, aka our pin lanyards, and which pins were our favorites. I naturally pointed out my Ariel pins to her and she freaking loved it. Her photographers implied that I was pandering but I told her that she was genuinely my favorite, in which she laughed and recalled a tale about other little fish she met whose mothers would for some reason force them into saying Ariel was their favorite when really she wasn’t. My love is pure! She even offered to take some solo shots with me because she is my favorite. My goodness, Disney World is so damn magical, despite the 102% humidty that ruined my hair every single day I was there.

Here I am meeting Donald in Epcot’s Mexico, where he is dressed to match his location:

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And it was on his birthday, to boot! I was especially ecstatic to meet Mexican Donald because half of my heritage is Mexican, and Donald’s involvement in The Three Caballeros is one of the few things Disney has done involving my heritage. I also sort of count The Emperor’s New Groove, because Kuzco is Aztec and so is my family, technically (my uncle David had this DNA test done to see his precise lineage and Aztec was part of that).

But in just a month, I’ll get what I’ve been waiting several years for: a Hispanic/Latino Disney Princess! Even though she is debuting in a TV show on the Disney Channel rather than a feature film, I’ll take what I can get.

I AM SO EXCITED FOR PRINCESS ELENA OF AVALOR!! You know what makes her extra cool?! HER FIRST NAME IS MY MIDDLE NAME!!! AND LOOK AT HOW DAMN PRETTY SHE IS:

And she is wearing red, which is my favorite color!! While I was excited anyway, I got even more excited when I watched Disney’s latest trailer, because it shows that she’s super badass and knows how to use a sword and has this flying cheetah companion…just look for yourself. She’s so damn cool. Dare I say it, she’s what I’ve been waiting for.

 

I haven’t watched a Disney Channel show in years…not counting Star Wars Rebels; that’s Disney X D. Okay, well I watched just a little bit of The Lion Guard and was massively disappointed. I’m so excited for this show, though. I’m so excited to feel represented as a Latina. I still want a movie princess, but hey, it’s pretty cool that they’re doing a show, so we can see multiple adventures!

While we only have a month until we can watch this show, we have at least a few years before Disney Pixar’s Coco is released in theaters.

Coco is Disney’s Pixar’s Day of the Dead/Dia de Los Muertos story. Yeah, I know, the non-Disney Book of Life already did the animated-Day of the Dead-story thing. But they did it terribly, or at least I was massively disappointed in the story and the way it was done. I don’t even care that Disney Pixar isn’t the first to do an animated Day of the Dead story. I just want them to do a much better job. I have faith that they will. I could go on about what’s wrong with Book of Life but I’m tired. If you really want me, to, though, mention so in the comments, and I’ll do that soon!