Top 5 Disney Characters Frozen in Time

Every Disney character embarks on a journey of personal discovery and change. None are the same at the end of their movie. Usually the character is stronger and better for the effort, and we cheer when we see the ‘New Them’!

But do we always see them in their new and improved versions? Here is a list of my Top 5 Disney characters that we stubbornly insist on seeing as they started, not as they finished:

N U M B E R     F I V E

Rapunzel

    

Rapunzel went through quite a change in the course of her movie. From a shy, dominated shut-in to an independent go-getter with a frying pan! She chose to follow her dream and found true love by helping to redeem a lost soul. Not bad in just under 2 hours of screen time!

The most visible change was the cutting of her hair at the end of her movie, which robbed her of her healing powers (mostly) and her trademark long golden locks. But we refuse to see her as a short-haired brunette and so she is forever stuck in our minds and hearts as a blonde with mile-long strands of hair.

N U M B E R     F O U R

Ariel

    

Ariel is another Princess who had a lot to learn before she matured. Making the journey from an irresponsible daughter to a strong bridge between two worlds wasn’t easy, but Ariel made the journey one step at a time. And that brings us to our premise.

Ariel starts off as a mermaid, complete with tail and land-based mobility issues. But thanks to some undersea magic, she switches to legs and… what are those things called again? Oh yeah: feet! Ariel is lower on this list because we do see her in both configurations.

But with a nickname like The Little Mermaid, I think it’s safe to assume that the vast majority of us still see her with a tail, even though she walked into her happily ever after on two strong legs.

N U M B E R     T H R E E

Beast

    

For the majority of his time in the movie Beauty and the Beast, the Beast was, well… a beast, not a man. It wasn’t until he won the love of Belle in the last few minutes of screen time that he became the human prince of Belle’s dreams.

But we definitely see him as he was, not as what he became. And after all, if we didn’t, we’d have to change the title of the movie to Beauty and the Prince, which we all can agree just wouldn’t be the same!

N U M B E R     T W O

Bambi

    

The Prince of the Forest made quite a transformation in his movie, actually growing up into a majestic stag before our very eyes by the end credits. But just like overly possessive parents, we still think of Bambi as our little baby!

Bambi is high on this list, although not Number One, because he made one of the most drastic transformations, but we still refuse to acknowledge it.

N U M B E R     O N E

Pinocchio

    

So who went through more changes than our Number One Disney character stuck in time? Pinocchio started off as just a piece of wood carved to resemble a little boy. Then, this marionette came to life, walking and talking and getting into all sorts of mischief. But this wasn’t the end of little Pinocchio’s journey!

By the end of the film, Pinocchio achieves his fondest wish: To become a real boy. The Blue Fairy deems the puppet worthy because of his selfless act to save his ‘father’,  Geppetto. Now that’s a change, not only worthy of cheering, but remembering!

But poor Pinocchio! He is doomed to live out his time in our memories as an animated piece of wood, and not the real boy he worked so hard to become.

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Yzma

    

Yzma spends most of her screen time in The Emperor’s New Groove as a very old woman who most describe as ‘scary beyond belief’ before becoming a cute little white kitten. A cute little white kitten with homicidal tendencies, but a cute little white kitten nonetheless.

However, despite transforming into a completely different life-form, we still remember her as that scary-beyond-belief woman of our nightmares. Doesn’t seem fair somehow…

So did I miss any Disney characters that you feel are stuck in time? If so, fill us all in by leaving a comment below!

Tangled

Disney Music Monday – Tangled

Tangled

Rapunzel’s Tower from the movie Tangled.

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s #DisneyMusicMonday post.  We are joined by my co-host Tim from Dad for Disney.  Welcome Tim, and welcome to all of you that are stopping by to get a lift on this early Monday morning!  I hope that the song I’ve chosen gives you a smile and helps start your week off right!

As you can see, today I’m focusing on the Disney movie Tangled, which is one of my favorite movies.  There is a lot of great music associated with this film, and today I’m going to focus on the song “I’ve got a Dream” — the song performed inside of the Ugly Duckling!  Have a look at the YouTube video listed below, and enjoy!

Now please have a look at the rest of the entries, and thanks for stopping by!  If you have a blog and want to link up a post that fits our topic, please feel free to do so!  Have a great week, everyone!  Also, don’t forget to enter to win a copy of the book “A Christian’s Guide to Walt Disney World Resort” by Jeff Chaves!  The giveaway runs until Sunday, September 21st, at 11:59PM.  Good luck everyone, and thanks!

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Festival of Fantasy

27 Days: Festival of Fantasy Parade

Festival of Fantasy

The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade at the Magic Kingdom is a new parade, and is our choice for #Day27 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown! Image ©Disney Parks

Hello everyone, and welcome to day 27 in our Disney World Countdown series!  Today we are taking a look at a brand new parade that opened at the Magic Kingdom this past March 9th!  It’s called the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade, and features some incredible costume design, floats, and so much more!  I can’t wait to check this parade out when we visit next month!

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Take a look at the dragon, part of the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade! Image ©Disney Parks

The Festival of Fantasy parade features some incredible floats, including floats for Belle and the Beast, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, Anna and Elsa, Cinderella and Prince Charming, and Ariel!  The vivid colors that are used in these floats are absolutely incredible!

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This is just one of the shots from the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade! Image ©DisneyParks

See how vibrant those colors are on the characters?  Stunning is all I’ve got to say about it!

Have you had a chance to see this parade yet in person?  If so, what did you think of it?  Or, if you haven’t, do you think you’ll take time to view it the next time you are there?  Please let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by today!

Great Movie Ride

87 Days: The Great Movie Ride

Great Movie Ride

The Great Movie Ride is our choice for Day 87 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown

Hello everyone!  Today is Day 87 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown, and for today, we’re heading over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to take a look at the Great Movie Ride!  This attraction is one that, I’ll admit, I wasn’t all that crazy about when I first rode it, but it has definitely grown on me over the years.  The Great Movie Ride takes a look at some of the great movies from the history of filmmaking, all from your vantage point riding in one of the vehicles you would find on a movie set.  It makes for a great experience as you travel through multiple genres of movies, everything from musicals to gangster movies to westerns and on and on.

The Great Movie Ride may be a little dated since it hasn’t changed much over the years, but I still like it.  I often wonder, though, how cool it might become if they were to redo the attraction and turn it into a showcase featuring great Disney and Pixar movies from over the years.  Can you imagine riding in your ride vehicle and going from the Bayou of Louisiana in Princess and the Frog into the woods scene from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and from there over to the woods scene from Beauty and the Beast and ending up over at Rapunzel’s tower in Tangled?  I think that there is so much potential there that it could really explode the popularity of the attraction, but what do you think?  Let me know in the comments, please, and thanks for stopping by today!  I’ll close today by sharing a picture from one famous movie that you might recognize…

Great Movie Ride

What movie is this scene from in the Great Movie Ride?

 

55 Days til Disneyland – Fantasy Faire!

Image ©Disney Parks

Image ©Disney Parks

By Mike Ellis.  Welcome to the Disney Princess Fantasy Faire, a new section of Fantasyland that is home to many of your favorite Disney Princesses!  You can see Rapunzel from Tangled, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and many other of your favorite Disney characters each day.  Within this new section, you’ll find that there are two new shows, one featuring Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, the other featuring Belle.  Additionally, in the Royal Hall, you can meet other great Disney Princesses face to face!  This new area sounds like the perfect stop for your Disney Prince or Princess to stop and enjoy!

Have you been able to check out the Fantasy Faire yet?  It is a new section at Disneyland, and just opened in March, so if you have been, what did you think of it?  Please let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook Page, and thanks!