About Mike Ellis

Mike has been a Disney fan since his first trip to the Magic Kingdom in 1979 when he was 11 years old. Since that first trip, he has seen parks open, lands close, and attractions come and go, but one thing remains the same, his love for Disney is as strong as ever.

His Disney adventures caused him to start My Dreams of Disney because he wanted to document for his family and friends all of the special Disney Memories he has enjoyed with his family, and since that first post in 2010, Mike's hobby has become his passion!

Now a Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations for over nine years, Mike has helped many of his readers plan and have incredible Disney vacations of their own. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter. Also, connect with us on our Pixie Vacations by Mike Ellis Facebook page to submit a quote request or learn more about all of your possible vacation destinations!

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  1. Lee Beatens

    In my opinion, the movie is NOT racist, although, being caucasian, my opinion is secondary to the African-American community. Most miss the point that the movie is set AFTER the slaves were freed (after the Civil War) and from that stems most of the misconceptions about the movie.
    I bought a PAL format copy from England and had it transferred to a VHS tape. The results were poor but good enough to see the entire movie.
    In SotS, Uncle Remus is the main character and helps not only his own people but is also looked to for help and comfort by everyone else. He has dignity, respect, and wisdom. I honestly don’t see how anyone could feel that his movie puts African-Americans in a bad light!
    Disney should release this movie as a part of history and let people, ALL people, decide for themselves. Gone With the Wind IS racist and is widely released and respected. James Baskett is being done a disservice by having his best work suppressed!
    I’m done ranting now. Thanks for listening!

    • loriketcherside – Texas, Y\'all – I'm Lori and this is my adventure! What does a Christian, Wife, Mother of a Jedi and a Princess, Homeschooler and Mouseketeer blog about? Everything! I write about Disney Cruise Line, Walt Disney World, Disney movies, homeschooling, things I love and just about anything magical.
      lori ketcherside

      Well said.

    • Paula B

      I am old enough to have seen SotS at the drive-in when I was a little girl. I loved the movie then and still do love the message it sends. I agree with Lee’s opinion especially her comparison between SotS & GWtW.

  2. Kimberly * theParkWorld – Kimberly has been a frequent visitor to the Disney parks ever since her first visit as a child. She loves learning about Disney trivia and history. Kimberly can often be found searching for hidden Mickeys everywhere she goes, not just in the parks. She also enjoys listening to Disney parks music any chance she gets.
    Kimberly @Frontierland Station

    I love Splash Mountain! I saw Song of the South several years ago and loved it. I did not think it was racist, although like Lee said, being caucasian I don’t think I can fully speak on that subject. I personally did not think they portrayed African Americans in a bad light. I do hope that at some point Disney will decide to release Song of the South in the US.

  3. jodiwhisenhunt – Jodi Whisenhunt is a Christian wife, mom, writer/editor, homeschooler, very tired person who is blessed with RA. She is the author of MAGICAL MOUSE SCHOOLHOUSE: Learn While You Play at Walt Disney World Resort, where Disney IS school. Think outside the textbook and expand your homeschool!
    Jodi / MagicalMouseSchoolhouse

    I looove Song of the South and I love Splash Mountain! I do not think the movie is racist at all. It shows a period of history with a light air about it. Is it realistic? No! It’s not supposed to be! Is it a sweet, entertaining story? Yes, it is! We have used this movie to help educated our elementary aged kids about that rather ugly period of American history–not using the movie as a true documentary, but giving the kids an introduction to that time. It opened a lot of discussion about how different life is now than it was then.

  4. loriketcherside – Texas, Y\'all – I'm Lori and this is my adventure! What does a Christian, Wife, Mother of a Jedi and a Princess, Homeschooler and Mouseketeer blog about? Everything! I write about Disney Cruise Line, Walt Disney World, Disney movies, homeschooling, things I love and just about anything magical.
    lori ketcherside

    I’ve never seen it. I need to see if I can pick up a copy.

  5. disneymomheidi – Pennsylvania – I'm a stay-at-home, work-at-home, homeschooling mom. I live in central PA with my husband and 3 great kids (ages 18, 11, and 5). We all love Walt Disney World and visit as often as our schedule and finances allow! I like sharing my passion for Disney with others, and meeting new Disney-loving friends. You can find my personal blog at <a href="//”">
    Heidi Strawser

    I’ve never seen it either, Mike. But, I’d like to. Somehow I’m guessing the controversy is NOTHING compared to some of the crap that goes on nowadays. Anyway, I love that song! :)

  6. disneydaybyday – Sean is a lifetime Disney fan who jumps at any chance to visit the parks with his family. From his early days of sleeping in a tent at Fort Wilderness and attending the only park (Magic Kingdom) to now taking his family to the parks each year, he has many experiences and stories to tell.
    Sean @DisneyDayByDay

    Love the song and Splash Mountain. I have seen the movie and I agree with others on here. I figured Disney would come around with the creation of a new version to avoid the controversy.

  7. Pixie Dust Savings

    I have seen Song of the South and do not think it is racist. It shows what life was like in those times but with an extra dose of respect in my opinion. It is a great movie that teaches excellent values through the stories. It is one of my favorite Disney classics.

  8. Rochelle M.

    This is one of those movies that I WISH Disney would release. I’ve written them twice asking if they will. Their answer was some garbage about those being different times and that this movie would not be released. Too bad, it’s actually a nice little movie. I think those yelling loudest about its being racist have never actually seen the movie. You can buy a copy of it on E-Bay, but only a European version VHS that doesn’t work on US players. Youtube used to have versions of it, but now you just get a message stating, “This video is not available in your country.” This movie’s star was a great African-American actor; he’s the good guy. There’s no gun violence, foul language, or any of the other junk prevalent in movies today. Uncle Remus is the hero, a real upstanding man. His tales teach some very good life lessons. I really don’t understand why certain people are so dead-set against this movie seeing the light of day. Gone With the Wind, as Lee states below, is FAR more racist than this movie could, by any means, be considered on any reasonable level, yet it’s considered a great classic while Song of the South is banned and shelved. I’d much rather children watch this Disney classic with its wonderful music and life lessons than the trash being peddled by Hollywood today.

  9. Deborah

    I remember watching this when I was younger on our BETA machine. I wish we still had it! The debate it being pulled is a little frustrated, as at the time, it was completely appropriate. Times change and we progress but we can’t erase history. Just a thought.

  10. Kim Allmon

    Personally, I’ve never seen Song of the South, but my mom has told me about it & she’d love to get her hands on a copy of it (although I don’t think that would be possible from what I’ve heard). I love Splash Mountain & its theming around the Uncle Remus characters of Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear & Brer Fox – and, of course, the song Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah.

  11. Susie Medina-Fierro

    I’ve seen it and loved it. What people who think it’s racist don’t understand is you have to put yourself in that time era. I’m only 30 so obviously this movie came out way before I was born. I’m no history buff but I know times are different throughout history so I have to look at it differently. I am hispanic and we have been through many things as blacks, Asians, Jews, etc. have gone through too. I don’t believe in a lot of things that have happened in the past but we have prevailed in some extent but there will always be those problems. I have shown my daughter this movie as well and she loved it. I had to explain the time of this film but we both love it and it really should be brought back out even if it’s just on DVD. Thank you for your honest opinion, hope you get to one day see it :)

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