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!

Reader Interactions


  1. Heidi Strawser – central PA
    Heidi Strawser

    I agree that Anna is definitely the hero of this movie, and that the song really isn’t a good example for little kids. It’s so darn catchy, though, you can’t help but sing along!

  2. mickey
    Mike Ellis

    For me, Lee, I’ve always read the intent of the song to be one of Elsa saying to Let it Go as in her way of telling herself to drop it, not lose control. Maybe I’m wrong on that. However, the other aspect when it comes to Elsa is that she is definitely in a conflicted role here — from innocent child to heartless queen to loving sister. Her parents certainly didn’t do her any favors telling her not to use her magic, you are right, but there aren’t any user manuals for children either, and then, with them being lost at sea (whether or not they are the parents of Tarzan) she had no one to go to for help, so obviously mistakes were made as a result. I wrote about Elsa’s character way back when the movie was out, you can check it out here if you are interested:

    Great post, my friend, and thanks for making me use my brain on this Tuesday!

    • Dis-LEE

      Thanks for the input, Mike! I definitely think Disney needed to work on the story a bit more. And thanks for the link, I’ll check it out and hopefully others will too.

  3. Becky @ Disney in your Day

    Really interesting read. I can see that if you maintain a Disney movie should have black and white heroes and villains, then this isn’t really the most appropriate “hero” song. But the reason I like it, and like Elsa’s character, is because she is not a black and white hero.

    Elsa takes the idea of “let it go” too far, but I do think that concept can be empowering at times. She’s letting go of fear and that’s huge. As you said, she has basically been mistreated by her parents. No doubt this would result in lots of mental damage too. As someone personally who does struggle with mental issues, I find a lot of encouragement and empowerment in a song like this. The whole “turn away and slam the door” aspect to me has always been Elsa overcoming the fear and difficulties she previously faced.

    And Elsa learns in the end that maybe “let it go” wasn’t exactly the right mantra. The part you reference with freezing Anna’s heart and the ice monster is done out of fear and frustration. In her heart she knows it’s wrong but she doesn’t know any other way to deal with it.

    I think you could argue that the problem isn’t with the song or her character, but just how other people might be interpreting it. I think Elsa is a wonderfully complex character, and her song reflects that.

    Thanks for letting me share :)

    • Dis-LEE

      Thanks for sharing! I’m glad the post is getting such insightful feedback. The movie is definitely a love it or hate it kinda thing! I just wish Disney had handled Elsa as a character better.

  4. 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

    Interesting perspective, Lee! For me, this song is about learning to embrace who you are and being yourself. It’s about not letting your fears or your past control you. Elsa learned to get past her fears and embrace who she really is. At the end of the movie, you can see how many people in the kingdom embraced Elsa’s powers as she created an ice rink and a beautiful frozen fountain for them to enjoy.

    • Dis-LEE

      Thanks for your thoughts! It is good that she decided to move on but it would have been nice to fix some problems first. At least there was a happy ending!

  5. James Cameron

    I think you have to also consider her perspective when she sings this song. She has NO IDEA of the turmoil she had caused. We know this because of her surprise at the news when Anna arrives at her ice palace. She tells Anna to leave and go back and enjoy the sun. Therefore, she can’t possibly be singing about the damage during “Let it Go”.

    In that light, I think the storm she is singing about is the storm of ridicule and public opinion now that her secret is out. She claims “cold never bothered” her anyway, referring to the treatment she expects. That continues the theme of isolation from the first verse.

    At This point in the movie, Elsa still had a lot of growing and discovering to do, but Let it Go is the moment her story begins to shift. It is the force that propels the story forward for better or worse, and puts Anna in position to grow as well.

  6. The Animation Commendation
    The Animation Commendation

    Definitely an interesting perspective! One can understand it to mean just not care about what people say or do and how your actions affect others. And if so, yeah, I agree that it’s a dangerous way of living and one that is sadly popular nowadays.

    • Dis-LEE

      It is good to move on and embrace who you are, but Elsa definitely forgot about the rest of the world. Unfortunate she felt she had to isolate herself to solve her problems. Thanks for commenting and for your thoughts!

Exit mobile version