The Emotional Rollercoaster Courtesy of Disney Films!

Since the beginning of Disney’s first full animated film, Snow White, Disney movies have been an emotional rollercoaster for movie-goers. Disney has always tried to trigger our emotions, from happy to sad, good to evil, and life to death. Everything seemed to start of good, then had a major crisis, and then of course everyone lived happily ever after. It’s a pattern, but it works!

I think almost every Disney movie I have ever seen has made me cry, either out of happiness or sadness. Sometimes both. And it’s not just us girls who get weepy. When I took my family to see Tangled, I assumed I’d shed a tear or two, and I did. However, during the scene where Flynn/Eugene “dies”, I looked over and saw my son crying too. He never cries unless he gets hurt. That’s what Disney can do to us. They dig deep, cut right to our hearts, and make us feel emotions towards the characters.

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Disney also teaches us about the casualties of life, and how fragile life is. Look at the history… there are deaths in many films that Disney has put out. Bambi, The Lion King, Up, etc. Again, these story lines trigger our emotions. Let’s take Up for example. The beginning of Up is really cute and upbeat. It made us smile. Shortly after the film began, Carl loses Ellie. I don’t know anyone who didn’t cry at this point of the movie. We felt bad for Carl, and wanted things to get better for him. That’s what I mean, Disney writes it’s stories so we began to care for these characters. It works. Very well if you ask me. Look at Dumbo…. does anyone NOT lose it during “Baby Mine?” Ugh… I can’t even watch it!

The best part of a Disney film is the happy ending. Granted, not every movie ends with sunshine and roses, but we don’t feel robbed when it’s over either. I can honestly say, that every time I’ve seen a Disney movie, I’ve left the theater with a smile on my face.

Disney also creates memories. We feel great while on a Disney vacation, memories are building left and right! Well, for me, Disney movies do that too. We all have memories from our childhood, and some include Disney movies. Do you remember the first Disney movie that you had ever seen? I remember mine, it was Lady and the Tramp. To this day, that movie still holds a special place in my heart.

I believe that Disney has a special gift, and that’s why the Magic can continue and grow stronger with time. Sometimes, in everyday life, we may hold back our emotions and feelings. It’s too much effort to deal with how we feel all the time. But, Disney taps into those feelings. Nine times out of ten, when the experience is over, it leaves us with good feelings. Disney Magic can make anyone cry…. but it’s a good thing.

Author: Michele

Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the book “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 96.5 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others.

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