No-one should ever judge your interests. It’s fine if you’re into kite surfing, dungeons and dragons, or running ultra marathons. But there are definitely certain hobbies that will raise an eyebrow, and it seems like saying that you love Disney might be one of them. Maybe it’s because it sounds like I go home and watch Cinderella all day (in reality, I rarely watch the films and spend a lot more time watching vlogs of Walt Disney World). I think it’s time to say that any hobby is really okay.
As you may know, I went to my first blogging event at the end of June. Everyone was so lovely and easy to chat to, and naturally most conversations started with blog content. Most were lifestyle, some were food, and since we were at a crafting event, some were on arts and crafts. My little corner of the internet doesn’t fit into one distinct category, so I told the truth. “It’s a bit of lifestyle, a bit of travel… and also Disney,” I would tell people when they asked. Everyone would cling onto this last category as it’s a bit different. Again, everyone was very kind at the event, but I could see that people were perhaps wondering why I was blogging about Disney as a single woman with no children (no-one ever said this, but some were definitely surprised).
But it is not weird in the slightest for people in their 20s, 30s and beyond to have a love of Disney. This is why.
- There is nothing wrong with happy ever afters. Just because real life doesn’t usually involve a prince sweeping you off your feet to go and live in a castle forever (unless you’re Kate Middleton – congrats to her), it doesn’t mean that it isn’t refreshing to be in that world for a little while.
- It’s more than just some kids films. There are theme parks around the world, blogger chats, endless websites dedicated to Disney news… It’s a whole new world out there.
- No-one really grows out of Disney – they just feel like they should. There comes a stage while growing up when it’s no longer acceptable to go home and watch Peter Pan… unless you’ve got a younger sibling to pin the blame to!
- There is a definite community. If you meet someone else who regularly goes on holiday to Disney Parks, you’ll immediately have a connection. Not everyone gets why you decided to go back again and again, so it’s great to be able to meet people with the same obsession.
- There’s an online community, too. Between message boards to help people plan their holidays, podcasts you can phone in to, and #disneybloggerschat, it’s easy to make friends with other fans in a welcoming and friendly setting. While a big chunk of the online community are parents taking their children to Disney, there’s a whole lot of people that are planning their own trip, whether that be as a couple, alone, or with other adults.
- This undeniable logic: if adults didn’t like Disney, they wouldn’t pay a small fortune to take their family to the place where magic lives. With Disney’s theme parks getting busier every year, there must be a lot of adults out there enjoying themselves while reliving their childhood.
- If anyone still doesn’t believe me, it’s time to take a trip for yourself. Walk into the Magic Kingdom Park, past Minnie Mouse making a child’s wish come true, stare up at the Cinderella Castle, and be greeted by lots of smiling Cast Members. If you still feel nothing, that that’s fine, but I think most people would have to agree that the magic of Disney is for everyone, not just for kids.
Do you have a lesser-known love for something? Share it in the comments! If you’re also an adult Disney lover, it would be great to hear from you.