Disney: one of the largest media companies in the world, and also one of the many things in life that I get really excited about. Adulthood: one of the largest parts of a person’s life (if not, the largest) and one of the few things in life I don’t get excited about all that often. Sure, I like to be independent just as much as the next college student, however, there have been many times recently where adulthood (and feeling totally alone) is completely overwhelming, stressful, anxious, depressing, etc. But before you turn to things like therapy and medication, I’d like for you to consider one method that might just change your cloud of doom into a sunshine of joy.

The method? Fall in love with Disney. As an adult.

Now, before you scream with outrage at the audacity that you re-watch children’s films, let me point out one simple fact: Disney himself has said that he doesn’t want to make films for children. Instead, and I quote, “…I make them for the child in all of us, whether we be six or sixty.” So, with that food for thought, allow me to explain five ways to incorporate Disney into your life as you get older.

  1. Re-watch Disney films

Let’s talk about the most obvious (and theoretically least expensive) method first. This is a method that, tried and true, has brought a smile to children’s faces. So, why shouldn’t it bring a smile to yours? Case in point: what is your favorite Disney movie? Aladdin? Peter Pan? Cinderella? Sleeping Beauty? Just think of your favorite Disney movie, or if you can’t choose your favorite, pick one.

You thought of it? Okay, great. Next question: when was the last time you watched it? Do you remember what happens? What are the parts that you love the most? Even when you think about your favorite Disney movie, there’s a certain nostalgia that settles into your heart, even if it’s been years. Just imagine how much better you’d feel if you watched it again.

How about dusting off that old collection?
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  1. Follow Disney on social media

Disney has a Facebook, a Twitter, a LinkedIn, and an Instagram, just to name a few. Following them not only gives you an insight as to what the Studios are up to, or what’s going on at the Parks, but also allows you to look at photos and videos of those insights. Watching Mickey on screen is pretty cool, but it’s also much cooler to watch how they pulled it off. My personal favorite Disney social media outlet is The Main Street Mouse on Facebook. They post videos and photos of Disney World shows, parades, rides, and everything else you could possibly want.

Don't forget to like and follow!
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  1. Work for Disney

This one might be a little harder to pull off, depending on where you live. But working at one of the Disney Parks in California, Florida, or even Hawaii can help give you that Disney magic you were looking for. Or, if you’re getting your bachelor’s or even your master’s, working for Disney Studios can also help relieve you of the depressions that come with adult life. That’s not to say the job won’t be challenging, however if you just keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true (I had to throw that in there).

Not sure if you want to work there or not? Just ask yourself those essential life-building questions that come with choosing what you want to do with your life: what would you want if you didn’t become unhappy about not getting it? What’s stopping you? You know, those kinds of questions.

In addition to the above, you also get paid. Kind of like a permanent Disney vacation, but they pay you. And there’s discounts. How can you go wrong with that?

I want ice cream now...
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  1. Host a Disney Game Night

Disney has taken over so many board games, it’s not even funny. Clue, Sorry, Monopoly, there’s even DVD trivia games surrounding Disney facts and lore. Or, if you don’t want to go down that route, you can always have a Disney movie night, but that kind of falls under number five, which is why I went with Disney games instead. Now I understand that some of us with social anxiety, depression, or perpetual loneliness, don’t really have the kind of friends who would enjoy Disney things, or even worse, there really aren’t a lot of friends around. In which case, I totally understand, there are plenty of Disney games you can play online where you can meet new people or play by yourself, including but not limited to:

  • Disney Infinity
  • Club Penguin
  • Disney Universe
  • The Epic Mickey Series

    Gameplay of Disney Universe
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  1. DisneyBound

This is such a fun way to really get your spirit into Disney. It invokes your creative side, and all the while you’re looking and feeling great while you’re at it. Talk about a confidence booster! For those of you who don’t understand, let me explain what DisneyBound is. It’s really, really complicated: you use your everyday clothes to dress up as Disney characters. That’s it. For example, right now I’m wearing a white tank top and black yoga pants. I could slap on a red jacket and black gloves and I could be Cruella De Vil. Or I could add a paw print accessory and I could be a Dalmation puppy. The possibilities are endless.

Leslie Kay, the creator of DisneyBound, puts together different outfits using everyday clothes with the help of Polyvore, and posts them everyday. Each outfit is inspired by a character, and she’s got every Disney movie under the sun figured out. So, when you want to do a DisneyBound outfit but can’t think of who to dress up as, you go to her site and the inspiration is right there on her tumblr page.

Such cute ideas for boys and girls!
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So, what do you think? Is it worth a shot to try Disney before therapy?

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