When I was a little girl, my grandmother told me that she would take me and my family to Disney world for my fifth birthday and I could see any princess of my choosing at any of the meals they made appearances at. A decision that had enormous potential to be impossible was a very straightforward choice for me: breakfast with Mary Poppins. I wanted to meet the one and only woman who was practically perfect in every way and I wanted to eat pancakes with powdered sugar while doing so. Was she the traditional persona that came to a child’s mind when conjuring up the idea of a Disney princess? Absolutely not. But to me, she was an idol. She was firm, yet fun. Playful, yet proper. She encouraged spoonfuls of sugar and preposterous plans so long as your room was tidied up and you were kind to others. Mary Poppins was magic and order all rolled into one beautiful, melodious Julie Andrews package and my mom still claims that my smile upon meeting her was the farthest my dimples had ever stretched.
Obviously, my love for the Brits and breakfast started very young. However, a journey that began for me even younger was my experience with Disney films. From Cinderella to Sleeping Beauty or The Little Mermaid to Aladdin, the magic of their movies constantly left me in awe. As I grew up and new content was released, I then fell in love with the characters and soundtracks from The Princess and the Frog, Tangled, Frozen, and even the live-action Beauty and the Beast–looking at you Dan Stevens’ “Evermore.”
Sometimes, with this growing up comes the belief that Disney films and the subsequent feelings they generate are left behind in youth. However, I would argue that Disney’s animated films are what actually roots an adult to their own childhood. The reality of this dawned on me only recently as I watched the end of Mary Poppins Returns. At the conclusion of the film, Angela Lansbury, also known as Mrs. Potts, turns to Mary Poppins while the Banks’ fly away into the sky on their magic balloons and states, “Of course, the grown-ups will all forget by tomorrow.”
“They always do,” Mary Poppins responds.
With an enormity of respect for both Angela and Emily, I’d like to politely disagree. Between the nostalgia that accompanies the music, the joy of watching a new generation experience Disney’s most recent releases, and the charm of the latest installments, it’s hard to imagine a world without the magic of Disney. And, at the very least, it’s hard to imagine my world without Mary Poppins. Or this playlist 😉
For reference, this playlist contains strictly songs from Disney’s animated classics. Mary Poppins music can be found among the likes of Grease and Mamma Mia in my Musicals playlist.