Contributed by: Hannah N. (NDT#23) Hannah is the DDL Teens’ Viewpoint Blogger.
The other day while I was watching the news I saw a story highlighting a new trend that truly saddens me. I am referring to the trend of tween girls posting videos of themselves online asking if they are pretty or ugly. I went online, watched some of the videos, and read several of the comments posted under them. One nasty comment said “Yikes….. just had to stifle my vomit…” That was how I felt as I read the majority of the comments and watched some of the videos. I heard these girls saying things that I thought when I was younger, almost verbatim, about people calling them ugly and their insecure thoughts of themselves. Many of the comments were profane, mean, and downright hateful. One said that one of the girls was “a hideous grotesque demonic looking monstrosity.” However, some were even more disgusting; inappropriate to say to anyone of any age, but pedophilic due to the age of the girls. I found one comment that encouraged a girl to “just go ahead and end your life.” The more I watched the videos and read the comments, the more I knew that I needed to speak up.
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I have a confession: I begun a new journey in my life. It’s not ending world hunger or saving the polar bears. It’s not even figuring out how to stop autocorrect from being so annoying! No, this journey is much smaller, but it’s still important to me. It has one thousand steps. All of them are tiny, but I have spent about five hours working on my journey and have probably gone a little more than one hundred steps.
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I love Christmas. I don’t know if it’s possible to express to you my deep love for this holiday. It has always been a special and important holiday to me, and not because of the presents. I love the feeling in the air. I have many treasured memories of Christmas, and many of them include Disney. In this post, I really wanted to talk about one of the most vital parts of Christmas for me: the Christmas tree.
Posted in Disney Driven Life, Lifestyle, Teens Tagged Belle, Christmas, Christmas Tree, Cruella, Mickey, Minnie, Neurotic Disney Teens, ornaments, Pinocchio, princess crowns, Sleeping Beauty Castle, teens, Thanksgiving, Tree skirt, Walt Disney World
October was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is very close to my heart and I wore at least one pink item for almost every day in October. I also decided not to wear my watch. While it is hot pink and a staple of my wardrobe, I wanted to omit it because you never know how much time you have left. This doesn’t just apply to cancer; few people wake up in the morning knowing that they won’t come home that day.
Like pretty much every other student on this planet, I hate homework. However, I don’t think that schools are going to get rid of it anytime soon. Students everywhere are forced to deal with it, one way or another. Throughout my years of homework doing, I’ve come up with a few Disney related tips to help reduce the pain and stress that homework causes.
1. Snacks- We snack a lot when we’re at Disney, so it’s fun to enjoy the same snacks at home while I’m doing my homework. Unfortunately I don’t have a dole whip bar in my house or an ice cream cart with an umbrella that has Mickey bars and other frozen treats. A few of my favorite “at home” Disney snacks are rice crispy treats, cheetos (the kind that Trader Joe’s makes because they’re gluten-free), popcorn, and barbeque potato chips. I also like a piece or two of Disney taffy if we have any. Thankfully my parents just brought me home a box! Snacking on things that we eat at Disney really make doing homework hurt less.
Posted in Education, Lifestyle, Teens Tagged Disney Movie Rewards, Disney taffy, Dole Whip, hidden Mickeys, homework, Mickey Bar, Mickey Ears, NDT, NDTs, princess tiaras, Prom soundtrack, Tangled soundtrack, teens, The Lion King soundtrack, The Sherman Brothers Songbook album, Winnie the Pooh soundtrack
Just about every day I hear negative things about teens, as I’m sure everyone does. I hear about how we’re bratty and ungrateful. We’re self-absorbed and break promises. We shirk responsibility. We lie, cheat, and steal. We betray our closest friends and gossip incessantly. We don’t think; we only act. We can’t compose one grammatically correct sentence. We can’t do anything right. All of those things are true. These things are true about everyone on the planet. No, not everyone does all of those things. However, not all teens do these things either. Sometimes I feel stereotyped simply because of my age. I’m here for all the teenage girls out there to say that we can be princesses too and share some of the things that make a true princess!
Posted in Lifestyle, Teens Tagged Ariel, Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, Jasmine, Mulan, Pocahontas, princess, princesses, Rapunzel, Snow White, teens, Teens Can Be, Tiana, true princess
I was very privileged to be able to go to the D23 Expo a few weeks ago. They did very well with having things for people of all age groups to participate in. The whole experience was just a dream come true for me, so I want to recommend the expo to all NDTs (all NDPs, for that matter!). I also want to share some of the wonderful opportunities attendees had that I think NDTs would really like.
1. The Disney Archives Exhibit- It was amazing to see memorabilia and props and costumes from beloved movies. I started tearing up when I saw the book at the beginning of Sleeping Beauty in person.
Posted in D23, Teens Tagged Bob Olszewski, D23, D23 Expo, D23 Expo 2011, Dave Smith, Dream, dreams, Marc Davis, NDTs, Once Upon A Time, Pirates of the Caribbean, Pirates of the Caribbean Exhibit, Richard Sherman, surprises, teens, The Disney Archives Exhibit, TOMS Design Your Sole Contest, Vintage Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Western River Expedition
We all have busy lives. There’s always something going on and we constantly have to adjust ourselves to the speed of life. Teens in particular are always occupied. There’s high school, extracurricular activities, friends, family, chores, and maybe a part-time job or two. With all this moving, we’re bound to get sick, emotionally or physically. We may have caught the flu, or we may be close to a nervous breakdown. Either way we’ve got two options: try to keep going and end up hurting others, and ourselves, or we can stop and take the break we need. Often we just can’t wait to be king so we set high standards for ourselves. Sometimes if we take a break we might call this failure. It’s not failure; this brief break is setting us up for success. It’s allowing us to go the distance. Disney is one of the best medicines. It helps me take my mind off of whatever ails me. Here are some things you should try on your next sick or mental health day to bring you some magic.
Posted in Lifestyle, Teens Tagged Big Bad Wolf, Disney Villains Monopoly, Dole Whip, dolewhip, Epic Mickey, Grumpy, Happy, Kingdom Keepers, Mickey, Neal Gabler, Neurotic Disney Teens, Pirates of the Caribbean, Ridley Pearson, Snow White, Susan Veness, teens, The Art of the Disney Princess, The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World
Like many other people, I seem to find that all the life lessons I need to know are given somewhere within Disney. The most recent one I learned applies to everyone. Although, I think it’s especially important for teens because we have the most choices to make out of everyone on the planet. I learned this lesson in Cars 2 from everyone’s favorite tow truck, Mater!
Posted in Gifts, Lifestyle, Movies, Teens Tagged gifts, Lightning, Lightning McQueen, Mater, Neurotic Disney Teens, teens, Tow Mater, World Grand Prix
The characters of Winnie the Pooh have always been my favorite Disney characters. I remember watching the Winnie the Pooh animated series and the movies. I remember my parents reading the Winnie the Pooh stories to me at bedtime. I also recall these characters as some of my closest childhood friends. As I got older we grew more apart, but I always had a special place for them in my heart. I thought they had forgotten me, but after the experience I had at Disneyland a few weeks ago I realized that they are still very close to me.
A few months ago, I had the pleasure of celebrating my birthday. Birthdays are my favorite days. It doesn’t even have to be my birthday. I love celebrating people’s birthdays with them, even if I don’t know them very well or even at all. A simple smile, wishes for a wonderful birthday, and birthday small talk are all things that I love to share with people. We didn’t do anything extremely special, just a small family gathering with gluten free cupcakes and ice cream. That’s how I like it. It’s a rare occasion when we can have all of our family together. However, that day I received a beautiful, deeply personal, and useful gift.
That morning I felt like Tigger! I came out of my room feeling beautiful and there were my two amazing parents, frosting cupcakes for our family party that evening. The cupcakes had been arranged like flowers, one lemon frosted cupcake in the center and strawberry or chocolate frosted cupcakes around it for petals. I looked around the house and it had been turned into a Tangled wonderland! For those of you who don’t know me, Rapunzel is my favorite princess (along with Belle) for various reasons, which is a topic for another post.
After they sang happy birthday and we hugged, my mom asked me if I wanted to open my present that morning or if I wanted to wait for that night. I couldn’t wait. I had to open it! Mom went off to find it and I waited anxiously. She couldn’t find it. I was a little sad, but I knew it would turn up somewhere. She kept looking for a few minutes and she finally found it. I wasn’t surprised at all when she came walking out of the den holding a bag with the princesses on it. I can’t remember a birthday where the princesses weren’t a part of the festivities. I squealed in my head, or maybe it was out loud. I can only remember how overjoyed I was. Then I began to open the present. What was inside the bag surprised me. It looked like a glasses case. I opened it up and screamed! Inside was a Tangled watch. The band was a lovely lilac color. I immediately noticed that Rapunzel was on the face in a forest and Hannah was written right above her head. The bezel even had sparkly crystals on it! I wasn’t going to wear it to school because I didn’t want anything to happen before I wore it that night, so I turned to hand it back to my mom.
“Look on the back,” she nudged me sweetly. I turned it over and on the back was inscribed Happy Birthday! It was beautiful, but what made me happiest was how personal it was. It was an innocent princess watch, but still very appropriate for a teen or an adult. It sounds really cliché, but it’s true, so forgive me when I say that my parents are my best friends. I love them so much and I’m incredibly blessed to have them in my life. Disney is a place, but it is also a state of mind. With the frosting of Disney on my birthday cupcake I was able to be “at Disney” without leaving home. I had a magical, memorable, fabulous, pixie-dusted, the-adjectives-could-go-on-forever, birthday, and I wish all the same to you and yours.
As I’ve grown into a teen a lot about me has changed, and yet a lot has remained the same. One thing that has never wavered is my undying love for candy. June is actually National Candy Month! My favorite place to get and eat candy is a Disney theme park or Downtown Disney (on either coast). For me, the Candy Palace on Main Street in Disneyland holds a lot of memories, and so does Marceline’s Confectionary in Downtown Disney in Anaheim. However, I do love to remember some wonderful times we had in Magic Kingdom with candy. For this post I wanted to share my five favorite candies from Disney–and they haven’t changed as I’ve gotten older.
Posted in Food, Teens Tagged candy, Candy Palace, cotton candy, fudge, Goofy Sour Balls, June, Marceline's Confectionary, National Candy Month, salt water taffy, sugar
May is National Bar-B-Que Month! I absolutely love barbecue and one of my favorite places to get it is Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue in Disneyland. It is an awesome place for teens to eat. Teenage girls will love the cute cowboys, and teenage boys will be able to eat as much as they want!
The carefree atmosphere is a wonderful break from a busy day in the park (not that I have anything against those). The moment you step through the gates you can just feel the pressure rolling off. You can just eat, relax, and listen to Sarsaparilla Sam at the piano. A strolling guitar player sings songs, some of them about guests! Miss Chris and the hilarious Tex also make appearances. Usually they sing and talk to guests. Often they sing happy birthday to everyone who has a birthday. There’s a lot of fun guest interaction.
I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I first watched Lemonade Mouth. The name was a little different, which interested me. The other things that intrigued me were the movie’s messages. I could tell from the advertisements and previews that this wouldn’t be some movie focused on that sweet, teenage love that either makes you want to vomit or warms your heart, depending on who you are and how it is portrayed in the film. Instead the movie focused on uplifting messages of individuality, expression, friendship, perseverance, and standing up for what’s right.
Posted in Lifestyle, Movies, Teens Tagged ABC, Bridgit Mendler, Good Luck Charlie, Jay Kyle, Lemonade Mouth, Mel's Organic Lemonade, My Wife and Kids, Teddy, teens, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Wizards of Waverly Place
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I love Disney’s Animal Kingdom, for more than one reason. First, everything is lush and green. We don’t get a lot of that where we live in Arizona. Second, it’s hands-down the most relaxing park for our family. We could spend our whole vacation just wandering and exploring the park, hiking all around the trails, spraying people on Kali River Rapids with water, or simply just sitting on a bench watching monkeys. It also has some fabulous attractions for teens.
Posted in Teens Tagged Animal Kingdom, Dinosaur, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Expedition Everest, Festival of the Lion King, Finding Nemo The Musical, It's Tough to be a Bug!, Kali River Rapids, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Primeval Whirl, Tree of Life
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“EPCOT will be an experimental prototype community of tomorrow that will take its cue from the new ideas and new technologies that are now emerging from the creative centers of American industry. It will be a community of tomorrow that will never be completed, but will always be introducing and testing and demonstrating new materials and systems. And EPCOT will always be a showcase to the world for the ingenuity and imagination of American free enterprise.”
Posted in Teens Tagged Animal Kingdom, Captain EO, Club Cool, Ellen's Energy Adventure, EPCOT, Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros, Living with the Land, Mission: SPACE, Soarin', Spaceship Earth, teens, Test Track, The American Adventure, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, Walt Disney
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Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The moment you step through the gates you just feel like you’re in Hollywood. From the music to the citizens of Hollywood running around, it’s the closest thing I can think of to actually being there. It’s a great park for teens because of the thrill rides, shows, and stunts you’ll see there. Here is my list of the best attractions for teens in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
Posted in Teens Tagged Action! Extreme Stunt Show, Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, Disney's California Adventure, Disney's Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, Herbie the Love Bug, Hollywood, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!, Lights, Motors, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Star Wars, Studio Backlot Tour, teens, The Great Movie Ride, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Toy Story Midway Mania, Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Walt Disney: One Man's Dream, Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Magic Kingdom: The most magical place on earth. It’s got great opportunities for Kodak moments, a wonderful atmosphere, and a ton of fabulous attractions for teens. Here is my list of top teen attractions at Magic Kingdom.
1. Jungle Cruise – I absolutely love this attraction. The snakes do creep me out a bit, but I find my courage so that I can go listen to the cute skipper’s cheesy jokes.
Posted in Teens Tagged Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Disney's Hollywood Studios, fantasyland expansion, Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, Kodak, Magic Kingdom, Mickey's PhilharMagic, Pirates of the Caribbean, Snow White's Scary Adventures, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, teens, The Hall of Presidents, The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress
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This week I wanted to discuss the top teen attractions at Disney’s California Adventure. It’s a great park for teens, especially adrenaline junkies (Honestly, who doesn’t get that craving every once in a while?). Here is my list of top teen attractions at Disney’s California Adventure.
1. Soarin’ Over California- This is a great attraction for all ages. It’s relaxing and full of energy at the same time. It’s an absolutely beautiful tribute to the state of California. I have ridden with people who are afraid of flying and of heights, and none of them have gotten scared. It’s probably the closest I will ever get to hang-gliding (the real thing freaks me out). When riding, pay close attention to the wonderful scents of pine trees, oranges, and more.
Posted in Teens Tagged attractions, Boudin Bakery Tour, California Screamin', Character Close-Up, Disney Animation Building, Disney's Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular, Disney's California Adventure, Disneyland, Grizzly River Run, Magic Kingdom, Mission Tortilla Factory, Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, Soarin' Over California, Sorcerer's Workshop, teenagers, teens, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Toy Story Midway Mania, Toy Story Zoetrope, Turtle Talk with Crush, World of Color