In this latest Dream Along With Emma interview I would like to introduce you to Sera, a Disney friend from Australia. I thought it would be nice to hear from someone else who daydreams Disney from many, many miles away……
So before we talk Disney tell us a little about Sera (background, age, family, job etc) – Well, I am 28, have lived in Australia my entire life. I currently live in a city called Adelaide, which is in the state of South Australia. Even though I was born in Canberra, in the A.C.T (Australian Capital Territory), I’ve lived in Adelaide for 19 of my 28 years, and the other 9 in Canberra. I currently live with my fiancé Adam, and our tuxedo cat, called Boris Yeltsin. I work as an Administration Assistant, but have always dreamed of becoming an animator (I did try and make my dream a reality, but alas, I didn’t get into the University course I needed). My favourite characters are Donald Duck, & Eeyore. The Lion King, the Little Mermaid, Beauty & The Beast, & Toy Story 3 are my favourite films. I’ve just recently started collecting Vinylmation, and have a small collection of Disney handbags. As well as a decent size Disney Pyjama collection! (14 pairs & counting!)
How long have you been a Disney fan and what first got you hooked? As long as I can remember! One of my earliest memories is seeing The Little Mermaid at the cinema in 1990! (Even though it was released in November ’89, Australia didn’t get it until July ’90). My Dad used to take me to see all the Disney animations as child, plus I was given Disney story books. I guess I’ve always been surrounded by Disney (Which is never a bad thing!) I remember my Mum buying me a Disney magazine, which at the time I treated like my bible! It didn’t leave my sight! As a teenager I started listening to various Disney Soundtracks (Lion King, Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty, Mulan, Jungle Book, Tarzan, to name a few!), and that’s when my interest in the behind the scenes/making of the films started.
What’s it like being a Disney fan in Australia? Does Disney have a big presence and following over there? It can be difficult and frustrating at times. Our Disney stores closed down about 8 years ago, and the shipping from the Disney Store.com is extremely pricey. Sometimes we get the release of the movies before the U.S, but most times we get them a few months later. Maybe I’m not looking in the right places, but I haven’t found many other Disney fans. The ones I have found are on the other side of the country to me! I know plenty of people who love the Disney animations, but not quite to my level.
Now we first got talking on the WDW Radio forums, my very first Australian friend! How did you first discover the Disney on-line community? I was at the library in 2009, and stumbled upon ‘The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Walt Disney World’ 2008 edition by Doug Ingersoll. I was ecstatic. I must of read it half a dozen times before having to return it. After that, I just knew Walt Disney World is a place I HAD to go to! Anyway, the author mentions the WDW forums, and Lou Mongello. I ended up buying the 2010, and the 2012 editions, and finally joined the WDW Radio forums in May last year, after a year of listening to Lou’s show, and watching his videos on YouTube, I joined!
I know from our chats that you are yet to have that first magical Disney vacation. Which one of the Disney parks are you looking forward to visiting the most? WDW, without a doubt!
What are you most looking forward to when you take your first steps in a park? Seeing the Magic Kingdom for the first time, and realising that I have finally made it!! (I believe a tear or 7 will be shed)
Now I believe you’re getting married soon, does Disney feature in your wedding celebrations or is it going to be a case of ‘hidden Mickeys’? Yes, I am! A bit of both, really. We will have a Mickey Mouse cake, and wedding Mickey & Minnie cake topper. My nails will have a Minnie mouse theme, and the flower girl, and Bridesmaids will have a Mickey head silhouette hair piece, plus a few other touches. Once we are Husband and wife, we will be leaving the ceremony to ‘You’ve got a friend in me’.
And what about your future husband, is he a Disney fan too or have you had to educate him on the wonders of Walt? Adam enjoys the Pixar movies, but other than that he isn’t much of a Disney fan. I am adamant that once we get to WDW, that he will LOVE it, just as much as I do!! As for the educating, I find showing him YouTube videos of the AMAZING stuff that you can do at WDW/DL and DCL helps
If you could have any Disney dream granted, no matter how big or small, what would it be? Fabulous question! I have always dreamed of voicing a main character in a Disney animation!
And to finish, here’s the quickfire round…
Favourite WDW park – I’m predicting MK or Epcot
Favourite WDW resort – I think it will either be POFQ, or POP Century for the fantastic photo oppotunities
Favourite Disney collectible – My precious moments ‘Magically Ever After’ figurine
Your top tip for being a Disney fan - Don’t ever stop dreaming!!!
Sera and Adam’s wedding took place a couple of weeks after this interview so I would like to not only thank Sera for sharing her daydreams but to also wish her and Adam a wonderful life together, filled with lots of Disney magic!