A dream is a wish your heart makes.
At least, that's what Disney has taught us. A few brave people came to Walt Disney Confessions to share the moments where their hearts made a wish, and a Disney movie came through for them when they needed it.
Trigger warning: this post could contain sensitive content, including suicide, drugs, and alcohol.
You Can't Order Me To Stop Dreaming
I was born with mild Aspergers and believed for a long time that said diagnosis was the reason I kept loving Disney well into my teenage years, since no one else of my age did and teased me about it. Call me surprised when the internet came around and I learned just how normal it was for teenagers and even adults to like Disney, without having any diagnoses. It made me feel a lot less abnormal and moved me a lot. [x]
No Matter How Your Heart Is Grieving
I wish so many Disney characters were real just so I could embrace them when Im lonely and suffering from my severe depressive disorder, like Genie, Cheshire cat and Mad Hatter, Flora Fauna and Merryweather, Pongo and Perdita, Duchess and O'Malley, Sebastian, the list goes on. It breaks my heart that such memorable characters are fiction, an many of their voice actors are dead and gone. [x]
That Was Fun
I'm going to miss Russi Taylor (the current voice of Minnie) when she finally passes away. She is one of those voice actors who really becomes part of your childhood. I do remember listening to a podcast by Geekdad a while ago where she said what her last words would be on her deathbed. She said "Oh well that was fun," referring to her voice acting career which was very sweet and positive. Then she can finally be with Mickey (Wayne Allwine) again who was her husband. [x]
My father is currently in hospital, Im really scared of what could have happened to him. It helps me to watch the Lion King because its one of his favorite movies, he quotes Is that a challenge? every time and I think his favorite quote is Hes gonna get bigger from Timon. Its really nothing but It always made me laugh and right now it comforts me a little. [x]
You're My Best Friend Copper
Recently, my cat passed away. During the time she was sick and afterward, I kept thinking of that song from Fox and the Hound where Tweed lets go of Todd. The song already brought me to tears and now it does more, but it helps too. It reminds they live on in memories, never truly gone. On the side note of healing, I now watch Disney movies with family on Saturdays and that has helped a lot, though Im still not ready to watch Fox and the Hound yet. [x]
Anxiety and Disney are things that I have had since childhood. My dad, stepmum and stepbrother throughout my childhood visited Disneyland a lot when I was growing up. Even up until now, they spent last christmas there. Ive always been invited but because of my travel anxiety I never went and probably will never go to the happiest place on earth. It is too late. [x]
Are You Satisfied With Your Care?
Big Hero 6 saved my life. 3 years ago, I was in a horrible mental place all alone. Every time I had an urge to end my life I would watch the movie and cuddle my Baymax doll. Im in a brighter, happier place now - one I never would have expected or believed can happen - I am so grateful Baymax saved me so I can experience it. I watched the movie with the love of my life the other day and it made me so happy to watch it with him for he loves it too - he is my Baymax. [x]
On The Ceiling
Ed Wynns scene in Mary Poppins made me smile for the first time after a very long period of depression. [x]
Keep Pushing, Bunny
I finally watched Zootopia and I felt like I am practically Judy. Ive been trying so hard to be a locomotive engineer and I just keep trying. I really hope I do get to work as one, but my parents keep telling me to take other lines of work, much like Judys parents trying to coax her to be a carrot farmer. For my birthday, my girlfriend sent me a Judy plushie as a reminder to keep on trying even when it gets tough and my dreams seem too far away. [x]
The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers
As a kid, I always wanted to be like Tigger because he's so much fun. Lately, I've been feeling depressed and scared, and whenever I have fun or make people laugh I feel like it's a lie and I'm in denial. What helps me is thinking about how Tigger can be very sad or afraid, but that doesn't mean he isn't capable of being happy any more, or that his happiness is fake. He gives me hope that eventually it will die down and I'll be able to enjoy life again. [x]
Don't Let Them In, Don't Let Them See
Ive never seen a Disney movie like Frozen before. I know its become passe for a lot of people but for me, it stands as the one Disney film that really felt like it was telling my story at a time I didnt think anyone understood me. Someone struggling with so much fear, anxiety and stress, who has parents that mean well but cause more stress through their ill efforts to help, and who felt isolated for years because they learned to anticipate negative reactions. Looking back all those years later it still means the world to me. [x]
Swift As A Coursing River
When I go to depressive episodes I cant listen to any music- with one exception, Disney music. Its the only thing I can listen to that makes me feel joy. So if you ever pass a 27 year old with jet black hair in a 95 Corsica screaming obnoxiously to Ill Make a Man Out Of You like its my job, give a little wave cause yup thats me. [x]
Dinner Is Served
My favorite Pixar movie is Ratatouille, I love Remy so much and I relate to his passion for cooking and food. Its because of this movie I realized my passion for cooking. [x]
Rapunzel Would Be Proud
For health reasons, I have had to keep my hair short the past three years. Now I am much better and plan to grow it out! Watching Disney Princess movies inspires me to patiently wait for the day, and to give me ideas for cosplay. [x]
A Jolly Holiday
My mother went to jail for a few years when I was a kid, and my Dad usually was never home. I used to wish Mary Poppins would fly in on her magical umbrella to give me a better childhood. When my mom was released, she gave me a really pretty Mary Poppins doll and I still have her by my desk. [x]
When Somebody Loved Me
When I was a kid, Jessie was my favorite. I had a costume and the doll and I always wanted to watch Toy Story 2 more than the first one. As Ive gotten older, I still love her so much and have come to appreciate her even more. I relate to her in a lot of ways. I kind of forgot how much she meant to me until Toy Story of Terror came out a few years ago and I watched it, saw myself in her, was inspired to fight through my fears, and just fell in love with her character all over again. [x]
It Calls Me
As a female asexual/arromantic, I was really happy after watching Moana. I know that there has been other Disney flicks that havent feature any romance, but at a time when I am indecisive about who I am, Moana came out at the right time and encouraged me by saying yes, a young woman can concern herself with other things and be happy all the same. [x]
Fate Is Kind
I look forward to my annual trip to Disney because its the one place where the voice in the back of my head telling me Im useless either shuts up or the Magic there is enough for it not to matter. When I leave, the voice comes back and leaves me with a whole new meaning to Post-Disney Depression. [x]
A Whole New World
I had an eye infection as a kid that landed me in the hospital when I was five, and it was a traumatizing experience at first. But Aladdin came out on VHS while I was there and my Dad got it for me, and as soon as I watched it, I felt so much more relaxed that I think it helped my healing. [x]
Earlier this year, I visited Disneyland Paris during the off-season and had the best ever meet n greet with Mickey Mouse, my favourite character. It involved hand holding, lots of hugs, and the boss himself kept asking me for kisses. Later on, during Magic On Parade, I waved and cheered for Mickey when I saw him, and he blew me kisses in return. I dont know if it was the same mouse friend, but it sure felt like it! Either way, that mouse made my day twice and I love him even more for it. [x]
For The First Time In Forever
One of the highest compliments Ive ever received was when I was staying in Disney World with my family and my dad was explaining how Anna reminded him so much of me. It started with him commenting about how we have the same eyes, and then he ended up telling me that Annas big heart and determination was what really hit him as being me. I almost started crying at the table because he could see things in me that I couldnt see in myself at the time. That was by far a great moment in my life. [x]
I can related to Tiana in the princess and the frog because her dad works long hard and never even though he never got what he wanted. my dad work 12 hour shift and has been working for long time. when she said My Daddy never did get what he wanted. But he had what he needed. He had love. He never lost sight of what was really important. that hit me , my dad could have fancy things , but chose us instead. that what Tiana is my favorite. [x]
A Culinary Cabaret
I struggled with acid aci issues for 10+yrs. I barely felt hunger& had little will to eat. Thinking of"Be Our Guest" helped because Lumiere was so excited about the different foods and making Belle feel comfortable having a tiny bit of each plate. [x]
You Are My Brother
Im 23 and have an 11 year old brother with autism. Some days I get very exhausted and agitated with him. But whenever I think about Brother Bear, and Kenai & Kodas relationship, it brings me closer to my brother. [x]
I would love to have a Disney heroine who is betrayed/ abandoned by her best friend and ends up having a better friend in someone shed never expect. Id love for Disney to show kids that your best friend sometimes isnt even a good friend to begin with and that you shouldnt judge a book by its cover (friendship wise). [x]
Mother Doesn't Know Best
Rapunzels my favorite Disney princess but I cant watch the movie because I get panic attacks when Mother Gothel starts singing mother knows best. Especially whenever she says you know why I keep you in your Tower. and I get flashbacks to my childhood. I wasnt to leave my house there was no food and no heat. While my mother did not abuse us, she did neglect us a great deal. It stuck with me and I hate it. [x]
Reasons to be single #1... you avoid monkeypox, apparently.
#2... all your money is yours. And Uncle Sam's.
#3... more room in bed.
#4... the list is endless.
Not to be down on love, love is great.
But love doesn't have to be the full journey.
Redditor Inspire3110 wanted to share all the best reasons to not partner up.
"What’s a benefit of being single?"
I'm single. I think I want to mingle. Convince me otherwise.
Just MeDave Chappelle Freedom GIFGiphy
"You only have to worry about yourself."
"I just started a casual relationship after about a year and a half of being single. Even though that previous one lasted 4.5 years, having to care about someone even a little bit is taking some adjustment. It was nice being free lol."
"It's my day off. I have a bunch of projects to do around the house, but I'm laying on the couch reading Reddit. No one cares."
"So true. I just wanna laze in bed all day on my day off sometimes. Bring in some snacks, watch a movie, read my books, take a nap or two. I don't need someone constantly asking 'are you getting up yet?'"
"Christmas is chill af. None of that 'Ok so we spend the eve at your parent's place, then Christmas day is split between my mom's and my dad's/his new girlfriend's place, and then we visit your brother's family to say hi to the newborn, plus uncle Jeremy invited us to his place since we are there anyway..."
"Not answering to anyone else. I've been single for a long time after my marriage ended. The temptation to just pick up with someone new was strong for the first few years, but once I got used to just being by myself, I came to really enjoy it. I'm free to do what I want, when I want. While I'm open to it, it will take someone very special to change my situation now."
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"Everything is exactly where I left it."
"Yeeessss. That little bit of milk you left for your morning coffee. It will be there in the morning."
These are all valid choices. I'm in.
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"Don't have to worry about having your trust betrayed. Don't have anyone to lie to you. You have complete control over how peaceful things are for you (barring things out of control like traffic or construction work in the neighborhood)."
"You have the opportunity to focus on your own needs and/or make giant strides in your career progression without having to factor in and address the needs of your companion."
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"Don't have to worry about having your trust betrayed. Don't have anyone to lie to you. You have complete control over how peaceful things are for you (barring things out of control like traffic or construction work in the neighbourhood)."
"I know someone who turned down a top-tier professional sports contract because his girl would break up if he would've accepted it, since she didn't want to move from Europe to America. He killed his hockey-career with that decision, and his girl is almost threatening to leave him if he gets out of shape. Can't believe he's still with her."
"Don't have to answer to anyone about where you're going."
"This. When I became single after almost 10 years, for a good few months every time I would walk out the door I would instinctively feel the urge to say where I was going. Weirdest feeling ever, kind of like the Altoids thing Jim did with Dwight."
"Unless you have a pet. I tell my cat where I'm going every time I leave the house, even if it's just outside to smoke a bowl. If I don't, she screams like a banshee until I open the door... then I get a low solid meow, like she's saying 'Really?'"
Keep you warm...
"Getting a good night's sleep. I got so tired of being awakened by someone groping me or poking me in the lower back. The whining about 'why don't you sleep naked' coupled with the 'you don't need blankets - I'll keep you warm.' I can't spend 8 hours every night f**king. I need sleep."
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"You can take a complete cake home and eat all of it."
Who knew being single could be this fun?! Plenty of people apparently.
Feel-good dramas and hysterical comedies can leave an indelible impression on audiences and make them want to come back for multiple viewings.
The films with inspiring storylines, brilliant cinematography, or Oscar-worthy performances are the most memorable.
But there are films that have the opposite effect on moviegoers, making them wish they never saw them in the first place, despite critical acclaim in their respective genres.
Curious to hear some of the more negative moviegoing experiences, Redditor Outrageous-Abies8391 asked:
"What is the most disturbing movie you've ever come across ?"
The atrocities of war are dramatically represented in some of the most powerful films.
"Johnny Got His Gun, saw it in early ‘70’s, still can’t forget it."
Depiction Of Nuclear Winter
"Threads (1984) is by far the scariest movie I've ever seen. It shows the events of a nuclear war breaking out, and the chilling aftermath. There's no hope and no happy ending, truly terrifying stuff."
A Devastating Letter
"The answer to this and all questions like it is always 'dear zachery…' I cant unsee that rage from the grandfather. Its maybe 30secs and it's stayed with me longer than anything I've ever seen in a movie. Want real proof that a good, loving person WISHES he had murdered someone in calculating, cold blood? Got your movie for you."
Parents' Worst Nightmare
"Netflix documentary Abducted in Plain Sight. Movie synopsis: WTF, really!?"
Real-life horrors make for even greater disturbing cinematic experiences.
Trapped In Delusion
"Requiem for a Dream. It's one of those you can really only watch once."
They're called horror movies for a reason.
"The first Hostel movie really got to me. Not sure if I was just unprepared or what, but that movie disturbed me more than I expected."
It's Banned In Many Countries
A Serbian Film
"Came to say this. There were scenes that I wish I could scrub from my memory."
"I own this one and honestly it's just sort of shock value for the most part. Ironically because the cinematography is relatively professional it makes some of the scenes somewhat goofy for their disturbing content."
"The actual content itself is pretty f'ked but somehow because it's well made I didn't really feel as disturbed as I should have. Films like Cannibal Holocaust, Irreversible, Antichrist, and although I haven't seen them Audition and Martyrs, those films make you feel sickly and carry a heavy weight of knowledge with viewing them."
"A Serbian film is the transformers of the disturbing film genre, there's alot that goes on but it's mostly shock value and well put together production value. I've seen A Serbian film 4 different times."
Slaughtered Vomit Dolls
'If you need a movie to have some form of a linear story, don’t bother with this one. If you are tired of seeing women constantly berated and insulted and shown as weak and scared, don’t bother with this one. And if vomit isn’t your thing, yeah, definitely don’t bother with this one.' - Horrornews.net
"Yeah, might give it a pass."
Mad scientists coming up with the most twisted experiments is the premise in these revolting flicks.
"The human centipede."
"I have not seen that, so can't really answer. The worst part of Human Centipede for me was the bodily claustrophobia and psychological horror, not the visible gore. There are only two films I have ever seen that I wanted to walk out of: that and Lars von Trier's Antichrist."
Obsession With A Walrus
"Agreed ! f'king made me feel so uncomfortable soo weird!"
The movies that disturbed me most were, as mentioned above, Tusk and Human Centipede.
I could have stopped watching them as soon as I got sick to my stomach. But as a completionist, I voluntarily subjected to torturing myself.
If you are faint of heart, I strongly suggest you avoid these films. You've been warned.
There's nothing more unsettling than waking up in the middle of the night.
Particularly if what woke you up was a loud, unsettling creepy sound.
The only thing that could make the experience more nightmarish is opening your eyes and seeing something that makes you jump out of bed.
Most of the time, what ends up scaring the living daylights out of us is nothing more than a pile of laundry we forgot to put away or a cat's shadow, and find ourselves laughing about it weeks or even days later
Others however, haven't been so lucky, waking up to discover they were actually in legitimate danger.
Redditor SpaceHubYT was eager to hear the most terrifying things people woke up to in the middle of the night, leading them to ask:
"What’s the scariest thing you’ve woken up to in the middle of the night?"
Keeping an extra close eye...hopefully?
"My grandmother just standing there in the dark by my bed, quietly wringing her hands and staring at me."- fryinpaskettimobster
Terrifying no matter when
"My mom saying I needed to get up and go with the cop."- abletable342
An experience no one deserves
"My mom screaming up the stairs 'get out of the house now!!!' and my brother swinging my door open to get us out."
"The house was on fire."- stoneytopaz
One hundred little fingers...
"Centipede crawling on my face."
"I still shiver thinking about when that happened."- Slight_Librarian_399Bug Insect GIF by AquariumMeGiphy
A lesson well learned?
"A cop walking into my Airbnb at 4am in Tennessee."
"Somehow he had the code and just.. walked in."
"I was sleeping on the couch right near the front door."
"He yelled at me and asked my name and what I was doing there."
"I was dazed and said 'ugh, I’m sleeping here man' and he’s like 'we were called about a B n E at this address'." - Reddit
"And I said 'I dunno man' and he was like 'well, sorry to disturb you'."
"And he walked out."
"Found out later that the call came In from a different address and the cop still had the door code from a previous call that was put in at this building before."
"This is where I learned if someone breaks in to where I’m sleeping In the middle of the night, I ain’t gonna do sh*t."
"My reaction time is about 5 minutes."- ReferHvacGuy
Sharing a midnight snack?
"Cat dropping a giant a** spider on my chest, then giant spider disappearing in my panic."- lady_of_the_lacattack spider GIFGiphy
One can only imagine...
"My wife sitting straight up out of bed and screaming while pointing down the hallway."
"She talks in her sleep, usually it’s hilarious."
"That time it was not."- BrotherOfTheOrder
Nature's alarm clock
"8.8 Richter scale earthquake at 3am."- sparkdaniel
There's a first time for literally everything.
"Lived in an old building in NYC."
"Had a neighbor across the hall that would seldom have night terrors."
"1st time it happened, it was about 4am and I was pretty sure she was getting murdered from the piercing screaming and loud thumps from her flailing around and the sound of glass breaking."
"I grabbed a meat cleaver and went into the hallway in my underwear to see that everyone else in the building was also awake and poking their heads out into the hallway wondering what to do."
"Me and 2 other neighbors eventually knocked on her door and when she answered she looked pale like a ghost and was dripping in sweat."
"She didn't remember any of it, apologized and explained to us her condition."
"That was some blood curdling sh*t."
"She was very apologetic about it and bought us all six packs of beer for freaking us out."
"Me and the two neighbors that decided to take action were all 100% sure that she was getting murdered at that moment."
"I lived there for 2 years and I think she only had 2 episodes during that time."- azninvasion2000
Be it over nothing, or something incredibly serious, being woken up at all hours of the morning is never a pleasant experience.
As the place everyone should always feel safest of all, is in the comfort of their own bed.
Bullying seems to be a concept that has always been around. It comes in all forms, and in varying degrees.
Sometimes, the bullying can be mild and temporary. That doesn't make it okay, but it does make the bullying easier to deal with.
Other times, the bullying is harsh, and can even go too far. Sometimes, that can mean relentless teasing. Othertimes, it can mean that a bully took their torment to a new level, even proceeding into physical violence.
Whatever the case, when bullying goes too far, it sticks with you. Sometimes, you get revenge. Other times, you just deal with it until you can find a solution. Whichever method you choose, you will never forget it.
Curious about how far is too far, Redditor tylerboyzzz asked:
"People of Reddit, when did the bully go to far?"
"One of my friends had been getting bullied for crying after her mother's death. One day I got sick of it and shoved his head into a door. I know violence shouldn't be used in some situations but I felt like this needed it. He never bullied my friend again and I only got 1 detention."
"Kids are so dumb, making fun of someone for losing their mom is the stupidest thing ever, good on you."
"This guy bullied me for years, relentlessly. He saw another guy bullying me one day and lost his mind and beat the guy half to death. It was f**ked up. Not even that he beat the guy, whatever there, but in this ultra weird like "staking his claim" kinda way. Like I was his to bully and no one else. It literally made me fear for my life a bit. I got a restraining order."
"He took a thick piece of metal wrapped it with electrical tape and hit my friend in the head. He had to get stitches but wouldn’t say out of fear who did it."
"I ratted him out. A day later he jumped me as two of his friends held my arms. Then he stole my bike."
"My mom went to talk to his dad who was drunk and hit on her so she left frustrated."
"A few days later he tried to jump me again while on my bike when I was at the ice cream truck but my older (in high school) brother saw it."
"He literally jumped down three flights of stairs from the 3rd fl of our apartment complex and literally grabbed the back seat of the bike and picked it up as he tried to pedal away. He was freaking out screaming."
Bullying The Teachers
"My class was terrible. On multiple occasions they had managed to make teachers leave the classroom in tears. For the record; I never participated, I was bullied too in this class."
"One of the worst days; they were really taking it out on this nerdy teacher. Like, this was definitely the worst and the most direct insults they had ever given to a person and he broke surprisingly quick. It turned out that the day before he was diagnosed with testicular cancer..."
Bullied BY The Teacher
"Bullied by a teacher. I grew up in the 1980's and there was something wrong with my digestive system that doctors here didn't understand at the time. Parents and friends were aware that sometimes I needed a toilet without much warning for either vomit or poo. I could easily dose off sometimes and always had a crampy tummy."
"First week of high school, I needed to go, now. I asked the teacher if I could be excused. She said I was old enough to be able to hold it in. I tried to explain that I needed to go. She was all boo-hoo, the baby needs a nappy, the baby needs burping. Some friends tried to explain to the teacher that if I had to go, I had to go. Teacher said no. I couldn't hold anything in any more and made for the door, the teacher shouted something and I passed out, vomited and sh*t myself."
"From what I remember, dad had the teacher fired. School policy was changed so that if a kid needed a loo break, they got it. Ironically there was an increase of tp related thefts and bathroom vandalism."
"I spent a week in hospital being prodded and poked, and we found out what was wrong."
"I went back to school, some kids pointed and laughed at the kid who sh*t herself in maths but they were quickly silenced by my friends and some kids who I didn't even know."
"I had a huge crush on one of the "cool" kids, who was actually a really nice, down to earth guy who was always nice to me. We even played Magic: The Gathering together a few times."
"I overheard my bully tell my crush he was planning to wait until the last day of school and "f- me up real good." Crush grabbed him by the throat and said "Don't you dare touch her!" so of course, the bully had to do something."
"He stole part of my crush's cherished favorite deck and left it in my backpack with a really sweet (fake) note. Then he told my crush he'd seen me steal the cards. His plan worked perfectly, I was looking through the cards when crush walked over. The look of hurt and then anger on his face is still burned into my memory. I gave the cards back, apologized, and tried to defend myself, but he never forgave me and we never spoke again."
You Showed Her!
"She bullied me for how I looked, would underhandedly called me ugly, and was the root of all my insecurities...A year later I won a major beauty pageant and she blocked me on IG"
"still kinda insecure cuz of her though"
"I befriended the problem girl in high school. Thought she just needed a friend. Anyway, she turned on me for whatever reason. Broke into my house while I was away on vacation and stole my cat and every item of clothing I owned. She ended up donating most of my clothes to goodwill, but the stuff she liked she wore to school. I called her out on it. That same day the principal pulled me out of class and said I “need to stop bullying X.” Anyway, she never did get in trouble but I did get my cat back after a few weeks."
Yes, He Did Fall
"6th grade. He sat behind me in study hall. He, an 8th grader, had been picking on me since the beginning of the year. I told my parents and my dad said next time he messes with me just stand up for myself."
"Next day he flips my ear really hard. I turn around and tell him don’t ever touch me again. I turn back around and then I feel something getting put into my ear. It was a pencil. I jumped up, grabbed my thick as hell math book, and hit him directly in the face. It ended up knocking four of his teeth out and broke his nose."
"The teacher was the gym teacher, who was also an assistant coach on my baseball team. He came over and said with great surprise…..what happened did he fall out of his desk? Needless to say he never messed with me again."
"Maybe im being simple here, but: every time. Any form of bullying is always too far."
Yeah, that's probably true.
Bullying is wrong, but you will never be wrong for standing up for yourself.