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A photo of a Coco themed display from the Mexico Pavilion at Epcot. Miguel and Dante have their backs to the visitors as they look at an oferenda with candles, marigolds and photos of loved ones.

I've had this post sitting as a draft for a while. This is something that I've been thinking about for months but wasn't ready to share publicly mostly because of all the questions. I'm not ready to answer questions yet. Except if you're one of 4 people who read this, you can ask me questions.

About ten years ago my biggest goal was to become a Disney artist. Not an artist that works for Disney, but to be contracted/licensed to create art or designs for merch and sell full size pieces in the Wonderground Gallery, maybe sign prints in Florida's Art festival. I wanted that so bad. It was THE DREAM. However, in my inattentive ADHD misery, I just couldn't get myself to work on my art enough to be noticed. Not to mention how do you even get noticed? No one has a real answer, by the way. I don't know if it was gatekeeping or not, but there is no solidified path on record anywhere. Moral of the story is the dream was overwhelming, but I held onto it for years—up until recently.

So now, dear reader, I've put that dream to bed. But truly don't feel sad for me. I'm about to admit something that I don't think a lot you will believe.

I'm over Disney.

Stop rolling your eyes. Yes, I still have a Disney+ sub. It comes with Hulu so whatever. TBH D+ has their hooks in me with signing on to stream the Eras Tour movie. And I still watch the movies and Marvel shows. Loki season 2 is really good. I can see why your skeptical. I'm also just went to Disney World with my family and had a lot of fun. Ok...I'm not throwing away all my Disney backpacks yet. Or the posters. Or the other...things I have. I DID however unfollow just about every Disney-affiliated IG account. I have no Disney news to flood my feed. It's called progress. I'll go into exactly WHY I gave up on Disney another day, just be happy for me ok? Because I am happy with this decision.

And more progress: I only bought food and one souvenir from the WDW parks—at baseball hat because it was blazin' hot and the sun is too much and of course I forgot to bring a brimmed hat. I was tempted by the new food/snack line of merch they just launched. Me from 5 years ago probably would have bought it all, but I know I would never wear that stuff anywhere else outside the parks. And as I'm trying to remove the Disney themed stuff in my house, I knew I would regret buying it later. Also a weird move of fate: right before our trip my avocado Mickey salt and pepper shaker broke. It's the universe helping me purge the mouse from my life. It's hard to ignore 100% of the time. It's everywhere when you're trying to not think about it.


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