Six months ago, Disney’s The Little Mermaid was not on my radar.
I mean, why should it be? I have two young BOYS. Boys who like cars, and colouring pictures of cars, and making car engine noises, and sleeping with their cars… in car pajamas, of course. So while we are well equipped with Disney Cars movies, figurines and basically anything with a Lightning McQueen image emblazoned across the front, we did not own anything princess-y. At all.
Of course, that was before THIS happened – From my post “The Most Magical Place on Earth…”
As we walked along Fantasyland, little Reid kept telling us that he wanted to see the “beautiful fish”. Confused, we tried to find Dory from Finding Nemo, and then showed him pictures of Flounder. “No, no, no!” he cried. “I want the Bootiful Fish!” he said, pointing at Ariel’s Grotto. Ah! The Little Mermaid! We journeyed under the sea and stood in a short line to meet Reid’s new favourite character. Once inside, he became bashful; putting his head down and hiding behind me. It was so enduring! His first crush – on a Princess, no less! After a little coaxing he gave her a huge hug and then sat down beside her, grinning from ear to ear. (Ryder, who’s too cool for school, was also convinced to get in the picture, though he was decidedly less impressed.) Watching Reid blush, smile and flirt was definitely a tear-jerking moment – but can you blame me? My little boy is growing up!
Well, that was that. He fell hard for Princess Ariel and wanted everything to do with the world of The Little Mermaid. (I didn’t have the heart to tell him she was already taken.) In fact, at the Art of Animation’s gift shop, my husband and I were both surprised when he walked straight to the Ariel figurine and pointed – “Her.”
And that’s when it happened. The colossally bad move on my husband’s part.
“We’ll buy you the movie when we get home!” he promised excitedly. “Then you can watch her all the time!”
I frantically made arm gestures at him, signalling to zip it, shut up, no, no, NO! There’s a little thing called the Disney Vault, and I happened to know that The Little Mermaid was securely locked inside. Translation: unless we were willing to shell out $100+ for a copy on eBay, there was no way Ariel was making it to our home. Sigh.
Well, I can only say that Reid picked a very good time to begin his infatuation – On October 1st, Disney’s The Little Mermaid: Diamond Edition will splash into homes for the very first time in Blu-ray Hi Def!
Bonus features include an All-New Music Video, Part of Her World: Jodi Benson’s Voyage To New Fantasyland, Deleted Characters and more. Translation: Reid will soon be reunited with his lady love! That’s almost as exciting as finding a “banded, bulbous snarfblatt” :)
In the meantime, thank goodness for Fisher-Price, and their Little People Disney Ariel’s Coach. It’s a HUGE hit with our little guy!
About the toy: “You’re going to love watching your little ones recreate the love story of Ariel and Eric … or create a whole new story of their own! This beautiful coach is filled with fun sounds & a song and Sebastian, who is along for the ride – press down on him to hear his song! Then roll Prince Eric & Princess Ariel along their way, and you’ll see that the seahorse that seems to “swim”! Includes Prince Eric & Princess Ariel figures with coach and seahorse.”
Now, let’s just address the elephant in the room, shall we? Yes, I know this toy is often marketed as a girl’s toy. And I know that traditionally, it’s okay for girls to love cars – but boys and dolls? Kind of frowned down upon, if you know what I mean. But the truth is, all Reid sees is his favourite character. He hears his favourite tunes. And, the seahorse carriage allows his imagination to go wild – Eric dropping Ariel off at school; Ariel driving Eric to the doctor; the stories he comes up with are downright hilarious. He loves it, and I love that he loves it.
Like, the kid is kissing the Ariel figurine. If that doesn’t show his complete devotion, I don’t know what does.
I’m positive October will be here before we know it. In the meantime, we’re happy to encourage Reid’s interest in all Disney genres – including ones with pretty little mermaids.
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