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Lexy’s Guide to a 90s Childhood: Disney Edition

By Lexy Elsethagen


Today I’d like to bring you back to a decade that was much less uncertain then the one we are facing now. A decade that is full of unforgettable Disney films that came to us during a time referred to as the Disney Renaissance. There were also some of the best Disney TV series. Plus, I love a good Disney Channel Original Movie. They sure are different to watch as an adult but I’m definitely still entertained. So pull out your VHS, DVD, or start up that Disney+ app. We may be having Disney Park withdrawals, but this quarantine is the perfect opportunity to relive some Disney Magic of the 1990s. 


The Disney Renaissance

Not Lexy - Jasmine!

So what is the Disney Renaissance? It’s the time when the somewhat struggling Disney Animation Studios upped their game and created some classics that it is hard to remember Disney without. The time period for this renaissance is about 1989 to 1999. It includes favorites like The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Mulan. One of my personal favorites from this time period is Aladdin. Jasmine was my favorite princess growing up and I even went through a phase where I only answered to her name. 


Disney TV Series


When I think of my 90s childhood, I am taken back to waking up on the weekends to watch Disney’s One Saturday Morning. My personal favorite show on Saturdays was Recess which I’ve recently been re-watching on Disney+. I also think back to  shows like Darkwing Duck, TaleSpin, Goof Troop, and Adventures Of The Gummi Bears. It’s a great time to introduce kids of this generation to some entertainment that is the bomb!  


Disney Channel Original Movies


Fortunately, Disney Channel Original Movies have continued over the years. Some fun ones from the 1990s I love include Halloweentown, Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, and Johnny Tsunami. Whether you watch a more recent Disney Channel film or a 1990s favorite, it’s a good way to entertain the kids. 



Stay safe, healthy, and entertained. For now it’s a good time to watch movies like The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast that inspired Disney Park attractions like The Festival of the Lion King at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Be Our Guest Restaurant at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Soon enough we will be able to be back in the magic at the Happiest Place on Earth. Until then, I recommend some 90s on your television. No idea where to start? Maybe find your way to a Powerline concert by watching A Goofy Movie. You can’t get any more 90s than that. 

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