Cinderella – Disney Princesses: Origins

Cinderella artOur next Disney Princess is Cinderella. The Walt Disney version of Cinderella tells a tale about a girl who is living with her step-mother and her step-sisters. As tradition with most Disney princesses, she is also able to communicate with animals in a unique way. It seems that Cinderella’s only friends are these mice that live in her house. But, how did the Cinderella that we know so well develop from her original tale?

Cinderella – Early Tales

The story of Cinderella can be traced back as far as 7 BC, to the Egyptians and their version of the tale titled “Rhodopis.” In this tale, an eagle steals a woman’s shoe and drops it in the lap of a King. Once he finds the owner of the shoe, he marries her.

Cinderella fishIn versions of Cinderella from China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam, the fairy godmother is depicted as a fish that gets cooked. In some versions, the fish represents Cinderella’s mother’s spirit. When the fish is cooked, Cinderella seeks out the bones. When the bones are found and buried, a beautiful swing appears in the spot, which serves as Cinderella’s “glass slipper” because she is the only one who can make the swing move with her singing. In the version from Vietnam, Cinderella cooks her step-sister as revenge, and forces her step-mother to eat her. Dinner is served!

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Bucket List – Walt Disney World

With four parks, twenty-eight resorts, and a variety of other activities on property, there is no shortage of things to do at Walt Disney World. Whether it is your first trip or your fiftieth, you can always put something new on your itinerary. I, myself, have been creating a list of all the experiences I wanted to get to since I was a kid. Now that I’m an adult, it just keeps growing. Today, I’m going to share the Disney bucket list I’ve built over the years plus a few extra items that others have shared with me.

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Disney Bucket List

Stay at All Three Resort Loop Resorts – As a kid, I would marvel at the three resorts along the Seven Seas Lagoon as we whipped through on the monorail. Attempting to fulfill this one over the last 25 years makes this one of my very first bucket list items. I was lucky enough to check the Polynesian off as a child but I still look at the Grand Floridian and Contemporary with those same wide eyes. The cost for them can be prohibitive with the cheapest rack rate coming in at $400 a night. With all three resorts now featuring Disney Vacation Club extensions, becoming a member could help cut the cost drastically but would come with a large up front purchase.

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