Are you a Disney fan looking for a way to share your love of the Mouse? Disney fans across the globe have learned ways that they can share their love of The Walt Disney Company with others, with many of them finding ways to earn money in the process.
Each month I highlight a “Disney Creator” – a Disney fan who has taken their love of Disney and turned it into something even more. This monthly blog series showcases diverse creators, visionaries, and business owners who are making magic through their social media accounts, on podcasts and YouTube, in their own stores, and even by planning other people’s vacations. What each of these individuals has in common is their love of The Walt Disney Company and their desire to share their creations with other Disney fans across the globe.
To read past months’ features, visit the pages below:
- Disney Vacation Planner and Instagrammer, Gabby (@disneyparisplease)
- Disney Content Creator, Jasmin (@thepinkjasmin)
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Victoria Wade – Disney Content Creator
Victoria Wade, known by many as @hecallsmepineappleprincess, is a Disney Content Creator who gained a following on Tumblr and has been able to expand her reach and community of followers across Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok. Victoria mainly focuses on Disney Style and traveling to the Disney Parks, but she is also an advocate for mental health positivity and discusses astrology.
Why did your Disney Creator journey begin?
I have always loved Disney since I was a child, but my first experience in the Disney Parks wasn’t the best. I was a very shy child and afraid of everything. When I first visited Walt Disney World at the age of 8, I was afraid of absolutely everything except the Lion King show that was later replaced by Philharmagic. In 2012, I was accepted into the Disney College Program and that there is where I truly became a Disney fan and was immersed into the culture.
My social media journey began a few years ago on tumblr, where I grew a following of 10k. However, as creators moved, so did I. My main outlet became Instagram and that’s truly where my journey started.
I wanted a way to express my love of Disney after finishing my Disney College Program. It started out as a way to share my photos from Disney trips. As my interests changed, so did my Instagram, going from Disney photography to Disney style and travels over the years.Victoria Wade
I wanted to be in a community of like minded people. There were people who were into the same things as me and the same niche within that community as me and I wanted to make friends there.
What sets your content apart from other Disney Creators?
My authenticity. I have always stuck to being myself and being transparent about myself and my feelings. I pride myself on being a creator who doesn’t necessarily follow the mold. I am honest about what’s going on in my life and how my mental health affects me and my content creation, while sharing that it’s okay to have off days.
On top of that, it shows in my content how much I enjoy learning, growing and being myself with my style and love of Disney. I am not afraid to use my voice and speak against injustice, as I don’t care if I lose followers for speaking out for what’s right. Numbers don’t matter to me but being true to myself and authentic and genuine in what I do does. I want to show people that you can be yourself and build a following based on that.
What advice do you have for other Disney Creators?
Research, network, figure out your niche and what specifically you want to focus on in your community. Create a media kit to connect with brands and do not ever be afraid to be yourself. Dedicate time to your social media so you don’t overwhelm yourself with content creation and use recourses like Google sheets to organize when and what content you will create.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself certainly still creating but on a bigger scale. I write for an amazing site called ThemeParkHipster which is Black owned. I currently write and am a Social Media Manager for them and I really see myself growing with the company there. I hope to continue growing my following on Instagram and bringing more light to mental health.
I also hope to travel a lot more to other theme parks and places around the world, bringing a special focus to my World Showcase Challenge, where I’m traveling to every country in EPCOT’s World Showcase. I currently have visited two countries. I also want to visit every Disney theme park globally. I will hit four this winter when I visit Tokyo Disney Resort, as I have visited Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disneyland Paris.
Get to Know Victoria
Favorite Disney Character? While many people feel that Princess Tiana is my favorite, and don’t get me wrong, she is one of my favorites, my favorite character is Sadness. Sadness and the film “Inside Out” came into my life at a time where I really needed to hear the message of the film. Sadness allowed me to understand that it’s okay to feel all my negative emotions but it’s how you respond that matters. Sadness also reminds me to give myself care and love as a content creator and to take breaks, which is why I now set aside dedicated times for certain aspects of my life, including self care, content creation and more.
Favorite Disney Park? Right now I would say my favorite park is EPCOT. It encompasses everything I love – Spaceship Earth and communication, which has grown to be a huge factor in our world with the massive growth of the internet and my girl foxy brown is in it, Living with the Land and my love of nature and healthy eating, and of course my love of traveling is in World Showcase! I find something new to love in Epcot every time I visit.
Disney Bucket List Item? 1. Visit club 33! I was so close last year ugh! 2. Seeing the inside of Cinderella Castle – I don’t even have to stay the night, I just want to see it before I die! 3. Meeting Hayley Mills in person. 4. Visiting every country in World Showcase. 5. Visiting every Disney park globally. 6. Being in a Disney campaign!