I remember being a kid, sitting in the movie theater watching Disney’s animated Mulan for the very first time. From the moment I “met” Mulan in the theater I loved her, and felt so empowered to be a girl. Mulan wasn’t just like the typical Disney princesses- she was a warrior- and that was nothing short of amazing. I watched that movie over and over and over, and of course, belted my heart out singing, “Reflections” by Christina Aguilera. Oh what a time to be alive, that 1998. Good times.
If you don’t know much about Mathew, you may not know that he’s a big history buff. Between his love of history and love for Disney, he too had a fondness for Mulan. It’s been something we’ve bonded over the decade (plus) that we’ve been together. We’ll randomly be cooking in the kitchen and all of a sudden ask Alexa on our Echo to play “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from the animated film. We will sing and dance and just have a goofy time, all while the kids look at us like we’re crazy. It’s the best.
When Addie had her Make A Wish trip in December, I made it a point to make sure we stopped by to see Mulan. She was actually one of the only characters I was desperate to meet. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to meet a lot of characters so Addie could enjoy them, but there has always been something so special about her. She was such an integral part of my childhood and I wanted Addie to experience meeting her. We even watched the animated film several times so Addie would recognize her.
We sped through many places in Epcot just to get all the way to China. Mulan had a line of people, and because it was Addie’s Make A Wish trip, we were able to see her in swifter time. Lawson was unsure, Addie was getting sleepy, but we made it happen because we otherwise would miss her. I literally could not form sentences. Disney magic hit me and I barely held together a conversation out of nerves. We took pictures and laughed about things that happened to her and Little Brother, and she was so very sweet talking with Addie and Lawson. It was magical and an experience I’m so grateful for.
Now Mulan is back and in her very own live action film. We were so looking forward to watching the film in theaters, but even though that couldn’t happen, I love that Disney+ is offering Premier Access. For $29.99 you can purchase Mulan before it comes out to all Disney+ members in December. You can watch it as many times as you like, and you can support all the hard working people that worked on the film that never got to see it debut on the big screen.
Acclaimed filmmaker Niki Caro brings the epic tale of China’s legendary warrior to life in Disney’s “Mulan,” in which a fearless young woman risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest warriors China has ever known. When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father.
If you and your family are big fans of either film like we are, definitely get the movie on Disney+ and then don’t miss these 10 MUST HAVE merch for Disney’s Mulan!
Want even more Mulan?
Turn on your printer and download this amazing Mulan Live Action Activity Packet! There are fun activities like creating goals, creating a unique landscape, drawing a family crest, writing a poem, and tips on having a mindful mindset. This activity packet is so much fun for every person that shares the enthusiasm as Mulan.