Today is Mother’s Day in France. From Flora Disney to Mrs. Incredible, Disneyland Paris is filled with mother figures – a perfect opportunity to honor every mother on this special date.
Let’s begin our overview of mother figures with none other than Walt’s mother—Flora Call Disney. At Disneyland Paris, the New Century Notions – Flora’s Unique Boutique is dedicated to Flora, who passed on to Walt her passion for books and taught him how to read when he was a child.
She would read him fairytales every night before bed. A loving and caring mother, she brought joy and hope to the household, and that was particularly true during difficult times. Her fits of laughter were legendary. Very close to her son, she supported his teenage dream to join the American Red Cross as an ambulance driver despite her husband’s reluctance. In this position, Walt was able to discover France—where his ancestors came from—and create a strong connection with the country.
His wife Lilian, mother of their daughters Diane and Sharon, was another important female figure in Walt’s life. On Main Street, U.S.A, the delicate decoration in Lilly’s Boutique, filled with charming little details, pays vibrant homage to Lilian’s acute sense of style.
Much like these two wonderful women, Mrs. Robinson, one of the characters in La Cabane des Robinson, diligently looks after her home and her family’s morale. To do so, she uses her cooking skills—”my good wife’s cooking amply fulfills our wants”—and her music as the sound of the “Swisskapolka” brings hope and energy to the stranded family on Christmas night.
In the Latin America part of “it’s a small world,” below Lake Titicaca, two adorable mothers carry their babies, reminding us that a mother’s love knows no borders—just like the spirit of unity throughout the attraction.
A mother can also be considered as a queen, like Queen Leah, the wife of King Stefan and mother of Princess Aurora. At Disneyland Paris, she figures prominently in the mesmerizing stained-glass windows of La Galerie de la Belle au Bois Dormant, located on the first floor of Sleeping Beauty Castle. She is notably featured in the scene depicting Aurora’s christening and then in the scene where the spinning wheels are destroyed. These works of art were designed in England by the Queen’s official stained-glass artist!
But mothers are much more than this, filling several roles at once. They are real superheroes, just like Elastigirl (aka Helen Parr) who juggles her family life and her missions. At Disneyland Paris, she can be seen at Disneyland Park in Disney’s Christmas Parade (2012) and at Walt Disney Studios Park in Les Indestructibles en Action (2014-2016) and The Incredibles Challenge (2017) where she appears on her fantastic hovercraft. And she’s just as good at caring for her children as she is at chasing bad guys!
That’s how we love our mothers – simple and extraordinary at once!