Being a '90s kid, I grew up in the golden era of the Disney Renaissance. Virtually all the films I watched as a kid were Disney movies, and to this day I still know all the songs by heart and can quote the films from memory. Children nowadays are growing up in the Disney Neo-Renaissance era, with films like Frozen dominating the box office. It seems clear to me that Disney, at least within my lifetime, will continue to have a profound effect on people's childhood and will shape their ideas as they grow up.
This is important because while Disney stories are fiction, they resonate strongly with young audiences. Given the way the world is today, the concept of living "happily ever after" is rapidly unravelling, and even small children are quick to point out the discrepancies between what they see on screen versus what they experience in real life. The same couldn't be said for as I, for one, remember being convinced that talking animals would help me make my hair at age 6.
Nevertheless, this new attitude towards the stories told by Disney creates an opportunity for the firm to explore something different, especially when it comes drawing people from my generation back into the world of Disney. I think they could borrow an idea or two from Jon Cozart, the incredibly talented artist in the video above, who speculates about what may have happened after the end of many of the Disney films I grew up watching.