Adorable Couple Dedicate Their Retirement To Disney And Cosplay, And They're Our Heroes
Disney holds a very special place in so many of our hearts. Many of us grew up watching the classics, with movies like Cinderella, The Lion King, and Aladdin, taught us all about love, friendship, and magic.
I personally love everything about Disney. Not only do I love the movies, songs, and parks, but I even got engaged at Disney's Magic Kingdom in Florida in 2017. So, to many of my friends, my fiancée and I are "obsessed" with Disney - but compared to this couple, we're just like everybody else.
Meet Steven and Millie Tani, a retired couple who have won the hearts of thousands of people around the world thanks to their dedication to dressing up in Disney cosplay.
The couple first went viral back in 2016, when their portrayal of "Captain America" Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter at WonderCon was circulated across the net, as people realized the Tanis are the ultimate "relationship goals".
Their official Facebook account reads: "A retired couple, inspired by their cosplay daughter have joined the fandom. See our adventures as we cosplay our favorites from Disney & Marvel."
Speaking to NBC News, the couple revealed how they were first introduced to the wold of cosplay by their daughter, Ann, who would often dress up as her favorite anime and manga characters in high school.
Steven revealed how he would often help Ann craft her costumes, but it wasn't until they attended Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland back in 2014, that they decided to fully embrace cosplay, and dress as the beloved Carl and Ellie from Disney and Pixar's Up.
“Those characters made the most sense for us, because I already had the grey hair and eyebrows,” Steven said.
“ - And the grumpy face,” Millie added. (SERIOUSLY, HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE THESE TWO!?)
Carl and Ellie were a huge hit that night, but as Steven says, he wasn't too sure about the whole cosplay thing at first:
“I was so embarrassed to be seen in costume. I walked into the park with my head down. But then a kid dressed as Russell approached us and asked for a photo. Seeing him so excited made us kind of excited, too.”
Despite their loud costumes and colorful personas, Steven revealed how the couple are actually pretty introverted, and that it was their shyness that actually brought them together. Back in 1988, Steven had posted a personal ad in the Los Angeles Times about wanting to meet a woman who was as shy as he is. This caught Millie's eye, so she decided to get in touch:
“His ad got my attention because it was so different from what the others said. It was honest: it said he was shy, didn’t smoke, didn’t party.”
“It was very boring,” Steven added. “But that’s just the kind of person I am.”
A year following their success as Ellie and Carl, the couple decided to return to Mickey’s Halloween Party, this time as Bert and Mary Poppins (just, FYI, my fiancée and I have done the same outfits).
The couple have since made many friends in the cosplay world, and it was Ann who suggested they keep in touch with their fans on social media under the name Cosplay Parents.
Steven and Millie now describe their lives as “cosplaying 24/7", and shared a very important message to anyone about enjoying life to the fullest:
Millie: “There’s so many things we could be doing with our retirement, things we could be doing around the house. But life is too short to not do what you want to do. If you meet your soulmate or someone with your same interests, you have to go for it. If you want to try something new, do it.”
Steven: “Millie and I both grew up in strict Japanese American households, and we were raised to work hard and take things seriously. Now, we’re learning to let loose.”
Thank you Steven and Millie - you are literally heroes of mine!