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Boston Marathon, Sandy Hook, and Disney's 3:00 Parade (Grab a tissue now)

Discussion in 'General News & Rumors' started by Beccaberry, Apr 18, 2013.

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    by J. Jeff Kober (original link here: Full Story)

    Events yesterday at the Boston Marathon, along with events only a few months ago in Newtown, Connecticut have caused all of us to stop and consider the good and bad of the world we live in. There has been much comment and even debate in the social media networks. But sometimes, what it really takes is action. To that extent, I provide you the following story. I wasn’t sure I wanted to share it out of respect for the privacy of the family. That’s why I don’t use the names in the story. But I think the message is powerful, and can be used to invite us to consider what each of us can do to serve another.

    Over the last couple of years a manager at the Coronado Springs hotel made friends with a family from Newtown, Connecticut. The Disney Cast Member especially came to know the family’s little girls who would seek out the Cast Member and share their experiences visiting Walt Disney World. They would talk about being princesses and the girls were so excited when the Cast Member asked for their autographs. They emailed the Cast Member when they returned back home to Newtown and sent her pictures they had drawn (which sits proudly on the desk of the Cast Member).

    So when the family returned this year, the girls ran up and gave the Cast Member hugs and kisses. The Cast Member inquired about their vacation this year. At one point the grandmother pulled the Cast Member at one point to the side to say that the 7 year old, who attends Sandy Hook Elementary School, was in one of the classrooms on that fateful day. In fact, it was her second-grade class seen in the photo running away from the school. She was okay, but she lost 3 of her best friends and the past few months had been very hard on their family. Afterwards, the family walked away promising to come back the next day to tell the Cast Member about their experiences at Epcot.

    The Cast Member immediately called her partners at the Yacht and Beach and asked if they could get them special fireworks viewing for Illuminations. They were able to get the family on a fireworks cruise from the Yacht and beach Club that night! The family could not have been more excited, and the girls loved that they each got 5 balloons along with it.

    Still, the Cast Member wanted to do more. Brainstorming with an entertainment manager at the Magic Kingdom, they planned a private meet and greet prior to the next day’s parade.

    This is one of the few times ever an entire character group photo was taken of those in the parade.

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    Normally, for a meet and greet, a few Disney characters volunteer for a photo opportunity. But today would be different. Every single character from that parade was there to greet them. The princesses presented the girls with baskets full of princess paraphernalia and handed them a giant poster with everyone’s autographs. They then walked them to their roped off viewing section and each Disney character who they had just met backstage walked up and hugged them again during the parade. The entertainment manager shared with the Cast Member from Disney’s Coronado Springs how much this family touched the entire Cast of the parade and how they were still taking about how much they loved the girls.

    The mother told the Cast Member how grateful they were for the memories they made on this trip. While they could not replace the ones made that fateful day, they were still memories that would last a lifetime. The mother said it was the first time they were able to relax and could give some innocence back to the children.

    The Disney Cast Member remarked, “It is amazing to me the power of our brand, the world we can create, and the amazing partnership I received across the property to help make a magical trip for this family was overwhelming.”

    Indeed, it is overwhelming what the power of a few people coming together to serve others–to bring light and happiness–and to make the world a better place. That’s the message here. If you want to make a difference, than you simply have to serve others. To that end, several on Facebook have recently posted this quotation from Mister Rogers:

    “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”

    If we want to do something more than post, than we must help. We must proclaim love and peace through our actions. The rising generation will not embrace a kinder, gentler world because they tire of viewing so much gore and violence, as much as they are really shown by us how much greater a world filled with love and understanding is.

    To the Cast of the 3:00 parade, thanks for showing how.
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    Isn't this a fabulous story? This is the true magic of Disney. What an incredible thing for all of them to do. :yes:
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    Reading this gave me goose bumps. Such a lovely story and goes to show what a wonderful place disney is.
    Thanks for sharing :D

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    No words :cry2:
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    Absolutely Amazing. What a memory to take home with you in spite of the pain that you suffered at home.
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    I want to print it out and show it to every blasted person who raises an eyebrow and says, "What's the deal with you and Disney? It's just another theme park."
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    Yeah, huh? For all of them to come together to help lay down new and beautiful memories for this family, and little girl who have such horrible memories is absolutely what it should all be about in this world. Every single one of us doing our level best to ensure that what we do for and with one another is based on love and caring for the other person.

    Yeah. That'd be some kinda' world, wouldn't it? :yes: Global Disney...
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    Absolutely fantastic....well done Disney. :yes:
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    Amazing! Disney rocks!

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    Dear Lord this gave me the chills reading this. How Wonderful!
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    It is so easy to just want to throw your hands up and say "What is wrong with this world?". Stories like this and the ones coming from the volunteers, first responders, and locals providing assistance and help give this guy hope. There is still good and light in the world, just have to look for the helpers and believe.

    Thanks for the post.
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    wow :)

    Im at a loss for words
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    Yay!! I love Disney for this very reason!!

    Truly magic..:yes:
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    Well done Disney - pure magic

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