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🇺🇸 Every day, the flag of the United States of America is prominently displayed all around Walt Disney World. Walt Disney was an unabashed, albeit imperfect, patriot. That’s why it’s so perfectly appropriate for our Stars and Stripes to fly proudly here. The truth is that America falls ...far short of being the happiest place on Earth for millions of its own people. It has often failed to deliver on the promise that Libertas, so proudly displayed in New York Harbor, has proclaimed since 1886. But it remains the best symbol of freedom, democracy, and of hope that exists in the world.

In an age when our very symbol of liberty and national unity is increasingly used as an instrument of political division, I believe that Walt would implore us to remember that the flag serves as a reminder of the threats against our delicate democracy.

America, like its people and our history, is far from ideal but, TOGETHER, we can continue to improve it, lifting one another and believing in our inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — for all.

It begins with our responsibility to protect one another. To improve the lives of one another. To believe in one another. Because everything depends on US.

One Nation
Under God
Indivisible

With liberty and justice for ALL.

🌕 Luminosity unmatched, the moonlight over Lago Dorado renders any streetlamp superfluous this evening. A guiding light for romantic strollers and reality escapees alike, there is a redefined elegance cast over this evening by the ephemeral glow of this “supermoon.” It conjures up a vision ...of young Audrey Hepburn, perched on a windowsill, serenading the stars.
“Moon River, wider than a mile,
I’m crossing you in style, someday.”

Dream maker, heartbreaker...moonlight is an enigma that sunshine will never understand, holding fast the deepest secrets of the frequent insomniac. Darkness illuminated like daytime, the dichotomy is intriguing enough to procure even the most circadian soul to prolong bedtime just a little longer...

This is my Disney.

✨ That moment when you’re sitting just steps from the entry to The Magic Kingdom. Listening to the music, hearing the horns form the arriving ferries, watching the passing Monorails bringing guests to their next adventure. The energetic excitement is palpable here...and we haven’t even ...stepped into the park!

🇲🇽 I adore these Alebrijes for sale in Epcot’s Mexico Pavilion. In the movie Coco, these creatures come to life as spirit guides. While Alebrijes are not traditionally tied to Dia de los Muertos, the film’s creators worked this fantastical artwork into the movie. Crafting of Alebrijes are... celebrated during festivals in Mexico and many of these are hand carved and painted on-site in front of Epcot guests! I may be adopting one of these very soon! 🥰

🔗 Follow link in bio to Latest Video to enjoy this incredibly nostalgic ride!

This particular trolley ride was one of the last before Disneyland closed its gates to the public for more than a year. I had completely forgotten about this moment. I had forgotten that it had been recorded ...and unshared. To find it now, just weeks before the parks reopen with new safety protocols in place, was to feel like I stumbled on a suspension of worry, a break from the reality that was brewing outside this “Happiest Place on Earth.”

From our vantage point, we glimpse eager guests strolling up and down Main Street, U.S.A. before concerns about lockdowns or mask-wearing. There is a moving significance here. Poignant, even. This place, which unfailingly welcomed thousands of guests, day after day, year after year…suddenly and totally halted by circumstances on the outside.

Now, we are reminded of that privilege, of that unencumbered joy. Perhaps, even, we cherish it more than we did then. Something as simple as a trolley ride ride down Main Street, a scenic journey from Town Square to the charm of Sleeping Beauty Castle; it all means just a little bit more than it did before. In view of that renewed appreciation, we can hope for more mornings like these, and anticipate with resounding gratitude the chance to be here with the magic together, again. 🤗

🇳🇴 Epcot’s Norway mixes reduced scale reproductions of this Scandinavian country’s architecture to create a charming village that never was, yet feels familiar.

✨Imagineers have beautifully represented four styles of Norwegian architecture: Setesdal, Bergen, Oslo, and Ålesund.... From the grass roofed Detli House of Trondheim to Oslo’s Akershus Castle and Fortress to the reconstructed 13th century Gol Stave Church (now located at the Norsk Folkemuseum in Bygdøy), this pavilion unassumingly calls out to be explored.

⛲️ This week I had the great pleasure of exploring the grounds of Coronado Springs Resort and filming the Casitas courtyards. While I had previously visited Gran Destino Tower, Three Bridges, and strolled the shoreline of Lago Dorado many times, I had never taken the time to checkout the ...various villages and their accompanying patios and fountains. 🤗 If you haven’t had the opportunity to do so, I would encourage you to do the same. It very much changed my opinion of this “convention” resort — opening my eyes and my heart to its many special spaces and family friendly environment full of scenes that have been wonderfully Imagineered by Disney!

🌅 Morning is often our most hectic time of day. Alarms, routines, kids, and pets compete for our attention.

What if you allowed just one minute for yourself?
One minute to pause, be present, and reflect before giving yourself over to the demands of the day.

Finding quiet ...moments of joy in the chaotic world around us is kind of our thing, and we hope it becomes your thing too.

Join us each weekday morning at 8am ET over on Instagram. Gift yourself a minute - just one minute - to add a moment of peaceful reflection to the start of your day. Visit the Here With the Magic profile on Instagram and click the bell in the upper right hand corner so you don't miss it.

We'll be there for you. ☀️