To say 2020 has been a challenge is an understatement. The spread of COVID-19 and all of the measures in place caused closures, layoffs, and made homeschoolers of us all. Whole families and communities are struggling with isolation and grief over lost lives, lost dreams, lost opportunities, lost jobs, and lost fellowship. Everything from grocery shopping to dining “out” to weddings to graduations have been turned upside down.
With all of the challenges of this year, we have to mention the triumph as well. We’ve seen the indomitable spirit of humanity and the creativity of the communities we live in. Healthcare workers and essential employees all over the country serve us day in and day out. Teachers, students, and parents have learned to do the remarkable over email, Zoom, and FaceTime. We are all learning to be better at friendship and family from a distance.
Even amid shocking closures and layoffs, Disney has rolled with the punches and worked to create magic at home for all of us. Olaf made us melt with a brand new song to see us through the initial quarantine. The Disney Parks Dapper Dans brought harmony to our homes with a virtual performance on National Barber Shop Quarter Day. ABC, a Disney affiliate, brought us not one but two Disney Family Sing-A-Longs (streaming now on Disney+) with some of our favorites stars and songs reimagined. (Word is, there’s a holiday sing-a-long coming soon!)
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all the Disney magic that has happened over the last few months. But we cannot forget the toll this pandemic has taken on the employees of Disney Parks. If you are looking for ways to help out this year, to say “thank you” for all the enchantment these special folks have brought over the years, consider making a donation to the Cast Member Pantry or cast member-owned small business.
During this special holiday season, we all tend to gravitate toward gratitude and perpetual hope. Let’s speak up about the things we’re thankful for and give where we can so that we can all get through this together. We’d like to start by saying…
THANK YOU! Thank you for joining us on Instagram and the blog to share our love for all things Disney. We’ve enjoyed sharing this space with you.