By day three of the Disney Institute workshops, my head was spinning with ideas.  I would wake up before sunrise, and, even though I couldn’t explain why, I wasn’t going to fight the inspiration.  I began to journal the ideas as they flowed so freely at that ridiculous hour.

One particular idea came from an event on day 1.  We had just returned  to the classroom after our Duckburg Activity.  The door flung open and in walked the most gregarious, sassy, tiara-wearing fairy princess that Disney ever created.  Her name was Ivana Dream, and she began to dish out an adorable mix of witty and playful banter to the unsuspecting participants.  After picking on a select few and sufficiently embarrassing them,  she left as quickly as she came and warned she would be back when we least expected her in the coming days.  She was as good as her word, bringing a delightful intermission with each visit.

When I returned  to Indiana, I spent hours briefing my daughters on my Disney Institute experiences.   Since we don’t live in Orlando and will never get to experience the magic of being a Disney character, was there a way we could create our own magic in Valparaiso, Indiana?

After 4 months of creativity, brainstorming, and teamwork the Flanagin Fairies were born: Ella Seaswirls, Misty Greengarden, Fairy Glad Mother, Crystal Snowflake, and Violet Flutterfly.

Read more about the Flanagin Fairies in my December 11th post: Was it Fate?

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Contributed by: Donna F. (NDGM#14). Donna is our resident Disney Institute expert for small businesses.

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