Maria H. (ndm#130) (4567 Posts)

A Disney blooded, crafty, fun-lovin' wife/mom/organizer/planner, etc who is obsessed with all things Disney ūüôā Maria grew up with the Magic Kingdom and has loved watching WDW evolve into what it is today. A firm believer in the Power of Pixie Dust, she is the owner of The Disney Driven Life - A Community for Neurotic Disney People & a d.i.y. crafty blog, Carousel of Projects - create~inspire~share.


When reading about DIStherapy, I was happily surprised to notice that the Disney Driven Life was considered an inspiration to Didi Marie when she started her blog! She was inducted around the same time I was, making her one of the “originals” (counted in the inaugural year). I knew her story was one worth sharing.¬†What makes you an NDP? Have a story to¬†share? Have your own Disney Fan Site or Podcast you want to share with the community? Send it to¬†ndm130 AT thedisneydrivenlife DOT com. We just might feature your story here on Sharing Saturdays.



1964 Worlds Fair with my brother & Goofy

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Baloo & I – Magic Kingdom 1975

Begin at the beginning…. I was so very excited to join the Disney Blog Hop¬†4/7/2011, because the¬†theme¬†called¬†to the very reason I began blogging- my Disney connections, my Walt ‚Äėroots‚ÄĚ.¬†¬†I had posted a Wordless Wednesday item from the day prior, 4*6*11,¬†“Proof That Disney Memories DO Last a Lifetime…”¬†you can guess how long and deep those roots truly are.¬†¬†My father worked at the 1964 World‚Äôs Fair, and my family received a sneak peak at the pavilions before the Fair opened; “it‚Äôs a small world”, Progressland, Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln, and the Great Skyway sowed the seeds for a lifetime love affair.¬†¬†We read, studied and watched Walt Disney‚Äôs¬†Wonderful World of Color¬†weekly TV series to learn more about the fabled ‚ÄúFlorida Project‚ÄĚ.¬†¬†What a surprise!¬†¬†Our first trip to Walt Disney World was in the park‚Äôs ninth month, and we have averaged two trips every year since.¬†¬†Each family rite of passage has had Walt Disney World as its backdrop.

Didi Marie * NDM 126 owner at DIStherapy

Didi Marie * NDM 126 & owner at DIStherapy

I am Didi Marie. I am a wife of a restaurateur, mother of 2 Spectrum kids, and physical therapist who sees the WORLD with a special point of view.  NDM# 126

Р Sports Medicine PT  (weekend warriors, professional hockey players and everyone in between)
– ¬†Special Olympics PT volunteer World Games NY ’84 and Athens ’11 and USA Games ’14 (LA ’15 here I come!)
Р Autism School Board Trustee & Executive Secretary  2002- present
Р Motivational speaker for autistic families
Р Running is my newest passion (thank you, runDisney).

A Goofy fan since our encounter at the 1964 World’s Fair, my family made its first excursion to Walt Disney World in 1972, and has had a Disney Park- Disneyland,¬†Walt¬†Disney World and Disneyland¬†Paris- ¬†as a backdrop to every major life¬†event¬†since.

Fast forward to the fall of 2009, when first I learned of Disney blogs during that year’s Walt Disney World Moms Panel Search.

My first inspirations were Zannaland¬†& the Disney Driven Life¬†¬†(After all, I¬†am¬†¬†NDM #126.).¬†I was so intrigued by their content that I‚Äôve been a fan ever since.¬†Not only have the number and quality of Disney blogs exploded, but they now are networked in a completely professional way!¬†¬†My favorites of these are:¬†WDW Fan Zone¬†&¬†The Magical Blogorail. Recently, I was nominated for the Give Kids the World Ice Bucket Challenge. You can see my video below –

All of these blogs have inspired me to document my own personal and¬†lengthy¬†Disney history, and create :DIStherapy.¬†Leave it to the Disney community to build such lasting connections.¬†As I got older (see my post, ‚ÄúBlogging to Go the Distance‚ÄĚ), I found myself becoming more and more retrospective.¬†Hey, I have a lot more years to look back on!¬†¬†My blog is a way to pull the elements of my life that I love most- my career, my family, the family restaurant business, my now-favorite hobby, and DISNEY- together in one place for all to see. And did I mention my mom‚Äôs new-found photo stash?¬†What else would I do with the priceless pix of the 1964 World‚Äôs Fair, our first family trip to Disney World in August of 1972, and the 40 or so subsequent vacations spent there??¬†Be sure to check out my Wordless Wednesday posts!


A few highlights from my site are :DIStherapy; site of Disney community retrospectives¬†40 Days to 40 Years¬†(Walt Disney World),¬†20 Days to 20 Years¬†(Disneyland¬†Paris),¬†30 Days to 30 Years¬†(Epcot) and¬†15 Days to 15 Years¬†(Animal Kingdom);¬†Virtual runDisney Blog Hops¬†and “Top PT Tips“.

I was a proud finalist for the 2012 Walt Disney World Moms PanelРrunDisney Specialist.  (SO close!!)

DISney has¬†always¬†been MY therapy…

One thought on “DISney has always been MY therapy… Sharing Saturdays

  1. My secret is out! Yes, The Disney Driven Life was certainly an early blogging inspiration; and look how far YOU’VE come! It is absolutely a thrill to share my Disney life with so many like-minded aficionados. This site still inspires!!

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