Ohana Means Family – A Month of Thanks

markymarc70 (NDU#6) (24 Posts)

NDU #6, DVC Member, D23 Charter Member, Disney fan, Broadway fan, and TV junkie! Recent runDisney fanatic! Instagram: markymarc_70 Favorite park: Magic Kingdom Growing up as a child, of course I watched Disney animated movies. But it wasn't until my first visit to Walt Disney World as a young adult, that I fell in love with Disney. Since then the love as spread from just the parks and TV & movies to how I visit (current Passholder and DVC Member), to running (runDisney), and to Broadway (Lion King, Mary Poppins, Newsies, Aladdin, etc.) But the biggest impact Disney has had on me is the people it has brought into my life. Friendships I treasure with all my heart. Some friends have become more like my Ohana (my family). For this I will forever be grateful.


 

As part of our “A Month of Thanks” celebration, we asked our readers and contributors to share their stories about why they are thankful for Disney. Here is just one of those submitted. If you would like to share why you are thankful for Disney, please see this article or contact Maria (NDM 130)


 

Why am I thankful to have Disney in my life? It’s simple…..family.

Ohana means family. This isn’t just a line from Lilo and Stitch to me.  The people that my love of Disney has brought into my life are a second family to me.  Just like any family, I don’t get to see my Ohana as often as I’d like to. But when we get together, it’s like no time has passed.

Disney has recently brought running into my life. Since 2012 I’ve participated in various runDisney and non runDisney races. With running has come a community of fellow runners that range from beginners to experts.  They have become my running family. Always there to give a tip or advice, to answer a question, and most importantly to give needed support and encouragement. Whether it’s from afar through a text, a tweet or a Facebook post or from the sidelines of the race course, they are always there for you.

As for my biological family, Disney has a way of bringing us together. Whether it’s cozying up on the couch to watch a Disney movie or bringing the family to a Disney Park, a great time is had by all. I have two nieces with Autism but that doesn’t make their Disney experience any less special or magical.  Disney provides an environment that not only caters to their needs but also allows them to flourish and be their amazing selves. Now let’s not forget about the big kids of the family. Disney has so many restaurants to choose from to enjoy a delicious dinner and events like the Food and Wine Festival that provide much needed adult only time.

So Disney, thank you for giving me…..family.

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markymarc70 (NDU#6)

NDU #6, DVC Member, D23 Charter Member, Disney fan, Broadway fan, and TV junkie! Recent runDisney fanatic! Instagram: markymarc_70 Favorite park: Magic Kingdom Growing up as a child, of course I watched Disney animated movies. But it wasn't until my first visit to Walt Disney World as a young adult, that I fell in love with Disney. Since then the love as spread from just the parks and TV & movies to how I visit (current Passholder and DVC Member), to running (runDisney), and to Broadway (Lion King, Mary Poppins, Newsies, Aladdin, etc.) But the biggest impact Disney has had on me is the people it has brought into my life. Friendships I treasure with all my heart. Some friends have become more like my Ohana (my family). For this I will forever be grateful.

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