I’m going to ask you a question, and I want you to think of an honest answer. You may not realize it at first, but this will be the most important question you answer today.
As a Disney fan, what does magic mean to you?
The word gets thrown around and used till the point of cliché every single time Disney is mentioned. We hear the term associated with profits and promotions and special offers, and at some point the word “magic” loses all meaning. It becomes a sales pitch. It becomes the tagline for a faceless corporation and the products and merchandise it offers. We begin to forget why we ever believed in the idea of Disney magic in the first place. Today, I need you to remember. Today, I want you to dig deep in yourself and realize one simple yet crucial fact.
Magic is real.
Magic is real, magic changes lives, and you have the power to use it. In fact, you are so much more powerful today than you realized when you woke up this morning. You have the ability to find something extraordinary within yourself and use it to shape the lives of those who could benefit the most from it. You can transport people in need to amazing lands full of fantastic experiences with just a few simple gestures. More importantly, you can use your power to change how someone views this world, and their place in it.
I can prove magic is real. In fact, if you’ve made it this far I doubt you are too skeptical yourself. For the sake of argument, though, let’s talk about your magic.
Why, out of all of the things that could take up your finite amount of time and energy, do you care about Disney? I would wager a pretty hefty sum that it isn’t because you respect their profit margin. I highly doubt that their financial profile has captured your heart. Trace it back. Try and remember the feeling that set you on this course. Try and get some semblance of an idea of when that switch was flipped for you, and how?
That initial moment, that experience which you may recall vividly in a full spectrum of sounds and colors, or may be vague impression left in your heart from some time before the rest of life muted its volume and washed its pigments; that moment was magic.
You might see it reflected in others from time to time. Standing in line for a fireworks spectacular when your view is blocked by a child sitting on their parent’s shoulders. You get frustrated and angry. You mentally scream at the pair for their obstruction. This was not the vantage you desired and you’ve waited in the huddled masses for too long. Your feet are tired and your back aches. You are hungry.
Then, just as your struggles and annoyances are getting the best of you, you see the child’s face. You see small eyes made huge in their amazement; their lids stretched to the limits, trying to take in the brilliant world they have just discovered exists.
You, unbeknownst to the rest of the world, are watching magic happen. You momentarily remember that the world isn’t just about you. Your heart loses the anchor you had chained around it, starts to rise to the surface and take a breath as you get to experience that initial moment once again through the eyes of another.
It is the selfishness of wanting an unburdened heart that compels us to share Disney with others. To see that spark of magic, which we know will kindle into a steady flame of comfort, which our loved ones will need to keep them warm throughout the cold realities ahead. We share with them movies, cartoons, music; all just glimpses, reflections in the pond of where the true magic resides for us: in the Parks.
Remember your magic. Remember where it comes from. Remember that it continues to gain in power and abundance every time you share it. Remember that magic is gift, and once given, it can never be taken away.
There is power there, in those emotions and compulsions. There is power to use your gift to benefit others who need it most. There is power to spread that spark and give the warmth of your magic to someone in their coldest moments. Magic is powerful. Magic changes lives.
You could change someone’s life today, quite easily. In the process, you just might change yours as well.
As you read this, Give Kids The World Village is giving you a chance to win what will undoubtedly be the most magical experience of your life.
You have the rare, once in a lifetime opportunity to win a stay for you and five guests at Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World. Just in case you aren’t familiar with how incomparably exclusive a night at Cinderella Castle is, once in a lifetime is no exaggeration; you literally cannot purchase a stay there. Give Kids The World has partnered with Omaze for the offering, making this giveaway an extremely easy contest to enter. Here is their description of the prize:
“After other visitors have left the park, you and five guests will stay in the majestic Cinderella Castle Suite, surrounded by the beauty and elegance of a 17th century castle, but with all the comforts and conveniences of a 21st century grand hotel. Four stories above the Magic Kingdom, the suite features a cut-stone floor, mosaic art, rich hardwood paneling and stunning stained-glass windows. The private, marble-floored foyer includes an inlay of Cinderella’s famous pumpkin coach and a special niche holds her custom-crafted Steuben glass slipper. Your stay includes breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table, where you’ll enjoy a wonderful meal in an enchanting setting. If you’re a Disney fan, this is your chance to become part of the fairy tale. The Castle Suite can’t be reserved by park guests—for any amount of money—so your one-night stay will be truly priceless. Step into the story. Live your Disney dream.”
Yes, you have the possibility of experiencing something every Disney fan has dreamt of. The indescribable uniqueness of this prize makes it infinitely magical. Magic is not to be hoarded though, it is meant to be shared. That same feeling you would receive from spending a night in Cinderella Castle? That feeling can be given to someone in need, whose dream is to experience Walt Disney World at a time when they are enduring monumental hardships. You can give magic to get magic, and that is where Give Kids The World needs your help.
Give Kids The World Village is a nonprofit organization that gives critical-ill children and their families cost-free visits to Orlando theme parks and attractions, while simultaneously providing the opportunity to bond and experience time together unburdened by the stresses of their medical battles. In the world of Magic, Give Kids the World are sorcerers of the highest caliber. You will hear much more from us regarding this unbelievably earnest and uplifting charity in the near future, but for now, here is a brief description from their website:
“The Village and its community partners provide children and their families accommodations in fully-furnished villas, transportation, tickets to theme parks, meals, daily entertainment and much more. Each year 27,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Half of all children eligible for a wish through a partnering wish-granting organization choose to visit Central Florida and its collection of theme parks and other attractions. Our goal, quite simply, is to provide everything these deserving families need to make their trip the vacation of a lifetime. Since 1986, more than 154,000 children and families have had their dreams fulfilled in a whimsical Village unlike any other place on earth.”
If you want to spread the warmth of Disney Magic to those in the cold, here is how you do it:
Go to Omaze.com and make a donation to Give Kids The World Village in exchange for chances to win. A minimum of $10 will get you 100 chances, and you can purchase as many chances as you’d like. As an extra incentive for our readers and listeners, with every verified donation of $1,500 or more, you will get to enjoy dinner with select members of the DIS Unplugged Podcast team. We’ll provide more details on that very soon.
You can help bring magic to children and families in need right now. You don’t even need a wand. In return, you’ll have the chance at some magic of your own. Yes, you might win one of the most mind-blowingly phenomenal experiences ever, that will serve as the conversation ending story whenever you speak with another Disney fan, for the rest of your life. That is true. There is something else there though. Knowing you helped bring that unforgettable moment, that moment you yourself have been lucky enough to feel at some point in your life, to families in need who now have a little bit of magic to cling to themselves? That is powerful. That is life changing.