Last night at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, the community came together to remember the victims of the tragedy in Orlando this past week. People gathered around the hub area in front of Cinderella Castle just after the Main Street Electrical Parade. After the 11:45 Kiss Goodnight, there was silence in observation of those who sadly lost their lives at the Pulse night club. I’ve never seen that many people in one place, standing in complete silence, it really sent a powerful message. Yes, the community in Orlando has been shaken to it’s core, but seeing the solidarity last night spoke volumes.
Disney let their rules slide, and allowed Cast Members to attend in their various costumes, and even allowed extra time for them to get to the vigil. It broke my heart to see Cast Members cry and mourn, as they lost one of their own that night. At the end of the evening, people who attended made a heart out of glow sticks in front of the Castle, as each victims name was read. On the way out, guests were given pins by Disney Cast Members, as a remembrance of the evening. It was a touching tribute, and I’m glad that we went.
The Magic Kingdom wasn’t too crowded yesterday, and I heard chatter from various people, worrying about safety there, being that Disney World was also a potential target. I can tell you firsthand that Disney did have extra security, and there were armed County Sheriff officers at the front of the park, even before guests were allowed inside. We can’t allow fear to take away the things we love, and for many, Disney is that happy place. The evening was respectful, safe, and peaceful… everything we’d hoped it would be. In the face of tragedy, Orlando is fully united. God bless all those effected, we stand with you.
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