It feels like 2020 has been one long string of stressful circumstances and very little magic. Many people have spent this time feeling discouraged or disconnected from peers and the people and places that bring them joy — like Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
I know I personally have felt incredibly tired with what seems to be a constant stream of bad news. But sometimes it’s the small stories of positivity that really make a big impact on someone’s day.
Disney Fans Create Magic
This was the case for me when I first heard the story of this Pixar-loving couple from California. Sue and Stephen Stewart have been spending their time doing something small to make their neighbors happy in this challenging time. Throughout the course of the Coronavirus pandemic that has spread across the world, they have usedToy Story character figurines to act out different amusing scenes on their rooftop.
Magical Moments Through the Pandemic
This has given the people living in their neighborhood something to look forward to as a small symbol of magic each week when the couple changes the scene. In an interview with KGTV, the Stewarts said they didn’t quite understand the impact that their actions were having on the local morale.
“I went to get the mail and these people go, ‘That is the best thing ever.’ You have no idea what an impact he’s making. He’s making people smile,” Sue said of her husband’s efforts.
Their Weekly Magic During the Pandemic Has Been Shared Across Social Media
They work hard to make the different weekly scenes enjoyable and noticeable, sometimes even adding in new characters — as they’ve seen people intentionally coming around to look for them lately.
“We didn’t have the aliens so we got the aliens and moved them one time. We moved the position of Buzz and Woody and got Little Bo-Peep in.”
A Message of Joy and Unity
The couple shared with KGTV that their intention behind choosing Toy Story characters for this project of spreading joy, was to show a sense of unity with their neighbors. To both kids and adults alike struggling during this time, we truly are all in this together and we can all be there for each other in small ways, even while six feet apart.
How have you been making Disney Magic through the pandemic?