• Stephanie Preweda

Series Intro: Disney at a Distance

So, you’re a huge Disney fan, but you don’t live near the parks. As in, the closest park to you is over 1,000 miles away.

I’m certainly in that boat, drifting through a sea of Disney dreams while making it work from a distance.

It can be difficult to get your Disney fix while living so far away from the parks. I get it, that’s why I’ve decided to start a “Disney at a Distance” blog series and let me be the first to welcome you!

Born and raised in Metro Detroit, I’m a Michigander through and through. The closest thing we have to a theme park is Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, where the mascot is Snoopy. Don’t get me wrong -- I love that quirky beagle, but he’s not Pluto.

Like millions of other children, I was raised watching Disney movies while wearing a Minnie Mouse costume and eating out of a plastic child-size Disney plate. As an adult, I regrettably don’t have that costume anymore and I’ve graduated to ceramic plates, but my love of Disney and those classic awe-inspiring movies still bring me inspiration every day.

I don’t live anywhere near a Disney park; it can be easy to forget that the vast majority of people don’t. So how do you stay engaged in Disney culture and stay informed while being so distant? In today’s society, staying informed is easier than ever, but being part of a culture that for most of us is thousands of miles away is a different story.

So, is it possible to stay a hardcore Disney fan if you don’t live near Anaheim or Orlando or any of the international parks? Of course, it is! Whether it’s rewatching classic Disney movies for the hundredth (okay, thousandth) time, perusing the Disney app or shopping Pandora’s Disney collection, there are plenty of ways to get your Disney fill without being in either the Sunshine or Golden states. Half the fun is thinking outside the box and getting crafty with it, making home your own little Disney World. This series will be dedicated to all the different ways you can “Disney at a Distance”.

Watch for my first blog in this series next month as I talk about local Disney stores and how they’ve changed over time. My goal here is to share and inspire different ways to Disney at a Distance and keep that spirit of the parks alive within your home and community.

I’d love to know how YOU Disney at a Distance! Share your ideas and comments with the community! Until then TTFN, ta ta for now!

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