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Mom Hits Up Disney World for Solo Celebration After Kids Head off to First Day of School


After a sunshine-filled summer break in Florida, mother Lisa DiNoto Glassner and her two young boys were excited to get back into the routine of school.

Glassner dropped her boys for their first day of school, the older in fourth grade and the younger in first, and bid them farewell.

As her kids excitedly raced off to class, Glassner did what many summer-break-weary parents would like to do: she took some time to unwind in a location that many would consider fun and magical.

Glassner, who lives approximately one mile from Disney World, took the opportunity to visit the park by herself, delightfully soaking up all the magic of Disney at her own blissful child-free pace.

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“This, my friends. This is what you do after you drop your kids off on the first day of school,” Glassner captioned a photo on Instagram, showing a slew of photos of her fun-filled day.

Her family has Disney passes and spends a good deal of their free time in the park, but going alone was a special treat for the mother of two.

“We live super close. We’re like a mile from the castle. I can see the fireworks. So, it’s not that crazy for me to just pop in for a few hours,” Glassner told KDFW.

“Like, I could have gone home and done the laundry, but I was like, you know what? I’m taking a moment and I’m going to take a walk in Magic Kingdom.”

Glassner grabbed herself a Disney celebration pin, which can be used to announce whatever exciting reason has brought a person to the park on a particular day, and wrote that she was celebrating her kids’ “1st Day of School!”

As Glassner mosied around the park, she met with various cast members on Main Steet, inviting them to hold her pin and snap a photo.

She shared a particularly magical moment with her Fairy Godmother, who read Glassner’s pin and immediately understood how the mother felt.

The Fairy Godmother, in all her wisdom, “just got it immediately. We were both crying and laughing,” Glassner said.

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“She reached into her sleeve and pulled out a bag of pixie dust and handed it to me and said, ‘This is for you and only you. You use it today.’ It was one of those moments of connection that is really what the parks are all about,” Glassner told Good Morning America.

Glassner also shared a bit of her own history, explaining how she abandoned her life as a corporate lawyer in the northeastern U.S. and settled her family into a pace of life that she has found much more fulfilling.

Since her story has gone viral, Glassner took to Facebook to encourage everyone to take a bit of time for themselves every now and again.

“If I’ve inspired one person to take an hour of mental health to do something that fills them with joy, then it was worth it all the more,” she wrote.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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