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Joan Lunden

Family Activities / / January 26, 2010

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Every time I go to see a Disney show or movie I marvel at what important life lessons are woven through the beautiful songs and story lines. This past weekend we took our two young sets of twins (now 4 and 6) to see Disney On Ice. Our seats were right down "on the ice," a little chilly but what a "wow effect!" 

Mickey and Minnie hosted a cavalcade of Princesses and long-time Disney favorites, who impressively skated their way through the stories. While watching I was once again reminded of the genius of the Disney creators. The Blue Fairy reminded Pinocchio that "when you tell a lie, it grows and grows, until it's as plain as the nose on your face" so he should listen to Jiminy Cricket, and let his "conscience be his guide." 

Throughout the performance the qualities of "good friends" and "loyalty" are reinforced as Buzz Light Year sings about friendship to Woody and the Toy Story gang, and Minnie sings to Mickey that he is "the best friend she'll ever have." I guess in the past I hadn't paid close attention to the Lion King gang, for this time my ears perked up when I listened to the feel-good song "hukuna matata." "Put your behind in the past" they sing with a giggle, and this is a wonderful life-long message, "to forget the ghosts that haunt you, leave your worries behind, and approach life fresh and optimistic." 

As we walked out to the tune of "When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are, Anything your heart desires will come to you," I left feeling inspired, and I can only hope that my children soaked up some of these character building messages. 

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Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman. An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, one of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities, this mom of seven continues to do it all. As host of Good Morning America for nearly two decades, Lunden brought insight to top issues for millions of Americans each day. The longest running host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 4 presidents and 5 Olympics and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves.

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