Rachel Paige
June 14, 2016 11:00 am
katieludmann/Instagram, katevphotos/Instagram
katieludmann/Instagram, katevphotos/Instagram

When you think of Orlando, Florida, the first thing that probably springs to mind is Walt Disney World. Located right in the center of Florida, it draws hundreds, and thousands, and millions of tourists to the area each year, as they don Mickey hats and princess crowns to spend a day at the Magic Kingdom. It’s, quite frankly, the happiest place on earth.

Over the weekend, Orlando faced one of the worst things that has ever happened in the Sunshine State, let alone the entire United States. 49 people were killed at the Pulse nightclub, with dozens more injured — hundreds more emotionally shaken. It left the community of Orlando (and, honestly, the nation) completely devastated, and we’ve only just started down the road to healing.

Now imagine hearing this news, horrific news that happened in your backyard, and trying to pull it all together to go to work in the shadow of Cinderella Castle. That’s what cast members at Disney World have faced these last two days, and amazingly, they’ve stood strong and have started spreading the most powerful magic of all: love.

Cast members across all four theme parks (and the 18 resorts and Disney Springs) have taken to social media to share pictures of themselves, along with the rest of their team, making hearts with their hands. So simple, and so completely powerful.

Mickey, surrounded by a heart of cards

Woody and Jessie

Toy Story Midway Mania

Animal Kingdom Lodge

The Bellhops at Tower of Terror

The Emporium cast members on Main Street

Recreational staff at Old Key West

The Butlers and Maids at Haunted Mansion

The Fairy Godmothers-In-Training at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

Anna, Elsa, and the whole cast and crew from the Frozen sing-a-long

Mickey, Minnie, and the whole gang from Hollywood and Dine

Tinker Bell and her photopass photographer

Muppet Vision 3-D

The cast and crew of the Festival of the Lion King

The waitstaff at Mama Melrose’s

The train conductors and eingineers on the Walt Disney World Railroad

The merchandise cast members at World of Disney

The Charmings and Tremaines

The merchandise staff at the Animal Kingdom Outpost

The cast and crew of Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular

Honestly, it’s impossible NOT to cry scrolling through these. #OrlandoStrong