Disney Makes Magic for Military Kids with Thousands of Book Donations!


Disney Makes Magic for Military Kids with Thousands of Book Donations!

Disney made magic for military kids on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California! Partnering with Blue Star Families, they spread the joy of reading and fostered meaningful family connections by donating thousands of books to military families. This heartwarming event is just one of the ways Disney shows its enduring gratitude to those who serve and their families.

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During the event at Camp Pendleton on June 8, U.S. military children and their families received free Disney books and enjoyed other activities, including hearing a story read by a military service member and Disney VoluntEAR from Disneyland Resort and reading-themed crafts. Mickey Mouse also made a special appearance to the delight of the families there.

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“The Walt Disney Company is honored to have worked with Blue Star Families for more than a decade to celebrate military and veteran families,” said Jessica Moore, vice president of government relations for The Walt Disney Company. “This collaboration shares the magic of our stories with the hope it inspires these military children to become the next generation of storytellers.”

For retired Marine Corps Warrant Officer and current Disneyland cast member Ariel Elias, returning to Camp Pendleton to make magic for military families was extra special.


“Military family life is both exciting and challenging so it’s special being able to help bring Disney magic to the base as a way to express our gratitude for the service and sacrifice of the military community here,” said Ariel, a manager of supplier diversity for Disneyland Resort.


Disney Publishing has been supporting the Blue Star Families “Blue Star Books” program since 2011, and has since donated more than 300,000 books in continuation of Disney’s longstanding history of supporting our country’s service members and their loved ones. The program has spanned the globe with Disney supporting Blue Star Books events at U.S. military bases across the United States.


For Meghan Wieten-Scott, a military spouse and current Senior Director of External Affairs for Blue Star Families, the Blue Star Books program is extra special as she has been part of it since the beginning.

“The magic of Disney has always been very special to our family, and when the opportunity to support Blue Star Families’ collaboration with The Walt Disney Company arose, I jumped at the opportunity to bring together my love of Disney with my passion for supporting the military community,” said Meghan. “My son has grown up attending these amazing events, and it brings me so much joy to watch other military families experience these special opportunities to make memories that will last a lifetime.”

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