A Walk Around Walt Disney Studios Burbank
With so much uncertainty going on and days hard to keep track of, I feel like rather than Monday through Friday we have “generally ok” days and “depressed/anxious” days of the week. This past week, due to a lot of things in a row just seeming to be getting turned upside down plus getting a cold turned into five days in a row where I stayed inside mainly in bed, and didn’t walk outside once. The past five days, I had felt hopeless and depressed.
Yesterday was the first day in nearly a week where I felt ready to have a good day, get outside and have fun with my family. We have been walking our dog or taking my daughter Amelia out on her bike in our neighborhood for recommended exercise and outdoor time. But yesterday I thought: I need a change of scenery so life doesn’t feel as redundant or “stuck”. And I live in Burbank! A city with lots of beautiful and peaceful neighborhoods to stroll. Then the thought occurred to me, which to be honest I’m not sure why it didn’t occur to me before, to go walk around Walt Disney Studios in Burbank.
While I’ve been to Walt Disney Studios many times, it is a place that always makes me feel full of inspiration, dreams and hope. Every time I go there, I think of the history that has unfolded on those grounds, and most importantly the seemingly impossible dreams of Walt Disney that were made possible there. As well as the creativity and dreams of the animators and cast members that have unfolded there. Every time I go there, I feel full of ideas and a clearer direction for myself in my head.
So my family and I made the seven minute drive, parking on a quiet and tree-lined residential street near the studios. Then we made two full circles around the outer perimeter of Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios and the ABC building. It actually ended up being a more relaxing place to walk than my neighborhood. Since we were around offices, which are pretty much all work-from-home right now, there was barely anyone walking around.
It brought me so much joy and hope to see the fences topped with Mickey’s, the Walt Disney Company gate entrance sign, the Walt Disney Animation Studios sorcerer hat, and the seven dwarfs that adorn the Michael Eisner building on the lot. The breeze was nice, the trees lush and green, and the sun giving off a flare in all the dreamiest spots. If you’ve been on my blog or Instagram for awhile you may know how mushy and sentimental I get, and if not I’m sure by reading this now you know. But walking around the studio’s perimeter gave me just the hope and optimism I needed, and I like to think Walt Disney himself would be proud that the studio he built is still to this day creating that symbol of creativity and joy for people going by it.
Here are the pictures I took while out on my walk, I can’t wait to go back for our future family outdoor walks: