Nextdoor and Disney team up to celebrate neighbors who bring magic to their communities

Leading up to National Neighbor Day, 14 inspiring local heroes from the Disney Magic Makers will be featured on, plus Disney has decided to make a donation to a nonprofit in their honor.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, September 24, 2021 — Today, Nextdoor joins Disney Parks, Experiences and Products to shine a light on inspiring neighbors for the Disney Magic Makers contest, a nationwide search to recognize and reward those who are making a positive impact in their communities.

In celebration of National Neighbor Day on September 28th, 14 Magic Makers will be showcased on an interactive digital map. Visit the map at to learn more about neighbors like Anita in Baton Rouge, LA, who invited Nextdoor neighbors to take refuge on her porch in the wake of Hurricane Ida, and Charlo, an artist in Denver, CO who paints local murals to spread joy around his neighborhood. Plus, individuals may recommend a donation to one of four nonprofits.

The Disney Magic Makers contest has received over 28,000 nominations across all 50 states, shining a light on individuals who have gone above and beyond to make every day magic a reality. The top five states with the most submissions made up 39% of total nominations: California (11%), Florida (10%), New York (7%), Texas (6%), and Pennsylvania (5%). Local heroes from every corner of the country, including healthcare workers, volunteers, and teachers, served their communities by helping:

  • Family, friends, and neighbors in need;
  • Pediatric patients;
  • Underserved communities;
  • Animals in urgent need of rescue; and
  • Communities impacted by COVID-19.

“We are incredibly inspired by the inspirational acts of kindness, compassion, and creativity we see happening in neighborhoods everyday,” said Emma Mondolino, Head of Business Marketing and Strategy at Nextdoor. “Nextdoor’s purpose is to cultivate a kinder world where everyone has a neighborhood they can rely on and we are proud to work with a company like Disney that shares our value of celebrating the magic that takes place in communities around the world.”

“The acts of kindness and compassion we’ve witnessed this past year and beyond are a reminder that magic exists all around us. These incredible moments happen every day across our neighborhoods, which is why we’re delighted to team up with Nextdoor to continue to bring these inspiring local heroes — and their stories — to light,” said John Breckow, Director of Corporate Citizenship at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.

There’s still time to recognize the hero in your neighborhood. Nominate an inspiring neighbor at, and further celebrate them by sharing the nomination on Nextdoor using #DisneyMagicMakers. Fifty individuals will win a trip to Walt Disney World® Resort for its 50th anniversary and may also win a one-year subscription to Disney+.

Learn more about how people are sparking magic in their neighborhoods by visiting

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter the contest before October 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., who are 18 years of age at time of entry. Nominees must be at least 13 years of age at time of nomination. Limit 5 entries per person. See Official Rules and visit for full details on how to enter, eligibility requirements, contest entry periods, prize description and limitations. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media, Inc., 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521.

About Nextdoor, Inc.

Nextdoor is where you connect to the neighborhoods that matter to you so you can belong. Our purpose is to cultivate a kinder world where everyone has a neighborhood they can rely on. Neighbors around the world turn to Nextdoor daily to receive trusted information, give and get help, get things done, and build real-world connections with those nearby — neighbors, businesses, and public services. Today, neighbors rely on Nextdoor in more than 275,000 neighborhoods across 11 countries. In the U.S., nearly 1 in 3 households uses the network. Nextdoor is based in San Francisco. For additional information and images:

About Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

Disney Parks, Experiences and Products brings the magic of The Walt Disney Company’s powerful brands and franchises — including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, ESPN, Twentieth Century Studios and National Geographic — into the daily lives of families and fans around the world to create magical memories that last a lifetime.

When Walt Disney opened Disneyland in Anaheim, California, on July 17, 1955, he created a unique destination built around storytelling and immersive experiences, ushering in a new era of family entertainment. More than 60 years later, Disney has grown into one of the world’s leading providers of family travel and leisure experiences, with iconic businesses including six resort destinations with 12 theme parks and 53 resorts in the United States, Europe and Asia; a top-rated cruise line with four ships and plans for three more to be completed in 2022, 2024 and 2025; a luxurious family beach resort in Hawaii; a popular vacation ownership program; and two award-winning guided tour adventure businesses. Disney Imagineers are the creative force behind Disney theme parks, resort hotels and cruise ships globally.

Disney Consumer Products, Games and Publishing includes the world’s leading licensing business; one of the largest children’s publishing brands globally; one of the largest licensors of games across platforms worldwide; and consumer products at retail around the world.


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