Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother: The True Life Story of Mary Alice O’Connor #DisneyInHomeBloggers

If you choose to watch only one of the bonus features on the new Cinderella: Diamond Edition Bluray, please watch the feature called The Real Fairy Godmother. You will discover that there is so much more to the kindly, motherly fairy godmother dressed in blue than you ever realized.

While in Los Angeles at the end of August, we were introduced to the story of Mary Alice O’Connor through not only this Bluray/DVD feature, but also through the memories of Mary Alice O’Connor’s daughter, JP. Together we all watched the DVD feature, which I’d never seen before (even though it is also part of the DVD feature on the previous release of Cinderella). There were very few dry eyes by the time the short feature had finished; it takes you through Mary Alice’s early years as well as her passing.

JP O’Connor (left), Jennifer (right)

JP O’Connor’s father, Ken, was one of the animators at the Disney studios, and was in charge of creating the character of the fairy godmother. They had already gone through several different interpretations, but nothing was quite right. Then Ken turned to his wife, Mary Alice, for inspiration. She had such a warm, loving character to her, so he thought of what she might look like decades later. His final interpretation is what we have all come to know as Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother.

Mary Alice O’Connor was very well known in the community; she volunteered so much of her time to others that she eventually became known as the Fairy Godmother of Burbank.

Despite dividing her time between so many different groups of people, JP O’Connor told us that Mary Alice was always available to her children. I could see it in her eyes and in her smile that JP loved her mother dearly; even she got emotional while we all watched the feature on the DVD.

I still think about Mary Alice O’Connor and all of the people for whom she made a difference. In this day and age, we are so “busy” with work and other activities that we don’t always set aside enough time for our families. I have thought about areas I want to start improving in my own life, and I want to start with my daughter. I don’t often devote enough “fun” time to her. When I’ve passed, I want her to remember me in a positive light, as not as the mother who was never there for her when she wanted to spend time with me. There may even come a day when she’ll want to do her own thing entirely; I certainly want her to be independent, but I always want to be there for her in any way that she’ll allow me.

Check out a peek of The Real Fairy Godmother!

*I received an all expenses paid trip to Los Angeles in order to attend a Cinderella press junket with Disney. All thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.*


Jen currently lives in Utah with her family, and enjoys reading and writing in her spare time. She is active on popular book websites including paperbackswap.com, Goodreads.com, and luxuryreading.com.

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