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“Holiday tradition”: Vanessa Bryant, wife of the late Kobe Bryant, takes daughters for Disney-themed outing ahead of the Christmas holiday

Basketball fans or not, it seemed the entire country stood still on January 26, 2020, when news broke that basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, along with six family friends and their pilot, perished in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, about 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles.

The journey from that day forward has been especially trying for Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, and her three children.

But this past weekend, Vanessa Bryant and her 3 daughters, Capri, 2, Bianka, 5, and Natalia, 18, stepped out to enjoy a holiday tradition they’ve been keeping for years with some of the most beloved Disney characters around.

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Mom and daughters caught a showing of “Disney on Ice,” which Vanessa says is a Christmas tradition in their household. She shared several photos of their Disney-themed outing on her Instagram account, as well as a video of part of the show that also captured the expressions of her youngest daughters, Bianka, 5, and Capri, 2. The photos and video show performances from Disney’s Frozen and from The Little Mermaid.

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Bryant treated her little ones to rainbow snow cones in Princess cups featuring Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid as well.

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Bryant took her daughters to Disneyland over the summer, and even when masks on, they were recognized by onlookers. Vanessa, Natalia, Capri, and Bianka are seen here, walking with a Cast Member during a VIP tour of the park in June 2021.

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It’s good to see those who are grieving enjoying family time together, and a “Disney on Ice” Christmas tradition sounds like the perfect blend of festive and family! We wish them a Merry Christmas this year and in the years to come!

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!