Vanessa Bryant & Her Daughters' Heartwarming Thanksgiving Tradition Will Bring Tears to Your Eyes

Vanessa Bryant and her three daughters — 19-year-old Natalia, 5-year-old Bianka, and 3-year-old Capri — had the time of their lives ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and they’re all beaming in a series of blissful snapshots posted to Vanessa’s Instagram account on Friday! Decked out in bright smiles and Disney-themed ‘fits, it’s clear that Kobe’s girls are in their happy place.

From taking photos on rides, to posing with their favorite Disney characters, the Bryants’ pre-Thanksgiving girls’ trip looks like a blast. Vanessa even gave Bianka an uplifting pep talk prior to her first ride on Space Mountain. “It’s gonna be so awesome-awesome!” Vanessa encouragingly promises an apprehensive-looking Bianka. “It’s amazing! Are you so excited? It’s a big-girl ride!” Afterward, Bianka looks exhilarated as she exits the ride, saying, “That went super fast!”

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“I’m so proud of you!” says Vanessa. “Good job, mama!”

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Big sister Bianka wasn’t the only one experiencing a Disney milestone; Capri was going on a roller coaster for the first time too — albeit the arguably tamer Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. She seemed all for it while waiting in line, as Vanessa asks, “Koko, are you going on your first roller coaster?!” — but on the actual ride, when Vanessa says, “Koko, do you like roller coasters?” Capri looks noticeably unsure, even though she confirms with a barely-audible “Yeah.” (“Koko Bean” is Capri’s nickname, in honor of her late father, Kobe Bean Bryant.)

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The sweetest part of the whole excursion wasn’t the fun the Bryant family was having, though — it’s the family’s connection to Disney. Disneyland was a place that Kobe and Vanessa took their girls regularly, and even went on dates there, as documented on Kobe’s own Instagram account before his death.

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Vanessa has continued the tradition of taking her daughters to a Disney theme park, typically around the holidays, in a move that surely makes them all feel closer to Kobe and the late Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, who also tragically died in the same helicopter crash as her father. It’s a heartwarming tradition that lets the girls’ Disney-loving dad live on in the fun memories they make.

“Kobe will always be the Mickey to my Minnie,” Vanessa wrote in a 2020 Instagram story on what would have been the LA Lakers star’s 42nd birthday.

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