Tonight was truly magical! As usual I was standing around waiting for the parade to start when a dad came over and asked me if there was a specific place for him to go if he had an autistic son. I directed him over to the wheel chair designated area and told him to just show the person dressed like me his guest assistance card and that they would help him! He thanked me many times and I asked him how everything had been going and if there was anything else I could help him with. He said that their vacation had been going very well but that Magic Kingdom had really brought out his kid. Of course I don’t know his kid but I felt very proud to know that the park I spend 13 hour days in had helped someones autistic kid. The dad also mentioned that his son loved goofy and mickey and that they had met him several times during the day. He then went over to the section to wait for the parade.
I just felt like there was some magic that could be made…so I tracked down my coordinator and no stringsed a Mickey and Goofy plush and brought them over to the kid. The mom began to tear up as I handed them to her son and he had a giant smile on his face, one that I will never forget. I could see him throughout the entire parade…and nothing about his actions said autistic to me, he was simply a kid at Disneyworld enjoying the parade.
Later that night the girl who was working that section informed me that the dad had told her that he was so grateful for the way that Disney cast members treated them. He said that for the first time since they welcomed their son into their family that they felt completely free and like a normal family. I am glad to say that I was able to make a little magic in their vacation. I am also proud to say that I am a Disney cast member and that tonight Disney magic made a difference for a dad a mom and their son!