For one young boy visiting Walt Disney World from New Jersey, the magic became more real than ever.
Six-year-old Brody visited Epcot on Sunday, and the experience he had was one that brought comfort, solace, and peace to him in a way that only a Disney Princess can deliver.
Brody’s parents spent months preparing him for the family’s upcoming trip to Walt Disney World–not because the trip was out of the ordinary, not because Brody didn’t want to go, and not because the trip wouldn’t be fun and exciting. His parents prepared him for his Disney visit because Brody is one of many children living with Autism.
Brody’s Autism makes him susceptible to meltdowns when he becomes overwhelmed or overstimulated by crowds, loud noises, the heat, and other “triggers” that cause him distress. If his parents can help him to anticipate his schedule and things he might encounter–even positive, exciting things–it can make Brody’s day more enjoyable for him.
But sometimes those meltdowns are inevitable for little Brody. “It’s not his fault,” Brody’s mom, Lauren, says of those times.
But Brody’s trip to Epcot was about to take such a magical turn, that his mom couldn’t help but take to social media to share her joy.
“Brody was having a meltdown,” Lauren posted. “It was our turn to take pictures with [Snow White], and [Brody] wanted nothing to do with it.”
Brody’s mom continued to tell about his magical encounter with Snow White at the Germany pavilion on the World Showcase promenade: “Snow White could tell Brody has special needs! She took him for a walk and got him time away from the crowd!” Brody’s mom continued.
Snow White needed no explanation about Brody’s meltdown. She didn’t ask why he was crying. She just seemed to “know.” If that isn’t magic, we’re not sure what is.
Brody got to cry with Snow White and be cuddled. He got to dance with Snow White and walk along the promenade with her. He even got to have these very special pictures made with her.
“This is true magic,” Brody’s mom posted. “We will never forget this moment.”
Has your child ever had a magical moment like this one at a Disney Park? Let us know in the comments!