Don’t Miss Out on the Magic!! Visually-Impaired Girl makes lasting Magical Memory.
You’ve made your ADR’s, you’ve got your flight, hotel and admission tickets reserved and paid for, you’ve studied the park maps, and you’ve got your touring plan printed on a spreadsheet! You’re all set for a magical vacation at Disney World… but will it actually be magical? It won’t be if you’re racing from one attraction to another. SLOW DOWN! You’re going to miss the magic if you’re too rushed trying to squeeze everything in! Had we been rushing… we would have completely missed this magical moment…
While at Disney’s Hollywood Studios last Sunday evening, we happened upon some surprise Characters appearing in The Art of Animation building (what many Disney fans refer to as Characterpalooza). Jafar, Mary Poppins with two Penguins, Rafiki, and Chip & Dale all made a surprise appearance. While we stood in line to meet Jafar, I noticed a family in front of us with a visually impaired daughter, about 18 years of age. The parents positioned their daughter next to Jafar for a picture. Being a villain, Jafar doesn’t hug or shake hands, he doesn’t interact much with anyone he meets… I couldn’t help but feel sorry for this blind girl as she simply stood still next to Jafar listening for her parent’s camera to click; making a memory for her parents, but none for herself.
That all changed when Mary Poppins and her two Penguins had their chance to interact with this blind girl. Mary Poppins, being a face Character, was able to converse with this girl – and boy did they chat! The girl was smiling now. Then Mary Poppins grabbed the girl’s hands and placed them on her dress. Mary let the girl feel her corset, the intricate stitching on her skirt, and she even lifted her foot to let the girl feel her shoe! Mary Poppins was describing everything to this girl as she guided her hands over the details. Then Mary pulled Mr. Penguin to her side and placed the girl’s hands on his head. She was able to feel his eyes, his cheeks, his beak, and his bow tie! Mr. Penguin even shook her hand. This girl was beaming!! She was then guided to stand in between Mary Poppins and the Penguins. The blind girl’s parents took a picture – another keepsake for them, but this time… a lasting memory for herself – as she was finally able to see Mary Poppins and Mr. Penguin.
Next time you’re visiting Walt Disney World, slow down and observe your surroundings, you just might experience some Disney Magic happening right in front of you!
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