Jessica’s Magical Moment

JessicaWorking as a Character Attendant, I have so many magical moment memories that I could share. One of the ones that sticks out in my mind the most is when I was working with Woody and Jessie over in Frointerland in Magic Kingdom. It was near the middle of my shift, and a Make-A-Wish family got in my line. I pulled them ahead and notified them that they didn’t have to wait in the lines if they were part of this program. There was two little girls, one about 5 or 6 and the other around 4. They were sisters, and they were so excited to meet Woody and Jessie. While we were waiting, I had a chance to talk to the parents. They were kind enough to share some information that changed my outlook on Disney movies forever. The youngest girl was having heart problems, and at her young age of 4, she had undergone multiple open-heart surgeries. Her mother told me that in the recovery room, every time she would make it through another surgery, all she would watch on the TV was Toy Story movies. It was so amazing to me that a movie could have so much impact on a little girl; it got her through the toughest times of her life so far. Finally, it was their turn to go up to meet Woody and Jessie. I cannot even begin to describe the looks on those little girls’ faces when they were able to give hugs to their heroes. My heart melted and, needless to say, their mother and father both had tears rolling down their cheeks. I talked to the princesses afterwards, and I said to the youngest one, ‘I heard you are a brave little princess.’ She responded with. ‘Yes! I am brave!’ in the most matter-of-fact tone that I just had to give her a hug. I will never forget that family, and I am so thankful to have been a part of their daughters’ happiness.

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