At the D23 Parks panel, a cast member read a real letter from a family. ~~~~~~~~~~
Thank you Disneyland …These long days even at the Happiest Place on Earth – can be tough. My son, Trey, is 6 years old, and he’s autistic. In the past, we’ve had to leave before noon because the stimulation is just too much. We would do anything to try to keep him focused on having a good time. We entered the park at 8 a.m. and he told us almost immediately that he wanted a balloon. It had to be a clear balloon with a Mickey Mouse inside. And that Mickey Mouse had to be green – his favorite color. We made a deal with Trey. If he didn’t scream or cry, if he was nice to other people in line, if he didn’t run away from us – then, at the end of the day, we would get him a green Mickey Mouse balloon. And I am here to say miracles do happen. It wasn’t long before Nancy and I both commented that this was the best day. It may have been the happiest day of Trey’s young life. But on this day, he was happy.
It was dark, and Trey said he was tired. We walked down Main Street toward the exit. We looked down the street and we saw no balloons for sale.This couldn’t be happening. Trey was starting to get a little upset. Nancy promised him she would find him a balloon. I tried to change the deal. I would have given him anything.
No, he said. We didn’t know it at the time, but Nancy had found two cast members. She asked about balloons and after some calls, she was told that there weren’t any more balloons for sale. They must have seen the horror on Nancy’s face. They told her to wait there and one of them took off trying to find a balloon. It had been a half hour that Nancy was gone. Trey was beyond restless. Suddenly, he jumped out of the stroller and ran away. This was it. I was going to have to chase him down and grab him and apologize for the screaming.
“Trey, stop,” I yelled. But he kept going. He ran through several people on Main Street.
And into Nancy’s arms. She was holding a clear balloon with a Mickey Mouse inside. IT WAS GREEN. Trey was jumping for joy.We will never forget that green balloon.
To us, that balloon, that day, that ending … will always be priceless.