Tucker was so into Snow White and it really is an amazing place.T he first time we went was with an organization called Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids. Something very magical happened that year….Tucker has seizures everyday, about 1-3 a day, and we were there for 5 days and after the first day he didn’t have any seizures for 4 days. It had been years since he’d gone that long without a seizure. The funny part of the story is that we were on the bus back to the airport to go home and we went under the sign that says see ya real soon (or whatever the exit sign says) and right as we went under that sign he had his first seizure in 4 days! I tell you there is something magical about that place!!
The second time we went was in October 2010. We went for the Give A Day Get A Day promotion. We stayed one night and did one day at Magic Kingdom. We had a wonderful day there as well. We went to Cinderella’s Royal Table for breakfast (thanks to my in-laws) and it was wonderful!! Tucker is 8 years old and is in a wheelchair. He is unable to walk or talk and doesn’t interact well with unfamiliar people. He will look at people he is unfamiliar with, but he mostly looks around them. It’s like he’s trying to take you in, but almost like it’s too much for him to do it all at once, so he may look at someone then look away and then look back, etc. Well, the princesses at CRT were GREAT!! If anyone ever wonders why they would use 2 table service credits (if you’re doing the meal plan) or if not why you would pay that much for a meal…let me tell you, it was worth every penny. Tucker interacted with Snow White and it was so wonderful to see because like I said that is not like him. Snow White was so sweet to him. She got down on his level and she talked to him like he was talking back to her. He looked at her the entire time, smiling at her and loving it. It touched me so much that I sent a picture and a letter to disney about her inparticular.
He looked at her constantly, no looking away then looking back. I cried at the table because of her and the attention she paid to him. She was also wonderful (as they all were ) to my daughter who was 3 at the time and she had a Snow White dress on and Snow White would go by our table, but hadn’t stopped at ours yet and my daugter would want to know why she was going to other tables. I kept telling her that Snow White would be back, not to worry. When she came to our table she told Savannah that she was saving her for last because she was special. It was so sweet!
All of the characters we saw were great, but some stuck out more than others like Snow White as I told you above. We were waiting in line for Goofy and he was going on a break, so he came out to wave goodbye to everyone and he saw Tucker in his wheelchair, came up to us, got Tucker’s wheelchair and took him (and me, my husband, and our daughter) to the meet and greet station and we didn’t have to wait for him to come back. It was great!! And once again I didn’t hear any complaints from the people we passed in line to get to see Goofy before his break. Pluto was so sweet to Tucker as well, he would just “pet” Tucker. It was great to see that the characters weren’t afraid of him. You know, most of the time people just look at him or stare at him and it’s okay, but at Disney it was a totally different place. People still look and stare, but the character experiences were one in a million and I really appreciate Disney for making Tucker’s trip there a special one (and my daughter too)!!
If anyone out there has any doubt about taking your child with disabilities to Disney World, take my advice, it is a magical wonderful place!! Tucker is in a wheelchair so we just got in the handcap line of the rides we could get him on and they let us right on, but if you have someone who is disabled who isn’t in a wheelchair you can go to customer relations and get a pass that will get you on rides by using the handicap line. I never heard one complaint about us getting on before others in the “regular” line. It was wonderful! Disney really knows how to make everyone’s trip there a magical one even those with disabilities!
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