21 Heartwarming Disney Park Stories That Will Make Your Day –
1. This love story that’s better than the original Tangled.
2. This exclusive swimming lesson with Crush from Finding Nemo.
“During a trip a few years ago, my precocious 6-year-old daughter was getting a lot of special attention throughout the parks, while her 3-year-old brother was overlooked. He was a shy kid and seemed fine with it for the most part. But then we went to Turtle Talk with Crush at the Living Seas in Epcot, and he really wanted to be chosen to talk with Crush. The cast members chose his sister instead. As the show came to an end, we found my son on the floor softly crying. Someone asked me if he was okay, and I explained that he was disappointed because his sister had been getting so much attention and this was the one thing he had really hoped to be chosen for. A cast member told us to hang back. Once the room had emptied, Crush came back onto the screen and spent a few minutes talking one-on-one with my son about what it was like to live in the sea, even giving him a little swimming lesson. I can’t tell you how grateful and surprised we were that the cast at the show had gone out of their way to help a sad kid and make my son feel valued by a character he admired. It sounds silly, but I think it made a big difference to my son.”
3. This little girl who opened the gates of Arendelle.
4. This heartwarming reunion that will make you sob into your lunch.
“Me, my sis, and my friend were strolling through Fantasyland, planning on stopping by the wishing well, when we noticed a small crowd. At first we thought it was a princess making an appearance since they usually show up by the well, but all we saw was a mom and her two kids looking down into the well. All the sudden, a man in full military uniform came around the corner and surprised the little girl just as she was wishing for her dad to come home. It was the sweetest reunion I have ever seen. I cried and so did everyone around me.”
5. This little boy’s SUPER special moment with the First Avenger.
6. That time Cinderella comforted siblings with recently divorced parents.
“When I was six, my parents got divorced. A year later, my mom took my brother and me to Disney. I dreamed of meeting Cinderella, and when I did, she gave me a big hug and I explained to her that my mom and dad weren’t married anymore. She told me to wait. She took pictures with other guests, and when she was done, she took my brother and me by the hand and rode the Dumbo ride with us. I will never forget it.”
7. This birthday wish.
8. This unexpected encounter with Santa Claus.
“When I was a College Program Cast Member, I was working across from the Norway pavilion in EPCOT. I noticed a burly older man sitting at a bench, who very closely resembled Santa Claus. One little boy saw him and sat at his bench and kept inching closer and closer to him. At some point he asked the man if he was Santa, to which the man winked and replied, ‘Shh…I’m on vacation.’ The little boy was so excited that he began telling the man his Christmas list, and before you know it, there was a line of kids waiting to talk to ‘Santa.’ The man was such a good sport about it, and his daughter told me this is what he does for a living, and he enjoys it more when kids notice ‘Santa’ on vacation!”
9. When Prince Phillip made this princess’s day.
“When I was seven, I was obsessed with Sleeping Beauty. So my mum got me the pink dress when we went to Disneyland, and I was so excited, I wore it straight away. When we went to the parade that day, I managed to get right into the front row. As Sleeping Beauty and Prince Phillip came past, he saw me and acted all confused about who the actual princess was since we were both wearing the same dress. Then he blew me a kiss. I was visibly swooning; I couldn’t talk about anything else for the next month.”
10. This wish upon a star.
11. This grand entrance with Beast.
“It was around 1993, and I was absolutely obsessed with Beauty and the Beast. We were eating lunch at a restaurant designed to look like the Beast’s palace, and while waiting for our food, I decided to be adventurous like Belle and walk up the stairs towards the West Wing. I was the only person up there, so I was a bit nervous that I would get in trouble for going somewhere I shouldn’t have. At the top of the stairs, I heard someone behind me and was terrified that it was security about to get me in trouble. However, when I turned around, I discovered it was none other than The Beast, himself! He bowed to me, took my hand, and led me down the staircase as he made his grand entrance. I felt just like Belle!”
12. This archery lesson.
13. When Peter Pan knew exactly how to cheer a kid up.
“When I was six, my autistic brother and I went to Disneyland for the first time. We decided to go on the Peter Pan ride because that is my brother’s favorite character. When we were riding the ride, my brother had a meltdown because he was scared by the heights. When one of the cast members saw us getting off, with my brother still freaking out, she came over to us and told us to wait right outside for something magical. After waiting a few minutes she and Peter Pan came walking towards us. My brother immediately calmed down and became super excited. We took pictures with him and he signed our autograph books. Then he personally escorted us to our next ride, the carousel, and my brother was overjoyed! It definitely is my favorite memory from the Disney parks!”
14. This story that demonstrates “the smallest things take the most room in your heart.”
15. This tale of two BFFs.
“My little brother had been trying to meet Peter Pan all week (this was when characters did surprise Meet and Greets). The morning before our flight left, we were waiting one last time, and a cast member recognized us from earlier in the week. My brother went and sat on the steps while the cast member talked to my mom, and pretty soon, someone came and sat next to my brother and asked what he was doing. When he told them he was waiting for Peter Pan, he looked up and Peter said, ‘I’m here, let’s play!’ He played with him for 20 minutes and walked around and introduced him to everyone who lined up, saying that he had come just to meet my brother. My mom and I cried, I’ll never forget it.”
16. This little girl who is basically the long lost sister of Elsa and Anna.
17. Proof that Minnie appreciates kindness.
“I was probably around 4-years-old, and had been waiting with my mom to meet Minnie Mouse for HOURS. When I finally was next in line to meet her, she was told she had to go and take a break. Fast forward 15 minutes, she comes back out and some little boy from behind me pushes me out of the way to cut me in line. I was devastated, and began crying because that kid was a dick and I just wanted to meet Minnie. But then, Minnie Mouse ignored that kid, and pushed out of the way to get to me. She then spent the next few minutes comforting me and taking pictures with me and all that. She was amazing.”
18. When Goofy lent a helping hand.
19. This proposal.
“One time I was watching the parade and I saw a caricature artist drawing a boy and girl getting engaged. At the end when the girl saw, she turned around and her boyfriend was proposing!!!”
20. This supercalifragilisticexpialidocious stroll with Mary Poppins.
21. And this child who is purer than any adult.
“As a former cast member, my favorite part was observing a kid doing a good deed and rewarding them greatly beyond belief. I watched this little girl, probably no older than five, pick up a random piece of trash, bringing it to the trashcan to throw it away properly. I saw her family heading to the Finding Nemo ride, which had a 70-minute wait. I walked up to the family and asked the little girl why she was picking trash up, and her response was, ‘Because trash hurts the ground, and I don’t want anyone hurting Disneyland.’ You bet I took her and her family up to the front of the line of that line. You bet I got other CMs to give her a salute and shoutout. When she arrived back from her trip, we had buttons waiting for her, and made her an ‘Honorary Disneyland Conservation Specialist.’
It was the best part of working at Disney. Creating that magical moment with a little bit of Pixie Dust.”