Ahh, the magic of Disney.
It doesn’t matter how old you are. As long as you are young at heart, Disney delivers an experience unlike any other
And what a magical experience it was on a recent trip to Disneyland for Rob Ashe and his family. His daughters both have unique needs. Their oldest is nonverbal and was born with Arthrogryposis, a condition that requires her to wear braces in order to walk. Their youngest requires the use of a prosthetic leg after she was born with a condition called Amniotic Banding Syndrome.
Disneyland visits aren’t always the smoothest experiences for the Ashes. Sometimes they are downright challenging. That’s how this visit started out, and just as they were about to call it a day, Disney delivered a dose of its signature magic.
The two parents decided to stop in the lobby of the building that houses the Sorcerer’s Workshop before leaving, as it’s their oldest daughter’s absolute favorite area of the park. She loves to lean against the wall and dance to the Disney music. It’s a must-see on all the family’s trips to Disneyland.
While in the lobby, a Disney employee asked if their oldest daughter would be interested in meeting Queen Elsa from Frozen. At first, they declined because their oldest daughter generally shows no interest in meeting characters, but as the lobby started emptying out, a manager approached the Ashes and said “We didn’t want your daughters to leave without having a magic moment, there’s someone who’d like to meet them.” He then introduced them to Anna and Elsa.
The family’s youngest immediately lit up. Being a huge fan of everything Frozen, she was shy at first, but eventually Anna convinced her to take her hand and dance.
As the two of them danced, Elsa walked over to have a conversation with the oldest Ashe daughter. The parents explained that she was nonverbal, but Elsa continued to talk to her. Eventually, Anna joined Elsa and they both continued to ask their oldest questions to see if they could get her to participate. They eventually made a breakthrough when they decided to all dance together. When Elsa twirled her skirt, the oldest lit up in a way the family had rarely seen.
“What started out as a day I kind of regretted ended up as a day we will never forget,” said Rob Ashe in an article for The Huffington Post. “We are so grateful to those employees for making my daughters feel so special and giving us a magical moment.”
You can read Rob’s full-length article on the experience here.
Big props to Disney, Anna and Elsa for creating a one-of-a-kind, magical experience for these two beautiful little girls. You saw a family in need of a little magic and more than delivered.