Disneyland is often called the place where dreams come true, and a few Disney characters made sure that was the case for a little boy who lost almost all of his hearing.
Recently, a child abuse prevention agency called Olive Crest, which helps at-risk kids and families in California, Nevada, and Washington, organized a special trip to Disneyland for a deaf little boy and his family. They hoped the trip would “send the message that with a little love and ‘magic,’ that you can truly make a child’s dream come true and provide them a bright memory that can last a lifetime.”
To make sure the boy, whose name could not be released, had fun during his visit to Disneyland, the agency arranged to have an ASL translator with the family. But the boy couldn’t contain his excitement when he met Mickey and Minnie and realized he didn’t need a translator to talk to them.
During the sweet and unplanned meeting, Minnie and Mickey Mouse kneeled down and started signing “It’s nice to meet” and “I love you.” The boy was so excited that he actually gave them each a hug, which is something he never does. “The family had a Disney translator with them, who was behind the boy telling the characters what/how to sign. The encounter wasn’t planned, however,” said spokesperson Steven Macias.
“The child was ecstatic after meeting the characters because he didn’t know they would speak ‘his language,’” a spokesperson for Olive Crest said. “The child is typically not a hugger, so the fact that he hugged both Minnie and Mickey spoke volumes to the joy he felt.”
Watch the entire video below to see the amazing moment Mickey and Minnie use sign language to greet a deaf little boy.
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[Featured image: Facebook/Olive Crest]