There is something special about a person whose dream career is making children smile and laugh while playing a cartoon character at a theme park.
On a recent visit to Disneyland in California, a little boy experienced an extra special interaction with Mickey and Minnie, as you can see in the video below.
“It’s nice to meet you.”
It was arranged so that the boy, who is “mostly deaf”, would explore the park with an ASL translator. Since the park had no previous knowledge of the boy’s visit, it was a shock to everyone when the little boy went up to meet Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto and both Mickey and Minnie started to talk to him in sign language.
During the encounter, the translator knelt behind the boy and began to sign for the toddler. The characters caught on and signed, “It’s nice to meet you,” and, “I love you,” to the child.
“The child was ecstatic after meeting the characters because he didn’t know they would speak ‘his language,'” an Olive Crest spokesperson told ABC News.
The boy is a part of Olive Crest, an organization that offers a variety of services like foster care and residential services for abused, at-risk, or neglected children and teens.
He was on an outing for foster and adoptive families with his own adoptive family when the magical moment occurred.
After the exchange, the boy, who his caseworker says is “not a big hugger”, went up and gave both Minnie and Mickey a huge hug. Now, how’s that for a magical day at Disney?
This encounter is actually the second time in a month that a Disney character has been caught on camera interacting with a deaf child. The video below was taken at a themed restaurant at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. According to the post, Bethany Rodgers’ parents let guest services know that a child at their table was deaf so when they came to take pictures they didn’t need to bother calling the toddler’s name to get his attention.
Rodgers wrote that Mickey learned of her boy was deaf and after he made his rounds through the restaurant, he stopped back at their table.
The following adorably sweet interaction occurred:
This is why I love Disney! This Mickey Mouse made his rounds and found out the little guy is deaf and knows some sign, so he came back to the table later to sign to him! This seemingly small gesture is really so monumental for the little guy! The fact that Mickey Mouse went above and beyond like that when he didn't have to, makes this momma so beyond happy! This person deserves to be recognized for this amazing gesture! #disney #deaf
Posted by Bethany Rodgers on Sunday, May 21, 2017