Thursday, August 7, 2008

An Open Letter to the Mouse

Mr. Mickey Mouse
Disneyland
® Resort
P.O. Box 3232
Anaheim, CA 92803-3232

Dear Mr. Mouse,

My three-year-old son and I went to see Turtle Talk with Crush while visiting the park on July 24, 2008. We sat down on the lily pad in the front. Crush came out, my son was delighted and began interacting right away. As Crush asked another child his name, my son responded with his own name. When Crush asked for questions from the audience my son eagerly raised his hand. I asked him what he wanted to ask and he told me his question.

The show ended and my son was not chosen to ask a question. I understood but he started to cry. We sat for a few minutes as I talked to him to calm him and help him understand; as I stood I saw that we were the last in the theater. As I ushered him quickly to the door the cast member looked at me with a smile and I said, "He's sad that he didn't get to ask Crush his question." .

The cast member asked me my son's name and I told him. He looked at my son and said, "Well Harrison, sometimes Crush doesn't swim too far away, maybe we can call him back."

For the next few minutes Crush and the two cast members gave Harrison a private question and answer time. Crush was wonderful and funny. Harrison got to ask his question, a Star Wars/Han Solo/Star Trooper laced question with short plot commentary. After a few more questions Crush offered a virtual high-five to Harrison and said good-bye.

I was truly touched by the actions of the cast members that day, even now I get emotional thinking that special audience just with Harrison. They didn't have to take the time to bring Crush back, they could have easily smiled and sweetly said, "Oh, maybe next time!" After all, we didn't win anything, we didn't ask for that, we were simply blessed by a couple cast members committed to making it the Happiest Place on Earth.

If this is a Year of a Million Dreams, then count us as two more Dreams Come True. A little boy having Turtle Talk with Crush all to himself - if for only a moment; and a mommy blessed beyond words at the delight of her child and the kindness of these cast members.

Thank you!

Sincerely,
A Very Happy Mommy

8 comments:

Brittany said...

aww that is so precious. That made me tear up! What wonderful cast members to do such a nice thing!

Elaine A. said...

What a great story. I am so glad that they reacted that way and let him ask his question and see Crush. More proof that Mickey and his peeps rock!

Blueberry said...

that is SO awesome!! i'm glad you had such a wonderful experience!

Stacy said...

Wow, what a great story! What kind people. Isn't it wonderful when you truly see the kindness of people? It happens far too infrequenty.

Mandaroo said...

That made me tear up. There are good people in this world...they didn't have to do that, but they did and made your little guys day! That's awesome!

carrie said...

I am continually impressed with Disney - every time we visit there is just something that makes me happy to be spending my limited free time and money there!

I hope you really send this letter...someone needs to know that they are really doing an awesome job.

Killlashandra said...

That is a wonderful letter. I have to agree with other commenters it is nice to know there are still people out there willing to go the extra miles for you and especially your kids. :) Great story.

Jen Graham said...

That's wonderful. I am glad he was able to talk to Crush.