This past summer my family and I made our ninth trip to Walt Disney World. It was the first trip for my 16-month-old nephew Stephen. He loves watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, but we weren’t sure how well he was going to respond to meeting his favorite characters in person. After all, they look much smaller on TV! We headed to Epcot in the morning to see who was signing autographs and found ourselves alone in the character greeting area. No one else was in line. Mickey Mouse was up first, and Stephen grinned from ear to ear as he got his picture taken with him. We spent a good ten minutes with Mickey until someone else looked around the wall.
It was Pluto!
Stephen was thrilled. He ran over to his favorite “woof woof” and, upon receiving a hug, refused to let go of Pluto’s paws. Pluto didn’t seem to mind, though. He even told the photographer that he was going to keep him! And then, to our great surprise, Mickey came over into Pluto’s area and we began taking pictures with both of them. At one point Stephen covered his eyes, and he and Mickey began a game of peek-a-boo. Stephen laughed and grinned, but he never left Pluto’s arms.
Just as we were thinking that we couldn’t have asked for a better photo shoot, Mickey stood up and held up a finger to tell Stephen not to go anywhere. When he came back, he brought Minnie Mouse with him! We spent another ten minutes taking pictures of Stephen with Mickey, Pluto, and Minnie. It was truly an act of Disney magic.
We couldn’t have asked for a better first trip for my nephew.
— Laura, 21, Fairview Heights, IL
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