Disney might be known as “the happiest place on Earth,” but massive crowds can make the Disney-going experience overwhelming for even the most patient among us. For the neurodiverse, it can be downright traumatizing.
That’s why Epcot’s Snow White is being lauded for comforting a child with autism who had an especially tough time waiting in line to see her.
New Jersey mom Lauren Bergner posted on Facebook about her family’s visit to the park, and the heartwarming story quickly went viral.
I am so emotional with these pictures !! Brody was having a meltdown . It was our turn to take pictures with her and he…
Here’s how it all went down.
After a long day of going on rides, Brody, who is nonverbal, was waiting in line for a meet-and-greet with Snow White when things started to go awry.
“Brody was overheated, sweating and overwhelmed by everything,” Bergner told Today. “He just started crying.”
Luckily, Snow White sprang into action to help calm Brody, who found solace cuddling in the Disney princess’ arms. She also steered Brody away from the crowd to spend a bit more time with him, The Miami Herald reported.
“She took so much time with him. She was a pure angel! She was magical and my family is forever thankful and touched!” Bergner wrote on Facebook.
Bergner’s Facebook post garnered more than 251,000 likes and 77,000 shares.
Bergner told Today that she and her husband had “never seen Brody connect with a stranger so quickly.”
“I lost it. I was crying,” she said. “She led him to a bench and he was leaning into her and she was hugging him. Brody loves squeezes and soft, soothing voices.”
Social media seemed to love the story almost as much as Brody loved Snow White.
I saw a post of Snow White comforting a little boy w autism and now I’m cryin on the way to the club
— DRINK.WATER (@sppotts) August 27, 2019
If @abigaildisney were the boss, this Snow White would get a giant raise
— 21st Century Ham Sandwich (@WalterFBiela) August 28, 2019
This is beautiful. I’m taking Leo to @WaltDisneyWorld next year!
— Cesar Trevino, PharmD (@CesarTrevino11) August 28, 2019
— Steve (@JSteve1005) August 28, 2019
— Dianne Nolan (@nettiesmymother) August 28, 2019
Bergner asked social media for help tracking down the woman portraying Snow White that day, but there’s no word on whether they’ve been able to connect.
“Please make sure she is recognized!” Bergner pleaded on Twitter. “We will never forget this moment.”
Chances are Brody will remember Snow White for a long, long time.