There are days when the pixie dust feels like it’s run out. It may be late, we’re tired and can’t wait until we get home. Some times, during those moments, we may see the opportunity to, well, make a little magic for a guest, whatever the situation and think, “Oh, well, they’re on their way out anyways.” or that we’re just a little too busy. However, last week, I was given a lesson I swear to never forget.
Park was near closing time, almost empty and we al couldn’t wait to go home. There was a family, in the Town Square Theater, a bit frustrated, because nobody could find a picture they had taken with Princess Ariel the day before. From what I overheard, it was for the teenage daughter. At first, (and I’m embarrassed to admit this) I thought she’d get over it… she was a teenager anyways! After a while, I found myself less busy and figured, what the heck! Let’s brighten up the situation. I waited until they were finished and on their way out (apparently, empty handed) and presented them with something I picked up at random, hoping they’d like it; A Princess Ariel music box. As soon as I did, the mother burst into tears along with her daughter. Her other son explained. The picture wasn’t for the teenage daughter, but for their little sister, who was on her last stages due to illness. They were here thanks to Make-A-Wish Foundation. And what’s more, they had been looking for a Princess Ariel music box or anything that played her tune, because she had requested it so she could have it with her while at the hospital. Thanks were given, hugs exchanged and they were on their way, infinitely happier. And while I was heartbroken, I was much more amazed at how something that took minimal effort, ended up with such strong meaning.
So to all of my fellow, hard-working and awesome Cast Members, I know there are days were we NEED an E.R. or just feel like taking a nap right then and there and even how we roll our eyes sometimes at how much managers go on and on about how important we are, and sometimes it doesn’t feel that way. This pretty little girl, showed me they were right. We DO make amazing magic and sometimes, we don’t even realize it. So keep up the good work, guys. I know we make Walt proud.