Disney offered a special meet and greet with Mickey so he could let them know their adoption date. The kids had no idea any of this was happening. They just thought they were getting their books signed. This went better than we had hoped. They were beyond shocked and we were beyond emotional. We were very lucky to have Aunt Vicki there to film it! *side note* have tissues when watching PURE DISNEY MAGIC! #adoption #Disney Tom Gilmour Vicki Marz
Posted by Courtney Gilmour on Thursday, July 6, 2017
The Most Magical Place on Earth just got a little more special for two kids from Pennsylvania. 12-year-old Janielle and 10-year-old Elijah were in for a treat when their foster parents, Courtney and Tom, brought them to Disney World in Orlando—but little did they know they were in for another big surprise once they arrived.
Unbeknownst to the kids, the couple had finalized the kids’ adoption papers before the trip and reached out to Disney to help them reveal the news to their two foster kids. They set up a private meet-and-greet with Mickey and captured the special moment on video.
In the video, the kids excitedly arrive to the meet-and-greet, armed with their autograph books. After a magic trick and a photo-op, Mickey presented the kids with a sign displaying a date the official day of their adoption. Overcome with emotions, the kids burst into happy tears and many hugs are shared. Maybe the sweetest part? They’re all wearing matching buttons to announce their reason for celebration: “Adopting our kids” and “Getting adopted,” they read. Courtney can be heard saying to her children, “Didn’t I tell you it was going to be magic?”
The video, posted on Facebook in early July, has gone viral—pulling at the heart strings of almost 2 million viewers. Tissue, anyone?