Once upon a time, on a trip to Disney World back in November, Amanda Coley had the heartwarming pleasure of watching her two-year-old autistic and nonverbal son, Jackson, fall deeply in love with Snow White.
On their vacation, the teary-eyed mom attempted to take pictures of the lovestruck Jackson, aka Jack Jack, as he bonded with Snow White. Luckily, her husband was able to capture a precious video of their son swooning over the Disney princess, which they recently posted to YouTube for all to enjoy.
“He was having nothing to do with any of the characters…You see, he has autism and is non-verbal,” Coley explained in the video caption. “He is on the shy side with people he does not know. Then he met Snow White. I must have cried 1,000 tears watching his interaction with her. He was in love,” she wrote.
“I felt so happy,” Coley said to Mashable via social media. “I wanted to sit there and watch their interaction for hours…it was so amazing to witness.”
“Jack Jack had not seen Snow White before,” she said. “He does not care much for watching movies, though he loves watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. We figured Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy would be the only characters he’d recognize.”
Though Jack Jack had never seen anything Snow White related before the trip, she was the only character he truly seemed to take to.
“He likes to admire the characters from a little further away. My 13-year-old got him out of the stroller to take him up to Snow White…to our shock, he did not run,” Coley said. “He leaned on her, sat with her and just kept gazing at her. He was just so content.”
Coley received so much positive feedback after posting the video online that she created a Facebook page, Disney Adventures & Autism, to continue sharing special moments from the family’s annual trips to Orlando.
Although the family has left Disney World, Snow White clearly hasn’t left Jack Jack’s heart. He frequently watches the video of their “love at first sight” moment.
“We watched it 18 times in a row the other day,” Coley told Mashable. “It seems to really put him in a calm state. He is so settled and happy to watch it.”
The family is planning another trip to Disney World in November, so hopefully Jack Jack and Snow White will have yet another magical moment.