Mickey Helps Surprise Siblings with Adoption Announcement

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Credit: Courtney Gilmour

Nothing can be more magical than visiting Mickey Mouse at Walt Disney World. Well, what if you found out that you were going to be adopted by your foster parents by Mickey Mouse himself?! That is exactly what happened to 12-year-old Janielle and her brother, 10-year-old Elijah on their visit this past Spring.

Courtney and Tom Gilmour, the foster parents of Janielle and Elijah, took a trip to Orlando to visit the Star Wars convention and to see Mickey during their first visit to the Magic Kingdom.

Courtney said the kids were both the biggest fans of all things Disney so having Mickey Mouse be a part of their adoption announcement was a no-brainier.  She said, “No matter what was going on in their lives they always had happy Disney related memories.” She also added,“The more I thought about it, the more I thought, ‘How cool would it be for Mickey to help up a sign telling the kids?’”

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Credit: Courtney Gilmour

The siblings were beyond excited to see their favorite Mouse in person. Their excitement went to the next level when they were also showed the sign announcing their upcoming adoption date. As you can imagine, tears were had by all.

Courtney just recently uploaded this now viral video to Facebook of the surprise announcement. Get your tissues ready and take a look at the magic that was had:

Courtney said, “My favorite part was hearing the kids start to read the sign and seeing the pure excitement. The kids were floating afterwards and just so excited! They immediately started counting down the days to the adoption.”

As an adoptee, this might be my personal favorite of all the stories I have written. I am so happy for the Gilmour family and which them all my best. I just love that Mickey was able to be a part of this special day.

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