Playing a character at Disney World is a serious job. You’re faced every day with an endless parade of kids, many of them experiencing the happiest day of their young lives, looking to you to embody the characters created in their favorite movies and fleshed out by their active imaginations. It seems like an exhausting job, which is why the calm, empathetic actions of an actress playing Snow White are so impressive.
Lauren Bergner’s son Brody is autistic and nonverbal. On a family trip to Disney World, he started having what she termed a “meltdown” when they got to the front of the line to take a picture with Snow White near the German section of Epcot.
Instead of simply snapping a bad picture and moving on to the next kid, the actress who played Snow White went above and beyond. Here’s how Lauren described it in an email to Disney that she also shared on Facebook.
“She kissed, hugged and cuddled him. He was laying his head crying on her lap. She then took him for a walk away from the crowd! She was amazing. She held his hand, danced with him, took him over to a bench and sat with him. She went above and beyond !! She took so much time with him. She was a pure angel! She was magical and my family is forever thankful and touched!”
The photos captured by the Disney photographer who was on hand show her genuine concern for Brody’s well-being and the progression from panic to joy seen in the pictures is unmistakable.