Anyway, I had about 15 minutes to sit by myself, and figured I would grab a seat on a bench close to the middle of the room. In the middle of the room is a large projection screen that looks like a globe, and pictures of the guests (taken in the ride) show up on the globe. Their faces they gently float down to wherever they plugged into they said they were from while riding on the ride. It was so nice to sit in a room where everyone who entered it was smiling and laughing, looking at the big screen and pointing to one another "There we are!" or "Look at that funny face you're making!" I was able to enjoy just sitting and watching other people of all ages and nationalities being happy. I don't think I saw one frown while sitting there.
However, the moment that stands out is a family of five. There was a mom and a dad and three teenage boys. All looking to be about 16-19 years old. One of the three boys appeared to be autistic, standing on his tip toes and gently "conducting" with his hands. He was looking around the room while the rest of the family watched the globe. At one point his mother saw the family's faces, and motioned for the young man to look up at the globe. He did, and his eyes grew wide. He stopped, and looked at his mother, then gently placed his hand on the back of her head. He brought his brought his forehead to hers and they just stood there for what was probably five seconds but felt like a minute. The boy removed his forehead from hers, looked at one of the machines, and started to walk towards it, followed by his brothers. They parents looked at one another, the woman smiling at her husband/partner through glossy eyes, and they followed the boys to the machine.
I like to think that this was a breakthrough moment for this family, that this was the boys way of connecting with his mother. I know that it is probably wrong of me to talk about this, that it is an invasion of this family's privacy, but every time I have thought about it over the last few days, I tear up a little bit.
And that is why I love Disney World. :)