When Amanda Coley took a trip to Disney with her son Jackson, affectionately known as “Jack Jack,” she witnessed nothing short of magical. Her nonverbal 2-year-old with a high-functioning form of autism is normally incredibly fearful of strangers and rarely interacts with anybody outside of his own family.
“It varies from fearful to shy,” said Coley. “With some people, he will cry or other people he will back away from and ignore. Children his age he ignores. He likes to watch them play, but he will not interact with them.”
When his older brother took him to meet the characters at Disney, Jack Jack would quickly shy away. “They would pull him in for a quick hug and he’d pull away,” said Coley.
However, when he met Snow White, something changed. Enamored with her beauty and gentleness, the toddler started smiling and playfully cuddling with the princess as his mom caught the mesmerizing encounter on tape.
“I must have cried 1,000 tears watching his interaction with her,” Coley wrote in her Facebook post. “He was in love.”