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VIDEO: A Magical Reunion for a Military Family at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Earlier this month, our Youth Events and Park Event Operations teams helped create a magical reunion for a member of the U.S. military and his family at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Cheerleader Jill Wigle and her family were at the park to participate in the Varsity Brands, Inc. National High School Cheerleading Championship. During the competition, participants with family members serving in the U.S. military were asked to come forward for a round of applause.

The Wigles were surprised with a video of patriarch Matt Wigle wishing Jill good luck in the competition all the way from his station in Kabul, Afghanistan. But the real magic happened after that clip ended … see for yourself!


  • What an amazing surprise! That brought tears to my eyes! Welcome home, Matt! Thank you for your service!

  • Matt thank you for your service. I know how wonderful your family feels having you home safely. Thanks to all the military serving both home and abroad to keep us all safe. For those currently deployed and those about to deploy, please know that your sacrifices are appreciated. To my son’s friend Jas about to deploy to Afghanistan for a second tour, stay safe and thank you.

  • That was an amazing moment for them, congratulations and welcome home!!!!!

  • Please note: Matt is a civilian contractor working for a private company, not a serviceman. His dedication and willingness to put himself in harm’s way to assist the mission in Afghanistan is incredibly admirable and critical to the success of the military objective.

  • Excellent. Thanks for your service to the our country. More videos and blog entries like this, please.

    God Bless.

  • What a wonderful surprise! Thank you Matt for your servive to our beautiful country.
    God Bless You ,your loving family, and Disney you are so awesome!

  • You missed the tissue alert Disney 🙂 Thank you for your service Matt! And thank you Disney for helping making the surprise special for his family.

  • What an awesome surprise, Matt!! Thank you for all you do for our country and thank you to your wonderful family for their sacrifice too. 🙂

  • To Matt, I say thank you for your service. To the family, I say thank you for the sacrifices that you have made. To Disney, I say thank you for making this such a special time for them and for letting us share in their special moment.

  • Always a wonderful moment when someone comes home. Thank you Matt for your service and congrats to the entire Wigle family!

  • Ok, where did I put those tissues? Awesome moment. Thoughts and Prayers to all servicemen/servicewomen and their families

  • Brought a tear to my eye. Thank you for your service Matt!!

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