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Mickey Mouse Creates a Magical Reunion For a Military Family at Magic Kingdom Park

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

Mickey Mouse makes magical moments for guests every day, but for the young Liddell brothers – Jacob (12), Joshua (9), and Jackson (5) – their recent trip to Magic Kingdom Park will be one they’ll never forget, as Mickey helped reunite them with their father, Lt. Colonel Jason Liddell.


For the past 14 months, Jason had been away from his family for training and deployment in Afghanistan. When he found out he was to return to the United States for a few weeks of mid-tour leave, he and his wife Deborah devised a plan to surprise their boys with some much-needed family time.

Watch their surprise reunion below.


  • That was amazing! So happy for their family! Give it to Disney to go above and beyond! Thank to all our military families!!

  • What a great surprise! I never get tired of these videos. They always make me tear up. Thank you for your service to our country!

  • This video, so many feels.

    • 🙂

  • I am thankful for all the men and women who serve and protect our country. Thank you Walt Disney Company for making so many magical moments for our service families.

    I hope Mickey shares this trick over and over and over again!

  • I was crying right along with the boys and he isn’t even my Dad! lol What an amazing memory Disney has created for this family! And Thank You Lt. Col. Liddell for serving our country! You and your family are very much appreciated!

  • Soooo wonderful. I’m a sap for these stories no matter where it is, but combine it with Disney and I’m a goner. Sniff. Thank you to all our service personnel.

  • That is priceless! LOVE it!

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