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Reigning Daytona 500 Champion Austin Dillon Surprises a Young Fan at Walt Disney World Resort

Darrell Fry

by , Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World Resort

Austin Dillon, the defending Daytona 500 Champion, brought a little bit of his own magic to Magic Kingdom Park recently where he surprised a young fan, Jordan Wade, with an unforgettable Disney day.

Austin and Jordan met last year just days before the Daytona 500, when Austin gave Jordan an autographed hat. In return, Jordan gave Austin a lucky penny. And it truly was lucky, because days later Austin actually won the Daytona 500!

As a thank you, Austin wanted to do something to thank Jordan, and what better way than a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort?

What started out as a fun-filled day at Magic Kingdom for Jordan turned into the surprise of a lifetime with a special visit from Mickey Mouse and a photo with the Daytona 500 trophy. Unbeknownst to Jordan, his favorite driver was just around the corner. Austin surprised Jordan and made the moment even more unforgettable by presenting him with a Daytona 500 champion’s ring!

Defending Daytona 500 Champion Austin Dillon and young fan Jordan Wade ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom Park Defending Daytona 500 Champion Austin Dillon and young fan Jordan Wade ride Dumbo the Flying Elephant at Magic Kingdom Park

The two spent the rest of the magical day experiencing attractions, such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Dumbo the Flying Elephant, and Jordan had the time of his life!

Check out the video below that recaps their unforgettable day at Walt Disney World Resort: