-- A magical day became even more magical for these kids thanks to some wonderful news from Mickey Mouse.
Janielle and Elijah Gilmour were surprised to learn their official adoption date after living with their foster parents, Courtney and Tom Gilmour, for nearly three years.
“I gave my parents a big hug because I was so excited to finally find out when the adoption date was going to be,” Janielle, 12, told ABC News. “It was amazing. They said it was going to be a magical day and it really was a magical day. I started to cry because I was so happy that we were getting adopted.”
The children, Janielle and Elijah, 10, had known they were going to be adopted but did not know the exact date.
When the family checked into their hotel, they were given buttons to write what they were celebrating while at the park.
Instead, the park arranged for the children to have a special meet and greet with Mickey Mouse to get their picture taken and autograph books signed. They had no idea Mickey also had another surprise up his sleeve, revealing a sign to announce the date they’d finally become one big, happy family.
Janielle and Elijah broke down in tears at the news.
“I wasn’t expecting them to have that reaction. Usually, you know your kids and it takes a little bit for something to click in for them,” said Courtney Gilmour. “It was something they desperately wanted -- closure on the adoption date.”
“It feels amazing,” Janielle added. “I’ve been going through a lot and it’s amazing to be adopted.”
The mom posted the video of the surprise to Facebook on July 6 where it has racked up 1.4 million views.
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