Things get lost all the time at theme parks. Wallets, sunglasses, and purses are just a few of the precious things that park employees are tasked with returning to their owners. Sometimes, however, something shows up that has a different kind of value — a value that can't be measured in dollars, but rather in something a little less tangible. Somethings are embedded with value that you can't put a price tag on.
That may very well be what Emily Gibby, a cast member at Disneyland's Fantasyland park in Anaheim, Calif., must have noticed when she saw this red lanyard with a handwritten note attached to it after a pin release event a few weeks ago.
The posts went viral and got plenty of shares over the next week. Gibby seized on the attention to raise awareness for autism.
Well, yesterday Gibby announced that the lanyard's owner had been found.
The note read:
"Hello! I am autistic, and I don't talk much, but I would like to trade for Mickey pins!"
On the lanyard were a few Disney pins. The lanyard had obviously been forgotten in the excitement of the event, where new pins are released to eager collectors and Disneyphiles.
Gibby could have left it there or just turned into lost and found, but instead, she did something quite different, something much more personal.
She took to social media to try to find the owner ... but only after filling the lanyard with more of the coveted pins. In posts on Facebook and Instagram, she posted a picture of the lanyard and a plea for help:
"Alright Friends I need your help! Thursday morning during the pin release I was working, we found this red lanyard with four pins on it. It had a white note attached that said "hello I am autistic and I don't talk much but I would like to trade for Mickey pins." So we did what any Cast Member would naturally do.. We filled up his lanyard with Mickey pins and got him a Mickey medallion as well! But now we need everyone's help in finding him/her!! Share this post and help us find our friend! ! Let's work some magic and try to find our friend!!"
Pretty cool, right?
Ms. Gibby could not be reached for comment, but we did receive an email from Melissa Britt of Disneyland's Media/External Communications department of the Public Affairs division.
Ms. Britt explained that the lanyard's owner — a young lady identified as "Susie" — and her family did not wish to speak to the media at this time, but were gracious enough to allow us to use some photos of Susie after receiving her lanyard and some other goodies from the Magic Kingdom.
We'll leave you with these words from Walt Disney himself:
"To all that come to this happy place: welcome. Disneyland is your land."
"Here age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future."
"Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America …"
"... with hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world."