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One Teen’s Magical Walt Disney World Experience

One of our favorite parts of the Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade is the inspirational stories that are shared throughout. The 2021 show featured Massachusetts teen Luke Berry and his love for musical instruments. If you missed it (or want to see it again), Michael Loughran has shared the story with Disney Parks Blog:

If you tuned in to the Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade, chances are you won’t forget the remarkable story of a music-loving teen with Autism who experienced the dream opportunity of leading the Main Street Philharmonic down Main Street U.S.A., at Magic Kingdom Park

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During the parade, Massachusetts high schooler Luke Barry proudly marched in uniform and led the way as special guest percussionist with the legendary Main Street Philharmonic band. 

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Luke, who felt right at home with Disney parade performers, has an unending passion for marching bands that began shortly after being diagnosed with Autism as a toddler.  Over the years, his love of music and bands has continued to grow – even leading to the creation of his very own neighborhood marching ensemble with friends and family! 

Along with an ear for music, Luke has also developed a special knack for inspiring people and making others happy. Disney recently surprised this extraordinary teen with the invite to join the parade and enjoy the 50th anniversary celebration of Walt Disney World. Here’s a heartwarming look at the visit:  

Luke and his family say their Disney Parks visit was a memory of a lifetime filled with amazing experiences.  

And if you ask others who met Luke during his visit, you’ll also learn that the teen represents much of what’s good in the world!  Luke remembers every person’s name he meets, picks flowers for friends, family, and friendly strangers who cross his path – and we’re proud to share his story with all of you.

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You can still see Luke’s appearance and enjoy all of the excitement from the Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade on Hulu – airing now until Dec. 31, 2021.   

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About Paula K

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.