I cannot believe this actually happened to me of all cast members at EPCOT but I just HAD to tell all of you this very special story.
On July 28th I was over at the Agent P cart by Italy when I had noticed a bad thunderstorm coming right behind Italy. When I had reached my destination to give a fellow agent a mission from Major Monogram I was blessed to come across a family of four that would hold a dear place in my heart.
In Italy you can see Sergio do very funny performances while blowing on a whistle. During his show I heard thunder coming close and that is the huge signal for the agents to be alert and ready for a call from Major Monogram to go hide and seek cover. I was under the umbrella that they have for us when I had spotted a family of four (father, mother, daughter, and son) walking away from the show.
The daughter was in tears and I just HAD to do something to make her feel a lot better. I called the family over and this is what happened.
me: "Hi everyone! How are you all doing today?"
mother: "Fine thanks! We just got done seeing Sergio but now we are going to get some ponchos before the storm comes."
me: "That's good but I couldn't help but notice someone is crying. What's wrong princess?"
daughter: "I heard the thunder while I was seeing the show and I am very scared that it will hurt me."
me: " Oh, don't worry princess do you know why it is this way with the thunder and the lightning?"
daughter: "No why?"
me: "Well Hercules went home for the weekend and when he goes home, Zeus and all the Gods on Mount Olympus have a HUGE party for him to welcome him home for the weekend. They play bowling all the time since that is Hercules' favorite game ever! When you hear the thunder it means he just got a strike and when you see lightning Zeus is telling all the other Gods that Hercules got a strike!"
daughter: "Really? Cool, but what about this wind we have been having all day today?"
me: "Well mickey has been trying to get up to Mount Olympus to tell them that their little "welcome home party" is starting to get a little bit out of hand but there is a barrier that is stopping Mickey from getting up there. But don't worry mickey is getting close on his magic to get through to tell them to tone it down a tad bit so we can enjoy our vacations."
daughter: "Okay that's good if Mickey can try and settle them down. I really like that. But what about the rain? It is pouring!"
me: "Well like I said there is that barrier that makes Mickey have a hard time but this rain is actually confetti from Mount Olympus. Once it hits that barrier, it turns to rain and comes down on us to where we all get wet!"
daughter: "Okay, I am very glad that it won't get me now that it is Hercules and the Gods playing! Thank you Jada!"
me: "Your welcome and just make sure you wear those special ponchos to keep you warm and dry okay?"
When the family left and went their way I was glad that I helped her stop crying. Then about a week latter, I was called to talk with my managers and they had something for me. It was an Applause-O-Gram (which is very rare to get now) from that family I had mentioned in this story! The little girl was so grateful that I made her day and to never be afraid of lightning again! This made me so happy and to know that I can make a difference and I can help keep Walt's vision strong so that everyone can feel welcome when they come to Disney World!