Disney World Guest Receives Incredible News During Vacation


Many Disney fans might think that the Disney magic is lost — but sometimes, there are happy occasions that remind the disillusioned Disney enthusiasts of that magic! One pair of Walt Disney World Resort Guests recently found this happy Disney magic in a very special way.

James Emanuel and his wife, Heather Luter Emanuel, are big fans of Walt Disney World Resort and its holiday celebrations. James has been contending with end-stage renal failure and waiting for a match for a kidney transplant, but the couple decided to visit Walt Disney World Resort this year despite the wait.


Credit: Heather Luter Emanuel

The Tampa-based couple headed to Hollywood Studios for some Disney and holiday festivities, and enjoyed a magical Disney day before heading back to their Disney hotel room at All-Star Music Resort.

Most Disney Park visitors are familiar with the deep sleep that follows a busy day in a Disney theme park — but James and Heather were woken around 4 a.m. by a phone call in their Disney Resort room.


Credit: Heather Luter Emanuel

James was being called because he finally had a kidney transplant match; he and Heather rushed to the Tampa General Hospital from their Disney Resort. According to an interview with FOX35 Orlando, Heather said that he was shocked and I cried. We packed all our stuff in about 5 minutes.”

James was able to get to the hospital and go through with a successful transplant!

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios/Disney

Heather shared an update on a Disney World Annual Passholders Facebook page, confirming that the couple is home, James is recovering, and “hopefully in about 6 months we can go back to Disney“. 

Have you ever gotten some huge and potentially life-saving news while enjoying a Walt Disney World Resort vacation?

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!

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