Almost-broken dream saved by Jedi Master at Disney World - WKRN News 2

Almost-broken dream saved by Jedi Master at Disney World

Posted: Updated: June 19, 2013 09:57 PM

Josiah Edwards, 8, from Shelbyville, lives for the Star Wars movies.

There is a "Jedi Training Academy" at Disney World's Hollywood studios based on the films.

At the attraction, kids train to fight Darth Vader with a light saber.

Josiah is autistic, and the fight with Darth Vader was to be a dream come true during his family's visit to Disney World.

"'When am I going to fight Darth Vader? Is it time for me to fight Darth Vader yet?' So in Epcot, we're walking and looking at the nations, there's France, 'Is it time to fight Darth Vader yet?' No. This is the Eiffel Tower," said Josiah's mother, Sharon Key Edwards, as she relayed her son's excitement.

After waiting all day for the big fight, when it was finally Josiah's turn, a thunderstorm moved in, closing the attraction down early.

"His face just broke. His face just broke on stage and he held his light saber and said, 'Noooo! I didn't get to!' It was awful," Sharon explained. "Like, I started to cry because I knew that he wanted to, and it wasn't fair for him. And so I was crying, and I looked to the Jedi Master and I said, ‘You, come here.'"

Sharon told the Jedi Master, the character helping lead the event, that her son was diagnosed with autism, he'd been waiting all day, and this would ruin his trip.

"Is there anything that you can do?" she asked him.

The Jedi Master told Sharon and Josiah to go to the other side of the building.

When they arrived, he presented Josiah with Darth Vader's autographed light saber.

Now, Josiah has a memory he will savor forever instead of a ruined trip to Disney.

To read the full story in Sharon's words, visit her blog called "Write! she says".

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