A viral TikTok video of a 100-year-old veteran enjoying a Disney-filled day of surprises showed that at any age, we’re all still kids at heart.
The unnamed veteran who was strolling in a public park with a walker was approached by TikToker and fashion designer Isaiah Garza–a.k.a. @isaiahgarza–who had a random question.
“I’m sorry to bother you, but I’ve had a really rough day,” said Garza after approaching the unsuspecting veteran with a sentiment that usually prefaces eventual favors from solicitors.
But then, Garza asked:
“I just wanted to see if you’d be willing to go to Disneyland with me today?”
The gentleman looked delighted and responded affirmatively.
“Hey, that’s great!” he said, adding:
“You really want to take me? Oh my gosh!”
You can watch the magical adventure that followed in the touching clip, below.
@isaiahgarza I took a 100 year old veteran to Disneyland & we became best friends ❤️ #disneyland #kindness #friends #veteran #bestfriends ♬ Steal My Sunshine (Single Version) – Len
“I took a 100 year old veteran to Disneyland & we became best friends,” wrote Garza–who describes himself in his TikTok profile as, “Once homeless & now changing lives.”
The clip showed the veteran spending a magical day at Walt Disney’s original magic kingdom park in Anaheim, California in a wheelchair pushed by Garza, showing he followed through on his promise.
The two gentlemen became fast friends as they interacted with characters like Goofy and the Mad Hatter and rode such iconic attractions like the “Mad Tea Party” teacups and “it’s a small world.”
Garza even designated his new buddy as an honorary Mousketeer by giving him a pair of mouse ears to join the club “that’s made for you and me.”
In the text overlay, Garza said the veteran hadn’t “been on a ride in over 50 years.”
When asked how it felt to be at Disneyland for the day, the veteran said while in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle:
“This is one of the best days of my life. I feel like I might be dreaming or something.”
“I thought my life was over. I will remember this day for a long time.”
What he said next had the internet reaching for a box of tissues.
“You don’t know how much I appreciate this,” he said through tears, adding:
“You really… you don’t know.”
TikTokers were moved by the heartwarming clip that received over 16.4M views, 3.3M likes, and 96.2K comments.
“… From homeless to helping others …”
Isaiah Garza is a man who knows exactly what’s important in life.