If you are a Disney fan and you are looking for a light summer read, I suggest you try 3500: An Autistic Boy’s Ten Year Romance with Snow White.
Ron Miles has penned a heartfelt memoir about his son Ben — a profoundly disabled young man with Autism who rode the Snow White’s Scary Adventures attraction in Walt Disney World thousands of times over the course of ten years. Through the loving eyes of his father we see how Ben’s experience with ‘Snow White’ dramatically engaged and delighted him — and even led to his first spontaneous use of words at the age of nine!
Without ever becoming heavy or depressing, the book takes us on a sometimes weird but always wonderful journey with Ben and his family as they navigate the strange world of autism and eventually discover that, for Ben, a trip to the Walt Disney World Resort that included multiple rides on Snow White was “one giant therapy session.”
“3500” is filled with several tales of magical moments created for Ben and his family by WDW Cast Members over the years, most notably the story of how a group of Cast Members and fellow Disney fans ensured that Ben was the last person to ride the attraction before it closed permanently on May 31, 2012.
If you have anyone in your life who has been touched by autism, or even if you don’t — if you love hearing tales of “the magic” you will enjoy this book. I highly recommend it.
To hear my full interview with Ron on a recent podcast episode, please visit Special Mouse.