Dreams come true for boy who wished to meet John Ratzenberger at Disneyland

by Brittani Tuttle

Sharing a frozen treat with actor John Ratzenberger at Disney California Adventure’s Pixar Pier was 12-year-old Spencer’s greatest wish. On Jan. 28, Make-A-Wish and the Disneyland Resort made that wish come true.

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When Spencer was asked why he wanted to meet John Ratzenberger, he said “He’s my hero. He’s funny and he sounds like such a nice guy. He’s in every Pixar movie and I love that. I feel happy when I watch him.”

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When Spencer visited Disneyland Resort with his family from Maryland, he brought a gift for Ratzenberger — a journal filled with drawings and photos. He also brought one of his favorite plush toys, the yeti from Disney and Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.,” who is voiced by the actor.

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Spencer was thrilled that Make-A-Wish was able to make his dream come true. “I just can’t believe it,” he said. “I sure did enjoy being with him, and he called me a friend. Being his friend is so nice, and it made my heart shine brighter than ever. I can’t believe it was actually him!”

In 2019, Disneyland Resort made over 700 wishes come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions. To learn more about the work that Make-A-Wish does, click here.


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Cindy February 3, 2020 - 10:17 pm

This is a heart warming story! I love that Spencer said John was his hero. Thanks to Make-A-Wish, Disney and mostly John Ratzenberger for making this boy so happy! 😘

Stephen Reed February 5, 2020 - 9:22 pm

Thank you John for making this wish come true for my brother, you are one of the nicest people I have ever met. Thank you so much.


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