Military Dad Reunites With Family at Walt Disney World

Get your tissues ready before you get too far into this post! Samantha and Byron Yates of Seminole, Florida planned a fairytale family reunion of epic proportions! Byron is in the US Army stationed at a medevac helicopter unit out of Clearwater, Florida. He has been deployed to Syria serving our country for the last year.

Samantha and Byron are a huge Disney family who have annual passes and take their family to Disney often. To keep busy while daddy was gone for the last year Samantha took their 5 children, ages 11, 8, 7, 3, and 1, to Walt Disney World every Sunday. The magic they felt inside the Disney parks brought them a little happiness while Byron was deployed.

Byron and Samantha knew daddy was coming home soon and decided to plan a big reunion at Magic Kingdom. Hiring a professional photographer, they planned a totally magical reunion with a little help of a couple of famous stepsisters, a boy who can fly, and a fairy godmother! Take a look at the beautiful photos that were shared with us by Samantha, taken by Shannon Fries Photography.

Doesn’t that just warm your heart? You can see a video of the surprise reunion here on Samantha’s Facebook page. It’s so sweet.

Thank you so much to the men and women who serve our country day after day. A very special thank you to the Yates Family for sharing this beautiful day with us.

Photos: Shannon Fries Photography