Dylan’s happy, energetic personality is especially remarkable considering that he has been in and out of the hospital with open-heart surgery three times in his four short years and is already scheduled for a fourth procedure. Dylan’s frequent surgeries are a result of seven congenital heart defects and situs inversus, a condition in which the organs in his abdominal and thoracic cavities are in a reversed position. In addition to all this, Dylan has also suffered from nerve damage in his foot and had to go through extensive rehab in order to be able to walk.
Dylan and his family visited Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Sea World. Thankfully, Dylan’s question as to where Mickey Mouse sleeps was answered, as he was able to see Mickey Mouse’s bedroom, the walls of which were decorated with Mickey Mouse’s baby pictures and a photo taken long ago with Santa Claus. Dylan was very happy to know that Mickey sleeps in a regular bed.
Dylan’s mom, Deanna, let Dylan lead the family through the parks, which meant multiple trips to the Mad Tea Party ride and Toontown. Deanna helped him to enjoy a memorable drive at Tomorrowland’s Indy Speedway.
When asked what Dylan liked best about the trip, he exclaimed, “The sea lion pirate show!!!” The Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island live action attraction at Sea World is a funny comedy skit acted out by trained sea life such as a sea lions, a walrus, an egret and an otter. Deanna says that the show has been the topic of many conversations since Dylan returned home from his Disney adventure.