The video featuring the almost four-year-old girl Mary Carlisle Williams who wanted to go to Mobile over Disney World has been seen everywhere from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to New York Daily News and Huffington Post. On Dec. 23, Mary Carlisle Williams was where she wanted to be — Mobile.
Mary Carlisle, her mother Mandy, her father Andrew and little sister Molly sat down with Mayor Sandy Stimpson to receive some special Christmas gifts.
The Mobile mayor was very thankful for all the national publicity the city has been getting thanks to the sort video of Mary Carlisle wanting to go to Mobile instead of Disney World.
“Mary Carlisle, you have had more exposure for Mobile in 20 seconds than most people have in years,” Stimpson said.
Her mother explained Mary Carlisle wanted to go to Disney when Mandy was pregnant with Molly. She told Mary Carlisle that they would have to wait until Molly was a little bit bigger until they could go.
The parents thought it would be fun to film a video revealing the surprise trip to Disney World, but things did not go as plan.
“We had this idea all worked up of what would happen,” Mandy said. “If you’ve seen the video, then you know that’s not what happened.”
Andrew said Mary Carlisle saw her grandparents at the Pensacola airport and thought they would be going to their house instead.
“I guess MiMi’s house trumps Disney World,” he said.
When Mary Carlisle did arrive at Disney World, she had a great time though.
Stimpson said Mary Carlisle’s attitude is one he hopes catches on.
“Through your video, when you told the world you would rather go to Mobile than Disney World, everybody was wondering why you would rather go to Mobile. I found out right. That’s because of your MiMi,” he said. “We hope when you’re in 20s, you’ll come back to Mobile because of your family. We hope that a lot of young people want to come back because of their families.”
Being a good ambassador for Mobile, Mary Carlisle received a key to the city, honorary citizenship, a yearlong membership to the city’s museums, a Mary Carlisle day at the Exploreum museum, books and a teddy bear.
Mary Carlisle told her mother she planned to open Chik-Fil-A with the key to the city.