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Girl Who’d Rather Go to Mobile, AL Than Disney World Gets Honored by the City

Dec 26, 2013 7:00 am

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Mobile obviously has its allure, and the city was smart to reward its most prominent booster. Now, Disney World should invite her back to bring some closure to this escapade.

— Dennis Schaal

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A young girl who cried after learning her family wasn’t going to Mobile but was taking a surprise trip to Disney World was presented with a key to the city, and has been named an honorary citizen and ambassador.

The Mobile Press-Register reports Mayor Sandy Stimpson bestowed the honor on 3-year-old Mary Carlisle Williams Monday — along with a yearlong pass to the Mobile Museum of Art, a gift certificate, teddy bears and a candy cane.

A video of Williams’ disappointment [embeded below] was posted online and gained lots of attention. Stimpson says Williams, of Magnolia Springs, Alabama, brought more focus to Mobile than many do in a lifetime.

Mary Carlisle’s mother told the newspaper her grandmother lives in Mobile, and she wanted to open Chick-fil-A with her key to the city.

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