The Daughter Watches Dad Sing “Ave Maria”, Creating A Touching Moment

ByQuyen Anne

Mar 15, 2024

How could a normal day turn into an unforgettable one? A guy named Justin Gigliello was in the case.

On a normal day, Justin, alongside her daughter, Lyla, came to Disney’s Grand Floridian resort. This little girl saw a pianist and came to the artist to ask if her dad could sing along to his playing. The pianist obliged, and then Justin showed off a truly beautiful and refined classic tenor voice when singing “Ave Maria.”

Father-daughter time: The video was viewed more than 660,000 times with commenters praising Justin's voice and commenting on Lyla's adorable expression throughout the song

Gigliello wore shorts and a football jersey, which seemed a bit mismatched as she sang a beautiful classical song alongside the pianist, who was in a formal dinner suit. Meanwhile, Lyla was appropriately dressed and looked adorable in a Minnie Mouse shirt.

Love: Justin often sings Lyla to sleep every night, and she also has a passion for singing

His singing voice started to attract the crowd’s attention as more and more people gathered and noticed something special was happening. Luckily, someone captured this amazing performance and shared it on social media. Surprisingly, it quickly went viral. Watch the spontaneous performance in the video below:

However, the best part of the video for many viewers was the adoring and proud look young Lyla gave to her dad as he impressed the crowd. The audience applauded after Gigliello finished the song, promoting big smiles all around from the trio.

His performance became popular on social media, especially on FOX 35 Orlando’s video, which gathered over 14 million views. Many people flooded the comments to praise this guy with a beautiful voice while some pointed out the daughter’s look gave to her dad, calling it one of the sweetest ones in the world.

His six-year-old daughter Lyla asked the pianist if he would let her dad sing

The pianist agreed to play Ave Maria, which Justin astonishingly belted out

A person wrote, “What an incredible voice…and his daughter admiring him is the cutest thing ever” while another commented, “The look of pure adoration and genuine love this precious little girl has on her face as she’s looking at her Dad is absolutely PRICELESS!” All of those also made it far the most popular video on the television station’s channel.

Round of applause: People walking by even stopped to hear the dad sing the popular song. He later shared the moment with his friends on Facebook

You just never know where you’ll be at the Walt Disney World Resort when the magic strikes you. Sometimes, the magic can strike you at home!

Magic was definitely in the air in once upon a time in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian on one particular Sunday afternoon as a dad and his daughter had just finished having lunch at the Disney World Resort Hotel. Though the experience was not extremely recent, it’s a beautiful piece of Disney news, and we couldn’t wait to share it.

Grand Floridian Resort and Spa Area Background Music Loop - Walt Disney World - YouTube

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A man from Connecticut, Justin Gigliello, and his daughter were visiting Disney’sGrand Floridian Resort and Spa. As is often the case at the Resort Hotel, a pianist was seated at the grand piano in the lobby. Justin’s daughter approached the pianist and asked him if her father could sing while he played the piano. He conceded, and what happened next turned the lobby of the Disney Resort Hotel into an opera house of sorts.

Lots of people can sing, but surely no one expected the sound that came from the man’s mouth when he began to sing Franz Schubert‘s “Ave Maria” as the pianist played.

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Credit: Twitter/@jgigliello

In the video below, you can see Gigliello and hear his impressive performance. Perhaps the sweetest part of the entire video is the look of complete adoration on the face of Gigliello’s 6-year-old daughter Lyla as her father sings and Guests throughout the Grand Floridian lobby stop and stare in awe of Gigliello’s amazing talent.

Gigliello shared a video of his impromptu lobby performance with a tweet:

“I just wanted to share this video for a Disney experience! We just went to Disney World last week and my daughter asked the pianist at the Grand Floridian if I could sing while he played,” Gigliello tweeted.

“The way she looks at you will never go away. At least that’s how it is with me and my dad. Your voice is lovely and pls send the little one love from the internet,” tweeted one user.

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Credit: The Orlando Sentinel

Gigliello told PEOPLE Magazine that he and his daughter had lunch at the Resort just before the singing experience in the hotel’s lobby. During lunch, Gigliello says he began to share with his daughter about Disney magic during his childhood, telling her that he “used to listen to the music in the lobby with his parents.”

Instantly, Gigliello’s daughter said she wanted to have that experience as well, so they ended their lunch early and made their way to the lobby of the Grand Floridian.

Lobby - Picture of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Orlando - Tripadvisor

“The pianist was playing and we started dancing,” Gigliello says. “When one of the songs ended [my daughter] walked right up to the pianist and said ‘My daddy loves to sing and play’ and the pianist said ‘What song?’ and she said ‘Ave Maria‘ and that’s how it happened.”

“A woman came up to me and said she was in the gift shop and just walked out to see what was going on,” Gigliello continued. “Everyone’s reaction was amazing!”

Recently, Gigliello shared another tweet of himself and his daughter, simply to spread cheer. This time, he isn’t singing, but the two are dancing to “So This is Love” from Disney’s Cinderella.


“I just wanted to share a magical Disney moment,” he tweeted. “With everything going on right now we just wanted to put a smile on someone’s face. This is what we need more of.”

Here’s hoping the story of Justin and his daughter Lyla has you smiling today!

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