For a six year old boy who had spent a year of his life in and out of hospitals and treatments centers some royal pampering was the perfect wish!
On July 18, 2016, Tyler and his parents loaded up their chariot (minivan) and headed to a royal castle in land far away for Tyler to become King. Upon his arrival at The Castle in the Sky, Tyler was greeted by his adoring townsfolk (grandparents) and was crowned in a coronation ceremony led by Knoxville radio personality Ashley Adams. Tyler swore to rule the land with kindness and fairness and to bring happiness to all those he rules. He was robed, crowned and presented to the kingdom as King Tyler, the First King of Make-A-Wish® East Tennessee!
Tyler wasted no time sitting on his throne, jousting with his father, and trying his crown on his grandparents. Next, Tyler and his family enjoyed a feast of Chick-Fil-A, chips ahoy cookies, and applesauce (all of the King’s favorite foods). After the feast, King Tyler went for a ride on his royal unicorn, Gabby, and then relaxed on his throne while his court jester entertained him with magic tricks including one with a ferret, balloon animals, and jokes.
King Tyler and his family spent the remainder of the week exploring all that Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge had to offer. They visited Wilderness at the Smoky's Water Park, Ripley’s Aquarium, and had dinner at the Dixie Stampede.