LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Aug. 8, 2019—More than 1,000 local students from Boys & Girls Clubs locations across seven counties in Central Florida were transported to the remote planet of Batuu during a special community preview of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The preview is part of an ongoing commitment to the local community and reinforces the long-term, 50-year partnership Walt Disney World Resort has with the organization. Together, with Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, the company is dedicated to providing imaginative and memory-building experiences to local children and families.
As the first Guests to travel to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the students experienced the land’s immersive storyline firsthand. They tasted Blue Milk and other treats, met familiar faces from the galaxy and were also the first to climb into the cockpit of the “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” and try their hand at piloting the Millennium Falcon.
“An experience like this isn’t one our members will soon forget,” said Gary Cain, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida. “Walt Disney World is continually identifying opportunities like today that directly impact the lives of our members and open new doors for these students. Today, they didn’t just open a door, but an entire new galaxy of possibility.”
This preview is the first of several Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge community experiences, which will also bring more than 140 Wish families staying at Give Kids the World Village into the new land.
“Partnering with youth organizations enables us to make sure children see the magic in the everyday through one-of-a-kind opportunities that spark imagination,” said Rena Langley senior vice president of public affairs at Walt Disney World Resort. “Our hope is these children will leave with cherished memories that can only happen at Disney.”
About Walt Disney World Resort Community Impact
For more than 50 years, Walt Disney World Resort has remained committed to Central Florida, investing in the community in ways that directly improve the lives of children and families. Through ongoing partnerships with nonprofit organizations, such as Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Walt Disney World Resort brings positive, lasting change to the community. In 2018 alone, Disney provided more than $34.5 million of cash and in-kind donations to local organizations and more than 360,000 volunteer hours through the efforts of Disney VoluntEARS. Over the last decade, Walt Disney World Resort has invested more than $7.5 million in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida.
Contact: Chelsea Eagle, Walt Disney World Communications