As Give Kids the World celebrates its 30th year of granting the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses, the local nonprofit marks another, more poignant occasion – the visit of its 150,000th wish family.
Sharing hope and happiness with the children who need it most, Give Kids the World provides weeklong, cost-free vacations for the families of vulnerable children. From the moment this inspiring organization opened its doors, Walt Disney World Resort has supported the group theme park tickets, gifts, character entertainment and more.
“As one of our founding partners, Walt Disney World has been here for our kids from the very beginning,” said Pam Landwirth, president and CEO of Give Kids the World. “Through the years, we have counted on Disney for donations, VoluntEARS, and, of course, those special theme park experiences that make our families’ visits so magical.”
In addition to theme park tickets, Disney provides gifts of Mickey plush, as well as complimentary theme park benefits such as free Memory Maker downloads, free parking, strollers and more. Disney VoluntEARS have also supported the group with countless hours of service.
Disney’s presence is felt throughout the 79-acre Give Kids the World Village, where five Disney characters visit twice each week. Disney entertainment teams provide and mend costumes for the Village’s themed characters, Mayor Clayton and Miss Merry. Through Walt Disney World Textile Services, Disney provides linen support for Village accommodations. And when the Village is full, wish families can reserve rooms at Walt Disney World resorts at highly reduced rates.
“Disney Cast Members should be so proud of their part in brightening the lives of children and families who need it most,” said Landwirth. “For the families who visit, there is a real sense of belonging and hope.”
Join us in congratulating Give Kids the World on granting the wishes of thousands of children with life-threatening illness, while bringing much-needed smiles and warm memories to their families.