Walt Disney World Resort Salutes Military Families With $100,000 Contribution to OIA Welcome Center

Filed in: Beyond the Theme Parks, Making a Difference, Walt Disney World Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Dec. 15, 2015 — Helping greet military families with a warm welcome to Central Florida, Walt Disney World Resort has contributed $100,000 toward a USO Welcome Center at Orlando International Airport (OIA). Disney teamed with USO Central Florida and other community donors to create a place for military families and individuals to rest, relax and regroup while traveling in the Orlando area.

“Our troops deserve a place for respite as they travel to deployments and home,” said Peter Giusti, Executive Director of USO Central Florida.

The new, 3,100-square-foot Welcome Center will offer comfortable spaces to unwind and enjoy snacks, play games, catch a game on television, and select a good read from the book exchange.

“Each day, Disney Cast Members create magical moments to honor the service and sacrifice of our military men, women and families,” said Nancy Gidusko, director of Corporate Citizenship for Walt Disney World Resort. “This contribution is another way to show our gratitude for their service and sacrifice as they travel through Central Florida.”

The USO continues to seek donations to fund the Welcome Center. The funding will provide for the Center’s maintenance and sustained staffing, in addition to equipment, furnishings and technology needs. Construction is set to begin in early 2016.