Disney and Make-a-Wish Celebrate World Wish Day
BAY LAKE, Florida. – Walt Disney World celebrated World Wish Day on Friday alongside partner Make-A-Wish.
The Make-A-Wish organization helps make the life-changing wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses come true. Since the organization’s inception in 1980, Make-A-Wish has grown to become the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization, serving children in every community in the United States and in nearly 50 countries across the world.
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Walt Disney World has a longstanding relationship with Make-a-Wish, partnering with them for more than four decades. Through this partnership, the two organizations have helped make more than 145,000 Disney-inspired wishes come true together.
In March, Disney helped make some Star Wars fan dreams come true. A number of families were among the first to board the all-new Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser.
Ahead of Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration, the resort worked hard to help support the nonprofit organization.
Disney has sold a special collection of “Wishes Come True Blue” merchandise to benefit Make-A-Wish.
Florida drivers could also help the cause by purchasing a special new 50th anniversary license plate. Every license plate sold contributed a portion of the money to Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida. Disney said sales recently topped half a million dollars.
“I am blown away by the amount the Disney team has helped us raise to help fund future wish-granting efforts,” said Anne Cuba, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida. “Wishes often play a key role in helping children build the strength to fight and overcome their serious illness, and that support means the world to our Wishing Kids and to my team.”
As part of World Wish Day, Disney last week selected two of its cast members — who are former wish recipients — to be grand marshals ahead of the “Festival of Fantasy Parade” at the Magic Kingdom.
The two cast members rode the parade route in the Grand Marshal’s vehicle, which also sported a special Disney license plate on the front and back.
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