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Lobby Unveiled at Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children

posted on March 11th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children
At first glance, it’s hard to tell you’re looking at a hospital lobby…but that’s the point. The entrance to the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children uses fantasy, imagination and adventure to create a remarkable healing environment. And today, its doors were officially opened.
Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children
Take a look at the images – Walt Disney Imagineers designed the lobby with the same attention to detail they’d give to any attraction at the theme parks. Characters like Timon and Pumbaa from ‘The Lion King,” Flounder and Sebastian from “The Little Mermaid” and Rutt and Tuke from “Brother Bear” immediately catch your eye when walking in. And once inside, children can experience interactive activities, including the opportunity to fish for virtual salmon, step into a safari to touch and illuminate a cave wall, generate jungle sounds on musical step pads and swat chirping bugs that glow during a memory game.
Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children
As you may know, the lobby is the first in a series of milestones for the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children. Construction and renovations are currently underway and work will continue throughout the year to complete units and patient rooms. By early 2011, the addition including seven stories and more than 200 dedicated pediatric beds, will open. It’ll feature colors, sounds and themes inspired by the lobby design. For more about the Pavilion, visit

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Jackie from WA on March 11th, 2010 at 6:02 pm

This is absolutely the coolest thing ever! What a great way to take a child’s mind off of whatever they are going through! Bravo, Disney! :)


Peter on March 11th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Amazing! Absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful gift to the children who come here!


AJ from TX on March 11th, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Just incredible. Well done, Imagineers.


Crystal from VA on March 12th, 2010 at 11:04 am

I wish every Children’s Hospital could have a lobby like this. Perhaps my son would look forward to a doctor’s visit if he were to see Simba each time we entered the building. A great big pat on the back for the designers!


Corinne from ON on March 12th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

What a great thing for Disney to be a part of, Walt would be proud!


Lauren on March 12th, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Wow!!! Amazing! Disney always does it right.


Amy on March 12th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Thank you Mr Walt Disney, although you are no longer with us, your name still brings smiles to millions of faces…You are an American hero and I wish I could have had the privilage to meet you.


Megan from FL on March 12th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

I am currently in Physician’s assistant school and hope to work there one day :)


Teri on March 12th, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Very Cool! Disney, you do it right!


Dina on March 12th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

I agree with Amy! Great job Disney – you make your fans proud!


Erin from TX on March 12th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

awesome lobby.


Sharon from North Yorkshire on March 13th, 2010 at 2:35 am

What an amazing idea, having had a child in hospital a few times they can be very clinical for the child and parents.What a wonderful idea you should spread it all over it would cheer up sp many people


Amy from MO on March 13th, 2010 at 9:21 am

This makes me even more proud to be a Disney fan!


Lou from TX on March 13th, 2010 at 5:16 pm

The imagination and innovation of Walt Disney its magic pure magic…may he live on forever….


Thomas on March 16th, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Unfortunately, we happened to be at the Hospital in November while they were working on the construction. It’s nice to see how it has come together. That hospital in my opinion is top notch they saved my brothers life. We are all from Ohio and he and his family happened to be on vacation at Disney when he fell ill. Long story short he ended up at this truly wonderful hospital who saved his life.


amanda from FL on March 18th, 2010 at 3:27 am

this is why I love disney


Kyle from PA on March 30th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Great job Disney and Imagineers. That’s such a great thing to see. Ashame we don’t have someone like Disney up here in PA for our children’s hospitals to do something this amazing. This is the reason I love Disney like this!!!