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Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children Opens With Fanfare

Kathleen Prihoda

by , Manager of Media Relations, Walt Disney World Resort

There was much excitement in Orlando this morning with the official opening of the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children. Hundreds were on hand to celebrate the occasion, which included a moving dedication ceremony featuring inspirational stories from former pediatric patients.

Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children Opens With Fanfare

Bob Iger, president and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, toured the state-of-the-art facility and visited with children in the hospital’s interactive lobby. Designed by Disney Imagineers, the lobby features supporting characters from “The Lion King,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Jungle Book” and “Brother Bear.” All seven floors of the hospital feature concepts, colors, sounds and themes inspired by these classic Disney movies. The welcoming, healing environment places young patients in the starring role. Take a look at the video to see some highlights.

The Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children represents a $10 million commitment by Disney. In touring the facility, I was struck by how special and kid-friendly the place truly is. Great attention has been paid to the finer details.

Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children Opens With Fanfare

It is a truly unique environment for children in Central Florida who require medical care. Through its support, it’s just one more way Disney is helping make dreams come true for children in need.


  • I think this is so awesome what Disney has done. I spent the first 16 yrs of my life in and out of hospitals as a child. And having an atmosphere like this would have made going though all the hospital stays a whole lot better. Way to go Disney!!

  • Once again, Disney proves that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.

  • Disney is a kind of sweet medicine, not bitter at all. Probably when kids grow up, they just remember the toys and the animation from the hospital, and forget why they were there. LOL.

  • simply amazing! my new career goal is to someday be an RN there!!!

  • God Bless You for all you do.

  • that just shows you how much disney cares about kids and family. I just love everything that disney represents. Way to go Disney Great Job!!!!!

  • I think this is really awsome.

  • I’m so excited to see my dress on the little girl hugging Sebastian. We had an amazing day at the event and were blown away by the love and care the children will receive at the Walt Disney Pavilion at the Florida Hospital. What a day!!!!

  • Reading this while sitting at my daughter’s bedside at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in Ohio. They do their best but Disney has them beat for sure. Listening to a borrowed Lion King CD (Daughter’s Favorite) but it keeps skipping. Should you feel like branching out of FL a bit, know a Child Life Department here that would love your support.

    Thank you for all you do for children.

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