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Walt Disney World Grants Powerful Wishes By Sharing Its Magic

Kathleen Prihoda

by , Manager, Communications & Public Affairs

Playing Football with Mickey Mouse

Here at Walt Disney World Resort, we pride ourselves on being the place where dreams come true.

Aside from all the amazing vacations and magical moments in the parks, some truly inspirational real-life fairy tales happen as well. These stories are extraordinary because they show the pure power of a child’s wish.

Dancing with Cinderella

Disney takes great delight in sharing some of its magic with children’s wish-granting organizations around the world. Whether it’s a desire to dance with Cinderella, or a chance to play football with Mickey Mouse, special requests from children with life-threatening medical conditions get VIP treatment. Last year alone, Walt Disney World Resort granted nearly 7,000 wish trips. According to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a Disney-themed wish is the most popular request they receive.

Playing in the Band with Mickey Mouse

Any time I get the chance to watch a wish come to life, I feel very fortunate. My favorite part is to see the joy in the eyes of the children and their families. These special moments offer hope and lift spirits. It makes me feel proud to know that Disney supports such a worthy cause.


  • I cannot view those pictures either.

  • For some reason the pictures are not showing up on my screen either. Love the way Disney teams up with Make a Wish.

  • My computer is preventing me from viewing the pictures, can you repost them in a lower quility so my computer can see them. I want to see such good pictures.

  • I was wondering who exactly (divison or person) at Disney specifically works with Make-A-Wish to make all of the arrangements for children whose wish it is to go to Disney? That would be my dream job…

  • I truly loved this post…brought tears to my eyes! When I used to work for a local hospital I was fortunate enough to see several wishes granted for children with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. I was always so inspired by the strength these children and their families would exude. This made it all the more rewarding to see such deserving young people receive a gift that would allow them to escape their everyday challenges.

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