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Prince Harry’s Invictus Games Coming to Walt Disney World Resort in 2016

Darrell Fry

by , Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World Resort

We have a truly royal announcement to share today. Prince Harry is bringing his Invictus Games to Walt Disney World Resort next year. See video here.

The event celebrates our wounded servicemen and women from around the world competing in a variety of sports events at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, May 8-12, 2016.

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The Invictus Games drew more than 400 athletes from 13 countries – plus some 65,000 spectators – in its inaugural year in London in 2014, which was seen by more than 10 million more fans on TV.

The Invictus Games at Disney next year will be the first time the event takes place in the U.S. and is expected to involve a similar number of athletes from up to 14 nations competing in 10 sports – archery, cycling, indoor rowing, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field, triathlon, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.

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The idea behind the Invictus Games is that the event uses the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for all those who serve their country as well as their families and caregivers.

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In case you’re wondering, the word Invictus means “unconquered” and became famous after William Ernest Henley’s 1878 poem “Invictus” which is about strength during times of adversity. The word embodies the fighting spirit of the wounded service personnel who are on the journey to recovery.

We will have more details on this inspirational event in the coming months, so follow this blog for all of the latest developments.

Comments

  • I am staying at wdw during the games when are tickets going on sale and how do I get them

  • I have already booked travel from Scotland and I am hoping that I do get tickets, I can’t understand why they haven’t released them yet.

  • Please provide us with information regarding ticket sales….the event is a mere eight months away and people wishing to attend need to make travel arrangements.

  • when will tickets to the Invictus game go on sale and will those also include opening and closing ceremonies?

  • This is an amazing event. I kept up with all the events via the Internet since I was not fortunate enough to
    Attend the inaugural Invictus Games in the UK. Prince Harry
    has accomplished a wonderful tribute for the men and women of the armed
    Forces and I living in Miami Florida can not wait to
    attend such an inspirational and special event

  • I am so looking forward to coming down for this inspiring event.

  • I AM so thrilled with this exciting announcement and I simply can’t wait to see what magical inspiration lies ahead for the 2016 Invictus Games.

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