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Special Olympics World Games ‘Flame of Hope’ Journeys Through Disneyland Resort

Kevin Rafferty, Jr.

by , Communications, WDI

Last night, the Disneyland Resort hosted the “Flame of Hope,” currently making its way through 127 cities and communities in California en route to the Special Olympics World Games opening ceremonies in Los Angeles on Saturday, July 25. The torch shined brightly even in the rain, and I was encouraged to see so many guests brave the weather to watch Special Olympics athletes carry the torch down Main Street, U.S.A. to a ceremony at the Downtown Disney District.


The Law Enforcement Torch Run Final Leg for the “Flame of Hope” represents the culmination of similar events around the world on its journey to the Special Olympics World Games. In May, the torch made its way to the Walt Disney World Resort during a Unified Relay Across America, going through Epcot and Disney’s BoardWalk Inn.

More than 30,000 volunteers, including Disney VoluntEARS, will support the Special Olympics World Games. ESPN is the official broadcast partner of the Games, and will be covering the Opening Ceremonies, plus sharing highlights throughout the event.


  • Thank you for supporting the Special Olympics and the very special athletes.

  • I am so glad that I was there to see it go down Main St. I was such a beautiful site. It was worth waiting in the rain for it. I’m glad I got to see it in honor of my son Vincent who had Down’s Syndrome, who just passed away on July 6th.

    • Hi Inez – I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your son. I’m glad you were able to honor him in this way.

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