Make-A-Wish and Disney Celebrate 100,000 Wishes Together

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

During a special ceremony last night, Make-A-Wish celebrated the 100,000th Disney wish, marking a momentous milestone in the organization’s 35-year relationship with The Walt Disney Company. Together, Disney and Make-A-Wish bring comfort and smiles to wish kids and families when they need it most.

“It’s amazing to think that 35 years ago, Make-A-Wish granted its very first wish at the Disneyland Resort, which sparked a legacy of fulfilling wishes that has captured so many hearts,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “It’s wonderful to celebrate our 100,000th wish together, and we’re proud to play a role in bringing smiles and laughter to wish children and their families.”

On the giant water screens at Rivers of America, Make-A-Wish shared the story of seven-year-old Luke’s dream to visit Disneyland Resort with his entire family. Luke spent several fun-filled days visiting the parks – sharing magical moments with Lightning McQueen and Mater in Radiator Springs, meeting Anna and Elsa, and enjoying special viewings of World of Color – Celebrate!, the Paint the Night Parade and Disneyland Forever Fireworks Spectacular.

Nearly 8,000 Disney wishes are granted every year – including experiences at Disney Parks, voyages on Disney Cruise Line, and visits to TV and movie sets. We’re proud to lend our support to Make-A-Wish and help families make lasting memories together.


  • I had the honor of chaperoning a Wish family through the Give Kids the World organization several years ago to Walt Disney World. It was a magic week for all of us – I can still remember the over-the-top kindness offered to all of us. Thanks again for supporting all of these special families.

    Beth, Texas

  • Thank you for all you do for these amazing, strong children and their families. Knowing a close family member who went through the cancer treatment process., be surrounded by family in a place you love can make such a powerful emotional difference. Congratulations to Luke, Disney, and Make-A-Wish.

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