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Celebrating the Power of a Disney Wish! The Walt Disney Company Donates $1 Million to Make-A-Wish

Melody Vagnini

by , Public Relations Manager, Disney Signature Experiences

What is more powerful than a wish coming true? How about thousands of wishes coming true!

For more than 40 years, Disney and Make-A-Wish have worked together to do just that – granting more than 145,000 Disney-inspired wishes for wish kids with critical illnesses. And today, on World Wish Day, our company reinforced its commitment to creating even more life-changing moments for wish kids and their families around the world as the Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company Bob Chapek announced a donation of $1 million to Make-A-Wish. This donation is earmarked to reach even more Make-A-Wish kids from all backgrounds, supporting Disney’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Disney on Broadway star and International Performing Artist Syndee Winters performing “When You Wish Upon a Star" during the Disney Wish grand reveal event

This donation was announced as part of the show-stopping grand reveal of Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Disney Wish, that will join the fleet in the summer of 2022.

Filled with character appearances, musical performances and state-of-the-art technology, the half-hour virtual event revealed some of the most innovative and iconic spaces that guests will experience aboard the Disney Wish.

Make-A-Wish alumni from the United States and Canada virtually took part in the one-of-a-kind production
Make-A-Wish alumni from the United States and Canada virtually took part in the one-of-a-kind production
Make-A-Wish alumni from the United States and Canada virtually took part in the one-of-a-kind production

The very name of the Disney Wish evokes the spirit and optimism of a wish come true, so what better way to highlight this theme than invite Make-A-Wish to be part of the production magic! During the show’s stirring finale, images of incredible Make-A-Wish alumni surrounded Disney on Broadway star and International Performing Artist Syndee Winters during her performance of “When You Wish Upon a Star.” These children and young adults represent the thousands who have had Disney Cruise Line wishes granted throughout the last 20 years.

Check out our earlier post to watch a replay of the show!

And to help us celebrate the power of wishes, three Make-A-Wish families shared their stories with us. For these families, the wish of a Disney cruise gave them something far greater than they ever could’ve imagined: newfound confidence, strength, family togetherness, new friendships, and most importantly, hope. We invite you to take a few minutes to hear about their journey and see the joy – and lasting impact – that a wish can bring.

To learn more about how Disney is working with Make-A-Wish to provide magic to families when they need it most, visit wish.org/Disney.

And for more about the Disney Wish, visit DisneyCruise.com.

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