Bringing Disney Magic to Children’s Hospitals for the Holidays

Tristen Gell

by , Senior Manager, Communications, Walt Disney World Resort

Here at Disney, we create happiness every day – not only across our theme parks but also out in the community and with those who need it most. Throughout this month, we have had the great honor to bring some of that special magic and holiday cheer to local children’s hospitals as Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse visited patients and families to share the joy of the season.

@disneyparks The most magical surprise 🐭🥹Mickey and Minnie surprised their friends at the AdventHealth Children’s Hospital spreading holiday cheer🎄#Disney #MickeyMouse #MinnieMouse #Surprise #Healthcare ♬ original sound – Disney Parks

“This is the first time we’ve welcomed our favorite Disney pals back to the hospital since 2019,” said Dr. Rajan Wadhawan, Senior Executive Officer of AdventHealth for Children. “Seeing them walk the halls again brought a renewed sense of optimism and hope to our patients and staff.”

With each room visit, we saw magical moments turn into transformational experiences for the families and children, providing a special space where they were able to create new happy memories together – and we’re excited for these visits to continue regularly in the new year.

“It’s hard to put into words how it felt to bring a little light and see these patients simply be kids,” said Stefanie Steele, Senior Manager – Corporate Social Responsibility. “I’m proud to work for a company that cares so deeply about making positive impacts in the lives of people and the places we call home.”

We’re also delivering extra pixie dust this season through the Disney Ultimate Toy Drive supporting the Marine Toys for Tots Program – a tradition now 75 years in the making. This year, Walt Disney World cast members and visiting guests donated more than 40,000 toys to help local children and families in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties. You can read more about this and other ways we’re giving back at

Minnie Mouse with healthcare staff

To all the healthcare heroes out there, thank you! And to our guests, cast members and Central Florida family, we’re wishing you the happiest of holidays.