From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Thomas Smith
Some wishes are so magical, they stay with you for a lifetime. At D23 Expo 2019, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman (and Make-A-Wish Board Member) Bob Chapek shared an amazing video that brought the power of wishes to life – and showed the lasting effect they can have on a wish kid. See for yourself how profound these moments can be:
“Our cast members take such tremendous pride in making every Disney wish experience as unforgettable as possible for kids and their families,” said Bob Chapek. “Wish-granting is such an important part of who we are at Disney, and why we take the responsibility so seriously.”
Since the first wish was granted at Disneyland Resort in 1980, Disney and Make-A-Wish have worked together to make more than 130,000 wishes come true for children facing serious illnesses.
“The powerful relationship between Make-A-Wish and Disney goes back to the very beginning of our organization, and has only continued to grow,” said Richard Davis, CEO of Make-A-Wish. “Disney is the largest wish-granter on Earth, and we’re thankful for everyone who brings magic to life by supporting our organization and making wishes come true.”
As we’ve seen through these powerful stories, a wish is only the beginning. Wish granting is part of the Disney Team of Heroes initiative which aims to deliver comfort & inspiration to families with children facing serious illnesses. Thank you to Make-A-Wish for almost four decades of wish granting, we at Disney Parks, Experiences and Products can’t wait to be part of all the wishes to come!