The steadfast support Disney provides to Make-A-Wish® dates back to the first official wish kid, Frank “Bopsy” Salazar, whose wish was granted in 1981. In 2015, Disney and Make-A-Wish will grant its 100,000th global wish together.
Disney wish experiences encompass the diversity of its theme parks and resorts, cruise line, celebrity superstars and media properties. Additional support comes from Disney employees, who give generous amounts of time, money and in-kind services to assist Make-A-Wish in our vision of granting every eligible child’s wish. Disney VoluntEARS make big differences in the lives of wish kids and their families.
Each wish experience with Disney is unique – fulfilling the one true wish of a child with a life-threatening medical condition and building family togetherness. When parents tell us about a child’s wish with Disney, they talk about the “nice surprises” and imaginative experiences that exceeded all expectations – how every little details was made perfect for their child.
In 2014, more than 7,000 wishes in the United States involved Disney’s help, and every year, Disney continues to enrich the lives of wish kids around the world by bringing them hope, strength and joy. The timeless bonds and memories Disney has created have helped kids through treatments, helped them overcome doubts and despair, and helped them feel and get better – because wishes work wonders.
As we look back at the past almost 100,000 wishes and reflect on the contributions Disney has made to wish kids around the world, we celebrate the wonderful work they have done – and continue to do.
Walt Disney World® Resort
For generations, wish kids and their families have bonded and made lasting memories at this iconic theme park. Ask wish kid Jazzlyn, and she’ll tell you her Disney experience was like nothing else on the planet. It’s an experience that renews the belief that anything is possible, and remains the most-requested Disney travel destination among wish kids.
Disneyland® Resort was the destination for our first official wish kid and, three decades later, it remains a perfect destination for wish kids to escape their everyday routines of hospital visits and treatments for a carefree, life-changing experience. Wish kids like Bodie enjoy its rides, attractions, characters and cast members.
Disney Cruise Line®
Wish kids like Sophia find true excitement aboard a Disney Cruise Line® wish. The voyage includes activities onboard the ship and at ports of call. In addition, sailing the high seas provides a renewed sense of hope and energy for wish kids and their families.
Disney rolls out the red carpet and welcomes wish kids to see creativity in action. From its stars in television, film and the music industry to behind-the-scenes peeks into animation studios, sound rooms and production sets, Disney offers wish kids moments that will be remembered forever.
Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa
Trips to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, rejuvenate wish kids like Alyssa. Wish families experience the customs and traditions of Hawaii amid the magic and creativity that only Disney can provide. The all-inclusive resort on the island of Oahu provides a relaxing and memorable experience for all.
Our friends at the Disney Store are always willing to share the power of a wish® and heighten the wish experience for wish kids like Denise. One-of-a-kind shopping sprees allow wish kids to bring the Disney magic home.
ESPN’s “My Wish” on SportsCenter
Disney-owned ESPN collaborates with Make-A-Wish to showcase stories about fantastic sports-related wish experiences. The “My Wish” series on SportsCenter has featured wish kids from all over the world, and this summer marks the series’ 10th anniversary.