Disneyland Celebrates Make a Wish Foundation With Highest Honor

At Disneyland, wishes really do come true! In honor of World Wish Day, Disneyland Resort has unveiled new Make-A-Wish windows at the park to honor the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. A window on Main Street at Disneyland is the highest honor that can be bestowed on any Disney Cast Member or person connected to The Walt Disney Company. This is the first time that Disney has dedicated windows to a non-profit.

The new Make-A-Wish windows, located on Main Street, U.S.A., continue the park’s tradition of giving back to the community and making dreams come true for children in need. Each Make-A-Wish window is dedicated to a child who has had their wish granted through the Make-A-Wish foundation, featuring a special message and artwork that reflects their wish.

New Make a Wish Disneyland Windows

The heartwarming windows carry inspiring messages of hope and positivity that remind visitors of the importance of making a difference in the lives of others. They also feature touching stories of children who have had their wishes granted, from meeting their favorite Disney characters to experiencing the magic of the parks without the crowds.

The three center windows are dedicated to the children of Make-a-Wish, and the side windows are in honor of Chris Greicius—the wish that inspired the creation of Make-A-Wish—and Frank “Bopsy” Salazar, the first official wish granted by Make-A-Wish.

Each window includes a QR code where visitors can learn more about the child’s story and make a donation to Make-A-Wish if they wish to do so.

As part of the project, the creative minds at Walt Disney Imagineering teamed up with talented artists from Walt Disney Animation Studios to create the calming Wish Lounge for Make-A-Wish children and their families. Inspired by the vibrant characters and stunning visual style of Disney Animation’s highly anticipated animated film, “Wish,” which is set to hit theaters in November 2023, this lounge promises to be a truly magical experience for Make-A-Wish children and their families.

Give Magic with Disneyland’s Virtual Wishing Well

Disneyland has also partnered with Make-A-Wish to create a virtual wishing well on Main Street, U.S.A., where guests can make a donation and have their wish added to a digital display.

“We know the power of the Disney brand when it comes to evoking positive emotions,” said Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, Josh D’Amaro, who is also a board member for Make-A-Wish America. “And we take great pride in the fact that we have granted 150,000 wishes with Make-A-Wish since 1981.”

The installation of the Make-A-Wish windows is just one example of how the Disneyland Resort continues to support the community. Over the years, the park has partnered with numerous organizations to give back, including Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Second Harvest Food Bank, and more.

To commemorate the occasion, guests can try out the Wishes Come True Disney PhotoPass Lens, which is now available as a complimentary offering for all visitors in the Disneyland app and My Disney Experience app at Walt Disney World Resort until the end of May. This Lens allows guests to capture special moments and join in the celebration of the Make-A-Wish foundation.

If you’re visiting Disneyland Resort in the coming months, be sure to stop by the Make-A-Wish windows and take a moment to read the inspiring stories of these brave children and help bring more dreams to life. Let’s all come together to help make magic happen for those who need it most.

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