Mom And Son Safari
  • On May 13, 2013
    Rick Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Can guests identify those who are at WDW because of Make-a-Wish?

    Hi Rick!

    I can't help but get teary every time I see a Make-A-Wish Family at Disney.  I love seeing the pure joy on the faces of these families as they leave their stressful daily lives behind and just enjoy life together at the most magical place on Earth.

    You can often spot Make-A-Wish families. Many of them have on buttons, shirts, hats, etc. with Make-A-Wish on them. I think most of them are thrilled to be on their trips and love to sport the fun things they are given for their trips.

    A lot of the Make-A-Wish families stay at Give Kids The World Village near Disney so if you see any families with hats, shirts, etc., on with the Give Kids The World logo, you'll know that they are on a Make-A-Wish trip or something very similar.  Give Kids The World is a place for families with children that have chronic or terminal illnesses to stay during their vacations. It is an amazing place and they do wonderful things for these families!

    Not all, but some Make-A-Wish children have a hard time with stamina and may use a wheelchair to navigate the parks. You can sometimes see that some of the kids are missing their hair under their hats from chemotherapy treatments, but they aren't missing their smiles. And their laughter is usually the loudest in the parks.

    There have been times when we were next in line at Meet & Greets, that I've been asked by Cast Members if I'd mind waiting while they let a Make-A-Wish child go next. I think when I burst into tears, they take that as a "yes".

    Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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