Five-year-old Noah is at his happiest when he is sitting between piles of LEGO bricks scattered about the floor while constructing his best block creations. But when Noah was diagnosed with leukemia, his family began searching for a way to put the pieces of their life back together. That’s when Make-A-Wish® stepped in, granting Noah’s ultimate wish-come-true – a trip to LEGOLAND®.
After packing their bags, Noah and his family flew from their home in Johnstown, PA, to LEGOLAND®
in Orlando, FL. Upon arrival, they were welcomed to a kingdom themed room fit for a LEGO loving king. With the room’s royal red bed and stone-like walls, Noah felt like he was in his very own castle.
During his first full day in the park, Noah kicked off his LEGOLAND®
adventure by attending the Master Model Builder Experience. There, Noah and his family were guided through a behind-the-scenes tour of the workshop. Noah was in awe while walking down the rows of yellow crates filled with thousands of LEGO bricks and stopped to admire each impressive model.
While exploring the rest of the park, Noah was excited to ride some of the most famous attractions. He especially enjoyed “Laser Raisers,” a ride that embarks on a journey through the secrets of an ancient temple. After battling off evil mummies and skeletons, Noah felt like a hero as he discovered the lost treasure at the end of the ancient labyrinth adventure.
Even when it was time to head back to the hotel after a long day of fun, Noah was still excited to ride – the elevator, that is. In the LEGOLAND®
hotel, the elevator is an attraction on its own. As soon as Noah would press their floor number, the doors would close and suddenly the elevator would transform into a disco party. Every time the music would play and the lights would shine, Noah couldn’t help but dance with delight.
“This was the one week we didn’t have to worry about much. It was nice being able to be together as a family,” Noah’s dad said. “We don’t get to do that often.”
For Noah and his family, this trip was about so much more than just building LEGOs; it was about building unforgettable memories.