Sir Aidan, Knight of York
On his wish trip to Walt Disney World® this past November, Aidan did something most kids his age – and adults, even – only dream of. This five-year-old, who courageously fights lymphoma, earned the most honorary and heroic title of all as he was granted knighthood.
When describing Aidan and his family’s wish experience, his mom wrote, “Thank you so much for everything you do! We had an AMAZING time and created so many wonderful memories. Aiden felt like he was the most special little boy in the world.”
From Playtime Make-believe to Real-life Fairytale
Just a month prior to Aidan, Hailey also embarked on her journey to Orlando. Before her trip, she spent practically all of her playtime dressing up and pretending to be a princess, especially her favorite, Cinderella. So, of course, when Hailey’s parents asked if she wanted to meet Cinderella, she shrieked back an excited, “yes!” While at Disney, she explored Cinderella’s Castle and met all of her favorite princesses. Hailey also visited the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, where Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother and her apprentices gave her a royal princess makeover. She didn’t have to pretend anymore – Hailey was living her dream-come-true.
In a Galaxy Far, Far Away…
Eleven-year-old Hunter had a different sort of fairytale in mind – one not taking place within magical kingdoms, but rather, a fairytale that is out of this universe. For a week-straight, Hunter lived out his dream at Disney during Star Wars Week. Hunter, who transformed into the brilliant mastermind General Grievous, and his sister, better known as Princess Leia for the day, marched along with the Master of Ceremonies as spectators watched on in awe. Hunter says he will remember his Star Wars wish forever, which may or may not be due to the fact that his cheeks hurt from smiling so much.
Becoming Part of Ariel’s World
Avery, now six, was granted her most heartfelt wish to meet her favorite Disney princess Ariel a few years back in 2010. This video from her mom helps show just how special her real-life fairytale was.
Disney's Compassion Month
Not only is today National Tell a Fairytale Day, but the Walt Disney Company has been celebrating Compassion Month throughout February. The steadfast support Make-A-Wish® has received from Disney dates back to the first-ever official wish, more than 30 years ago. Disney has helped grant more than 88,000 wishes globally to date and in conjunction with Make-A-Wish, is currently engaged in one of every two wishes we grant. Disney-related wishes transformed the lives of nearly 7,000 Make-A-Wish families last year, giving them the opportunity to create timeless bonds and memories.
In addition to supporting Disney theme park, cruise, entertainment, sports and shopping wishes, Disney also provides annual cash grants and encourages Disney VoluntEARS to contribute their time and talents to furthering our mission.