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Walt Disney World and Make-A-Wish celebrate an extra special World Wish Day with its 150,000th Wish

Cast members across Walt Disney World celebrated an extra special World Wish Day this past weekend, together with Make-A-Wish America to help grant the 150,000th Disney wish.


Walt Disney World and Make-A-Wish celebrate an extra special World Wish Day with its 150,000th Wish

This weekend, Disney Parks around the world celebrated the transformative power of a wish on World Wish Day.


It was a particularly memorable celebration at Walt Disney World as they teamed up with Make-A-Wish America to help grant the 150,000th Disney-inspired wish to 16-year-old Mikayla from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida who began her battle fighting cancer three years ago.


Walt Disney World and Make-A-Wish celebrate an extra special World Wish Day with its 150,000th Wish

“This is an incredible milestone moment in our more than 40-year relationship with Disney,” said Leslie Motter, Make-A-Wish America President and CEO. “We know that wishes have the transformative power to renew hope, uplift spirits and unite families. When you pair that with Disney stories, characters and experiences, lives are forever changed thanks to the unmatched joy that’s delivered when it’s needed most.”


Mikayla and her family were first surprised with being Grand Marshals during the Festival of Fantasy Parade at Magic Kingdom Park; but they didn’t just roll down Main Street, U.S.A. in the usual vehicle – they were treated to their very own coach!


Walt Disney World and Make-A-Wish celebrate an extra special World Wish Day with its 150,000th Wish

After enjoying the parade and seeing some of our most iconic Disney princesses and heroines, we shared an extra surprise with Mikayla – something unique to her that we would only offer on a very special occasion like this one.


To mark this historic milestone, Mikayla and her family were given the exclusive opportunity to enjoy an overnight stay in the famous Cinderella Castle Suite!


Walt Disney World and Make-A-Wish celebrate an extra special World Wish Day with its 150,000th Wish

“We are so thrilled that Mikayla is able to have this opportunity to celebrate the journey that she’s been on,” said Mikayla’s mom. “You never anticipate they [your children] are going to experience a life-threatening situation, but it’s been amazing to see how much good can come from something bad. We get to create these wonderful new memories together and not focus on the ones that maybe weren’t so pretty.”


Mikayla, who is an aspiring singer, dreams of one day performing at Disney, so Disney have also planned a royal performance later this summer that will top off this 150,000th wish in an unforgettable way.


To read more about some of the other ways Disney is making a difference for the people and places in Florida and beyond, be sure to visit DisneyFlorida.com. And to learn more about Disney’s longstanding relationship with Make-A-Wish, visit Wish.org/Disney.


Walt Disney World and Make-A-Wish celebrate an extra special World Wish Day with its 150,000th Wish

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