Disney Brings Joy to Children’s Hospitals This Christmas

Mockey and Minnie visit children's hospital
Credit: Disney

Tis the season! Christmas means many things to many people, but one thing just about everyone can agree on is that this is the time of year to bring joy and happiness to others. That is just what Disney is doing! Mickey and Minnie Mouse got all dolled up in their holiday finest to visit children in local hospitals this season.

Mickey and Minnie at hospital

Credit: Disney

This has been a tradition for everybody’s favorite mice for years, but the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to it for the last 2 Christmases.  Dr. Rajan Wadhawan, Senior Executive Officer of AdventHealth for Children, said, “This is the first time we’ve welcomed our favorite Disney pals back to the hospital since 2019. Seeing them walk the halls again brought a renewed sense of optimism and hope to our patients and staff.”

Mickey and Minnie Mouse went from room to room, giving hugs and small gifts to patients. In a video posted by Disney Parks, you can see kids’ faces lighting up as Mickey and Minnie popped into their rooms. The joy on their face brought tears to everyone’s eyes.

A representative of the Walt Disney Company said, “With each room visit, we saw magical moments turn into transformational experiences for the families and children, providing a special space where they were able to create new happy memories together – and we’re excited for these visits to continue regularly in the new year.”

We are excited that Disney plans to continue these visits throughout the year, bringing hope to children who need it the most. Seeing the hope on parents’ faces and the light in a sick child’s eyes as they get a much-needed hug from Mickey Mouse reminds us that the magic of Christmas can be found even in the most unlikely of places.

Mickey and Minnie visit children's hospital

Credit: Disney

Bob Iger commented on the visits saying, “this picture speaks volumes about our cast members and company. And those sweaters are pretty great too!”

He’s exactly right. It’s magical moments like this that make Disney so great and why we are fans. If you would like to see the whole video, click here. Just…make sure you’ve got some tissues handy!

About Jill Bivins

Jill Bivins has been visiting Disney Parks since she was 2 years old and loves sharing her Disney adventures with the world. She likes to say Disney is in her blood and writing is in her bones — so any time she has the opportunity to combine these loves she is one happy camper! She has a deep abiding love for Epcot and as a die hard Star Wars fan has a serious love for Hollywood Studios as well. When she isn't exploring or writing about Disney Parks, Jill is homeschooling her 8 year old son, playing with her brand new baby son, or pretending to be a farmer on her family homestead (despite being unable to keep even a cactus alive). Find Jill on Instagram @minnieonmain.