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Disney Helps Make-A-Wish Grant 500,000th Wish During Their 40th Anniversary

Excuse us while we fill your screen with some sweetness. Disney has helped Make-A-Wish grant 500,000th wish during their 40th anniversary! Meet Karina, a sweet “Wish Kid”, and check out the details below as shared by DisneyParksBlog.

Since the first wish was granted at Disneyland Resort 40 years ago, Disney and Make-A-Wish® have worked together to make more than 140,000 wishes come true. And while these unprecedented times have caused a temporary suspension of in-person wish experiences, they have also created opportunities to grant wishes in a whole new way. That’s why we were so excited to help our friends at Make-A-Wish grant their 500,000th wish!

This 500,000 milestone was for 16-year-old Karina, who generously wished “to give kids a day to forget they’re sick.” Karina has fond memories of her care-free days at summer camp where her problems and stresses took a backseat to fun and laughter. Inspired by this experience, Make-A-Wish collaborated with her to create a virtual camp called “Kamp Karina” with activities designed to put a smile on the faces of children in need from the comfort of their own homes. The virtual day-long “camp” was streamed on YouTube and included a magic show, a science class, story time, and some special Disney surprises! 

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Since every part of The Walt Disney Company helps Make-A-Wish grant life-changing wishes, it was only fitting that the whole company get involved in granting Karina’s wish! Walt Disney Animation Studios hosted a “Frozen”-inspired drawing class featuring a professional animator and Josh Gad, the lovable voice of Olaf. ESPN worked with the NBA to put 32 wish kids, including Karina, in the virtual stands for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Disney Parks, Experiences and Products provided Disney-themed trivia as part of Disney Family Game Night and a sweet fireworks show to cap off the Kamp Karina program. It was a magical day for everyone involved!

Check out this video to see how Disney was able to play a part in this inspiring day of laughter and fun!

Granting wishes creates magical memories for children and their families, and Disney is working closely with Make-A-Wish to find innovative ways to stay engaged with children whose wishes have been deferred due to the pandemic. 

Be sure to stay tuned for a sneak-peek tonight of an exciting Make-A-Wish announcement happening tomorrow, and continue to follow us on Disney Parks Blog for more incredible stories of hope and joy as we celebrate Make-A-Wish’s 40th anniversary. 

Source: DisneyParksBlog

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.