To say that Walt Disney World is a symbol of the city of Orlando — and even the entire state of Florida — would be an understatement. The massive Resort brings millions of Guests into the Sunshine State every year and is one of the state’s largest employers. Disney also works with a number of charities and organizations in the area to give back to the community that has given the Parks so much.
To honor the magic of Walt Disney World and all that it has done for the city of Orlando and Orange County, December 3 is officially being declared “Walt Disney World Day” by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings. An official ceremony will be held and Walt Disney World Resort President Jeff Vahle will be on hand to accept the special recognition.
In a news release, Disney said the following:
“For 50 years, Walt Disney World Resort has served as a beacon of hope and happiness in the Central Florida area, bringing the beloved magic found across the resort to children and families in our neighboring communities.”
The “Walt Disney World Day” ceremony will take place at the Second Harvest Food Bank and after the event, Disney VoluntEARS will participate in a community service project where they will help pack and sort food to be handed out to members of the community. Walt Disney World Resort leaders, as well as local government officials, will be joining the VoluntEARS as they pack up the food.
In honor of its 50th Anniversary celebration, Disney recently gave 6 Orlando-area charities a total of $3 million. The charities that received the donations were Give Kids the World Village, The Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Heart of Florida United Way, Hope Partnership, and ELEVATE Orlando.
Give Kids the World Village is similar to Make-A-Wish and provides vacations to area families with critically ill children a week-long vacation at no cost to them. Hope Partnership helps homeless families that live in Osceola County — which is right next to Orange County and ELEVATE Orlando helps urban youth pursue their passions and helps them with career opportunities.
What do you think of Walt Disney World getting its own special holiday?