With all the snow and cold this week, most of us are dreaming of getting away, so we felt it was time to shine the spotlight on one of our most popular wishes….Disney World, Florida!
When you’re young (and even when you’re older but still young at heart) there’s no magic quite like that of Disney! Many kids dream of visiting Disney World in Florida to experience the magic for themselves and our wish children are no exception, what is exceptional though is their circumstances.
As we all know, organising any big trip can be stressful and that’s why we make sure that we take care of all the little details so that our wish families, who already have so much on their minds, can relax and enjoy their holiday. From arranging ESTAs to ensuring they have the right insurance coverage, we make sure that the family feel completely safe and taken care of before they even set foot on the plane.
To continue this feeling of being well taken care of, all of our Disney-bound families travel to Orlando for a magical seven-night stay at the amazing Give Kids the World village where we know they’ll be looked after excellently. They are met at the airport by one of the friendly volunteers from the village who drive the family safely to their new home for the week. All they have to do then is settle in and get ready to have lots of fun!
Park tickets are included in the trip including three days at Walt Disney resorts, two days at Universal, one day at SeaWorld and various other local attractions. Our families just have to decide which park to visit first! Our wish children always have loads of fun visiting the parks, going on the rides and meeting their favourite characters.
Back at Give Kids The World the magic continues in each of the families’ own villas where everyday is a slice of paradise for the kids. There’s so much to see and do; with a weekly entertainment schedule that is packed with character meet and greets, horseback riding, tea parties and the village idol talent show. And finally, we can’t forget that every Monday is treated as Halloween and every Thursday the village transforms into a Winter Wonderland filled with special activities!
Another big bonus for families staying at the village is that every child is invited to visit the Castle of Miracles and have their own star added to the Star dome. Their star will remain there forever and families are encouraged to visit their star anytime.
Now, let’s not forget one of the most important things for it to qualify as a special holiday… Food!
So, Ice cream for breakfast anyone?
At Give Kids The World ice cream for breakfast is standard, along with the pizza delivery van and night time cookie cart. For those who are out and about at the parks, a packed lunch can even be pre-booked at The Gingerbread House. Of course, America is the home of supersized food and our wish children get to experience that at it’s finest – just take a look at the happy faces:
As you can see, we think our Florida wishes are pretty amazing, but don’t just take our word for it – here’s some feedback from some of our wish families, letting us know just how special their trips were:
“We cannot express enough how grateful we are for what you and your team did for us and for our baby boy. The trip was really a dream come true and we loved every moment. From the moment we got on the plane to coming home. Nothing was too much trouble. As for Give Kids The World, place is amazing and we even met another wish family who Rays of Sunshine had made their dream come true, too. Thank you all so much we will be eternally grateful for putting a smile on our son’s faces.”
“Thank you just so much for Abigail’s ‘Wish’ trip, we had an amazing time! Abigail, and all of us were treated brilliantly, they couldn’t do enough for us and Abigail was treated like a Princess! We did so much but there was so much more we could have done, we definitely want to go back at some point and Give Kids the World have said that we can go back for the day, which would be great to do.The people at ‘Give Kids the World’ were fantastic and so friendly and lovely…Abigail’s words were, best week EVER!”
“ Last week after flying for nine hours, our little family landed in Florida to stay at an amazing place called Give Kids The World Village! We had the most incredible seven days doing all the things our little boy wished for… He rode the fastest “big boy roller-coasters”, met all his favourite Disney characters, ate a banana split before bed, played endless arcade games, swam, danced, had a night time picnic and slept under the stars!All of this was possible because of the kindness of everyone at Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity and the wonderful staff and volunteers at Give Kids The World.
“Words can’t express how immensely grateful we are to everyone that worked so hard to make our Gabriel’s wish come true! Yes, we wish the circumstances were different and yes, even on times of fun somehow Duchenne is on our minds, but for seven whole days, there were no doctor appointments, no needles, no special exercises…our boy just had FUN! He got to enjoy the things he loves the most, with the people that love him more than anything in this world!”
“Wow where do I start?! What a fantastic time we’ve had!! The Give Kids The World Village really was amazing – better than we ever imagined. Our bungalow was really lovely, clean, modern with everything we needed and more, the facilities and staff/volunteers there couldn’t do enough for you. We especially loved the ice cream parlour and pool which was handily right by our accommodation! The attraction tickets we were given kept us busy every day and we even got time to chill out and enjoy the lovely weather round the pool.
“We loved Universal studios and managed a 15-hour day there thoroughly making the most of our golden queue jumping ticket! Tommy’s favourite thing to do back at the village (other than eating and swimming!) was most definitely the fishing, he was a natural and managed to catch a whopper on our last day so left very happy! I think he and Paul have found themselves a new hobby! Once again, thank you so so much for making this holiday happen, it truly was magical and so great to spend that time together as a family such wonderful memories.”
If you know a child who deserves a magical experience with Rays of Sunshine then apply here and help to make a wish come true.