Walt Disney World brings fairy tale magic to hospitalized kids

Feb 23, 2024 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Friday February 23, 2024 4:15pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Walt Disney World Resort recently teamed up with Starlight Children's Foundation to throw a Disney Princess-themed celebration at AdventHealth for Children in Orlando.

The event was highlighted by a special visit from Belle and the introduction of Starlight hospital gowns featuring designs inspired by fan-favorite Disney princesses such as Tiana, Ariel, Mulan, and others.

"After the stressful week we had, this was the biggest blessing," said one patient's mom, Iris. "The moment she put on the gown, she said 'Mom, I'm a princess.' It's amazing to now see her happy, relaxed and motivated."

"Our characters demonstrate strength and courage, and that's exactly what we hope to inspire in these young patients," said Tajiana Ancora-Brown, Director of External Affairs at Walt Disney World. "Alleviating stress and bringing new, happy memories for families during a hospital stay – even if just for a moment – is some of the most important work we do."

"Our clinicians work tirelessly to provide expert care and make hospital stays less scary for our young patients, because we're not just in the business of treating a child's physical ailments, but treating the whole child – body, mind and spirit," said Dr. Rajan Wadhawan, Senior Executive Officer of AdventHealth for Children. "I can't think of a better way to fill their hearts and lift their spirits than a visit from Belle herself and the opportunity to channel their inner princess with a princess party."

This latest donation is the most recent collaboration between Disney and Starlight Children's Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that aims to provide programs to hospitals and medical facilities across the country to help kids cope with the stress and loneliness of being hospitalized. For more than 20 years, the two organizations have worked together to help create positive memories during hospital stays through entertainment and personal moments that deliver joy and comfort.

"We are so grateful to collaborate with Disney for so many years to deliver happiness to hospitalized kids and their families," said Adam Garone, CEO of Starlight Children's Foundation. "Our collaboration allows us to transform the hospital experience for kids across the country through our vital programs – like today's princess-themed delivery."

Events like the Disney Princess party are part of Disney's $100 million global commitment to help reimagine the patient experience in children's hospitals and pediatric places of care around the world.

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SirwalterraleighFeb 24, 2024

…this is a great thing 👍🏻