Disney Highlights How it Contributes to the State of Florida in Latest Move

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One of the most significant controversies the Walt Disney Company has been embroiled in was its “fight” with the state of Florida—otherwise known as Disney vs. DeSantis, which began after the “Don’t Say Gay” debacle. When Florida announced the Parental Rights in Education Act, it kicked off a series of events that eventually resulted in Walt Disney World Resort losing its special status in the Sunshine State, along with requiring a new board appointed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. After this happened, Disney Parks chairman Josh D’Amaro shared that he hoped the new board would understand the “value” of Disney.

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Disney is working in collaboration with Starlight Children’s Foundation to help patients in children’s hospitals in Florida / Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

And it appears Disney, in line with its philanthropic efforts, is making its presence known in Florida. Disney shared on their platform, Disney Parks Blog, that “patients and families at two children’s hospitals in Florida received a surprise visit” and received “two new mobile movie theaters along with Disney-themed Starlight Hospital Wear, toys, books and more.”

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Disney worked with the Starlight Children’s Foundation to realize these donations to the hospitals. It’s part of a larger global commitment Disney made back in 2018 that, in total, is worth $100 million. The mobile movie theaters come with complimentary Disney+ access and Disney Movie Moments.

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Disney characters at Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom Park/Courtesy of Disney

In addition, Disney Cruise Line also added their efforts to this commitment. Captain Minnie joined cast and crew members in Fort Lauderdale at the Salah Foundation Children’s Hospital. Disney Cruise Line will be making deliveries to children’s hospitals in several port communities across the country, and Captain Minnie kicked off the first set of deliveries.

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Captain Minnie Mouse joined Disney Cruise Line cast and crew members in Fort Lauderdale / Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Crew members from the ship Disney Dream were part of the volunteer team for the efforts at Florida children’s hospitals. Shameem Adam, Crew Engagement Manager, said, “We were grateful for the opportunity to help bring some joy and smiles to the children and their families.”

About Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka is a writer, artist, avid reader, and travel enthusiast based in Chicago. In her free time, she is probably walking by the lake, catching up on the latest releases on TV, or spending inordinate amounts of time rewatching Moana, Encanto, and her Disney Channel life-long favorites Zack and Cody wreak havoc on the Tipton.

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