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Disney Park Hosts First Make-A-Wish Experience Since Reopening

Make-A-Wish and other wish-granting organizations have had a lengthy history of granting Wishes for children with critical illnesses for decades. At the Disneyland Resort, the first Wish through Make-A-Wish was granted in 1980, and thousands of Wishes have followed since then until the program was paused during the closure of the parks and resorts. Now, Make-A-Wish visits have returned to the Disneyland Resort, following a two-year hiatus.

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The Disney Parks Blog shared that over 145,000 Wishes have been fulfilled with Disney, and the latest Wishes at the Disneyland Resort took place at the first Disney Junior Fun Fest. At the event, Cast Members at Disney California Adventure welcomed Wish recipients Noah, Levi, and Kemuel, along with their families to have a truly special experience at this Disney Park.

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The three Wish recipients all shared the Wish of taking a family vacation to the Disneyland Resort. Each Wish recipient started their weekend at Disneyland by being the Guests of honor in the new Disney Junior Fun Fest parade. As the first Make-A-Wish trip back at the park, the trio rode through Disney California Adventure in a fully customized Make-A-Wish omnibus, with lot of favorite characters from Disney Junior programs in attendance, including the Sensational Six, Chip ā€˜nā€™ Dale, Doc McStuffins, Vampirina and Fancy Nancy.

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Along with their families, Noah, Levi, and Kemuel were then hosted as Guests of honor at the Disney Junior Fun Fest event. And this was only the start of their visit. The three families had a full weekend ahead of them with plans to visit favorite Disney attractions and find delicious restaurants and snacks to enjoy during their stay.

While some Wishes may not be able to be granted immediately, the Disneyland Resort is thrilled to once again be working with Make-A-Wish and other Wish granting organizations to plan upcoming Wish getaways and experiences at the parks and resorts.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."