After much speculation, Disney has announced the Godmother of the new Disney Wish. Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Mandy Moore and Julie Andrews were some of the names I saw as possible Godmothers. In a surprise move, Disney has named all Make-A-Wish children the godchildren of the Disney Wish.
This is the first time in Disney Cruise Line history that children are being recognized in this important role that symbolically bestows good fortune on the vessel and its travellers. The Make-A-Wish godchildren will play a very special part in the christening of the Disney Wish on June 29, 2022.
During the Disney Wish christening ceremony, Make-A-Wish children will recite the blessing for the newest ship, evoking the spirit of optimism The Walt Disney Company is known for. The event will be an unforgettable celebration of enchantment that will showcase the innovative new ship and celebrate Make-A-Wish as a key part of making wishes come true aboard all Disney Cruise Line ships.
Make-A-Wish children and their families are brave, determined, resilient, and some of the most inspirational people you could ever meet,” said Bob Chapek, chief executive officer, The Walt Disney Company. “Wishing is a transformative experience that brings hope and joy, and it is our privilege to proudly recognize children who strive to overcome challenges as our Disney Wish godchildren. Working with Make-A-Wish to support children with critical illnesses and making magic when it is needed most will always be a priority for The Walt Disney Company.
Since 1980, Disney and Make-A-Wish have helped grant life-changing wishes for more than 145,000 children with critical illnesses around the world. Historically, one out of every two wishes granted in the U.S. through Make-A-Wish has been a Disney wish, with many of these wishes involving visits to global Disney destinations and sailings with Disney Cruise Line.
Richard K. Davis, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America shared the following regarding the partnership between Disney and Make-A-Wish.
The selection of Make-A-Wish children as the godchildren of the Disney Wish is another example of how Disney and Make-A-Wish continue to find innovative ways to bring joy to the lives of wish kids and their families. We are honored to partner with The Walt Disney Company and we look forward to granting countless more wishes together.
Disney Cruise Line also continues to support the transformative work that wish-granting organizations do every day through other initiatives including a new merchandise collection and the donation of a stateroom aboard a sailing of the Disney Wish.
The godchildren will join the fleet’s magical group of godmothers including Patty Disney, Tinker Bell, Jennifer Hudson and Mariah Carey.
Disney Wish Limited Edition Merchandise Collection
In celebration of the Disney Wish and the incredible power of wishes, we partnered with Make-A-Wish to create an exclusive line of merchandise that includes a Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse plush, ear headband, spirit jersey, tumbler and trading pin.
Disney will donate 10% of the purchase price from the sale of every item in the Disney Wish Limited Edition Collection now through July 18, 2023, to Make-A-Wish to grant even more life-changing wishes. The full Disney Wish Limited Edition Collection is available aboard the Disney Wish, and select items are available on shopDisney.com, beginning July 18, 2022.
Disney Cruise Line also donated a stateroom aboard a sailing of the Disney Wish, an initiative that raised more than $260,000. Proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish and Give Kids The World Village, a nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides children with critical illnesses and their families from around the world with magical week-long wish vacations at no cost.
Keep checking back to find out about the new Disney Wish, it is less than three weeks until it sails to Nassau and Castaway Cay. Don’t forget there is still time to enter to win a cruise on the Disney Dream.
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