In 2018, Disney announced a five-year, global commitment of $100 million to help reimagine the patient journey in children’s hospitals. Using the powerful combination of our beloved characters, storytelling and legendary creativity, teams across the Company, including Disney Imagineers, are working with patient care experts to create customized distinctly “Disney” experiences designed to inspire young patients and their families and ease the stress of a hospital stay.
Walt Disney would visit with children in hospitals, sometimes accompanied by Disney characters and animators to bring children moments of joy.
Since Disney granted its first wish in 1980 at Disneyland, the Company has fulfilled more than 130,000 wishes to seriously ill children around the world. More than 10,000 wishes are granted annually that range from theme parks and resorts experiences, to movie premieres, talent or character meet and greets and more.