Magical Moments Unveiled for Critically Ill Kids: Hong Kong Disneyland and Make-A-Wish Join Forces at World of Frozen

12/23/23


For the first time in its enchanting history, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) has partnered with Make-A-Wish® to weave dreams into reality at the all-new themed land, World of Frozen. Eleven children, each battling critical illnesses, and their families from around the globe embarked on a transformative journey to Hong Kong to witness the magic of World of Frozen and have their heartfelt wishes granted. This remarkable event, known as the Summer Snow Day Wishes Celebration, welcomed approximately 130 guests from Make-A-Wish affiliates in the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan.

Jill Estorino, President and Managing Director of Disney Parks International, expressed the significance of making dreams come true, citing Disney as the largest wish-granter globally for Make-A-Wish. Since its opening in 2005, Hong Kong Disneyland has been an integral part of this journey, spreading Disney magic to the local community and beyond.

The genesis of this extraordinary event was inspired by one child's profound wish – Dominic from Singapore. Despite being diagnosed with hemophilia shortly after birth, Dominic's insatiable curiosity for mathematics, science, engineering, and space remained unwavering. Motivated by the documentary "The Imagineering Story" on Disney+, Dominic was captivated by the Imagineers' creativity and innovative use of technology in building Disney parks and attractions.

Dominic's wish was to meet the Imagineers involved in creating the World of Frozen, leading to a specially designed exploratory tour by Jo Phoa and Angus Chan of Walt Disney Imagineering Hong Kong. The tour showcased the state-of-the-art Audio-Animatronics technology in Frozen Ever After and the electric motion simulator system of Iron Man Experience, providing Dominic with a unique insight into the design process. Dominic's experience solidified his passion for science, inspiring him to aspire to become an Imagineer.

Another wish child, Rhianne from the Philippines, eagerly anticipated her first visit to Hong Kong Disneyland and her first trip abroad. Due to the pandemic, her journey was delayed, but Make-A-Wish Philippines continued to engage with her through Disney-themed care packages, a surprise birthday party, and a special invitation to the first Wish Ball. Rhianne bravely underwent medical treatment, patiently awaiting the day her wish would come true.

Dr. Kevin Lau, Board Director of Make-A-Wish International, expressed gratitude to Hong Kong Disneyland for hosting this special event, marking the first time wishes from the Southeast Asia region were granted at the park.

To commemorate the opening of World of Frozen and the 25th anniversary of Make-A-Wish Hong Kong, HKDL will donate HK$10 for every transaction made at Tick Tock Toys & Collectibles in the kingdom of Arendelle until Jan 10, 2024. Coupled with proceeds from the recent "Wish Upon A Chocolate Cake" charity sales, HKDL plans to contribute HK$600,000 to support the development of Make-A-Wish Hong Kong.

Over the past 40 years, Disney and Make-A-Wish have fulfilled over 150,000 Disney-inspired wishes worldwide. The bravery and optimism displayed by wish children are a powerful inspiration for all cast members at HKDL, fostering a commitment to continue working with Make-A-Wish Hong Kong and other Make-A-Wish International affiliates. Together, they will create magical memories that last a lifetime for wish children and their families.