Disney VoluntEARS Come Together for City of Hope’s Walk for Hope

Disney VoluntEARS Come Together for City of Hope’s Walk for Hope

This weekend, more than 100 Disney VoluntEARS laced up their shoes to support City of Hope at this year’s Walk for Hope 2K/5K, raising funds and spirits in the fight against women’s cancers. Disney has a strong legacy of supporting hospitals like City of Hope, providing financial support, hospital visits from our characters, VoluntEARS support, and more. This year, our support took on a whole new dimension, as Disney Parks, Experiences, and Consumer Products Chairman Bob Chapek had the honor of serving as Chair of the Walk for Hope.

“We all know someone who has been impacted by cancer—and some of us are fortunate enough to have had City of Hope in our family’s corner during that fight,” said Bob. “City of Hope saves lives, brings people together, and gives hope to thousands, and I was thrilled by the opportunity to support them in this meaningful way.”

Disney VoluntEARS at City of Hope’s Walk for Hope

Supporting the communities we call home is a top priority—and we are committed to building on Walt Disney’s legacy. Disney VoluntEARS have provided more than 10 million hours of volunteer service worldwide since the program began 35 years ago at Disneyland Resort, and continue to find new ways to impact families and communities.

“My family has been impacted by cancer, and research hospitals like City of Hope give women the edge they need to keep fighting,” said Shelby Grasser, Team Disney VoluntEARS Captain. “I’m proud to join Disney and our amazing VoluntEARS team to support and raise funds for this critical research.”

Disney VoluntEARS at City of Hope’s Walk for Hope

“Supporting City of Hope with more than 100 Disney VoluntEARS from across the company was an incredible experience,” said Bob. “I am constantly amazed—but never surprised—by the giving spirit of our Cast Members, and today was no exception.”

Check out the below video recap of the day to see our VoluntEARS in action!

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Disneyland Resort Announces Collaboration with CHOC Children’s to Reinvent Patient Experience

In March, Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced an innovative plan to dedicate more than $100 million in company resources, including cash, products and services, to reinvent the patient and family experience in children’s hospitals across the globe, as part of the Disney Team of Heroes initiative. Disney is already working with patient care experts to help create more personalized and comforting experiences for patients and families. The first hospital to work with Disney in this comprehensive new approach was Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Last week, Disneyland Resort President Josh D’Amaro announced that CHOC Children’s in Orange County, California has been selected to participate in this program.

“We are proud to provide our resources and creativity to CHOC Children’s to support the amazing work they do,” D’Amaro said. “We hope to deliver some joy to CHOC’s young patients by infusing their hospital stays with some Disney magic.”

Disney will work with patient care experts at CHOC to create a combination of customized experiences with favorite Disney characters and legendary creativity. The atmosphere will help provide moments of joy and inspiration to young patients and their families, helping to ease the stress of a hospital stay. The patient and family experience will be brought to life in ways only Disney can do, using interactive technology, storytelling and fun.

“We are thrilled to partner with Disney to leverage the power of imagination, creativity and make believe in creating memorable experiences for our patients. We believe nothing – especially illness or injury – should put childhood on pause,” says Kimberly Chavalas Cripe, president and CEO, CHOC Children’s.

The program also will include customer-experience training for doctors, nurses and staff. The Disney Institute will create a customized program for healthcare professionals designed to enhance the patient and family experience.

Disney has a rich history of providing comfort and inspiration to families with children facing serious illness dating back to Walt Disney, who was on the community committee that helped open CHOC. From Walt Disney’s early fundraising efforts for the hospital and the annual CHOC Walk in the Park to the $5 million gift from the Disneyland Resort toward the construction of CHOC’s newest tower, including the interactive “Turtle Talk” show in the lobby, this new initiative will expand on Disney’s legacy of providing moments of joy for CHOC patients.

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Join #DreamBigPrincess in Global Disney Bound at Disney Parks for International Day of the Girl

Disney’s “Dream Big, Princess” campaign uses the stories of fictional heroines like Moana and Tiana, and real-life role models to encourage kids around the globe to follow their dreams. The new #DreamBigPrincess video series puts the next generation of female storytellers behind the camera to tell the stories of inspirational role models.

On October 11, declared the International Day of the Girl by United Nations, we’re inviting guests at Disney parks around the world to Disney bound in outfits inspired by their favorite female Disney characters, following the special events costume guidelines at each Disney resort location.*

Whether your favorite character is clever, kind, compassionate, creative, adventurous, ambitious, fearless, confident, brave – or all of the above! – we want to see you celebrate their iconic style and spirit. Disney bounding can include color schemes, patterns, accessories and more that speak to your favorite character. Need some inspiration? Check out some of the looks available on Disney Style or Forever Disney.

#DreamBigPrincess

There are so many empowering female characters to choose from. If you can’t choose just one (we definitely can’t), team up with friends and family to celebrate an entire group of them! You might just find yourself featured right here on the Disney Parks Blog in your Disney bound best.

And stay tuned for the premiere of the #DreamBigPrincess video series this month, celebrating the inspiring stories and words of advice from female trailblazers across industries and around the world, captured by 21 talented young women from 13 countries.

From October 10 – November 20, 2018, for each like or share of a public video or photo with #DreamBigPrincess on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, Disney Worldwide Services will donate US $1 to Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s program supporting girls’ leadership and empowerment (minimum donation: $500,000/maximum donation: $1 million). For more information about Girl Up, go to girlup.org.

*While we encourage creativity, we also value safety and good judgment. Please take a moment to read through the latest park rules and attire guidelines for your Disney resort destination when planning your Disney bound look.

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Disney Dreamers Academy Goes on the Road to Encourage Pursuing Dreams As Deadline To Apply For the Mentoring 2019 Program Approaches

Disney Dreamers Academy (DDA) organizers recently held the first ever “100 Minutes To Empower Your Dreams” seminar at the Schomburg Center in Harlem, NY. It was a high energy night kicked off with a warm welcome from Mickey Mouse and hosted by Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion Tracey Powell. She, along with motivational speakers Jonathan Sprinkles and Brandi Harvey, who are members of the Academy’s Speakers Resource Group, along with Essence Magazine fashion and beauty director Julee Wilson delivered inspirational stories to an audience of students and parents about the importance of pursuing dreams and shared tips on how to make those dreams a reality. Kayla Jackson (class of 2013) and Avery Davis (class of 2011) also took to the stage and shared how participating in DDA changed their lives and taught them how to put their goals into action! The crowd also learned details about the Disney Dreamers Academy program which is a 4-day all-expenses-paid immersive and transformative experience for high school students held annually in March at Walt Disney World Resort.

Disney Dreamers Academy held its '100 Minutes to Empower Your Dreams' seminar Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Schomburg Center in Harlem, New York

October 31st is the deadline to submit an application for the chance to be one of 100 high school students selected for a mentoring experience of a lifetime! Anyone interested in participating should visit DisneyDreamersAcademy.com to submit an application.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Miami/Brickell Festival of the Arts

    October 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  2. Comedian Gerry Dee World Comedy Tour in Naples, Florida

    November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
  3. Ocala Balloon Glow

    November 23 @ 5:00 pm - November 25 @ 10:00 pm UTC+0
  4. 9th Annual Shopapalooza Festival, Part 2

    November 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0
  5. Lake Helen Christmas Parade & Santa’s Village

    November 24 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
  6. Christmas in the Country – Lights Display, Hay Ride & Festival

    November 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
  7. Soul Beach: The Outdoor R&b / Jazz Concert & Comedy Show on the Water

    November 24 @ 7:30 pm - November 25 @ 1:00 am UTC+0
  8. 15th Annual X-Country Marathon, 30K, Half-Marathon & 5K

    November 25 @ 7:30 am - 2:30 pm UTC+0
  9. FREE TICKETS! Tampa Improv 11/27 Stand Up Comedy Show

    November 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC+0
  10. FL Orchestra Happy Hour Concert – Nov 28

    November 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm UTC+0

Upcoming Events

  1. Miami/Brickell Festival of the Arts

    October 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  2. Comedian Gerry Dee World Comedy Tour in Naples, Florida

    November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
  3. Ocala Balloon Glow

    November 23 @ 5:00 pm - November 25 @ 10:00 pm UTC+0
  4. 9th Annual Shopapalooza Festival, Part 2

    November 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0
  5. Lake Helen Christmas Parade & Santa’s Village

    November 24 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
  6. Christmas in the Country – Lights Display, Hay Ride & Festival

    November 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
  7. Soul Beach: The Outdoor R&b / Jazz Concert & Comedy Show on the Water

    November 24 @ 7:30 pm - November 25 @ 1:00 am UTC+0
  8. 15th Annual X-Country Marathon, 30K, Half-Marathon & 5K

    November 25 @ 7:30 am - 2:30 pm UTC+0
  9. FREE TICKETS! Tampa Improv 11/27 Stand Up Comedy Show

    November 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC+0
  10. FL Orchestra Happy Hour Concert – Nov 28

    November 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm UTC+0

Join our Fun Network

  1. Miami/Brickell Festival of the Arts

    October 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - January 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
  2. Comedian Gerry Dee World Comedy Tour in Naples, Florida

    November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
  3. Ocala Balloon Glow

    November 23 @ 5:00 pm - November 25 @ 10:00 pm UTC+0
  4. 9th Annual Shopapalooza Festival, Part 2

    November 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0
  5. Lake Helen Christmas Parade & Santa’s Village

    November 24 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
  6. Christmas in the Country – Lights Display, Hay Ride & Festival

    November 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
  7. Soul Beach: The Outdoor R&b / Jazz Concert & Comedy Show on the Water

    November 24 @ 7:30 pm - November 25 @ 1:00 am UTC+0
  8. 15th Annual X-Country Marathon, 30K, Half-Marathon & 5K

    November 25 @ 7:30 am - 2:30 pm UTC+0
  9. FREE TICKETS! Tampa Improv 11/27 Stand Up Comedy Show

    November 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC+0
  10. FL Orchestra Happy Hour Concert – Nov 28

    November 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm UTC+0