As we get ready to step into Walt Disney World’s Star Wars Galaxy Edge, we are excited and ready to explore this Land of Batuu in our own backyard. We are truly blessed to be able to go to this amazingly innovative and imaginary planet anytime that we like, and you can come along as well, ‘through the lens of this live streamer.’ However, for many children and their families, this adventure is a once in a lifetime vacation opportunity.
More than 140 Wish families staying at the nearby Give Kids the World Village—a nonprofit resort that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with life-threatening medical conditions and their families—will have the opportunity to explore Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during special community previews of the new land happening throughout the week.
Disney has supported the nonprofit resort since it opened its doors back in 1986, and we are honored to be a place where so many of these children’s wishes come true. In fact, more than 8,000 Disney-themed wishes are granted each year at Walt Disney World Resort, continuing our legacy as the top-requested Wish destination among children and their families.
“One moment of magic can make a world of a difference for Wish children and their families,” said Tajiana Ancora-Brown, director of external affairs for Walt Disney World Resort. “We are honored to help these families create treasured, lifelong memories, especially in a land like Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, where they can become the heroes of their own Star Wars stories.”
The exciting news was shared with families during a celebration at Give Kids the World Village, where they were given the perfect accessories to prepare for their journey to Batuu. With an entire galaxy full of adventure at their fingertips, these special previews will create lasting memories for Wish families visiting Walt Disney World Resort. This is why we love being a part of Give Kids The World Village and all the magic that Disney as well as other theme parks, volunteers, staff and partners brings to these families. It is truly amazing!