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Disney’s history of wish granting began when Walt Disney opened Disneyland Park and hosted children from around the world. In 1981, Disney partnered with the newly launched Make-A-Wish Foundation to help grant the Foundation’s first official wish – a trip to Disneyland Park for 7-year-old Frank “Bopsy” Salazar.
About the Disney Wishes Program
Through our Disney Wishes program, we fulfill first wishes referred by nonprofit wish-granting organizations that make wishes come true for children, ages 3-18, with life-threatening medical conditions. All wish requests must be submitted through a recognized and registered nonprofit wish-granting organization. We do not fulfill wishes for children with chronic illnesses, adult wishes or second wishes for children, regardless of how the child’s first wish was fulfilled.
For your child to participate in this program, please contact an approved wish granting organization directly, as we are unable to accept requests from families or individuals at this time.
Wish Granting Organizations
Organizations who are interested in registering as a wish granting organization must meet the following requirements:
- Must be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, in good standing within the last 12 months and verifiable in Guidestar.
- Must have stated mission to grant wishes to children who have experienced a life-threatening medical condition.
- Must only grant “first wishes.” Organizations that grant “second wishes” will not be eligible.
- The child must be between the ages of 3 and 18 at the time the request is submitted.
- The child’s primary wish must be to visit the Disneyland® Resort. The wish must be unprompted and expressly requested by the child as part of the question “What is your Wish?”
- Medical Authorization Form from the child’s physician must be submitted with the initial request.
In order for your organization to be considered for the Disney Wish Program please complete the following Disney Wish Program Application.
The Disney Wish Lounge
The Disney Wish Lounge provides a quiet escape on Main Street, U.S.A. inside Disneyland Park for guests of the Disney Wish Program to rest, enjoy light refreshments and guest services without having to leave the park or return to their hotel during their stay at the Disneyland Resort.