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Crown Cruise Vacations | February 2, 2023

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Make-A-Wish Children Honored as ‘Godchildren’ of New Disney Wish Cruise Ship

Make-A-Wish Children Honored as ‘Godchildren’ of New Disney Wish Cruise Ship
Jackie Sheckler Finch

The new Disney Wish cruise ship has a very special “godmother.” Instead of the traditional one person chosen to be godmother for a new vessel, the Wish has recognized Make-A-Wish children around the world as “godchildren” for the Wish.

This is the first time in Disney Cruise Line history that children are being recognized in this prestigious role which symbolically bestows good fortune on the vessel and its travelers.

“Make-A-Wish children and their families are brave, determined, resilient and some of the most inspirational people you could ever meet,” Bob Chapek, chief executive officer for The Walt Disney Company, said in a news release.

“Wishing is a transformative experience that brings hope and joy, and it is our privilege to proudly recognize children who strive to overcome challenges as our Disney Wish godchildren. Working with Make-A-Wish to support children with critical illnesses and making magic when it is needed most will always be a priority for The Walt Disney Company.”

The godchildren of this unique ship of wishes will join the magical group of godmothers for the Disney Cruise Line fleet including Patty Disney, Tinkerbell, Jennifer Hudson and Mariah Carey.

Since 1980, Disney and Make-A-Wish have helped grant life-changing wishes for more than 145,000 children with critical illnesses around the world. Historically, one out of every two wishes granted in the U.S. through Make-A-Wish has been a Disney wish, with many of those wishes involving visits to global Disney destinations and sailings with Disney Cruise Line.

“The selection of Make-A-Wish children as the godchildren of the Disney Wish is another example of how Disney and Make-A-Wish continue to find innovative ways to bring joy to the lives of wish kids and their families,” Richard K. Davis president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America, said in a news release.

“We are honored to partner with The Walt Disney Company and we look forward to granting countless more wishes together.”

In celebration of the Disney Wish and the incredible power of wishes, Disney Cruise Line has worked with Make-A-Wish to create an exclusive line of merchandise that includes a Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse plush, ear headband, trading pin, spirit jersey and tumbler.

Disney will donate 10 percent of the purchase price from the sale of every item in the Disney Wish Limited Edition Collection now through July 18, 2023, to Make-A-Wish to grant even more life-changing wishes.

The full Disney Wish Limited Edition Collection is available aboard the Disney Wish, and select items are available at beginning July 18, 2022.

Disney Cruise Line also donated a stateroom aboard a sailing of the Disney Wish, an initiative that raised more than $26,000. Proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish and Give Kids The World Village, a non-profit resort in Central Florida that provides children with critical illnesses and their families from around the world with magical week-long wish vacations at no cost.

Photos courtesy of Disney Cruise Line

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