Are you ready for some great news? Give Kids the World Village made a very exciting reopening announcement today. Here are all of the details!
Give Kids the World Village
Give Kids the World Village is an 89 acre non-profit resort in Central Florida. The resort provides week-long, cost-free wish vacations to critically ill children and their families from around the world.
When wish granting organizations, like Make a Wish, receive a request from a critically ill child who wants to visit Disney World, Give Kids the World is the organization that provides these wishes.
Generous donations and support from donors and volunteers make Give Kids the World Village possible.
Our own Kenny the Pirate has done many ride challenges as fundraisers to support Give Kids the World. Our pirate Crew has raised more than $35,000.
As a part of the Every Ride Challenge Team and our “Give Kids the Rides” efforts, we have raised more than $125,000 to grant wishes thus far.
It is always a fun time to watch Kenny participate in these challenges, and it is so much more meaningful to know he is doing them to support a beautiful organization.
Currently, Give Kids the World Village is hosting “Night of a Million Lights. This event transforms the resort’s Storybook Village into a wonderland, complete with more than 3 million lights! Kenny visited this amazing light spectacular, check out his review in the link above.
The Magic Returns
Give Kids the World Village closed last Spring due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, a little bit of good news came our way: a re-opening date!
Dear Village Family,
We are thrilled to announce that nearly 10 months from the day that we said goodbye to our last wish family in March, we will be getting back to our mission of spreading joy and creating the happiness that inspires hope for critically ill children and their families by reopening our beloved Village beginning on January 17, 2021.
With safety as our number one priority, we will be taking a thoughtful, phased approach to reopening – beginning with a limited number of families and gradually growing our numbers over time. The decision to reopen has been made with the full support of our Board and theme park partners, Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld, and after careful consultation with the infectious disease experts at Nemours Children’s Hospital – who also worked closely with us to develop our comprehensive COVID-19 safety plan.
Since March, our safety protocols have been strictly enforced on the property at all times, with temperature taking, mandatory mask wearing, social distancing and enhanced sanitation as the foundation of this plan. Please click here to view a video highlighting our enhanced safety protocols.
We are overjoyed by the opportunity to welcome families back to the Village, including the more than 6,000 children whose wishes were postponed during our closure. Funds are needed more than ever to ensure we can fulfill this unprecedented number of wish vacations.
If you would like to help Give Kids The World, please consider starting a Facebook Fundraiser or by donating now. If you are interested in volunteering at the Village, click here for more information.
We’d love for you to share your thoughts with us on Kenny the Pirate’s Facebook Page.