ANAHEIM, Calif. — For the first time ever, Disneyland Resort has dedicated its Main Street storefronts to an organization rather than a person.
For over 40 years, Disneyland and the Make-A-Wish Foundation have worked together to grant the wishes of terminally ill children.
Typically, people who have contributed to Disneyland are honored on these windows. Many well-known Disney people have windows on Main Street USA, including the Sherman Brothers who wrote the music for “Mary Poppins” as well as “It’s a Small World.”
You have windows for the famous Imagineers who created some of the most iconic attractions.
“There’s a lot of excitement behind it because it’s a 40+ year relationship. So it’s not something that happens overnight,” said Disneyland Resort Ambassador Mark Everett King, Jr. “It was built on what is really, really special.”
“We’ve had children from all over the world enjoy our parks and celebrate with their families. Unveiling three windows today celebrating Make-A-Wish and celebrating some of the first Make-A-Wish kids is a moment. incredibly exciting, again, we’re so honored to be a part of it,” said Josh D’Amaro, President of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.
One window is for Make-A-Wish, a second for Chris Greicius, whose wish inspired the creation of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The third window will pay homage to Frank “Bopsy” Salazar, whose wish to visit Disneyland was the first official wish granted by Make-A-Wish over 40 years ago.
“My son was a ball of fire. He would have so much energy. He was always talking to everyone, playing with everyone,” Octaviana Trujillo said of her son Frank. “The energy is there – they just jump up and down and are very proud to have special windows here at Disneyland.”
It couldn’t be better chosen, because this Saturday is actually World Wishing Day. At Walt Disney World in Florida, they will grant Disney’s 150,000th wish.
The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of this resort.