New Disney License Plate Raises Funds for Make-A-Wish

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Disney and Make-A-Wish teamed up for World Wish Day this past weekend. As part of the celebration, the wish of 16-year-old Mikayla from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, was granted. She received a memorable trip to Walt Disney World, including being Grand Marshals in the Festival of Fantasy Parade down Main Street, U.S.A. and staying overnight in the Cinderella Castle suite.

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World Wish Day

This wish by Mikayla marked the 150,000 wish that Disney and Make-A-Wish have granted together.

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“This is an incredible milestone moment in our more than 40-year relationship with Disney,” said Leslie Motter, Make-A-Wish America President and CEO. “We know that wishes have the transformative power to renew hope, uplift spirits and unite families. When you pair that with Disney stories, characters and experiences, lives are forever changed thanks to the unmatched joy that’s delivered when it’s needed most.”

“We are so thrilled that Mikayla is able to have this opportunity to celebrate the journey that she’s been on,” said Mikayla’s mom.

A New License Plate

Many parade spectators noticed a special license plate on the coach that was carrying Mikayla and her family. It held a new limited-edition blue license plate that featured Cinderella Castle and the Walt Disney World logo on the bottom. The specialty license plate will be available for sale soon (Disney did not release an official date). Proceeds from the sales, just like previous versions, will go directly to Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida. The new license plate replaces the “EARidescent” Cinderella Castle license plate (shown below) designed in coordination with Disney World’s 50th-anniversary celebration.

More than $1.5 million has been raised for local Florida Make-A-Wish chapters through previous specialty Disney license plates.

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About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)