From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Andrea Finger
Here at Walt Disney World Resort, toys are on our mind.
That may be because we are preparing for the opening of Toy Story Land next summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Or perhaps it’s because our Cast Members went to infinity and beyond to help some 26,000 children in our community this holiday season through the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program.
Today, we packed up a few distinctly Disney vehicles from our Minnie Van service and delivered THOUSANDS of toys to help pack the shelves of the Toys for Tots distribution warehouse. We brought donated games, dolls, plush animals and other surprises. During the past month, Cast Members have donated more than 25,000 toys—that’s more than three tons!—to this program.
And in the coming weeks, Disney VoluntEARS will help the Marines sort and distribute the toys to deserving families, a continuation of nearly seven decades of support to the program that dates back to Walt Disney himself.
There’s no denying the holiday season holds extra magic when viewed through the eyes of a child… or a toy. I love knowing these gifts will be part of holiday memories for the girls and boys in our community for years to come., and hope that every child finds a gift with their name on it this holiday season.