Disneyland Paris Brings Magic to 500 Children Facing Serious Illnesses

From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Shelby Grasser

The magic of Disneyland Paris isn’t just rooted in its rides and attractions — it’s also in its commitment to community. On May 18, 500 young patients and their families were invited for an unforgettable day at Disneyland Paris, accompanied by special guests including French First Lady Brigitte Macron, who is President of the Fondation des Hôpitaux and Didier Deschamps, current French national soccer team manager and sponsor of Pièces Jaunes.


French First Lady Brigitte Macron and young patients

The young guests were able to enjoy the day at Disneyland Paris and see first-hand the 30th anniversary festivities. It was a welcome day of magic and escape and an exciting collaboration between Disneyland Paris and Pièces Jaunes.

For over 29 years, Disneyland Paris has partnered with Pièces Jaunes, which is part of the French “Fondation des Hôpitaux,” and whose mission is to improve the conditions of all hospitalized children and teenagers. Every year, Disneyland Paris and Pièces Jaunes team up to collect and donate coins thrown into park fountains.

French First Lady Brigitte Macron and young patients

These children were able to travel to the park, but when this wasn’t an option, Disney VoluntEARS brought the magic to them. Disney VoluntEARS visit hospitals all over France and neighboring countries to bring meet and greets with Disney characters to children dealing with serious illness and their families — anything to bring a smile to their faces! Disneyland Paris VoluntEARS are proud to have visited over 40,000 hospitalized children since 1991, volunteering an average of 8,000 hours every year.

Disney VoluntEAR Emily shared that “it is always a pleasure to share these unique moments with families and to help them discover the park. Proud to have been able to participate in this day, children and parents were amazed by the shows and attractions.” Learn more about Disney VoluntEARS here and check back often for more stories on the Disney Parks Blog!


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