The Power of a Disney Wish: Jenna’s Story

From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Krissy Nocerino

The Disney Wish, the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, is brimming with a grand sense of wonder, optimism and, of course, wishes!

All of us at Disney couldn’t be prouder to celebrate all Make-A-Wish children, including past, present and future wish recipients, as the godchildren of this very special ship.


During the Disney Wish christening ceremony on June 29, three Make-A-Wish ambassadors—Jenna, Colby and Megan—played a historic role, reciting a time-honored blessing of the ship, which symbolically bestows good fortune on the vessel and all who sail aboard it.

But before we christened the ship, we traveled to the hometowns of our Make-A-Wish ambassadors to learn more about their journeys and how bravery, determination and resiliency guided them as they overcame critical illnesses.

Our Make-A-Wish ambassador Jenna is a 13-year-old cancer survivor who lives with her mom, grandmother and younger sister in Sacramento, California. Following her diagnosis of neuroblastoma, Jenna’s wish to go to Aulani: A Disney Resort and Spa in Ko Olina Hawai’I was granted in 2015.

Today, we’re pleased to share an inside look at Jenna’s inspirational story.

Since 1980, Disney and Make-A-Wish have helped grant life-changing wishes for more than 145,000 children with critical illnesses around the world. Historically, one out of every two wishes granted in the U.S. through Make-A-Wish has been a Disney wish, with many of these wishes involving visits to global Disney destinations and sailings with Disney Cruise Line.

Be sure to stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog over the next few weeks as we share Colby and Megan’s stories as well!


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