Congratulations Kansas City Chiefs for their first Super Bowl win in 50 years. MVP Patrick Mahomes is going to Disney World!
This year’s Super Bowl MVP ceremony got some extra magic tonight. Disney Parks announced they are donating $1,000,000.00 to Make-A-Wish Foundation in honor of Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes’ fantastic performance during Super Bowl LIV.
Together, Disney Parks and Make-A-Wish have granted more than 140,000 wishes for children facing serious illnesses, and tonight they teamed up again to change even more lives following the Super Bowl in Miami.
“Disney and Make-A-Wish have been inseparable for 40 years. We’re both in the business of making wishes come true, creating lifelong memories and bringing families together,’’ said Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. “We can’t think of a better way to demonstrate the power of a wish, and the strength of wish kids and their families, than by making them a part of our great Super Bowl tradition.’’
Disney’s involvement in the Super Bowl MVP ceremony builds on Disney’s long-running Super Bowl tradition of celebrating one or more star players from the big game. Since 1987, Super Bowl heroes have regularly looked into national TV cameras immediately following their team’s Super Bowl victory and shouted “I’m going to Disney World!” – a scene that has become part of an iconic Disney television commercial, followed by a celebratory visit to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida or Disneyland Resort in California.
This year, the Super Bowl hero, Patrick Mahomes, will travel to Walt Disney World Resort after the game for a festive parade at Magic Kingdom Park and a day of fun throughout the resort, including a visit to the popular Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Patrick Mahomes will add his name to the long list of Super Bowl heroes who have celebrated their team’s Super Bowl win at Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort.
“Disney has been a beacon of hope and joy for wish kids and their families when they need it most,” said Richard K. Davis, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “Within every wish that Disney helps to grant, there exists the potential for a life-changing experience that helps children to build the physical and emotional strength needed to fight a critical illness.”
The inclusion of Make-A-Wish this year with Disney’s Super Bowl campaign is an extension of Disney’s commitment to deliver comfort and inspiration to children facing serious illnesses. The first official wish granted for a Make-A-Wish child involved a trip to Disneyland Resort nearly 40 years ago. Currently, Disney helps to grant more than 10,000 wishes each year for children around the world.
For the first time, Disney is inviting a Make-A-Wish child, 10 year old Nathanial from Texas, to ride in the celebratory parade. In addition 17 other Make-A-Wish children who wished to attend the Super Bowl, Disney Parks is also extending their magical wishes by visiting Magic Kingdom Park on Monday.
A livestream of this event will air on Disney Parks Blog Tomorrow at 2:40pm.
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