Disneyland is celebrating World Wish Day on April 29 by installing three new windows on Main Street, U.S.A., dedicated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This is the company’s first window installation dedicated to a nonprofit company.
Directions to New Make-A-Wish Foundation Windows
To take a look at the trio of new windows, go all the way to the end of Main Street, U.S.A. and take a right at Plaza Point. Then, take another right towards the first aid station. You’ll find them tucked into the very back here.
The new windows are all in a line along the top. These three windows were created in honor of World Wish Day. The Walt Disney Company has been partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation since 1980.
The windows are blue, red and gold in color, framed in dark green.
The leftmost window reads: “Special Agent: Department of Hopes & Dreams Enforcement.” Beneath this the name Chris Greicius is printed, in reference to the very first story inspiring the creation of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Here’s Chris’ story from Make-A-Wish:
Make-A-Wish traces its inspiration to Christopher James Greicius, an energetic 7-year-old boy battling leukemia who wishes to be a police officer. In 1980, his Phoenix community came together to make his wish come true. Little did Chris know that his wish would create a movement that would transform millions of lives.
Today, Make-A-Wish has granted hundreds of thousands of life-changing wishes to children battling critical illnesses. Wishes that give families hope through dark times, strength to persevere and experiences that forever change their lives.
Thank you to his mother, Linda Pauling, the Greicius family and the founders for their tireless dedication to our mission.
Chris Greicius’ mother founded the Make-A-Wish foundation to help other children like her son around the world.
The center window has the Make-A-Wish Foundation logotype on the top half, and “Where There’s a Wish There’s a Way” on the bottom.
The rightmost window reads “Disney Magical Wish Maker’s Society” on the top. Frank “Bopsy” Salazar is on the bottom. He is the first official “wish kid” to receive a granted wish from the foundation.
Here’s his story from the Make-A-Wish Foundation site:
Frank “Bopsy” Salazar is the first official Make-A-Wish kid. He’s 7 and has leukemia—just like Chris. So, the Phoenix Fire Department gives Bopsy an experience like Chris’; he becomes a member of the Engine 9 crew. Since the first wish is also the first Disney wish, the Anaheim Fire Department picks up the baton, taking Bopsy and his family around Southern California.
Disney partnered with Make-A-Wish from the very beginning in 1980, and has sponsored over 145,000 wishes globally for children since their partnership began.
Make sure you take a look at our recent coverage on the behind-the-scenes video Disney released documenting the process for how these windows are made.
Have you stopped by to check out the new windows? What do you think of them? We’d love to see your opinions in the comments below.