Walt Disney World is often known as a place where miracles happen as children suddenly meet their favorite characters for the very first time and families build priceless memories together. However, for some of those families, the memories are even more dear because they've got a child struggling with a life-threatening illness. Thankfully, they get to enjoy carefree trips courtesy of a place that brings its own special kind of magic to the Orlando area: Give Kids the World Village.
Click the video accompanying this article for an overview tour of Give Kids the World Village. The resort, which is located in Kissimmee, not too far from Walt Disney World and the other attractions, is a special place that acts as home base for sick children and their families. They stay in cozy villas and head off to the theme parks for days of fun that offset some of the pain they go through on a regular basis from treatments and hospital stays. The resort itself is a destination, too, with rides, characters, movies, swimming, horse and carriage rides, and even Halloween and Christmas celebrations every week of the year. All of the activities are fully handicap accessible.
The village is funded by donations from corporate sponsors and individuals, and its financial records show that the vast majority of the money collected goes right to providing vacations for the youngsters. Visit www.gktw.org for more information or to make a donation.