After months of closure and wishes put on hold, the magic will soon return to Give Kids the World Village, as it plans to reopen on Jan. 17, 2021.
The Village will take a phased approach to reopening, starting off with a limited number of families and gradually increasing those numbers over time. The decision to reopen has been made with the full support of the Board and the Village’s theme park partners, Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and SeaWorld – as well as through consultation with the infectious disease experts at Nemours Children’s Hospital, who helped Give Kids the World devise their COVID-19 safety plan.
Since March, when the Village initially closed due to COVID-19, the safety protocols have been strictly enforced at all times, with efforts including temperature checks, mandatory mask-wearing, social distancing and enhanced sanitation.
“We are overjoyed by the opportunity to welcome families back to the Village, including the more than 6,000 children whose wishes were postponed during our closure,” said Pamela Landwirth, CEO & president in a statement. “Funds are needed more than ever to ensure we can fulfill this unprecedented number of wish vacations.”
Currently, Give Kids the World Village is in the midst of its “Night of a Million Lights” walk-through holiday display, where proceeds will support their mission to provide wish vacations to critically ill children and their families at no cost.
To learn more, visit GKTW.org.