Disney and Make-A-Wish have once again partnered to make dreams come true – this time, for six-year-old María, who wished to be a princess.
A native Spanish speaker from Phoenix, Ariz., María got a virtual visit from Princess Belle – all in Spanish! This is the first-of-its-kind Disney wish in the U.S. You can see the heartwarming interaction in the video below:
María, who is being treated for leukemia, grew up watching classic Disney movies in her native language, so when it came time for her wish, Disney and Make-A-Wish wanted to make this magical meeting special. During their virtual encounter, Belle read a personalized story to María and taught her how to become a Disney Princess entirely in Spanish.
“Just as Disney stories are shared in dozens of languages around the world, Make-A-Wish grants wishes for children of all backgrounds,” said Richard K. Davis, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “This wish is the perfect example of how we strive to creatively grant wishes that also resonate culturally and authentically with wish kids and their families.”
Since 1980, Disney and Make-A-Wish have been granting wishes for children with critical illnesses around the world. Pre-pandemic, one out of every two wishes granted in the U.S. was a Disney wish, and together, the two have granted more than 140,000 wishes, including the recently-granted 500,000th wish.
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