Each day, guests toss hundreds of coins into fountains and wishing wells across Walt Disney World Resort. Have you ever wondered what happens to all of those pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters?
You might be surprised to know that these coins are collected by Walt Disney World and donated to nonprofit organizations. This year, those wishing coins added up to a $20,000 donation.
For the past 20 years, guests have made wishes on more than $325,000 worth of coins. Whether they’re thrown into the wishing well at Cinderella Castle the moat of “it’s a small world,” or less traditional spots like the temple queue of Expedition Everest, the coins are regularly collected, cleaned, and deposited as part of routine care and maintenance in the parks.
One time each year, these coins are donated. For 2018, the chosen recipient was Community Based Care of Central Florida (CBC), which received the $20,000 donation. This organization is the largest supporter of child welfare programs in Central Florida, and supports more than 3,000 children each day with services like foster care, adoption, mentoring, and help with youth transitions.
“We are so humbled by the important work that the Community Based Care of Central Florida provides to families of all shapes and sizes here in Central Florida,” said Tajiana Ancora-Brown, director of external affairs at Walt Disney World Resort. “These coins represent wishes made by our guests in a magical place, but the funding the coins provide will make a very real impact on our community.”
As part of the collection process, cast members were asked to choose which CBC they wanted to support with the donation. Thousands cast their votes, and selected a youth transitional program to receive the $20,000. Through this program, the CBC is able to offer resources for foster care teens as they transition into adulthood.