'Give Kids the World' Opens to the Public for a Fundraiser

October 1, 2020, 12:01 PM · Central Florida's Give Kids The World Village is opening to the public for the first time this holiday season, for a fundraiser to help support the resort for critically ill children and their families.

Give Kids The World Village closed to wish families in March, due to the pandemic. Even with Florida's theme parks reopened, the village has remained closed to help protect the health of wish children from the spread of the Covid-19 virus. But the village will welcome guests again starting November 13, with Night of a Million Lights — a walk-through holiday light spectacular.

Tickets go on sale today, starting at $25 for adults and $15 for kids under age 18. The event runs from 5-10pm daily through Sunday, January 3, 2021, with staggered entry times to help promote safe physical distancing.

In addition to the holiday light display, admission will include complimentary ice cream and hot cocoa and access to the Village’s wheelchair-accessible attractions – including The Enchanted Carousel, Kelly’s Sunny Swing, Lori’s Magical Flight; Marc’s Dino Putt, an interactive model railroad; and the village's Castle of Miracles, where thousands of stars fill the ceiling in honor of wish children who have visited.

Proceeds from Night of a Million Lights will support the village's mission of providing week-long no-cost wish vacation to critically ill children and their families. Tickets are available on the Give Kids The World Village website.

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October 3, 2020 at 10:27 AM

There are no words to accurately explain how special this place is. My family stayed here in 2015 after our youngest child’s second (and hopefully final) open heart surgery.

Every night was a different theme. They had Halloween our first night there. Some local science teachers had set up some fun experiments for the kids (and some adults).

We arrived the day Force Awakens opened, which made it even more special for our our family. One night Hasbro reps showed up and handed out lightsabers. I will never forget the four of us lightsaber fighting as we drank our nightly (yes. We got one every night) milkshake.

I could go on and on. I encourage any who can, please support this amazing place.

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