ORLANDO, Fla. (February 2019): Liam Reeves loves Transformers, and always wanted to visit Disney World and Universal Studios. Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses rolled out with the Autobots to grant Liam’s wish and flew him and his family from their home in New York to Orlando, Florida for a theme park extravaganza. On the plane Liam was surprised when a flight attendant announced that they had a special guest on board from Kids Wish Network. Liam and his family were invited to take pictures with the pilot and he even got to sit in the captain’s chair. Liam suffers from a life-threatening autoimmune disease.
Liam and his family stayed at the wonderful Sheraton Vistana Villages Resort Villas, located near the Disney parks. After settling into their hotel, Liam and his family headed to Disney’s Magic Kingdom for their first day of Florida theme parks. When Liam saw Cinderella’s Castle for the first time, he lit up with excitement. He even met one of his favorite characters, Buzz Lightyear. After an exciting first day, Liam and his family had a lovely dinner at The Cheesecake factory.
The next day, Liam went to Universal Studios. He met some of his favorite superheroes including Spider-Man, Wolverine and Captain America. He also got to meet the Velociraptor Blue from Jurassic World. He and his family rode tons of rides but his favorite part of Universal was meeting all his favorite Transformers characters. When he saw Optimus Prime, Liam took off sprinting to meet him with mom close behind. “When Liam saw Optimus Prime it was all over. The boys were so happy they cried, and because they cried I cried,” said Liam’s mom Jacqueline. After an amazing time at Universal Studios, Liam and his family had a great dinner at The Hard Rock Café.
For his last day of theme park fun, Liam chose to go back to Magic Kingdom so he could ride It’s a Small World again. Liam also went on Splash Mountain, his very first rollercoaster. After a fantastic second day at Disney, he was treated to a delicious dinner at Texas Roadhouse. Liam was also gifted a big bag of toys from the restaurant. After dinner and a swim in the hotel pool, Liam and his family ended their day watching Disney movies together, the perfect ending to a perfect trip.
“Creating a special wish that ignites the imagination and inspires confidence and charisma is what we do,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai. “We wouldn’t be able to do it without our wonderful sponsors and wish coordinators.”
Kids Wish Network is a national charitable organization dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, and improving the quality of life for children with life-threatening conditions and struggling with life-altering situations. KWN provides trip expenses, meals, accommodations and additional spending monies to all wish families whenever traveling as applicable. Visit www.kidswishnetwork.org to learn about our different programs, and find out how you can help make dreams come true and sponsor a wish for a deserving child.