Anaheim, Calif. (March 2019): Aaliya Christensen loves Disney, and always wanted to visit Disneyland in California and meet some of her favorite characters. Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life threatening illnesses made Aaliya’s dream come true, flying her family to Anaheim, California for Aaliya’s Disney wonderland wish.
Aaliya suffers from biliary atresia, a rare disease of the liver that blocks the flow of important digestive fluids, which can quickly cause damage and scarring of the liver cells. Because of her condition, Aaliya had a liver transplant a few months after her birth, and she still has some complications.
Aaliya stayed at the wonderful Sheraton Park Hotel during her wish, and was greeted with balloons and gift baskets filled with Disney swag. Luckily, Aaliya spent her first day at Disney during the opening day of the California Adventure Park Food and Wine Festival. She had a wonderful time trying all the different foods. Aaliya also got to participate in a Jr. chef cooking show where she got to make and eat special Disney dishes. She even got to try the delicious Disney dish frushi, a kind of sushi made out of fruit.
During her trip to Disneyland, Aaliya met Chip and Dale, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and her favorite characters Princess Jasmine and Mickey Mouse himself. Princess Jasmine even offered Aaliya VIP seats to stay and watch her perform in a parade that evening. In addition to all the magical characters, Aaliya rode tons of fun rides, her favorites being It’s a Small World and the Mad Tea Party. In addition to all the wonderful food and exciting adventures at Disneyland, Aaliya and her family were treated to delicious dinners at Tony Roma’s, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., and Roy’s Steakhouse.
“We are overjoyed Aaliya got the royal treatment from princess Jasmine herself during her wish at one of the most magical places on earth,” said Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai.
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.