“She talked to Mickey Mouse about her polka-dotted fingernail polish and had conversations with him like they were old friends.”
Aaliya loves Disney and has always wanted to visit Disneyland in California and meet some of her favorite characters. Kids Wish Network granted Aaliya’s wish and flew her and 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 and her family stayed at the wonderful Sheraton Park hotel and were greeted with balloons and gift baskets filled with some of her favorite Disney characters including Minnie Mouse and Vampirina. Luckily, Aaliya spent her first day at Disney during the opening day of the California Adventure Park Food and Wine Festival. Aaliya had a delectable time trying all the different foods on display. Her absolute favorite food from the festival was the gourmet mac and cheese with garlic bread crumbles sprinkled on top. 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. She loved every bite.
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. “She talked to Mickey Mouse about her polka-dotted fingernail polish and had conversations with him like they were old friends,” said Aaliya’s mom Rebecca. 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.
Kids Wish Network would like to thank the following sponsors for making Aaliya’s dreams become a reality:
- Sheraton Park at Anaheim
- Tony Roma’s
- Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
- Roy’s Steakhouse