Disney is committed to delivering comfort and inspiration to children facing serious illness. This commitment dates back to Walt Disney himself, who would visit with children in hospitals, often accompanied by Disney characters and animators.
In 2018, Disney built on this legacy by announcing a $100 million commitment to help reimagine the patient journey in children's hospitals.
When families have a child facing serious illness, they describe the journey as one where they face moments of high anxiety and stress, and feel alone.
Disney is using the best of its storytelling, beloved characters and creativity to create a more personal and comforting experience for children.
“Using the powerful combination of our beloved characters and legendary creativity, The Walt Disney Company is working with experts in pediatric healthcare to reimagine the patient experience in children’s hospitals around the world – creating a personalized and engaging atmosphere that will inspire young patients and ease the stress of a hospital stay.”
- Robert Iger, Executive Chairman of The Walt Disney Company
NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital is excited to be one of the first children’s hospitals to work with Disney to bring new magic and wonderment to the patient journey. Through this collaboration, NewYork-Presbyterian will be able to bring the best of Disney to patients and their families.
How Disney's Commitment to Children's Hospitals Comes to Life
Disney delivers comfort and inspiration to families with children facing serious illness by reimagining the patient and family experience in children’s hospitals. This program comes to life by providing patients and families with special opportunities for shared experiences, exploration and play.
Exceptional offerings and spaces celebrate the resilient spirit of children everywhere by facilitating moments of comfort, joy, empowerment and choice, as well as the chance to connect with family and beloved Disney friends during each visit.
Gaze through a Magic Window for a mesmerizing view into the worlds of beloved stories.
Visually stunning, large scale wall art that draws the imagination into the vibrant worlds of Disney’s storytelling. Unlock augmented reality content using the Disney Team of Heroes app.
Designed to encourage free play and socialization without the use of technology, these imaginative, inviting spaces allow kids to interact and make new friends.
Delightful digital screens spark to life with favorite characters who deliver fun, animated, inspirational messages.
Disney-Themed Hospital Gowns
Featuring characters from Disney’s beloved stories, these gowns are a comforting alternative to plain hospital wear – giving patients a sense of the familiar so their hospital stays are less intimidating.
Filled with fun activities and keepsakes such as room decals, journals and playing cards, the curated care packages allow children to personalize their hospital rooms.
Disney Team of Heroes App
Loaded with games, interactive tales, animated character encounters, augmented reality and more, the free app helps bring favorite characters to life.
Featuring fun games and the best of Disney TV content from Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD, complimentary access can help loneliness during hospital stays.
Disney Movie Moments & Mobile Movie Theater
This one of a kind program enables patients to enjoy first-run movies and classic favorites within the hospital. For special events within the hospital, the mobile theater delivers immersive movie experiences for patients gathering with family and friends.
Disney Toy Delivery
A year’s worth of toys, books and games that provide a bit of joy to the hospital – bringing children and families together.
Disney Institute Training
Customized training to equip hospital leaders and staff of all levels with personalized knowledge enhances the experience for patients and families with exceptional care, compassion, comfort and connection.
Pinned to a doctor’s coat or a caretaker’s scrubs, badges with the familiar smiling face of a favorite character give comfort and encouragement to young patients.
To learn more, visit twdc.com/childrens-hospitals-wish-granting.