As soon as 4-year-old Elliana
wish granting volunteers she wanted to go to the Walt Disney World®
Resort, her mom knew her daughter had chosen the perfect wish. “Elliana loves princesses,” she explains. “She loves all of the Disney princesses.” Elliana had fantasized meeting the princesses in person at some point and jumped at the chance to visit them at their home. with her mom, dad and two brothers.
Excitedly, Elliana and her family made their way to the parks as soon as they arrived in Florida, determined to waste no time. According to Elliana’s mom, some of the rides were a bit too intimidating for little Elliana, who would tell her parents, “too scary,” and head towards another one. But when the family jumped aboard the Toy Story ride, Elliana screamed only with laughter. Aside from the giant merry-go-round, it was the ride she liked the most.
The rides, however, were not what originally had drawn Elliana to select a Disney wish. She was all about meeting the characters. According to her mom, “Every time Elliana met a Disney character it was special for her, and her face would light up.” Mickie Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Tinkerbell all drew smiles from Elliana. The moment she had most been waiting for came when she attended a princess banquet for brunch. All of the Disney princesses were present and came over individually to introduce themselves to Elliana. Every hug was special and made Elliana beam.
Later on, Elliana had the chance to take photos with Cinderella, Belle and Sleeping Beauty. The royal trio showered her with kisses on the cheek and danced and twirled her around - a sight that brought tears to Elliana’s mom’s eyes as she reflected on the months of treatment for leukemia her daughter had endured before getting to this point.
Elliana’s mom is sure this wish is something her daughter will never forget, as Elliana still happily talks to her family about the fabulous time she had with the princesses at Disney.
Wish-granting volunteers: Virginia Basil and Kayleigh Cassetta
Wish story writer: Ryan Reichel