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Disney to helps open Welcome Center with USO for military families at OIA


The Walt Disney Company has a long history of supporting the Military. You may be aware that Disney even supports a resort, Shades of Green, that is dedicated just to military families. Disney may be the most magical reason military families visit Orlando, but now no matter the reason, they will be able to enjoy a private lounge at the Orlando International Airport courtesy the USO and a $100,000 check from Walt Disney World.

“Thanks to the support of our Central Florida community partners, military members and their families now have a beautiful space to rest, relax and regroup while on deployments,” said Charlie Rogers, Chairman of USO Central Florida.

In the center guests can relax on comfy couches and chairs, and watch big-screen televisions in a cozy, Disney-inspired family room. Other comforts of home offered at the Welcome Center, include a pantry stocked with tasty snacks and refreshing drinks, a business center with computers and printers, a quiet room, and a kids’ area.


Disney Cast Members also are volunteering to be among the first individuals to greet, assist and provide special Disney care for the military men, women and their families who visit the Welcome Center.

“The family room Disney Cast Members helped design is the latest example of a longstanding tradition of supporting service members,” said Nancy Gidusko, director of Corporate Citizenship for Walt Disney World Resort. “It is our hope this contribution will assist USO Central Florida to create a warm gathering place for military families as they travel through Orlando International Airport for years to come.”