Yesterday, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings declared December 3, 2021, as “Walt Disney World Day” in Central Florida.
The recognition was in honor of Walt Disney World’s contributions to the Central Florida community.
“For 50 years, Walt Disney World Resort has served as a beacon of hope and happiness in the Central Florida area, bringing the beloved magic found across the resort to children and families in our neighboring communities,” Disney said in a news release.
Most recently, they donated $3 million in grants to six Central Florida nonprofits in honor of the 50th anniversary celebration: Give Kids the World Village, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Heart of Florida United Way, The Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida, Hope Partnership, and ELEVATE Orlando.
The official ceremony took place at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, with Walt Disney World President Jeff Vahle on hand to receive the official proclamation.
Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse also attended the event dressed in their EARidescent best.
Mayor Demings read a proclamation citing the tremendous role Walt Disney World has played in our community as one of the nation’s largest single-site employers and host to more than 1.6 billion visitors from around the world.
He also noted the significant tax benefits generated by Disney that contribute substantially to public safety, schools, roads, and other infrastructures.
Afterwards, Walt Disney World VoluntEARS took part in a community service project, sorting and packing food alongside Walt Disney World leaders and local government officials to help support important causes that are making a difference for children and families in the community.
Here is a video recap of the day:
And the official proclamations:
I have to be honest, though…December 5 should have been Walt Disney World Day since it is Walt’s birthday. I think they missed a big opportunity here, but it is still quite an honor.