A full week at the Orlando theme parks is something I still get very excited about. But, lately I’ve come to grow excited about something else. Visiting Give Kids the World Village. During a recent week in Orlando I was looking forward to visiting EPCOT’s Food & Wine Festival, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, checking out Diagon Alley, and even the Wine & Dine Half Marathon, a 13.1 mile jaunt through Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and EPCOT.
Indy Disney Meet Volunteers provide much needed support during the Wine & Dine Half Marathon
Speaking of running, one of the events I participated in for the first time was the Gingerbread Run at Give Kids the World. It’s a 5k (3.1 miles) run starting at Medieval Times going through Give Kids the World and back. Running through the village was a real treat. It was a great opportunity to see the whole village from the common areas to the villas spread throughout the back of the resort. If you live in the Orlando area or are visiting during the weekend of the race it would be a great opportunity to show your support of the village. The race usually occurs the first or second weekend of November each year. For those of you not familiar with Give Kids the World Village, check out their website. Their mission is to send children with life-threatening illnesses and their families to vacation at the Central Florida theme parks.
The finish line of the Give Kids the World Gingerbread 5k
Once the Saturday 5K was over we had the honor of visiting the Village again on Monday morning to present our check to Give Kids the World for the funds we raised at this year’s 7th annual Indianapolis Disney Meet. This is the 2nd year in a row we’ve had a number of Indy Disney Meet volunteers in Orlando at the same time so we decided to do the check presentation together. We also were given a tour of the village. It’s always a pleasure to see the village first-hand. All of the spaces in the village are very meaningful and have back stories of children who have visited in the past. If you ever get a chance to volunteer or just visit the village make sure you schedule a tour. You’ll be amazed at the many stories inside the village and the beauty that surrounds you.
Volunteers from the Indianapolis Disney Meet present this year’s check to Give Kids the World
Each trip to the Orlando theme parks is very fulfilling for me personally, but the chance to visit Give Kids the World Village makes the trip extra special. If you ever get the chance to visit don’t pass it up. Volunteering is a great family vacation activity. It’s easy to sign up and begin giving back to the village that gives so much to children and their families.
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