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William Receives a Secret Mission

William, 7, Enterprise, Disney World

“ I felt like we bonded in different ways. ”


- Courtney, William's mom

Ask William what was his favorite part of the wish, and he might tell you it was the waterslide. Ask him the same question tomorrow, he might tell you it was LEGOLAND®. That’s because picking just one favorite thing is hard for this 7-year old. “It was all fun!” he told his mom.

William and his parents enjoyed a week of fun and adventure at Walt Disney World® Resort, LEGOLAND, Universal Orlando® Resort and SeaWorld®.  For a boy who loves superheroes, the perfect moment came when he got to spend one-on-one time with Spider-Man and received a “secret” mission from Spidey himself.  What the mission was we may never know, but we do know William had the time of his life.  “It’s nice to watch him have fun, do something I couldn’t do for him,” said his mom. “Just the fact he was happy the whole entire time.”

William was born with half a heart, and had to have open heart surgery when he was just 3 years old.  Though he’s doing well now, his mom says William’s life is a waiting game – waiting to see when his heart might fail and when he’ll need a heart transplant.  With so much uncertainty, his mom says the wish gave them something to look forward to and provided the family a chance to spend time together.  “I felt like we bonded in different ways and will always have that memory.  We’ve taken vacations, but nothing like that experience.”  She says the wish experience allowed them to slow down, get away from the day-to-day stresses, and just relax and enjoy each other.

Being a child at Walt Disney World® Resort is already amazing.  William and his parents found out, however, that being a Make-A-Wish child at Walt Disney World® Resort is extra amazing.  “When you wear the Make-A-Wish t-shirt, people bend over backwards and treated us like royalty,” explained William’s mom.  From free face-painting to cockpit tours, his mom says everyone there made them feel special.

William, 7, Enterprise, Disney World

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