Yesterday, the mayor of Orlando, Buddy Dyer, and the mayor of Orange County, Jerry Demings, declared December 3, 2021 as “World Walt Disney 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 cherished magic found throughout the resort to the children and families of our neighboring communities,” he said. Disney in a press 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 was held at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, with Walt Disney World President Jeff Vahle receiving the official proclamation.
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse also attended the event dressed in their best EARidescent.
Mayor Demings read a proclamation citing the huge role that Walt Disney World has played in our community as one of the largest single-site entrepreneurs in the country and welcoming 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 infrastructure.
Walt Disney World VoluntEARS then participated in a community service project, sorting and packaging food together with Walt Disney World leaders and local government officials to help support important causes that are making a difference for children and community families.
Here is a video summary of the day:
And the official proclamations:
I have to be honest, but … December 5th should have been Walt Disney World Day, because it’s Walt’s birthday. I think they’ve missed a great opportunity here, but it’s still quite an honor.