Give Kids The World Village marked a very special milestone recently. The non-profit resort has provided critically-ill children and their families with cost-free vacations in central Florida since 1986. The organization has been lauded for giving families that need it most a chance to make memories and enjoy a much-needed break without worrying about costs. Guests stay in a fantastical storybook themed village and all aspects of their trips are taken care of by the village staff.
This week, Give Kids The World reached the end of an era as the last scoops of ice cream were served from its iconic Ice Cream Palace. Since it’s opening 20 years ago, the restaurant has served over 5 million scoops of ice cream inside a building shaped like a giant sundae. The location will soon be replaced by the new Henri’s Starlite Scoops, a retro space-themed eatery. The new venue is named for the organization’s founder, Henri Landwirth who passed away in 2018.
“Henri’s Starlite Scoops will offer an experience to visiting wish families we simply couldn’t offer at the Ice Cream Palace,” said Give Kids The World spokesperson, Jessica Mueller. “It will feature lower countertops, allowing children of all abilities to see and select their own ice cream, and a more open concept, which will allow volunteers to easily interact with our guests.” Work on the new location has already begun. During construction, families will still be able to enjoy ice cream dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at a temporary pop-up location. The Henri’s Starlite Scoops pop-up parlor will be located inside the resort’s Gingerbread House dining facility.
Photo Credit: Give Kids The World
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