Mickey and Minnie Deliver Joy at Children’s Hospital of Orange County

Mickey and Minnie

Mickey and Minnie Deliver Joy at Children’s Hospital of Orange County

Laughter filled the halls of CHOC (Children’s Hospital of Orange County) as Mickey and Minnie Mouse made a heartwarming return! These beloved characters, absent since 2019, brought the joy of Disneyland directly to patients’ rooms. The precious moments of meeting favorite Disney friends created lasting memories and a much-needed escape for children and their families during their hospital stay.

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“When Disney comes to visit CHOC, Disney’s magic isn’t just a fantasy—it’s a beacon of hope, joy, and wonder that transforms moments of uncertainty into cherished memories for patients and families alike,” said Eric Mammen, Creative Arts Supervisor – Child Life Department at CHOC. “We are so grateful for the opportunity for our patients and families to experience these moments provided by the Disney characters and cast members.”


In addition to sharing smiles with their favorite Disney pals, patients were also left with a small touch of magic with their own plush Mickey Mouse to remember the visit and inspire them for the future.

Disney has a devoted legacy of providing joy for patients at CHOC, dating back to Walt Disney’s time on the hospital’s founding board in 1960 and his fundraising efforts to help bring the hospital to life in Orange County.

As CHOC celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, the Disneyland Resort is proud to continue its longstanding support in a variety of ways, including the hospital’s beloved annual fundraiser, CHOC Walk in the Park, which has raised over $44 million for healthcare programs and research for over 30 years. From supporting the child-friendly design of the Bill Holmes Tower to creating the interactive “Turtle Talk with Crush” show in the lobby and countless hours of commitment by Disney VoluntEARS each year, the resort is committed to providing moments of joy for patients and families at CHOC.

Following the success of the 2023 walk, which raised over $2.2 million, Disney previously announced that CHOC Walk in the Park will return to Disneyland Resort on Sunday, July 21, 2024! The 5k walk takes participants on an inspiring early-morning journey through Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park – while raising funds one step at a time to support the hospital’s vital programs and research.

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Sara is a travel agent with Destinations to Travel, a Disney Earmarked agency. She lives in Alaska with her husband and 3 kids. Due to her extreme dislike of winter, she travels often to warmer destinations during the colder months. She visits the Disney parks and resorts frequently with her family and loves helping other families plan magical vacations. Contact her here for help with your vacation!
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