Disney Hosts Princess Party at AdventHealth for Children in Orlando

A patient hugging Princess Belle in front of a bookcase backdrop.

Walt Disney World Resort and Starlight Children’s Foundation hosted a Disney Princess-themed party fit for royalty for patients at AdventHealth for Children in Orlando. The princess party included a visit from Belle and a new delivery of Starlight hospital gowns inspired by beloved heroines like Tiana, Ariel, Mulan and more. 

“After the stressful week we had, this was the biggest blessing,” said one patient’s mom, Iris. “The moment she put on the gown, she said ‘Mom, I’m a princess.’ It’s amazing to now see her happy, relaxed and motivated.” 

For the Disney Princess party, in addition to princess-themed hospital gowns and pants, Disney Consumer Products provided princess dolls and plush toys from Disney Store, as well as books from Disney Publishing.  

“Our characters demonstrate strength and courage, and that’s exactly what we hope to inspire in these young patients,” said Tajiana Ancora-Brown, Director of External Affairs at Walt Disney World. “Alleviating stress and bringing new, happy memories for families during a hospital stay – even if just for a moment – is some of the most important work we do.” 

“I can’t think of a better way to fill patient hearts and lift their spirits than a visit from Belle herself and the opportunity to channel their inner princess with a princess party,” said Dr. Rajan Wadhawan, Senior Executive Officer of AdventHealth for Children. 

A patient reading a book with Princess Belle in front of a bookcase backdrop.

This latest donation is the most recent collaboration between Disney and Starlight Children’s Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that aims to provide programs to hospitals and medical facilities across the country to help kids cope with the stress and loneliness of being hospitalized. For more than 20 years, The Walt Disney Company has worked with Starlight to help create positive memories during hospital stays through entertainment and personal moments that deliver joy and comfort. 

A patient in a Princess Belle hospital gown looking at toys.

“We are so grateful to collaborate with Disney for so many years to deliver happiness to hospitalized kids and their families,” said Adam Garone, CEO of Starlight Children’s Foundation. “Our collaboration allows us to transform the hospital experience for kids across the country through our vital programs – like today’s princess-themed delivery.” 

Events like the Disney Princess party are part of Disney’s  $100 million global commitment to help reimagine the patient experience in children’s hospitals and pediatric places of care around the world. The events help fulfill the company’s efforts to create distinctly Disney experiences that deliver moments of joy when they’re needed most.