Date dream fulfilled: 06/10/2015
Summary: Eight-year-old Sofie from Middlesbrough is obsessed with all things Disney. Sofie has spina bifida and scoliosis which curves her spine and so uses a wheelchair to help her get around. Sofie’s dream came true when she jetted off to Orlando for 10 days of full-on Disney immersion!
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Eight-year-old Sofie from Middlesbrough is obsessed with all things Disney and loves all the different characters. Sofie has spina bifida and scoliosis which curves her spine and so uses a wheelchair to help her get around. She’s had to undergo a number of operations to help her conditions, but the magic of Disney never fails to bring a smile to her face. Sofie’s dream came true when she jetted off to Orlando for 10 days of full-on Disney immersion!
Determined to make the absolute most of her dream trip, Sofie said that she was so tired by the end of every day that she was flat out as soon as her head hit the pillow!
The Pop Century Hotel where she stayed with her mum Lisa was amazing. Meal times were a real treat because the restaurant staff did the dance routine ‘The Hustle’ to music several times each night - it was absolutely hilarious! If meals weren’t exciting enough already, the rest of the time Sofie and her mum went for character meals all around the park, which meant Sofie could fill up her autograph book. The characters came around to all the tables to see everyone and gave out lots of hugs!
Even better still, Sofie was visiting the First Aid Station for a routine procedure one day, when Elsa from Frozen turned up! Needless to say Sofie was over-the-moon to get her own one-to-one meet with the princess. Sofie then visited the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique and got all done up to look like a princess herself, complete with sparkly nails, a pink sash and shiny tiara!
Sofie’s whole Disney trip was amazing, but her absolute highlight was the Festival of the Lion King Show because she was actually chosen to help take part! She joined the characters on the stage and went around playing a shaker, before being kissed by Pumba the meerkat on the nose at the very end! An incredible experience she’s not going to forget!
‘Florida was fantastic/unreal - thank you so much! Sofie was buzzing the whole time she was there!’
Sofie’s mum, Lisa
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