Keyla, 7


Keyla's Wish: "I wish to go to Disney World"
Granted By: GUTS 2017

Due to her rare neurological disorder, wish kid Keyla can only communicate through smiles and laughter. She lights up every time she hears Disney® songs or watches a Disney movie — especially if Mickey Mouse is in it! For this reason, a trip to Disney World® was the perfect wish for Keyla!

Keyla and her family, along with her favorite teacher Beth, packed up the car and headed for sunny Orlando, Florida. Keyla was delighted to have her favorite teacher with her as she and Beth have established a special relationship during their time spent together. Beth was able to join Keyla in order to assist the family with communication and transportation. During the trip, they stayed at Give Kids the World Village® where Keyla enjoyed lots of ice cream and watched her favorite TV show, Disney Junior, on the big screen TV. For Keyla and her family, the highlight of the trip was watching the Disney Junior — Live on Stage production at Disney's Hollywood Studios. When reflecting on this moment, Beth said, "When Mickey Mouse popped up on stage, the look on Keyla's face was priceless. She made the connection and recognized her favorite character. She smiled and laughed throughout the program."

Each day when Keyla got out of the van at a new theme park, she would laugh, smile and dance around — she knew it was another day of fun and amusement. She loved seeing the characters, enjoying the rides, and eating lots of cotton candy. As their trip was wrapping up, Beth reflected on the week saying, "Keyla has been so happy. It has been such a joy watching her smile and laugh. The whole family has had a wonderful time with such great memories."