The Walt Disney Company has continued its initiative to bring Disney magic to various children’s hospitals by debuting the Disney Reef play area at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).
- The colorful, underwater-themed outdoor play area was designed by Disney Imagineers in collaboration with the hospital’s dedicated Play Team and patients.
- The Disney Reef features special lights and sensory elements.
- It also includes several classic characters, including Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Ariel, and Hank from Finding Dory — all of which were sculpted specifically for the area.
- Each day, the Great Ormond Street Hospital welcomes 618 patients from across the United Kingdom. The Disney Reef is intended to give those children a place to spend time with their family members and make treasured memories.
- The Walt Disney Company’s relationship with GOSH dates back to 1951 when Walt Disney himself first visited the hospital. Since then, the two organizations have frequently worked together to create moments that matter for young patients.
What They’re Saying
- Matthew Grossman, Vice President of Social Responsibility for The Walt Disney Company in Europe, Middle East and Africa: “The Disney Reef will provide a comforting and inspirational space for the children GOSH cares for. In difficult times, such as serious illness, enabling children and families to spend quality time together helps build emotional resilience, giving them the strength and ability to cope. The Disney Reef will create moments that matter, and we’re excited to see the benefit and enjoyment it will bring.”
- Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Assistant Chief Nurse, Herdip Sidhu-Bevan: “Thank you so much to Disney for bringing the amazing Disney Reef to Great Ormond Street Hospital. This is a very special space where children can take some much-needed time outside, away from the busy ward environment, and where they can relax and enjoy themselves together with their families. The Reef’s design will accommodate patients with a wide range of conditions, and of all ages, so it’s truly inclusive and will be a fantastic addition to the hospital.”