Earlier today Give Kids The World Village in central Florida debuted a brand new wheelchair accessible attraction, Kelly’s Sunny Swing.

What’s happening:

  • Give Kids The World Village, the Kissimmee-based, nonprofit resort for critically ill children and their families, unveiled its newest attraction Thursday: a wheelchair accessible swing ride that seats nine.
  • The ride is named “Kelly’s Sunny Swing” in honor of a child who visited the Village in the early 1990s.
  • The ride was officially opened with a ceremony attended by families staying at the resort, staff, volunteers, and members of local media.

About Kelly’s Sunny Swing:

  • Give Kids The World Village is built to accommodate the abilities of the critically ill children it serves – and Kelly’s Sunny Swing is no exception.
  • The brightly colored swing – topped with a rainbow and smiling sun – features eight standard seats and one specially designed space to accommodate riders using wheelchairs.
  • Kaylin, a 9-year-old who visited Give Kids The World in 2014, was one of the first to ride Kelly’s Sunny Swing after the grand opening. She said, “it was hands-down one of my favorite rides at the Village.”
  • Kelly’s Sunny Swing is the fourth wheelchair-accessible attraction at Give Kids The World. The others are:
    • A Carousel
    • Child-size train
    • A pedal-powered flying ride
  • Zamperla, an Italian design and manufacturing company, built the swing and donated it to Give Kids The World Village. It is the third ride Zamperla has given to the Village.
  • The attraction was named after a young girl named Kelly, who stayed at Give Kids The World Village in 1993.

What they’re saying:

  • CEO Pamela Landwirth:“It’s so important that we make everything as accessible as possible for our visiting families. We’re very excited to unveil this new attraction. It’s going to bring a lot of joy to a lot of folks.”
  • Pamela Landwirth: “Mr. Zamperla has become a dear friend. They share our passion for giving joy to
  • children and our passion for accessibility.”

About Give Kids the World Village:

  • Give Kids The World Village is an 84-acre, nonprofit resort built exclusively to serve critically ill children and their families.
  • Children visiting Central Florida on their “wish trips,” stay with their families at Give Kids The World’s storybook Village for week-long, dream vacations.
  • Give Kids The World Village provides meals, transportation, nightly entertainment, and complimentary passes to Orlando’s world-famous theme parks and other attractions.
  • There is never any cost to visiting families, and no child is ever turned away.
  • Since 1986, Give Kids The World Village has served more than 165,000 children and families from all 50 states and more than 75 countries.
  • Give Kids The World is four-star rated by Charity Navigator, with more than 92 cents of every dollar it spends going to program services.