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Leo’s “Disney Magic” Staycation

  • Finally meeting Mickey and Minnie!

  • Leo was surprised with a wish reveal party with cupcakes, pizza and friends in his own classroom.

  • Leo and his brother, Kai, checking in at the resort!

  • Leo taking a dip in the swimming pool at the Aulani.

“ Thank you for allowing us to have a wonderful vacation as a family. ”

- Sean, Leo's dad

Since birth, Leo has battled multiple conditions including a life-threatening seizure disorder that has left him unable to communicate verbally. But joy radiates from this 4-year-old’s face when he is surrounded by family. It was this smile that helped his wish granters determine his one true wish – to spend time with his family at a place where he could meet his absolute favorite Disney character, Mickey!

When Leo is at home, he LOVES watching the Disney Channel and Mickey Mouse. And his mom, dad and older brother love to see his smile light up when he sees his favorite character pop up on the screen. There was no doubt that Leo’s wish would include Mickey, but instead of traveling all the way to Disneyland® or Walt Disney World® to meet the famous Mouse, he and his family enjoyed a relaxing staycation at the Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa where rumor had it a certain Disney mogul would be on vacation!

Before he and his family were off to the Aulani, Leo was treated to a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse themed party with his classmates. Cupcakes, Pizza and Happy Wish Day signs adorned the walls of his classroom as he, his family and friends celebrated his wish come true.

All packed and ready to go! It took just one short hour for Leo and his family to drive to the resort at Ko’Olina on the west side of Oahu. After checking into their beautiful room, they were ready for a week filled with family fun!

From splashing in the pool to relaxing beachside, Leo, his older brother Kai, his mom and dad all had the time of their lives. They weren’t worrying about what could go wrong or taking Leo to the hospital for his next appointment, they were simply enjoying time together as a family.

Everything was good….but it was about to get even better! The much anticipated Mickey Mouse, had indeed been on vacation at the same time as Leo and had requested to meet him! Leo’s smile lit up when he saw Mickey and Minnie. Leo’s mom described this moment and this vacation as “Disney Magic”. The best part? They got to experience that magic together.

Special Thanks: Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Safeway, Party City, Papa John's Kapahulu, Wish Granters; Dianne Sanae Carroll & Deborah Ng-Furuhashi.

Thank you for the “Disney Magic” vacation. We had a lot of fun, relaxing and having family time. Not only Leo, but also Kai had a great time. So much that he really wants to go back. He will remember and never forget it. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! ”

— Tomoko, Leo's mom

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