On Friday, July 15, and Saturday, July 16, Orlando’s Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress will come alive with vibrant colors and breathtaking flair as more than 400 balloon artists from around the world construct a life-sized replica of Give Kids The World Village – an 89-acre, whimsical nonprofit resort in Kissimmee, FL, that provides critically ill children and their families with magical week-long wish vacations at no cost.
Tickets are on sale now, enabling guests to walk through the spectacular display, participate in fun family activities, take one-of-a-kind photos, enjoy delicious treats, and interact with performers including strolling magicians, balloon artists, and other entertainers. Sponsored by Pioneer Balloon Company, the event will include an opening night Party in Wonderland on Friday from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm; the main event on Saturday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; and an After Hours Party on Saturday from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, with all proceeds benefiting Give Kids The World.
“We are very excited about bringing the wonder and excitement of balloon artistry to Orlando while raising funds for such an impactful charitable organization,” said Pioneer Balloon Company Marketing Strategies Director Cyndra Perez. “We invite the entire community to join us for this truly monumental and meaningful event!”
Pamela Landwirth, president and CEO of Give Kids The World, said, “Children with critical illnesses face countless appointments, treatments, and hospital stays, and they are often told “no” due to the limitations of their illness. With support from partners like Pioneer Balloon Company, we are thrilled to be able to provide these children and their families with a magical week of “yes” where they can forget their worries, experience joy, and spend priceless time together in a fantastical storybook oasis which attendees will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of during Balloon Wonderland.”
Balloon artisans and industry professionals from 22 countries will construct life-sized replicas of seven iconic venues from Give Kids The World Village during a build expected to take approximately 15,000 hours to complete. In all, it will take 500,000 biodegradable balloons to create the Balloon Wonderland installation.
One of less than 1% of all U.S. charities to be rated Four Stars by Charity Navigator 15 years in a row, Give Kids The World Village’s mission is to create happiness and hope for wish families. When wish-granting organizations worldwide receive a request from a critically ill child who wants to visit Central Florida, Give Kids The World fulfills the wish. Every family is treated to an all-inclusive, customized dream vacation including transportation; accommodations; all meals and snacks; donated theme park tickets; nightly entertainment; daily gifts; and unique experiences at the Village, a storybook destination of its own. Since 1986, Give Kids The World has welcomed nearly 177,000 families from all 50 states and 76 countries. For more information, visit www.gktw.org.
Since its founding in 1917, Pioneer® Balloon Company has grown into an international company with a passion for sharing the magic and wonder of balloons. Pioneer supplies party balloons to five affiliate locations worldwide with five manufacturing facilities across three countries in North America. Qualatex®, Pioneer’s flagship brand, is widely regarded as “The Very Best Balloons™” and includes an extensive selection of latex, Microfoil®, and exclusive Bubble balloons, for the decor, entertaining and retail markets. For more information, visit us.qualatex.com.