Disney Opens 50th Children’s Hospital Fun House in China 

Judy Hopps with children and a Disney VoluntEAR at a Disney Fun House

Big news – the 50th Disney Fun House – the very first themed to Zootopia – is now open and ready to bring young patients and their families some much-needed moments of happiness during their hospital stays! 

To celebrate the grand opening of Shanghai Disney Resort back in June 2016, Disney announced a donation of $3.1 million USD (RMB 20 million) to fund Disney-themed play spaces and therapeutic play activities – called Disney Fun Houses – at 50 children’s hospitals across China.  

Featuring Disney characters and infused with storytelling from our beloved films, Disney Fun Houses provide young patients and their families a space for interactive play activities hosted by Disney VoluntEARS and hospital staff. 

Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps play at a Disney Fun House

This month, as we celebrate the 8th anniversary of the opening of Shanghai Disney Resort, we’ve hit a major milestone – the 50th Disney Fun House is officially open!  Located at the Children’s Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine in Hangzhou, this is the very first Fun House to be themed to the Walt Disney Animation Studios film “Zootopia.” 

The space in the hospital has been transformed with murals featuring Zootopia’s diverse landscapes, including the iconic Zootopia skyline and a one-of-a-kind Zootopia-themed mobile movie theater where young patients and their families can watch favorite cartoons, short movie clips and documentaries during their stay at the hospital.  

Nick Wilde with children and a Disney VoluntEAR at a Disney Fun House

To celebrate the grand opening, Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde made special visits to hospital wards, delivering Zootopia-themed plushes and hand-made crafts. Disney VoluntEARS even joined young patients to put their “paws” up dancing and drawing.  

Also, Shanghai Disney Resort and The Walt Disney Company China distributed around 5,000 Disney-themed gifts to all 50 of the Disney Fun Houses, spreading magic to children across China. And earlier in May, two more Disney Fun Houses opened at Shunyi Branch of Beijing Children’s Hospital and Fujian Branch of Shanghai Children’s Medical Center (Fujian Children’s Hospital) respectively. Representatives from Disney China, China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and the hospitals attended the ceremonies, along with Mickey and Minnie who made surprise appearances to celebrate the occasions. 

Disney VoluntEARS pose with Mickey and Minnie at a Disney Fun House

The Walt Disney Company China and Shanghai Disney Resort have collaborated with China Soong Ching Ling Foundation and Shanghai Charity Foundation, respectively, to build 50 Disney Fun Houses in hospitals across 41 cities of 24 provincial and municipal regions in Mainland China, bringing Disney magic and happiness to those undergoing treatment and recovery. 

 “It’s an honor to be here for the opening of the 50th Disney Fun House,” shared Disney VoluntEAR Mia Gao. “I’m also happy to be here on this special day, International Children’s Day, to accompany the children as a happy VoluntEAR!” 

The Disney-themed interior of a Disney Fun House

Since Walt first brought animators and characters to visit hospitalized children, Disney stories have inspired a world of hope for seriously ill children.  Today, that support includes millions of dollars in in-kind donations that provide engaging play spaces, theme park tickets, complimentary first-run movies, toy deliveries and hospital visits from beloved Disney characters.  

These efforts are part of Disney’s commitment to help reimagine the patient experience in children’s hospitals globally and support meaningful causes in the local community.