Wishes ‘Roar’ to Life at Shanghai Disney Resort 

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From all of us at Zootopia Police Department, welcome to our newest recruit – wish child Siyi! 

In honor of World Wish Day, the anniversary of the wish that inspired the creation of Make-A-Wish, we are celebrating the life-changing power of a wish all month long, and today turning the spotlight on Shanghai Disney Resort. Working closely with Make-A-Wish Shanghai, the resort recently made the wish of Siyi come true with a “wildly” unique experience. 

Siyi had always dreamed of one day becoming a police officer. Little did she know that she would become the newest member of the Zootopia Police Department!

Welcomed by officer Judy Hopps, from Walt Disney Animation Studios film “Zootopia,” the new police team made the rounds, presenting appreciation cards to all guests that parked strollers in designated areas. Some detective work was even in store as Siyi helped capture the escaped Bellwether by sleuthing and rounding up clues! 

Disney VoluntEAR Tony said that he “was very glad to participate in this meaningful activity…and I felt so lucky to be the partner of the little policewoman, Siyi.” Tony noted that he was “deeply inspired in witnessing the wish coming true, and excited to help even more children have their wishes fulfilled in the future.” 

Granting wishes is some of the most important work we do at Disney — in fact, Shanghai Disney Resort recently crossed a milestone moment when they granted their 200th wish in March!  

Eight-year-old Zuozuo and his family experienced an unforgettable visit to Shanghai Disney Resort where they immersed themselves into the magic of Shanghai Disneyland. And he even met a special someone at Toy Story Hotel — his favorite character, Buzz Lightyear, from the Pixar Animation Studios film “Toy Story”!  

As a big admirer of Buzz’s bravery and love of exploration, Zuozuo was tasked with a special mission — to become a pirate for the day and look for treasure! To aid in his grand adventure, Zuozuo was given a treasure map and “gold coins” after meeting two pirates. 

If that wasn’t incredible enough, the adventurous wish child and his family were invited to be the Grand Marshal of Mickey’s Storybook Express for the day, waving and saying hello to cast and fellow guests along the parade route! 

Shanghai Disney Resort has made magic for Make-A-Wish children since its opening, when seven-year-old Yuanbao from China’s Anhui province got to meet the loveable snowman Olaf from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ film “Frozen.” Just last year, we helped to grant the 100th wish at the resort, and we continue to work to grant the wish of every eligible wish child whose wish involves Disney!    

As Shanghai Disney Resort continues to grant the wishes of children like Siyi, Zuozuo and Yuanbao, their collaboration with local wish-granting partners will help them deliver joy when it’s needed most. Wishes uplift spirits and unite families, friends and communities around the world.  

Be sure to check out the Disney Make-A-Wish topics page on the Disney Parks Blog as we celebrate wish granting all month long! To learn more about how Disney and Make-A-Wish grant magical wishes together, visit worldwish.org/disney