365 Days At Disney – how can you help?

441

As the new year hits, many people think about resolutions, goals they want to accomplish for the year.  Here is mine for 2015.  By the end of this year, I plan to raise enough money to spend one year at Walt Disney World, moving to Orlando in May or June of 2016.

How can YOU help?

Donate: Obviously, if you have $36,000 you’d like to give away, I’m happy to take if off your hands.  Later this week, an online funding site will go live with my information and ways that you can donate any amount.  If enough is raised, this project will be a go.  If I don’t reach my goal amount, the money donated will be given to a great organization, Give Kids The World.

Spread the word: The way this is going to work is by reaching out to as many people as I can.  Do you have Facebook, a Twitter account, online blog, podcast, or other social media site where you’d be willing to share about 365DaysAtDisney?  The more exposure I get, the more likely funds will be raised.  I am available for emailed correspondence, interviews, etc.

An update on our family

011A0066

I still work for a school district in South Dakota.  My wife left her position there to open up an in-home daycare for the children of teachers (so we have the same weekends, vacations and winter and summer break).  Our daughters are now one and three years old.

An update on logistics

535

If we start our 365 Days At Disney in the summer of 2016, it would not change anything with our eldest’s education, she won’t miss any school.  My wife is still very excited for the idea, but has realistically stated that it either needs to happen soon, or not until we are retired.  I’ve looked at apartments in Orlando as close to Walt Disney World as possible, and we as a family have created a budget that includes everything we would need to get by for one year.

An update on the end goal

I still plan to blog each day that I am at Walt Disney World, as well as vlog or start a podcast.  Later this month, I will be contacting several publishing companies about the possibility of a book, to see what interest there may be.  My wife has also said that she’d like to write about the family dynamics of spending a year at Walt Disney World, and how it (hopefully) strengthens us as a family.

If you have any questions, comments, ideas, or other ways you can help, please email me (365DaysAtDisney@gmail.com) or leave a comment below!

Advertisements

Giving away $400 dollars

Earlier this week, I decided to do something a bit strange.  I wrote my 4,000th tweet (@365DaysOfDisney), and decided to donate some money to a good cause: Give Kids The World®.  I decided that I would give $1 for every retweet I got, up to $400.  Am I rich?  Absolutely not.  Am I crazy?  Maybe.  Is the money going to a great cause?  Definitely!

Image

What is Give Kids The World?  It is a “non-profit “storybook” resort… where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families are treated to week long, cost-free fantasy vacations.” (www.gktw.org)  Started by hotelier Henri Landwirth, it is located about 15 minutes from Walt Disney World.  Every need of its visitors is taken care of, complimentary, during their week long vacations.  There are activities at the village itself (including non-branded themed Boston Market and Perkins restaurants), and guests can go to a number of theme parks in the area around it (Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World, to name a few).  In their 20+ years serving families, over 127,000 have been able to spend a week at the Village.  Just this year, they remodeled a number of their accommodations, knowing that if it’s anything like record breaking 2012 (7,300 families!), they’ll be busy.

The Gingerbread House (yes, it's a Perkins)

The Gingerbread House (yes, it’s a Perkins)

There is so much that could be written about Give Kids The World, but instead, I encourage you to check out their webpage.  If you feel the desire to donate to them, you are more than welcome to! Just $25 can allow  family to use the Ice Cream Palace bar for their entire visit.

All you can eat ice cream for a week

All you can eat ice cream for a week

(photos are from the GKTW website)

The Give Kids The World blog

You can read a post from the family of Jaylie Nielson, in which they discuss in much more detail the Give Kids The World Village.