Discovery Cove recently welcomed 192 children with a wide range of illnesses or disabilities for a fun-filled day in paradise to learn all about dolphins. The visit — coordinated by Dreamflight, a United Kingdom based charity that organizes the annual 10-day trip to Orlando — provided an unforgettable experience for both the children and the large team of volunteer doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, and others who escorted them.
“Our entire team looks forward to this visit every year, working alongside the Dreamflight crew to create a truly unforgettable experience for these children,” said Kyle Miller, Park President. “I commend Dreamflight for their continued efforts and everyone on our team who give it their all to create memories these children will cherish forever.”
More than 40 team members at Discovery Cove and SeaWorld Ambassadors work together, days in advance, to prepare for the special visit. From leveling sand and installing planks on the beaches for easier wheelchair access, to the amenities that support the children during their dolphin visits, time and effort is invested to make sure their day is perfect.
“Dreamflight could not operate without the support of great partners like Discovery Cove, and the hundreds of volunteers from the United Kingdom and the Great State of Florida, who work tirelessly to give these deserving children a trip of a lifetime,” said Sally Wrampling, Dreamflight’s Director.
Dreamflight strives to give children an opportunity to do something that medicine cannot, including discovering independence, confidence, and a new outlook on life. For many participates this is the first time they were away from their parents, and many return home with boosted self-esteem, a sense of independence and the knowledge that they are not alone. Although the Dreamflight visit to Discovery Cove lasts only for one day, the benefits for these most deserving children are often life-long.