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Disabled children experience magic of Disney in a unique, up-close opportunity

Once upon a time, dozens of disabled children in Central Pennsylvania wished they could experience the magic of Disney on Ice.

Thanks to a thoughtful and hands-on opportunity, their wishes are coming true.
Kings and queens in training charm the cast of Disney on Ice, at the Giant Center, in Hershey.

Like many little girls, being a princess is a dream come true. But Leiana Smathers, 6, has a challenging search for magic.  She and her classmates from VisionCorps are visually or physically impaired.  So the hands-on experience of Disney on Ice Touch Tour offers them a unique opportunity.

Tour coordinator, Adrian Baez says, “Where everyone can experience the magic of Disney, the same and equally.”

Leiana says she , “Saw goofy and Belle.”

Leiana’s dad, Jonathan says, “I love that she’s still happy and doesn’t think anything’s wrong with her even though she has a little disadvantage, but she never let’s it bring her down.”

Israel Newswanger, of New Holland, will be four in May.  He mom, Danielle, says the Disney on Ice Touch Tour holds special meaning.

Danielle says, “There’s not many things like this you can take him to and he can experience in a way he can actually experience, instead of just sitting on sides and kind of taking it in, he can touch it and get to know it in a different way.”

Bringing a happily ever after feeling for these children and their families.

If you would like to experience Disney on Ice, contact the Giant Center.

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