In 2009, 34 organizations received $700,000 through Disney’s Helping Kids Shine Grants. To date, more than $10 million has been awarded to deserving non-profit agencies in Central Florida.
Over the past 16 years, Walt Disney World Resort has raised more than $3.45 million for Junior Achievement of Central Florida.
In 2009, Walt Disney World Cast Members filled more than 6,000 backpacks for Central Florida students and contributed more than 650,000 school supplies to S.T.A.R.S. and A Gift for Teaching for use in local classrooms.
Walt Disney World Resort is the largest corporate contributor in the area to the Heart Of Florida United Way, with Disney Cast Members donating approximately $3 million annually to the organization.
In Mar. 2010, Florida Hospital for Children opened the lobby of the Walt Disney Pavilion, marking the first significant milestone for the hospital and part of a $10 million commitment by Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Worldwide Outreach. The lobby, designed by Disney Imagineers, uses fantasy, imagination and adventure to create a welcoming, healing environment for young patients.
Disney VoluntEARS – working with the Ocean Conservancy, Keep Brevard Beautiful, United States Coast Guard and the Canaveral Port Authority – helped clear more than 1,080 pounds of trash from the Brevard County coastline as part of the 2009 International Coastal Cleanup.
In 2009, Disney granted nearly 7,000 wish trips for children and donated more than 38,000 complimentary tickets valued at more than $9 million to Give Kids the World Village and other wish-granting organizations.
To date, more than 11,500 students have been named Disney Dreamers and Doers. The program recognizes exceptional students throughout Central Florida for demonstrating outstanding character development.
Disney is the largest taxpayer in Central Florida, paying approximately $586 million in state and local taxes each year.
Disney generated approximately 34 percent of the Tourist Development Taxes collected in
Disney paid $80 Million in ad valorem taxes to Orange County. That is more than the next 10 highest taxpayers combined.
Disney paid or collected more than $435 million in state sales, use and communications taxes and local resort taxes in 2009.
In 2009, the Disney Harvest program donated more than 33,000 pounds of prepared food per month – valued at more than $2.4 million – as part of a program run by the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. More than 1,000 local children were fed weekly through these efforts.
Disney VoluntEARS collected more than 23,000 toys to donate to Toys for Tots last holiday season.
In 2009, Cast Members donated more than 3,000 units of blood at on-site blood drives.