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Smiles and Ocean Breezes On Board

  • Eli’s smile said it all: Let the Disney Cruise begin!

  • Eli couldn’t wait for his wish to begin!

  • Eli and his dad enjoyed time on the beach together.

  • Eli’s family dressed up like pirates as they sailed the seas!

  • Eli’s family was able to spend quality time together without a care in the world.

  • Eli love his room on the cruise ship!

Rainmaker, you are such generous people with a huge heart! I can go on and on with how wonderful, fantastic, amazing and magical the whole experience was for Eli and our family. Thank you so much for all you do and this is something we will never forget in this lifetime!


- Cristina, Eli's mom

Eli’s passion for Disney started when he was just three years old. When Eli was in the hospital, his parents promised him that when he was healthy enough, they would experience the magic of Disney and celebrate his good health.

Eli’s passion for Disney started when he was just three years old. When Eli was in the hospital, his parents promised him that when he was healthy enough, they would experience the magic of Disney and celebrate his good health.

When Eli’s doctors cleared him to experience large crowds, his parents took him to Disney to celebrate his milestone. “His illness had caused him developmental delays and he struggled to express emotions, but Winnie the Pooh and Tigger got his first big smile of him!” said Cristina, Eli’s mom. Since that trip, Eli’s passion for Disney has fueled him to smile and fight through all the medications, therapies and appointments. After qualifying for a wish, Eli and his family began their journey towards a wish come true – more Disney.

MAGICAL MOMENTS FOR ELI

Because of Eli’s nervous system disorder, cooler temperatures are most fitting for Eli. He finds peace when he can feel a cool breeze across his face. “Eli is fond of the water and loves the ocean breeze,” shares his mom, “We knew that Disney plus the ocean would be perfect!”

Eli’s favorite part was visiting Castaway Cay once the ship docked in the Bahamas. He was able to enjoy tropical weather on a Bahamian oasis with signature Disney hospitality. The day before they arrived, it was very hot in the Bahamas. However, once Eli arrived, the weather suddenly became cooler and he was able to soak up the ocean breeze. “God really planned and gave Eli the favor of an overcast day, and the weather was so perfect for his liking-- It was indeed a day made for him,” said Cristina.

POWER OF A WISH

“Eli had been having some bad days with his medical battle before his wish, an hour without pain or discomfort is a happy moment for him. But during the whole week on the cruise, he never had an episode of neurostorming,” said Cristina.

When Eli’s wish was granted, anxiety was replaced with hope and his mother saw firsthand the power of a wish. “I know Eli's wish was granted, but our family's wish of true respite was also fulfilled. I never wanted to get off that ship and be woken up from a magical dream.”

When Eli’s wish was granted, anxiety was replaced with hope and his mother saw firsthand the power of a wish. ”

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