Nothing can truly convey the magical feeling of being at the Village or the impact that it has on the many families we welcome each year. However, the images below do offer a glimpse of what makes Give Kids The World Village the place where happiness inspires hope.
Click the icons below to check out pictures and video of some of the Village's iconic venues.
Click the icons below to check out pictures and video of just some of our many nightly entertainment events.
Check out some videos and pictures of some of the Village's iconic venues.
House of Hearts
This is the “heart” of Give Kids The World’s Guest Services, where our wish families check-in and attend orientation.
Castle of Miracles and Enchanted Carousel
The Castle of Miracles is the Village's most iconic venue. Inside you'll find Twinkle Hope’s La-Ti-Da Royal Spa, a mysterious forest, a wishing well that burps and moos, Rusty the friendly guard, a magic tree that makes pillows and more. Just outside is the ever-popular, wheelchair-accessible Enchanted Carousel. What makes the Castle so special are the thousands of stars that fill the ceiling and adjoining Star Tower. Every wish child gets a star to personalize and is helped by Stellar the Star Fairy, who places their stars and invites them back the next day to see them shining above.
Towne Hall is a 53,000 square-foot, two-story building covered in chocolate kisses, swirly lollipops, and colorful gumdrops. Inside are various dining options at Café Clayton: Nancy’s Kitchen, Mama Merry’s Pizzeria, Katie’s Kitchen, and a salad bar. All dining takes place in the Gingerbread House. When Florida's summer thunderstorms come knocking on our door, The Hoppening Place serves as the perfect gathering area for our nightly entertainment.
Ice Cream Palace
The Village's Ice Cream Palace is the place where the whole family can enjoy ice cream - morning, noon, or night. Some families even have ice cream for breakfast to sweeten their once-in-a-lifetime vacation even more.
Julie's Safari Theatre
This is the place where families can sit back with some popcorn and catch a flick together!
Amberville Train Station
Amberville is an interactive train station that includes a model railroad, a waterway with remote-controlled boats, train memorabilia, an interactive video arcade, billiards and the latest Wii and XBOX 360 games. Families can take a ride on the wheechair-accessible JJ’s Express, located just outside of Amberville’s back door.
Marc's Dino Putt
Marc’s DinoPutt is a 7-hole miniature golf course filled with friendly dinosaurs, a glow-in-the-dark cave, a water fall and more.
Matthew's Boundless Playground
This unique playground brings the beloved children's game CANDY LAND to life and offers fun around every corner for children of all ages, regardless of their physical limitations.
Park of Dreams
The Park of Dreams features an interactive water garden and a wheelchair-accessible pool where children of all abilities can experience flowing, jetting and misting water fun. This is home to Serendipity, an 80-foot long ship complete with a stage for many of our nightly entertainment shows. If families are looking for a snack, Noah's Nook offers hotdogs, popcorn, ice cream and more.
Twinkle Hope's La-Ti-Da Royal Spa
At Twinkle Hope’s La-Ti-Da Royal Spa, wish children are pampered with face-painting, nails, makeup, and airbrush tattoos!
JJ's Express Train
Choo choo! All aboard! JJ’s Express is a wheelchair-accessible train that circles the Amberville pond and chugs through a jungle and cave.
The Enchanted Carousel is always a highlight for families at the Village. They can experience the magical, wheelchair-accessible ride whenever they like!
Lori's Magical Flight
Lori’s Magical Flight is a wheelchair-accessible, butterfly-themed ride designed to accommodate all guests – including those with physical disabilities. It features six, hang-glider style cars that gently fly in a circle. Each is equipped with pedals that riders use to make the cars swoop up and down. Guests unable to pedal can instead use hand cranks.
Twice a week, Keaton’s Korral transforms from a quiet patch of land into the Village’s very own trail ride. Wish children and their siblings have the chance to saddle up and enjoy a ride upon a mighty pony or trusty steed. After their morning ride, each brave buckaroo receives a cowboy hat symbolizing his or her courage – just like legendary cowboys.
Happy Harbor Fishing Pond
Families get to enjoy a Florida past time together at this unique, sheltered fishing hole. It's even specially adapted with a railing that allows wheelchairs to pull up close and get a firsthand look at all the fishing fun.
The Village Chapel
At our nondenominational chapel, families can fulfill any spiritual needs.
Memory Market Gift Shop
The Memory Market gift shop offers families and volunteers the chance to take a little bit of the Village home with them. Souvenirs ranging from Village-themed apparel, jewelry, household items and much more. This special memorabilia is also available in the online store.
Mayor Clayton and Ms. Merry's House
The home of our very own Mayor Clayton and his wife, Ms. Merry. Families can walk through the garden and enjoy the peaceful fish pond.
The Village is full of all kinds of fun and magical sounds – laughter, the cheerful song of a bird, friendly hellos, and even the snoring of the Village’s giant, slumbering tree, Ol’ Elmer.
Check out some pictures and videos of just some of our nightly entertainment events.
World's Largest CANDY LAND Game
The world’s largest CANDY LAND game at Matthew’s Boundless Playground is a sweet treat for the whole family! On Sundays at the CANDY LAND, families enjoy lots of sweets, fun and games with Ms. Merry, Mayor Clayton and Murphy the Gingerbread Man.
A Village favorite, kids take the stage on Wednesdays to show off the best talent the Village has to offer at The Hoppening Place.
Every Thursday, the Avenue of Angels turns into a Winter Wonderland as Santa arrives from the North Pole for a night of arts and crafts, games and even a little snow.
Mayor Clayton and Ms. Merry Tuck-Ins
Children can enjoy a truly once-in-a lifetime experience of having a loveable bunny tuck them into bed! When Ms. Merry or Mayor Clayton visits the child’s villa, they create memories that won’t soon be forgotten.
Once Upon a Village Party
Games, crafts and lots of adventure await families and young pirates, princesses, mermaids and knights to the ship stage at the Park of Dreams!
Mayor Clayton’s Hare-Raising Halloween
Every Friday morning, the Mermaid Academy allows girls and boys of all ages to experience life as a mermaid, merman, or shark at our Park of Dreams Pool.
The Mermaid Academy
Every Friday morning, The Mermaid Academy allows girls and boys of all ages to experience life as a mermaid, merman, or shark at our Park of Dreams Pool.
Mayor Clayton's Birthday Party
Tuesday night is the night that families join Ms. Merry and friends to surprise Mayor Clayton for his birthday. There’s cake, music, dancing and more!
Throughout the week, friends from Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Resort Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando, Nickelodeon Suites Resort and LEGOLAND Florida visit the brave kids and their families we call guests.