Give Kids The World Village Photo Tour

Give Kids the World Village Photo Tour

Give Kids the World Village Photo Tour

TheMouseForLess would like to let you know about a wonderful program. This program is for children with life threatening illnesses and for their families. It is called “Give Kids The World Village” and as MFL members, we can help do exactly that… Give Kids The World. This is a wonderful, caring organization that works with the Make A Wish Foundation, in giving families with terminally ill kids a 6 day vacation to Orlando and WDW free.  Check here for more information on Give Kids the World Village  

Welcome to our Give Kids the World Village Photo Tour

Give Kids the World Village Photo stepping stones

Stepping Stones

These stepping stones are found all around the Village

Give Kids The World Village Photo Amberville Sign

Welcome to Amberville

 

Give Kids The World Village Photo Amberville

Amberville

The atmosphere is all whimsy and fun

Give Kids The World Village Photo Bruce, Nemo and Dory

Amberville

Bruce, Nemo and Dory swim in the moat around Amberville.

Give Kids The World Village Photo Tour takes us inside for some entertainment

Give Kids The World Village Photo Model railroad

Model Train, a must see for any enthusiasts

This is the model city and railroad is located inside of Amberville at Give Kids The World Village. You can make the train run, turn on lights, start the ferris wheel spinning, all with the touch of buttons located around the edges of the model train area.   Even adults will enjoy all the details.

Give Kids the World Village Photo model train

Model Train

Give Kids the World Village Photo teen room

Teen room complete with wi-fi

Give Kids The World Village Photo game room

The game room inside Amberville, SCORE!

Remote Control Boats, Ahoy!

Give Kids The World Village Photo Room

Control room for the remote control boats

This is the back side of the room where the “controls” are for the radio-controlled boats.

Give Kids the World Village Photo remote control boats

Drive safely captains

Here you can see the boats being “Captained” from inside the train station. The boats are outside in the moat.

Give Kids the World Village Photo Tour Visits the Screen Dreams Theater

Give Kids the World Village Photo Screen Dreams Theater

Screen Dreams Theater

Give Kids The World Village Photo Screen Dream

The Screen Dreams movie theatre has 120 seats.

Give Kids the World Village Photo movie theatre

The Screen Dreams movie theatre is also where Mickey and Minnie do a Meet and greet and take photos. Each family gets an 8×10 photo to take home with them.

Heading backoutside on the Give Kids The World Village Photo Tour to see what else we can discover

Give Kids The World Village Photo trashcans

I like more than peanuts

Throwing away trash has never been so much fun! There are several of these “friendly” trashcans around the village.

eGive Kids The World Village Photo lephant trashcan

Thank you

If you hold your trash up to the elephant’s nose, it gets SUCKED inside!

Give Kids The World Village Photo Butterfly garden
Here’s a peek at the peaceful Butterfly garden.

Give Kids The World Village Photo Caring Center

Caring Center

This is the Caring Center. It is where Angels (volunteers) sign in and out. Families can also borrow books from the library here.

Give Kids The World Village Photo Caring Center
Another view of the Caring Center.

Give Kids The World Village Photo Ice Cream Palace

Not last and definitely not the least, but it is a FAVORITE

The Ice Cream Palace which serves all sorts of ice cream, along with sandwiches, hot dogs and drinks for a quick lunch during the day.

Give Kids The World Village Photo Bunny Bucks
Bunny Bucks which friends of visiting families can use to ‘purchase’ food items.

Give Kids The World Village Photo Ice Cream Palace Tables
Table bases inside the Ice Cream Palace are shaped like ice cream cones!

Give Kids The World Village Photo Ice Cream

Yum!

Give Kids The World Village Photo courtyard fountain
The fountain in the courtyard

The Chapel is lovely

Give Kids The World Village Photo Chapel ceiling
This is the ceiling in the Chapel.

stained glass window
Faith stained glass window in the Chapel.

Give Kids The World Village Photo Chapel stained glass window
Love stained glass window in the Chapel.

 

Give Kids The World Village Photo stained glass
Another stained glass window in the Chapel.

stained glass window
Hope stained glass window in the Chapel.

stained glass window
Peace stained glass window in the Chapel.

The Castle of Miracles

Castle of Miracles
Our Give Kids The World Village Photo Tour would not be complete without The Castle of Miracles, which was built in 1994. Just outside the door to the Castle is a beautiful carousel which was brought over from Holland. You can ride on roosters, pigs, lions, unicorns and seahorses. Additionally, kids and adults alike can roll right up onto the back of a turtle or a snail to join in the fun of a good old-fashioned carousel ride. These two animals were uniquely built for special guests in wheelchairs.

 

interactive game
The interactive game inside of the Castle of Miracles was built by engineering students at Carnegie-Mellon. Their professor is the parent of a former wish child who stayed at Give Kids the World Village.

Give Kids The World Village Photo Fe Fi Fo Fun Room ceiling

Hello down there

Look out for the GIANT hiding on the Fe Fi Fo Fun Room ceiling!

Give Kids The World Village Photo Fe Fi Fo Fun Room ceiling

More fun in the castle

The Fe Fi Fo Fun Room contains some great toys, dress up costumes
and an awesome supply of LEGOS!

Give Kids The World Village Photo Gold stars cover the majority of the Castle sky

Wow

As they check in at the Village, each Wish Child is given a gold star on which they sign their name. After making a wish, they leave their star in the Castle and at night after everyone is asleep, the bewitching Star Fairy places their star on the ceiling to shine brightly for all to see. Currently, gold stars cover the majority of the Castle sky as a permanent reminder of those Wish Children who have visited before. Families frequently return many years later and are overjoyed to see their Wish Child’s special star still keeping watch over the Village.

Give Kids The World Village Photo bottomless wishing-well

Bottomless, oh yes indeed

There is a bottomless wishing-well inside of the Grand Hall.

Give Kids The World Village Photo Grand Hall Magical Mirror
The “Magical Mirror” inside of the Grand Hall transforms our little girls into Queens!

Give Kids The World Village Photo Magical Mirror
The girls place their face in to a “circle” which triggers the transformation.

Give Kids The World Village Photo drawers and cabinets
There is a wall full of drawers and cabinets inside the Castle that can be open, closed and pulled causing lots of funny noises!

Give Kids The World Village Photo certificate

Magic Pillows

This certificate is given to families when they check in – it is redeemed in the Castle for a magic pillow – several Mouse for Less list members
have made the pillowcases that are donated!

Give Kids The World Village Photo magic pillow machine
This is the magic pillow machine. As the pillow is “made”, it chugs and churns and feathers fly!

Give Kids The World Village Photo Haley
Then, POOF!!! Out comes your special pillow. Haley displays hers.

Give Kids The World Village Photo Alisha
Alisha too, shares her own personal pillow. (And if you look closely in the background, you’ll see our Beccy’s son Michael!)

Give Kids The World Village Photo King Haley
Haley, transformed to a KING, inside of the Castle.

Give Kids The World Village Photo Queen Haley
Changing her mind, Haley decides to be QUEEN!

Give Kids The World Village Photo Gingerbread House
This is the Gingerbread House. Meals here are provided by Perkins. In 1989 the house cost $600,000 to build. This was all raised by donations. Staffed by 16 full and part-time Perkins employees, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served.

Give Kids The World Village Photo peppermint candy tables
The table tops are made with 27,000 real peppermint candies.

Give Kids The World Village Photo dolls
Visiting families have donated more than 1000 dolls which are displayed around the building’s ceiling. There are dolls dressed in national costumes, a history of Barbie and even some Disney Princess’s. There is also a player piano that plays lots of childhood tunes!

Give Kids The World Village Photo serving line
One of the serving lines inside the Gingerbread House.

Give Kids The World Village Photo Gingerbread Mascot
A Gingerbread Mascot

Give Kids The World Village Photo metal trucks and trains
For the boys there is a room containing a large collection of priceless antique metal trucks and trains.

Give Kids The World Village Photo trucks
Here’s a closer view of some of the room’s trucks.

Give Kids The World Village Photo Ol Elmer

Nap time?

Ol Elmer can be found between Gingerbread House and the pool.

Give Kids The World Village Photo Ol Elmer sign
Ol Elmer has a sign which doesn’t tell you that he SNORES!

Give Kids The World Village Photo yellow submarine

Nostalgia

Special permission was granted GKTW to paint their gas tanks.
By law, these must be white and easily spotted. As you can see, they are now “yellow submarines”, complete with John, Paul, George and Ringo – the Beatles.

Give Kids The World Village Photo Claytonburg Park of Dreams

Welcome to Claytonburg

Claytonburg Park of Dreams entry-way sign

Give Kids The World Village Photo pool area

Family Entertainment Stage

This is inside pool area. This is where Shamu dances during the Monday
night pool parties – A D.J. also sets up here.

Give Kids The World Village Photo pool

Easily accessible pool

The pool is complete with a ramp and a plastic wheelchair to give access to those in wheelchairs. There was one touching story of a disabled father of one of the wish children who, due to the ramp and chair, was able to swim with his children for the very first time.

Give Kids The World Village Photo Shamu's Happy Harbor

Who wants to fish?

This is Shamu’s Happy Harbor. You can fish off of this boat in the fully-stocked lake. It’s just behind the pool.

Give Kids The World Village Photo Tour visits Mayor Clayton’s House

Give Kids The World Village Photo Mayor Clayton's (miniature) house
Mayor Clayton’s (miniature) house is complete with miniature furniture that the kids can sit on.

Give Kids The World Village Photo miniture baby carriage
A miniture baby carriage inside Mayor Clayton’s house.

Give Kids The World Village Photo sitting room
The “sitting room” inside of Mayor Clayton’s house.

Give Kids The World Village Photo miniture furniture
Without something to compare to, this miniture furniture looks lifesize!

 

Give Kids The World Village Photo Inside of Mayor Clayton's house
Another view of the inside of Mayor Clayton’s house.

Give Kids The World Village Photo villa

Welcome home

Each family stays in a 2 bedroom villa, complete with a living room and full kitchen.

Give Kids The World Village Photo Marc's Dino Putt

Mini Golf anyone?

Named after Marc McConnell (an inspirational child who visited GKTW), Marc’s Dino Putt is a 7 hole putt-putt golf course. It was donated by Universal Studios-Orlando. There is plenty of room for wheelchairs on this course. Each hole has a special effects trick in addition to the sound of roaring or yapping dinosaurs whenever the ball makes it in the cup.

Give Kids The World Village Photo dinosaur

Roar

You will find 11 of the world’s friendliest dinosaurs here. The designers used cheery colors and smooth skin and features when designing these dinosaurs, to make them fun, not scary, to the children that visit.