Jack made his trek to the Wish Tower last night. Make A Wish has a whole production for wish kids when they come to make their wish. We arrived to see a sign in the front of the building, welcoming Jack to the Wishing Place. First we got to tour the facility, and see everything. They gave us each a token to go make our own wishes and throw them into the wishing fountain. Jack's flew in pretty quick and was asking for more before Josh and I had a chance to think. They have nice garden's and places for Wish families to come visit anytime they want.
Then we went upstairs to discuss Jack's wish. We told them our "shoot for the moon" wish, that involved Pixar, and Jack...and millions of dollars worth of things, and after quickly cutting that out due to improbability, we talked about Jack. Since he is so young, we wanted to make sure that it would be something that he would not only enjoy at the time- but be able to look back and fell lucky that he was able to do it. If any of us asked Jack if he could wish for something, what would it be, Jack would respond "Dizzzzneyland."
Make A Wish usually heads straight for DisneyWorld, as they have more to do, and DisneyWorld accommodates Wish kids very well. You get passes to all four parks, and a Wish button that sets you apart from all the other kids so you can skip lines, meet characters and other special things. You also get to stay in a private village only accessible through Make A Wish, that has bungalow's for each family. There's an ice cream parlor with endless ice cream available to the kids. There is a mayor of the village, that is a Bunny. He celebrates his birthday and Christmas once a week, every week. He is also available to tuck you in at night. So it sounds like something that Jack would never get to do otherwise, which is exactly what we wanted his wish to be. Also, it is something that he understands, so if we tell him he gets to go to "DisneyWorld" he will know what that means, and get excited about it.
So, once that was decided, Jack helped me write it on a scroll. Then we rolled it up, and Jack put it in a solid scroll holder.. that weighed about 5 lbs. Then each of Jack's wish granters and Josh and I all made a wish for Jack, and wrote them down. We pulled out our key that we received when we were notified that Jack was getting a wish. He took the key to the door of the Wish Tower, and turned the key to open the door. (The key actually does unlock the door..you HAVE to have one to get in.)
Inside the Wish Tower was a cool room that changed colors. There was a "water mountain" as Jack calls water fountains, and a big cone with the top chopped off. We all walked in and they showed Jack around. We each read our wishes to him, then he got to place his wish. The room turned dark and he had to follow the lights on the ground around to where the top of the cone was. He placed his wish inside, and the room changed to a bright blue, then we followed tham back around to the cone, and put his wish on top. Then the room changed to a bright pink.. and his wish was officially placed. They told us we can come back anytime and use our key to hang out in the wish tower. Pretty cool.
After Jack made his wish, we got down to business and did a bunch of paperwork while Jack stuffed his face with some low fat strawberry shortcake. He was very happy, very talkative and very friendly with his wish granters. Thank you SO much Leslie for making this happen. We probably wouldn't have even considered it, if it weren't for you. So now we wait, for our doctor's approval (I don't see Dr. Su holding us back too much..) and they will notify us when Jack's wish will be granted. Thanks so much to Make A Wish, a wonderful, magical facility that brings happiness and light to kids who have seen a lot of darkness... and thanks to Stuart and Leslie, our wish granters!