Making a World of Difference for 50 Years

At Walt Disney World Resort we are honored to be part of the Central Florida community, a place we have called home since Oct 1, 1971.

Fifty years have brought many changes to our community and to our company but one thing that hasn’t changed is our desire to create a positive impact. We believe our community is at its best when we collaborate as volunteers, neighbors and friends.

We hope to continue to serve as a beacon of hope and happiness, bringing the magic of Disney to our guests and children and families across our theme parks, resorts, and community.

We invite you to explore how we continue investing in our communities and create a brighter future for all who live, work and play in our region.

Company Highlights


Number of cast members at Walt Disney World Resort. We are the largest single-site employer in the United States and serve as a catalyst for tourism, recreation and diversifies the region's economy.


Number of hours Walt Disney World cast members volunteered through the Disney VoluntEARS program in 2022. Disney has provided MILLIONS of volunteer hours to nonprofit organizations throughout Florida during the past five decades.

$1.4 million+

Amount raised for Make-A-Wish of Central and Northern Florida through sales of Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary specialty Florida license plate.

Hundreds of Millions

Dollars in charitable giving and in-kind donations that we have provided to nonprofit organizations in Central Florida since 1971.

$6 million

Grants to nonprofit organizations in Central Florida during our 50th Anniversary Celebration, including Give Kids The World, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Heart of Florida United Way, Hope Partnership, and more.


Tuition paid through Disney Aspire to part-time and full-time hourly Disney employees. Learn more about Disney Aspire.

$1.146 billion

Total state and local taxes paid and collected for 2022. Walt Disney World is the largest single taxpayer in Central Florida.


Disney-inspired wishes granted since 1980 through Make-A-Wish. Through the experience of wishes coming true at Walt Disney World, children with critical illnesses and their families find the hope and joy needed to confront and overcome the challenges of tomorrow.

80 Acres

Amount of land in Orange County we are providing to The Michaels Organization to build, own and operate an attainable house development with 1,300-units, offering affordable options for qualifying applicants within certain income levels.

Our Cast

Our company, leaders and Cast Members show up as a force for good, from giving back through volunteering to making significant financial and non-financial investments in causes that make a difference every day in the lives of those around us.

Throughout the 50th Anniversary celebration, they are continuing to bring magic to life across Walt Disney World Resort and throughout our communities, creating unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.

Stories from Cast Members

Disney VoluntEARS

The WDW Ambassador Team

Our Community

For more than 50 years, Walt Disney World Resort has played an active role in finding solutions to important matters in Central Florida. From Disney Wish Granting to actively addressing affordable housing, we help inspire a world of difference through the power of storytelling and strengthen our community in ways only Disney can.

Disney Cast Members celebrate a Disney Grant presentation for the Heart of Florida United Way for Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th Anniversary

Disney Grants

Cinderella greets a child dressed as a princess who is visiting Walt Disney World Resort for a wish trip.

Disney Wish Granting

Color drawing of an aerial view of community with different home structures surrounded by trees. A waterway is in the foreground while a road is found in the upper right corner

Community Investment

A Disney VoluntEAR helps clear brush in overgrown area as part of Disney’s commitment to the environment.

Disney Conservation