Fantasy Wonderland of 500,000 Balloons Gives Sick Kids Most Uplifting Fundraising Event Ever

On Friday and Saturday, a hotel in Orlando came alive with vibrant colors and breathtaking flair after more than 400 balloon artists from around the world constructed a wonderland to benefit sick children.

The ballroom in the Hyatt hotel became a life-sized replica of Give Kids The World Village—a 90-acre, whimsical nonprofit resort in Kissimmee, Florida which provides critically ill children and their families with magical week-long vacations at no cost.

Balloon artisans from 22 countries built life-sized replicas of the Village’s seven iconic ‘neighborhoods’ using a half-million biodegradable balloons to recreate Under the Sea, Candy Land, Dinosaur Land, and more.

Sponsored by Pioneer Balloon Company, all the proceeds from the $20 tickets go towards fulfilling the wishes of critically-ill children and their families.

“We are very excited about bringing the wonder and excitement of balloon artistry to Orlando while raising funds for such an impactful nonprofit,” said a spokesperson of Pioneer Balloon Company founded in 1917.

The beautiful event (pictured in the video below) raised $52,000, all of which will be used to fulfill the wishes of critically ill children and their families.

Give Kids The World also raises millions of dollars for its charity work with an annual Christmas lights spectacular, covered by GNN each of the last two years.

The mission of Give Kids The World Village is to create happiness for wish families during all-inclusive, customized dream vacations that include visits to Disney World.

Every family is treated to transportation; accommodations; all meals; donated theme park tickets; nightly entertainment; and more. Since 1986, Give Kids The World has welcomed 177,000 families from all 50 states and 76 countries.