Carlos Had the Ride of his Life at Walt Disney World!

Name: Carlos
Age: 15
State: IL

Wish Kid

Carlos was born with Down syndrome. As with most kids with Down syndrome, he has struggled with a very serious heart condition. Carlos has had major heart surgery and must be monitored carefully. Because of the nature of his heart condition, he must be very careful physically and requires assistance with his mobility for distance.

For Carlos, the best parts of his wish were the rides. According to his mother, “Carlos totally loved ALL the rides,” especially Goofy’s Barnstormer rollercoaster in ToonTown at the Magic Kingdom, which he got to ride three times in a row, much to his mother’s chagrin. Carlos and his family visited Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Epcot Center, as well as Universal Studios and WonderWorks. In fact, it was at WonderWorks where Carlos had the most fun: “We had to practically carry him out of there…he LOVED the Earthquake experience! He just kept pressing the button!”

Now that it’s all over, his mother presented him with a photo album filled with pictures from his wish trip. “Now we can look at the picture album together and reminisce.”

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