Valley Children's and Disney Team Up to Deliver Comfort and Joy to Patients

07.06.2022
Young boy in face mask standing in front of Disney Magic Art installation on wall

(Madera, California) – Valley Children’s Hospital has unveiled magical Disney interactive artwork and other imaginative installations designed to create positive memories for children and their families during an inpatient stay. As part of the unveiling event held on June 30, Disney hosted a special viewing of Disney and Pixar’s latest film, “Lightyear” with Pixar artists onsite showing kids how to draw animated characters, and longtime Disney collaborator Starlight Children’s Foundation® delivered hospital wear featuring Pixar characters and Disney-themed care packages for patients filled with fun activities and keepsakes.

“At Valley Children’s, our doctors and staff provide the most exceptional care for our kids – and we also recognize the importance of playtime, wonder and joy to a child’s recovery,” said Beverly Hayden-Pugh, Valley Children’s vice president, chief nursing officer and chief transformation officer. “We thank Disney for bringing their beloved characters and creativity to our hospital and easing the stress of our families during their stay.”

Teams across Disney, including their world-renowned Walt Disney Imagineers, worked with a global network of experts to identify unique experiences Disney could provide that would ease the fear and anxiety of a hospital stay. Among the experiences now featured at Valley Children’s Hospital are:

  • Magic Windows – special installations that offer patients mesmerizing views into beloved stories from the worlds of Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars
  • Character Ceiling Tiles – visually-stunning art that draws children into the vibrant worlds of Disney’s storytelling
  • Magic Art – delightful digital screens with favorite characters that deliver fun, animated and inspirational messages to patients in English and Spanish
  • Character-themed Starlight Hospital Wear – familiar characters and designs on hospital wear provide patients with fun and comfy clothing to wear during their hospital stay
  • Mobile Movie Theater – inspired by the cinema on Main Street, USA at Disneyland Resort, the mobile movie theater offers patients and their families a place to gather, create memories, and watch complimentary Disney movies and other content

Existing experiences include:

  • Disney Movie Moments – special screenings of newly-released Disney movies offer opportunities for families to create happy memories at the hospital
  • Disney+ – child life professionals can share the content on Disney+ with children as a way to ease the anxiety of a hospital experience

Magic windows and magic arts are also featured at select Valley Children’s Primary Care practices, including Sky Park Pediatrics in Fresno and Magnolia Pediatrics in Clovis.

To learn more about Disney’s commitment to children and families of the Central Valley, visit www.valleychildrens.org/Disney.



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