By Amusement Today | March 28, 2013
CHICAGO, Ill. — The very notion of what’s magical will take on new meaning in America’s most famous theme park this November. For the first time ever, the Walt Disney World Resort will be the venue to For A Cause, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that orchestrates multi-day charity walks in vacation destinations that uniquely allow participants to walk for the charity of their choice.
The “A Walk Around The World” event (awalkaroundtheworld.org), a walk-only fundraiser limited to 50 participants, takes place November 14–18, 2013. Over the course of three days, walkers will hit the sidewalks and walkways (not streets) averaging 10 miles a day, following a suggested journey through Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort. The adventure will take them through major resorts, water parks, and several of the famed theme parks, where walkers will experience all the sites and attractions along the way, at their leisure. In addition, everyone will have a chance to enjoy group meals, activities, shows, fireworks and several very special surprises, according to Robert Webber, president of For A Cause.
“There are so many die-hard WDW fans out there who are going to love the idea of visiting their favorite theme park while walking to raise money for the nonprofit of their choice,” Webber says. “In years past, For A Cause participants have traveled to castles in Europe and trekked miles throughout historic destinations, but this is the first time they’ll be given a chance to visit Cinderella’s castle and walk miles throughout a fantasy destination. It’s going to be some serious fun — the Walk will be both magical and meaningful. If your feet get a little tired, you can just hop on one of the enchanted rides and take a break!”
The registration fee for A Walk Around The World is $350 per person and includes a portion of the event expenses, as well as lodging at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, group meals and group snacks. Single participants will be paired with a roommate, although single rooms are available for an extra charge. Walkers must be 14+ years old to participate. There is a minimum fundraising requirement for the charity of the participant’s choice.
“As with all For A Cause events, A Walk Around The World will put participants up in comfortable accommodations, offer excellent food, and an unforgettable experience — this time made possible by the extraordinary setting and fanfare at the Walt Disney World Resort,” Webber says.
A complete list of frequently asked questions pertaining to registration, lodging, and walk logistics is available at: awalkaroundtheworld.org/FAQ.html.
For more information about For A Cause, visit www.rfac.org.
About For A Cause
A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, For A Cause is grounded in its mission to energize and inspire people to make a difference in the world for those who are less fortunate. Orchestrating highly unique, creative and exciting walking and cycling events, For A Cause differentiates itself from other fundraising events by allowing its participants to choose the charity/nonprofit that will benefit from their efforts. Event participants are individuals who walk or ride for everything from breast cancer to AIDS/HIV, homelessness, diabetes, childhood cancers and disabilities, and much, much more. Together, they’ve raised over $500 million while walking or cycling in incredible destinations worldwide — Italy, Ireland, France, Spain, Scotland, the Netherlands, and, soon, the United States’ Walt Disney World Resort.
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