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News - September 2018
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The Disney Reef outdoor play area recently opened at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital (GOSH) in London.
Positioned at the heart of the world-famous hospital, it was designed by Walt Disney Imagineers in collaboration with GOSH’s play team and young patients.
It brings together special lights and sensory elements as well as Disney favourites including Mickey Mouse and Goofy; Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Hank from Finding Dory - all sculpted specifically for the space.
It will be used by the 600-plus seriously-ill children who visit the hospital daily, providing a vital outdoor space where they can spend time with siblings and other family members.
Since Walt Disney first visited Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1951, the two organisations have been working together to improve the environment.
And The Disney Reef forms part of a global commitment announced in March by Bob Iger, chairman and chief executive of The Walt Disney Company, to reimagine children’s patient journeys, both in and out of hospitals.
Assistant chief nurse, Herdip Sidhu-Bevan, said: “This is a very-special space where children can take some much-needed time outside, away from the busy ward environment to relax and enjoy themselves together with their families.
“The Reef’s design will accommodate patients with a wide range of conditions, and of all ages, so it’s truly inclusive and will be a fantastic addition to the hospital.”
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