Sunshine Flyer credits high demand for helping the organization donate more than $300,000 to Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida.
“Our initial goal was to raise $100,000 for Make-A-Wish, and now, thanks to the support of Sunshine Flyer guests, we anticipate tripling that goal,” said Sunshine Flyer Vice President Tony Glibkowski. “Everyone at the Sunshine Flyer is proud to be working with such an important cause, and we want to grant as many wishes as possible.”
The transportation provider is one of the replacements for Disney’s Magical Express. Each bus is themed to look like either a 1920s locomotive or passenger car that ferries visitors from Orlando International Airport to their Walt Disney World resort hotel. Passengers pay $17 per adult and $12.50 per child each way, and rides must be booked at least four days ahead of arrival.
The company anticipates raising enough money to grant more than 30 wishes for children with critical illnesses.
50% of all revenue to be donated
Launched in partnership with Transportation Management Services (TMS), Academy Bus and Empire Coach Line in late December 2021, Sunshine Flyer committed to donating 50% of all revenue from its first 50,000 passengers during the first 50 days of service to Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida in celebration of Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary.
Additionally, the company announced that all Make-A-Wish children and their families will receive complimentary service from Sunshine Flyer for their Disney wishes indefinitely.
“As we near the end of our first 50 days of service, we could not be more thankful for the overwhelming customer response we’ve received. We’re proud to transform some of that excitement into Make-A-Wish, which is such an impactful organization,” said Frank Sherman, CEO of TMS. “In launching the Sunshine Flyer, we knew how important it was that we give back to the Orlando community. Make-A-Wish Northern and Central Florida is the perfect partner for us, and we are honored to support them in continuing to make a difference in the lives of children, families and communities throughout the region.”