Kyla Antues, shown with her parents, Melanie and Dan, is of the 52 youngsters who'll be in Disneyland today on the 56th Sunshine Dreamlift.
More than 50 youngsters were scheduled to fly out of Kelowna at 7 a.m. for a whirlwind day at the Magic Kingdom.
"I know they have a lot of fun rides and a lot of princesses at Disneyland," seven-year-old Kyla Antues said Monday. "I'm going to go on the Indiana Jones ride and the Haunted Mansion."
"I want to go on all the rides where you go through water," said nine-year-old Cody Horsfield, who also hopes to encounter Lightning McQueen and Tigger as he tours Disneyland.
Kyla, who has a significant vision impairment, and Cody, who uses hearing aids, are part of the Sunshine Foundation's 56th Dreamlift, an all-expenses paid trip to Disneyland supported by funds raised at Wendy's restaurants in the B.C. Southern Interior.
The excited youngsters and their families gathered at the Delta Grand hotel last night to go over details for the trip, which promises to be an exhaustive but fun-filled 15 hours.
Over the past 19 years, the nine Wendy's restaurants in the Southern Interior have raised over $1.2 million to support DreamLift trips like the one taking place today.
"This one day has such a positive impact on these children," said Ken Park, owner of Wendy's B.C. Southern Interior. "We are very proud to be involved."
Kids who go on a Dreamlift gain a great sense of confidence, says Nancy Sutherland, national executive director of the Sunshine Foundation.
"We are thrilled to have Wendy's B.C. Southern Interior's support," she said.
For most of the kids, it's their first trip to Disneyland. But for young Cody, it's also his first time on an airplane.
"We just don't have a lot of money to take vacations," said Cody's mom, Maria.
Like most of the other parents, Maria won't be making the trip herself. Cody will be escorted by one of his teachers, and while they're in Disneyland the kids will be accompanied by members of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
"I'm kind of sad I won't be with Cody on his first airplane trip, but this is a great opportunity for him," Maria said.
With the consent of her parents, Melanie and Dan, Kyla has already devised a strategy to recover from her long day at Disneyland. "I'm going to skip school on Wednesday and sleep in."