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Disney and Make-A-Wish® Launch #FRIENDLIKEME Challenge With Will Smith In Celebration Of Studio’s Upcoming Release ALADDIN

29 April 2019

Disney to Donate up to $1 Million to Help Grant Wishes to Children with Critical Illnesses via Global Challenge

The Walt Disney Company and Make-A-Wish® launched the #FriendLikeMe Challenge today—World Wish Day®, the first of a number of activities in the run up to celebrating the release of Walt Disney Studios’ much anticipated new movie, “Aladdin.”

The #FriendLikeMe Challenge is a cause marketing campaign between two of Make-A-Wish®’s wish granters, Disney and Will Smith. The actor/recording artist, who stars in Disney’s “Aladdin” as the wish-granting Genie, will encourage fans and celebrities to participate. Where there’s a wish, there’s a way to help children with critical illnesses. If you were the Genie and had the chance to grant three heartfelt wishes for someone, who would you share them with? Tag a friend on Twitter and/or Instagram, and for every public post with #FriendLikeMe from now through May 24, 2019, Disney will donate $5 up to $1 million to Make-A-Wish to help grant life-changing wishes all over the world. Visit FriendLikeMe for more information. Disney’s “Aladdin” is released in cinemas across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) from May 8 (France) and from May 22 in other markets.



This campaign is the first of many activities that Disney and Make-A-Wish are collaborating on across EMEA in celebration of wishes, Aladdin and helping children with critical illnesses. These initiatives include special gala screenings, additional wish granting and further opportunities for consumers to help play their part in the campaign.

Disney and Make-A-Wish® have a long-standing history and since 1980 Disney has helped realize more than 130,000 wishes for children with critical illnesses around the world. The campaign is part of The Walt Disney Company’s global commitment to deliver comfort and inspiration to families with children facing serious illness. Together we work with others to help build emotional resilience, leveraging the power of our brand, storytelling and characters to inspire and create Moments that Matter for children and those closest to them, who need it most.



Sara Hanson, Director of Charitable Programmes, Disney EMEA, said “There is such a strong link between the much-loved story of Aladdin and the impact real wishes can bring through the work of wish-granting organisations such as Make-A-Wish®, so we’re thrilled to launch a campaign together that continues to support our duel quest to create Moments that Matter for families with children facing serious illnesses across EMEA.”

Aladdin Film Page


About “Aladdin”
A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s 1992 classic, “Aladdin” is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie, who brings his singular flair for fast-paced, gritty, visceral action to the fictitious port city of Agrabah, “Aladdin” is written by John August and Ritchie based on Disney’s “Aladdin.” The film stars Will Smith as the larger-than-life Genie; Mena Massoud as the lovable street urchin Aladdin; Naomi Scott as Jasmine, the beautiful, self-determined princess; Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, the Royal Vizier and a powerful sorcerer; Navid Negahban as the Sultan concerned with his daughter’s future; Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Princess Jasmine’s free-spirited best friend and confidante; Billy Magnussen as the handsome and arrogant suitor Prince Anders; and Numan Acar as Hakim, Jafar’s right-hand man and captain of the palace guards. “Aladdin” is produced by Dan Lin, p.g.a., and Jonathan Eirich, p.g.a., with Marc Platt and Kevin De La Noy serving as executive producers. Alan Menken provides the score, which includes new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and new music written by Menken and songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. “Aladdin” opens in cinemas across EMEA from May 8, 2019 (France) and from May 22, 2019 in other markets.

TWDC Social Responsibility Commitment
As well as being a responsible business, The Walt Disney Company is dedicated to delivering comfort and inspiration for families around the world and recognises it takes a team to make a significant impact. The Walt Disney Company, through all its affiliated brands, helps realise more than 10,000 wishes a year for children facing serious illnesses around the world. Since Disney granted its first wish request in the early 1980s, it has helped wish-granting organisations to fulfil more than 130,000 wishes.

The #FriendLikeMe initiative is part of The Walt Disney Company EMEA social purpose programme, where we work in partnership with others to help build emotional resilience. Together we bring the power of our brand, stories and characters to inspire and create Moments that Matter for those who need it the most.

About Make-A-Wish®
Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child's wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish is the world’s leading children’s wish-granting organization, serving children in more than 50 countries worldwide. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and more than 40,000 volunteers grant a wish every 17 minutes, on average, somewhere in the world. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted nearly 450,000 wishes to children; more than 30,000 last year alone. For more information about Make-A-Wish America, visit wish.org and for more information about Make-A-Wish International, visit worldwish.org.

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