Recently, guests and crew members aboard all four Disney Cruise Line ships took part in the first ever AquaDucky Derby. The AquaDucky Derby was a series of rubber duck races held as a one-of-a-kind fundraiser to benefit Make-A-Wish International. Make-A-Wish International is an organization that grants wishes for children facing life-threatening medical conditions in 48 countries outside of the United States. Disney Cruise Line is a longstanding Make-A-Wish supporter, helping to fulfill nearly 700 cruise wishes for children and their families each year.
Yellow rubber ducks were available to purchase with the proceeds donated to Make-A-Wish. Before the race there was an opportunity to personalize your duck. The majority of the rubber ducks were decorated with Sharpies, while others, like this Frankenweenie inspired Frankenducky were given a true Disney makeover.
The races took place in Goofy’s Pool on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, while those onboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy utilized the AquaDuck.
“Having our guests take part in this first-ever AquaDucky Derby has definitely made it especially unique,” said Cruise Director Christiaan Abbott. “You can feel the excitement in the air. The entire shipboard community of guests and crew came together to have fun for a great cause, and the reaction from the crowd has been incredible.”
The AquaDucky Derby was just one of the many recent events saluting the 30th anniversary of the Disney VoluntEARS program and raised nearly $14,000 for Make-A-Wish International.
I do not know about you, but I’d love to take part in an event like this on my next Disney Cruise. It looks like a fun activity on a sea day and it is all for a great cause. To see even more, check the photo gallery on the Disney Parks Blog.