BARCELONA, Spain (April 23, 2010) – Today, Disney Cruise Line presented the Vall d’Hebron Hospital in Catalonia with a Disney character mural, 12 feet high and 20 feet long (approximately 3.5 meters high and 6 meters long), as part of the company’s community outreach to the region for the Disney Magic cruise ship’s return to Barcelona for a second season of Mediterranean cruises.
The mural was hand painted by more than 300 guests and crew members at the first-ever “PaintFest At Sea”, a Disney VoluntEARS program in coordination with the non-profit, Foundation for Hospital Art, during the 14-night trans-Atlantic cruise from Florida to Spain.
“We are delighted to find such a perfect home at Vall d’Hebron Hospital for this wonderful piece of art,” said Rena Langley, Director of Public Affairs for Disney Cruise Line. “At Disney we are focused on inspiring others to give back in their own communities and with this PaintFest project, guests sailing aboard the Disney Magic had a unique opportunity to give back to the Barcelona community by painting with our VoluntEARS during their cruise.”
As the first-ever “PaintFest At Sea,” both crew members and guests were encouraged to volunteer and participate in painting 60 pre-drawn and color-coded individual canvases that together comprised the full mural. It was designed by Disney character artist Don “Ducky” Williams and features the Disney characters Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Chip, Dale and Goofy sailing through the clouds.
Disney VoluntEARS, along with the beloved Disney characters were on-hand at the Vall d’Hebron Hospital to assist in presenting the mural to hospital staff and hanging the mural in the main Children’s Area of the facility. VoluntEARS also visited with the children in the hospital, which is one of many community outreach projects taking place in the ports along Disney’s Mediterranean and Northern European itineraries this summer where the goal is to deliver toys and smiles to deserving children within these communities.
Foundation for Hospital Art
The Foundation for Hospital Art has helped to bring together over 500,000 volunteers and patients to create over 35,000 paintings for over 2,000 hospitals in 193 countries with its mission of providing compassion through art to every hospital in the world. Since 1984, the Foundation has been dedicated to involving patients and volunteers worldwide to create colorful, soothing artwork donated to hospitals. PaintFests are just one way the Foundation involves volunteers.
Disney Cruise Line has worked together with the Foundation to provide volunteer opportunities for cast and crew members aboard both the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, those at private island Castaway Cay in The Bahamas and at the line’s shore side offices in Florida. Disney VoluntEARS paint specially designed murals with Disney character art, then donate the murals to hospitals in the communities Disney cruise ships call home.
Since 2005, Disney Cruise Line VoluntEARS have donated more than 700 hours to hand paint 30 different murals for delivery to hospitals and care facilities in Disney’s ports of call.
Disney Cruise Line returned to Europe this summer after a highly successful season of Mediterranean cruises in 2007. The return to the Mediterranean, and the addition of first-ever Northern European cruises is the latest example of Disney’s global expansion in the family cruising market. The European itineraries provide families with a unique way to see world famous cities throughout the region, with a cruise experience that only Disney can deliver.
Homeporting in Barcelona, 10- and 11-night Mediterranean itineraries will sail to Valletta, Malta, Tunis, Tunisia and Ajaccio (Corsica) for the first time, and once again return to Naples, Civitavecchia and La Spezia in Italy and Villefranche, France.
As the ship transitions from the Mediterranean to the Baltic in June, Disney Cruise Line will offer two repositioning cruises from Barcelona to Dover, as well as a first-ever season of four, 12-night Baltic cruises, departing from Dover, England, and sailing to Oslo, Norway; Copenhagen, Denmark; Warnemunde, Germany; St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finland or Tallinn, Estonia and Stockholm, Sweden.
Disney Cruise Line
Disney Cruise Line continues to expand its blueprint for family cruising with two new ships currently under construction in Germany. The Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy are scheduled to come online in 2011 and 2012, respectively, allowing for more variety of itineraries, including a permanent reposition of the Disney Wonder ship to the West Coast of the U.S., sailing Mexican Riviera and first-ever Alaskan itineraries in 2011.
Based in Celebration, Fla., Disney’s cruise experience is focused on providing a setting where families can reconnect, adults can recharge and kids can immerse themselves in worlds of fantasy only Disney can create.