Holiday Surprise: Hero’s Welcome Awaits Chilean Miners, Rescuers and Their Families

Holiday Surprise: Hero’s Welcome Awaits Chilean Miners, Rescuers and Their Families

Disney castleA New Year will mean new memories for the Chilean miners whose saga transfixed the world, as they are treated to a hero’s welcome and family vacations at Walt Disney World Resort next month.

During their complimentary six-night Disney vacation, Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2011, the miners, their rescuers and immediate families will visit all four Walt Disney World theme parks and serve as honorary Grand Marshals of the Main Street, U.S.A. parade in Magic Kingdom.

Trapped 2,300 feet inside the earth for 69 days in a collapsed Chilean mine, the men were pulled from the darkness in a rescue designed by some of the top engineers in the world. Ending up as this year’s top good news story, their unbending faith and endurance sustained them throughout the ordeal.


The group will arrive to a welcome dinner with characters, dancing and Chilean cuisine prepared by Disney chefs.  During their vacation, they also will be treated to a $500 gift card per family, a group photo in front of Cinderella Castle and personal photo albums of their visit.

“The amazing story of these miners captured the attention of the world for demonstrating the true power and resilience of the human spirit,” said Disney President and CEO Bob Iger.  “We are proud to welcome these courageous men and their families to the Walt Disney World Resort.”

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