Photo Story: Kids spend a day at Disneyland with Dreams Take Flight

Posted by ryanjackson on Jun 20, 2011 in photos |

I got the wonderful opportunity to cover Dreams Take Flight which is a charity that sends children from physically, mentally or socially challenged backgrounds to Disneyland for a day. We basically left Edmonton at 4:00 A.M. and then returned the next day at 2:00 A.M. It is a wonderful charity and means a lot to these kids. http://yeg.dreamstakeflight.ca

Eight-year-old Daniel Paradis, front left, and volunteer Tyler Loney ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad during a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011. More than 130 children from physically, mentally or socially challenged backgrounds took part in the Edmonton chapter of Dreams Take Flight, a national volunteer charitable organization that has taken more than 21,000 children to Disneyland over the last 19 years. More information at dreamstakeflight.ca. The Journal's Ryan Jackson documented the magical trip and created a photo gallery with dozens of images of the extremely happy children at "The happiest place on earth." Go to edmontonjournal.com/photos. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

Young Gavin Sisson gives a tearful goodbye to his mother Karen before taking off on a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

Twelve-year-old Daymon Halladay dances with excitement while going through security at the Edmonton International Airport before taking off for a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

More than 130 children gather at the Edmonton International Airport to take off on a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

Children with Dreams Take Flight walk through security at the Edmonton International Airport before taking off on a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

James Loe with the Canadian Air Transport Security Agency gives Gi Gi the clown a full body scan at the Edmonton International Airport before taking off on a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

Kaitlyn Harvey looks to get a hug from Micky and Minnie at the Edmonton International Airport before taking off on a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

The Dreams Take Flight party crew get ready to board the plane for a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

Air Canada donates a Boeing 767 airplane and crew for Dreams Take Flight to travel to Disneyland. More than 130 children from physically, mentally or socially challenged backgrounds took part in the Edmonton chapter of Dreams Take Flight, a national volunteer charitable organization that has taken more than 21,000 children to Disneyland over the last 19 years. More information at dreamstakeflight.ca.

Six-year-olds Naomi Elgot, left, and Kaydence Taillon read the airplane safety booklet before taking off on a fun-filled trip to Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

Air Canada flight attendant Yan Tremblay gives a fun safety demonstration before taking off on a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

Transportation security administration officers greet the children as they get off the plane in Los Angeles, California for a fun-filled day at Disneyland on May 4, 2011.

Ben the TSA K9 dog waits to greet the children as they get off the plane in Los Angeles, California before a fun-filled day at Disneyland on May 4, 2011.

Air Canada donates the Boeing 767 and crew for Dreams Take Flight to happen. More than 130 children from physically, mentally or socially challenged backgrounds took part in the Edmonton chapter of Dreams Take Flight, a national volunteer charitable organization that has taken more than 21,000 children to Disneyland over the last 19 years. More information at dreamstakeflight.ca. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

Madison Mercer is excited as she enters Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

Getting ready for a group photo in front of the Disneyland Railroad at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

Everyone poses for a group photo in front of the Disneyland Railroad at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

Seven-year-old Kaitlyn Harvey is excited as she enters Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

The crowds down Main Street U.S.A. in Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

Six-year-old Nayt Bedard checks out a map of Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011

Six-year-old Adam Nesom from Leduc, Alta. is excited as he enters Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

Nine-year-old Brandon Dorward and his teacher Sheila Fraser are excited as they enter Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

Twelve-year-old Sara Elder rides the Jungle Cruise in Adventureland during a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

A group rides Pirates of the Caribbean during a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

Ten-year-old Tayler Saulnier-Ferguson from Sherwood Park poses for a photo with Mickey Mouse during a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

Eight-year-olds Denise Clark-Sinclair, left, and Daniel Paradis ride the King Arthur Carrousel in Fantasyland during a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

Seven-year-old Nayt Bedard sprays six-year-old Naomi Elgot with water during a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

Six-year-old Naomi Elgot enjoys the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage in Tommorowland during a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

Children ride Dumbo the Flying Elephant during a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

Robert L'Hironvelle, 17, and Anthony Gahr, 16, sit back and enjoy the Mad Tea Party in Fantasyland during a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

Ashley Crosty, left, and Jasmyn Bibby enjoy Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters in Tomorrowland during a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

Ashley Crosty, left, and Jasmyn Bibby enjoy Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters in Tomorrowland during a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

12-year-old Bryanna Jansen and volunteer Kim Harvey ride the Matterhorn Bobsled in Fantasyland during a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

Sarah Goguen, 10, left, and Bryanna Jansen ride "It's a Small World" in Fantasyland during a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

Left to right. Volunteer Katelyn Semple, Mercedes Pattison, 9, and Adam Nesom, 6, from Leduc ride the Astro Orbitor in Tomorrowland during a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

Volunteer Katelyn Semple has a water fight with Brandon Dorward, 9, from Leduc, Alta. during a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

Light trails in Space Mountain in Tomorrowland during a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

Journal photographer Ryan Jackson takes a picture while riding Space Mountain during a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011. More than 130 children from physically, mentally or socially challenged backgrounds took part in the Edmonton chapter of Dreams Take Flight, a national volunteer charitable organization that has taken more than 21,000 children to Disneyland over the last 19 years. More information at dreamstakeflight.ca. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

Children walk back to the buses after a $50 shopping spree they were each given for free at the end of a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

Walking back to the plane after a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

Six-year-old Kaydence Taillon gets some much needed shuteye after a fun-filled day in Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

Left to right. Jessie Cardinal, 7, Denise Clark-Sinclair, 8, and Danielle Paradis, 8, get some much needed shuteye after a fun-filled day in Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011. More than 130 children from physically, mentally or socially challenged backgrounds took part in the Edmonton chapter of Dreams Take Flight, a national volunteer charitable organization that has taken more than 21,000 children to Disneyland over the last 19 years. More information at dreamstakeflight.ca. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton

Parents wait for their children to arrive at Edmonton International Airport after a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011.

A mother kisses her very tired child after a fun-filled day at Disneyland in Anaheim, California on May 4, 2011. More than 130 children from physically, mentally or socially challenged backgrounds took part in the Edmonton chapter of Dreams Take Flight, a national volunteer charitable organization that has taken more than 21,000 children to Disneyland over the last 19 years. More information at dreamstakeflight.ca. (Ryan Jackson / Edmonton Journal)

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