Disney spreads joy in Cayman schools


Disney characters came to Lighthouse School and St. George’s Anglican preschool on Wednesday to spread the joy of the season among students.  

Mickey Mouse, Chip and Dale prompted bright smiles and laughter as they hugged, kissed and made each student and teacher feel special.  

Cast and crew members of Disney Cruise Lines brought holiday cheer as the famous characters delivered small gifts to some 175 children across Cayman, and to more than 800 children in Disney’s ports of call. 

The Department of Tourism partnered with the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association and Disney Cruise Line to host the holiday gift program for children in the Cayman Islands.  

At the Lighthouse School, students received Mickey Mouse stuffed toys and were visited by Tourism Department representatives along with Ministers Tara Rivers, Osbourne Bodden and Moses Kirkconnell. 

Minister Bodden said he was happy to be there for the Christmas celebration, adding that it was nice to see the students enjoying themselves.  

“It is a wonderful experience for the children to interact with Disney characters because a lot of them will not get the opportunity to go to Disney World,” said Carla Bodden, principal at the Lighthouse School. 

According to Ms. Bodden, Disney has been hosting the holiday gift program with the school for the past six to seven years. During the day of activities and the celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, guests and parents visited the classrooms and interacted with students and teachers. Students also participated in a holiday arts project. 


Anjali Lumley, a student at Lighthouse School, gets a big hug from Disney character Dale. – Photo: Jewel Levy


Lighthouse School students with Chip and Mickey Mouse. – Photo: Jewel Levy

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