The Sunshine Foundation’s Dream Village is getting a brick-tastic make-over

Winter Haven, FL (September 17, 2012)


Renovations have begun on one of nine uniquely-themed cottages found at the Dream Village, a non-profit wish granting entity. From ceiling to floor, this cottage will be transformed into a LEGOLAND Florida lover’s dream with highly-themed rooms and a LEGO’s Duplo plate wall with a play area.

Merlin’s Magic Wand is the charitable organization for LEGOLAND Florida’s parent company, Merlin Entertainments Group, and is funded through the generosity of staff and private donors. While LEGOLAND Florida and Merlin’s Magic Wand are leading the efforts, many local companies have joined the cause to provide substantial financial contributions to the project including construction and roofing materials, air conditioning, furniture, paint and volunteer time:

  • Badcock & More
  • Kommercial Refrigeration, Inc.
  • Rick Wilson Painting, Inc.
  • Springer Peterson Roofing and Sheet Metal, Inc.
  • The Home Depot
  • Tucker Construction Group, Inc.

We are extremely excited and truly grateful for the generosity and support from LEGOLAND Florida, Merlin’s Magic Wand and their partners, said, Kate Sample, President of Sunshine Foundation. The children we serve will absolutely love the renovated cottage!

Renovations are expected to take approximately 6-8 weeks and an official ribbon cutting ceremony will be held in late October to unveil the new LEGOLAND Florida cottage.

Located in Davenport and built in 1989, the Sunshine Foundation Dream Village’s sole purpose is to answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children ages three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to financial strain that the child’s illness may cause. Most wish granting entities must limit their services to those children that have a life-threatening condition. The Sunshine Foundation is able to answer dreams for those children that don’t meet the standard criteria but still face severe, life-long circumstances.

LEGOLAND Florida is thrilled to join with our partners to make a difference at the Sunshine Foundations Dream Village and in the lives of the families they serve, said, Adrian Jones, General Manager of LEGOLAND Florida. We hope this is just the beginning of the renovations to come.

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Media Contact: Samantha Lane at or 863.318.5345.