Up early for the morning broadcast from ESPN Club at the Boardwalk. Tears were shed as parents read personalized letters to their children before the flight home with Endeavor Air. The kiddos were spoiled in flight as Endeavor Air passed out lunch and desserts! Upon arrival, the employees from Endeavor Air and ExpressJet greeted the families with a spontaneous dance party and lots of hugs! The volunteers even help the exhausted families get their luggage to their cars!
Bert’s Big Adventure families were also surprised with huge bins filled with toys and activities at the end of their 5-day trip to Walt Disney World that the kids can enjoy all year-round. Toys were donated by The Bert Show’s co- host, Kristin Klingshirn, and her fiancé, Bart Mattingly. To learn more about Kristin and Bart’s donation, click here.
We kicked off the day with breakfast featuring special guests Cinderella and Prince Charming at American Dance Hall, followed by the Lion King Show at Animal Kingdom. The rest of the afternoon was spent riding roller coasters and exploring other Disney parks, like Hollywood Studios. Families headed to dinner where a surprise awaited them… a dance party with Disney characters including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and many more. The day ended with a fireworks show, where the families received front-row access, glow-in-the-dark accessories and specialty desserts!
Bert’s Big Adventure spent another magical day strengthening friendships and bonds with one another! Make sure to follow all of the magical moments as they happen with the hashtag #BBA2018, or online on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!
After breakfast at Tony’s Town Square, Bert’s Big Adventure spent the day in Magic Kingdom – starting off with VIP access on Main Street and an exclusive view of Cinderella’s castle. Bert surprised the girls with visits to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for princess makeovers and also surprised the boys with pirate makeovers at The Pirates League.
In the evening, families laughed the night away at the Hoop-Dee-Doo-Revue! Make sure to follow all of the magical moments as they happen with the hashtag #BBA2018, or online on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!
On February 22nd, the Bert’s Big Adventure crew embarked on its 16th annual trip to Walt Disney World. As part of the annual tradition, the send-off party was full of excitement, laughs and tears as The Bert Show revealed many surprises to the families during their live broadcast at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel. Some of the surprises included a fully furnished apartment from Rooms To Go, a beautiful treehouse generously donated by Treehouse Experts, and a meet & greet with Adam Anderson- professional monster truck driver. Adam, who currently drives the monster truck ‘Grave Digger,” also presented the family with tickets to Monster Jam! Stay tuned here- on the Bert’s Big Adventure website – throughout the next few weeks and months to see progress on these surprises!
The 2018 Bert’s Big Adventure families arrived to the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel in style, courtesy of Cooper Global Transportation, to kickoff the first day of their magical journey! The Jonesboro High School Drumline added even more excitement to the red-carpet entrance.
The 2018 Bert’s Big Adventure families in the Atlanta-area met each other for the first time at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta for the pre-trip orientation on Thursday, January 11th. The unforgettable night began with each child being individually announced by The Bert Show’s Kristin Klingshirn as they entered the museum through a tunnel of cheerleaders from Pace Academy! The families eagerly met one another after the warm welcome. They also got to enjoy the museum exhibits! Shortly after a delicious dinner, the kids enjoyed awesome entertainment by the magician and entertainer, Bill Paxton, while the parents learned more about the upcoming trip! It was a night to remember and just the start of a magical journey for these deserving kids and families.
Thank you to The Children’s Museum of Atlanta for once again letting Bert’s Big Adventure host this private party completely free of charge, and for lending us their best staff members to entertain the kids. Last but never least, thanks to our photographers, including Cassandra Young Photography, Sarah Ester Photography, Dash Photography and Davila Photography.
2018 Video Gallery
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