On February 21st, the Bert’s Big Adventure crew embarked on its 17th annual trip to Walt Disney World. As part of the yearly tradition, the send-off party was full of excitement and laughs (and a few tears too!) as The Bert Show unveiled multiple surprises to the families during their live broadcast at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel.

Some of the surprises included an ACE 150 Polaris ATV generously donated by Mountain Motorsports, a 3-night Disney Cruise graciously gifted by Gas South with trip planning complimentary by Wishdrawals, and an amazing weekend trip to Talladega Superspeedway this fall to see NASCAR’s 1000bulbs.com 500 thanks to Rutledge Wood and Georgia’s Own Credit Union — including access to the Toyota Suite, a garage tour and a personal meet & greet with Kyle Busch! Stay tuned here- on the Bert’s Big Adventure website – throughout the next few weeks and months to see updates on these surprises!

As a very special surprise, #BBA2019 kiddo Haven’s mom, Jessica, received an on-air proposal from her now fiancé, Brandon! Solomon Brothers donated an engagement ring that Brandon lovingly chose for Jessica a few weeks before the send-off celebration. In addition, Sandals Resorts donated a four-day/three-night luxury included vacation for the family to honeymoon! Haven and Brandon have been best friends from the beginning and she can’t wait for him to officially join her family!

Following the send-off party, Cooper Global Transportation shuttled the families to a private airplane hangar where they boarded a chartered flight courtesy of Endeavor Air to Walt Disney World. Upon arrival to the happiest place on earth, the families checked in to Disney’s Beach Club Resort and soon thereafter headed to Animal Kingdom’s Conservation Station where some very special guests greeted them! After dinner the families closed out the night by exploring Pandora-The World of Avatar and riding Na’vi River Journey and Avatar Flight of Passage!

A HUGE thank you to the following vendors and sponsors for making this day so special for everyone! Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport HotelSimple DetailsBalloonacy, Carter’s Charitable Foundation, Q997Jyl Craven Hair DesignDentistry for Children and Family OrthodonticsMoe’s Southwest GrillDunkin’ Donuts, Cindy Powers, and many more!

And a special thank you to Endeavor Air for sponsoring our chartered flight to Walt Disney World! Endeavor Airs made this day so magical for our families!

Last but never least, thanks to our photographers, including Sarah Esther PhotographyCassandra Young PhotographyDash Photography and Monarch Studio. Thank you to Troika Studio for capturing these magical moments on video!

Make sure to follow all of the magical moments as they happen with the hashtag #BBA2019 and #MagicalMoments, or on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook!

Remember, we couldn’t do all of this without you! We’re asking our supporters to give just $5 or more! Every dollar you donate to Bert’s Big Adventure between now and February 28th will be matched by the Carter’s Charitable Foundation. $5 from you + $5 from Carter’s Charitable Foundation can make a difference in the lives of these very deserving children. Please donate today.

Tomorrow – more magic awaits…