Staying at Walt Disney World’s Cinderella Castle can cost an arm and a leg. With the proceeds going to a cancer foundation, one person was willing to pay for the arms and legs, and possibly some teeth.
ESPN’s 15th annual ESPYS auction to benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research began in late June and ended on Wednesday, according to ESPN. All proceeds from the auctions would go directly to the foundation.
The foundation’s website stated that âevery dollar donated to the V Foundation supports cancer research that saves lives. One in two men and one in three women will be affected by cancer in their lifetime.
Of the more than 80 eBay auctions held, five were for Disney-related events and items.
So let’s start with the Disney auction that won the biggest auction: the Disney vacation package that included a stay in the iconic Cinderella Castle.
It was auctioned off by 114 people and was sold for $ 75,600 – plus $ 7.75 for shipping.
What was included in the package? Certainly enough to make you jealous:
- Four round-trip plane tickets by coach
- Four round-trip ground transfers between Orlando International Airport and Walt Disney World Resort via Disney’s Magical Express service
- Room accommodation consisting of a standard room for two nights in a hotel in a Walt Disney World resort selected by Disney.
- Four 4-day theme park tickets with Park Hopper Plus.
- A Disney gift card valued at $ 2,000.00.
- Overnight stay in Cinderella’s Castle Suite at Magic Kingdom with a selection of snacks and drinks, and breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table or Crystal Palace.
- A VIP Disney tour guide for eight hours a day.
The estimated value is $ 10,644.80, which means the auction was six times the value of the package.
Then there was an auction to attend the premiere of “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”. He received 64 offers and the last one was $ 35,100 – and $ 7.75 for shipping.
The winner will receive two tickets to the Los Angeles premiere in early December. Travel will also be included in the package, consisting of two round-trip coach tickets and two-night hotel accommodation.
The next highest bid was for a Star Wars-themed vacation package and had almost as many freebies as the one that includes a stay at Cinderella’s Castle. This auction closed with a final bid of $ 22,600, with 87 bids made.
Here’s what was included:
Four round-trip plane tickets by coach
Four round-trip ground transfers between Orlando International Airport and Walt Disney World Resort via Disney’s Magical Express service
Five-night one-bedroom suite or villa accommodation in a Walt Disney World Resort hotel selected by Disney.
Four 6-day theme park tickets with the Park Hopper Plus option.
A Disney gift card valued at $ 2,000.
One Memory Maker which includes an unlimited number of Disney PhotoPass photos.
A meeting with a Disney character with the possibility of taking pictures.
A Disney character dining experience for four people.
An eight-hour Disney VIP tour guide at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
The value of this package was $ 18,340.20.
Two seats at the premiere of âFrozen 2â were also up for grabs. This auction ended with a bid of $ 5,400 with 28 bids in total. Because this auction has not reached the price threshold, travel will not be included.
Finally, a six-person behind-the-scenes tour of Pixar Animation Studios was also won with a bid of $ 5,100, 40 people in total.
In addition to the tour, the winner and his five guests will also receive a lunch at Pixar’s Luxo Cafe and a VIP gift basket with an assortment of Pixar books, toys and DVDs.
In total, ESPN’s Disney auctions raised $ 143,800 for the V foundation. ESPN’s ultimate goal was to raise $ 100 million for the V foundation.
The V Foundation and ESPN could not immediately be reached for an interview.
This story was originally published July 11, 2019 11:01 a.m.