Alaska Airlines Introduces ‘Spirit of Disneyland II’ to Portland

Mickey Mouse's faithful friend Pluto is joining the cast of Disney characters now soaring on a specially-themed Alaska Airlines jet. Alaska Airlines this morning introduced its "Spirit of...

Mickey Mouse’s faithful friend Pluto is joining the cast of Disney characters now soaring on a specially-themed Alaska Airlines jet.

Alaska Airlines this morning introduced its "Spirit of Disneyland II" aircraft at Portland International Airport. The plane is adorned with the faces of Disney’s most recognized characters – Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and, for the first time, Pluto. The new design replaces a previous Disney-themed aircraft retired two weeks ago. Alaska Airlines’ Boeing 737-900 aircraft made its inaugural flight from Portland to Los Angeles International Airport carrying three Make-A-Wish® children on their way to the Disneyland Resort to have their wishes granted.

"We’re honored to have our Disney and Make-A-Wish partners join us to debut Alaska’s fourth Disney-themed aircraft," said Alaska Airlines’ President Brad Tilden. "For the next seven years these five characters will serve as an iconic vehicle to bring customers across our network to the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ and other Alaska Airlines destinations."

The "Spirit of Disneyland II" aircraft was welcomed at the gate by the three children and their families, as well as Mickey Mouse, Pluto and leaders from Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Oregon, Disneyland Resorts and Alaska Airlines, as travelers looked on from the terminal.

"When a child with a life-threatening medical condition wishes to meet a Disney character or visit a Disney park, we know that Alaska Airlines and Disneyland Resort are there to make it a dream-come-true," said Andrew Asato, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon executive director. "With donated tickets and passes, as well as extra-special treatment for wish families, these partners have each provided an unduplicated resource to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for more than 20 years."

The special children on board, who live in Oregon and Washington and range in age from 3 to 5 years, will spend the next five days at the Disneyland Resort along with their families. During their visit, they will be treated to special activities, a meal with characters and a four-night stay at the Paradise Pier Hotel at the Disneyland Resort.

"Thanks to the larger size of this aircraft, we are thrilled to have Mickey’s faithful companion Pluto join the cast of Disney characters on this special plane," said Lisa Becket, Disneyland Resort vice president of regional marketing strategies. "We’re grateful to Alaska Airlines for giving our Disney characters a ‘one-of-a-kind’ opportunity to spread their magic across the sky."

Disney helps the Make-A-Wish Foundation® grant more than 5,000 wishes annually, making a trip to a Disney Park the most frequent wish requested by Make-A-Wish children.

Alaska Airlines has supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation® since 1985 and provides air transportation allowing about 80 children’s wishes to be granted each year. The airline invites members of the Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan to donate frequent-flier miles to the Make-A-Wish Foundation through the Charity Miles program. To make a donation of miles, visit ( ) and click on the "Mileage Plan" and "Charity Miles" links.

The "Spirit of Disneyland II" is the first 737-900 Disney-themed aircraft in Alaska Airlines’ fleet. The airline introduced the first "Spirit of Disneyland," aircraft, graced with the faces of Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck and Goofy, in 2002 and debuted the "Magic of Disneyland," featuring Tinker Bell, in 2005 in celebration of Disneyland’s 50th anniversary. In 2006, Alaska introduced its "Spirit of Make-A-Wish" aircraft, adorned with the image of the wish-granting Genie from Disney’s "Aladdin" and the Make-A-Wish Foundation logo.

The exterior of the "Spirit of Disneyland II" aircraft is painted bright blue with the characters’ images and the words "We’re going to Disneyland." The jet will fly throughout most of Alaska Airlines’ route system, including flights to and from Southern California airports.

Note to media: For high-resolution photographs of the "Spirit of Disneyland II" airplane, visit Alaska Airlines’ online newsroom at Images will be available by 11:30 a.m. Pacific time, Dec. 18.

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group , together serve more than 90 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Network Carriers" in the J.D. Power and Associates 2008 and 2009 North America Airline Satisfaction Studies(SM). For reservations, visit For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Newsroom at

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts are where families experience and enjoy the magic of Disney’s beloved characters and where dreams come true. More than 50 years ago, Walt Disney created a new kind of entertainment families could experience together, immersed in detailed atmospheres and vibrant storytelling. His vision now includes a collection of five of the world’s leading family vacation destinations – Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, Calif.; Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; Tokyo Disney Resort, Urayasu, Chiba, Japan; Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallee, France; and Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, located on Lantau Island. In addition, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts includes the world-class Disney Cruise Line; Disney Vacation Club, with 10 resorts and more than 400,000 members; Adventures by Disney, a guided group vacation experience to some of the world’s most popular destinations; and Walt Disney Imagineering, which creates and designs all Disney parks, resorts and attractions.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 65 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 26,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 185,000 wishes in the United States since its inception. ( The two Make-A-Wish chapters based in the Pacific Northwest have collectively granted more than 6,000 wishes to local children: the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon, also serving Clark County, Washington ( and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Alaska, Montana, Northern Idaho & Washington. (

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CONTACT: Kelly O’Malley-McKee of Make-A-Wish Foundation,
+1-503-292-2280, ext. 23; or Bobbie Egan or Paul Garcia, both of Alaska
Airlines, +1-206-392-5134; or Disneyland Resort, +1-714-284-6389