The excitement visitors feel as they approach the Wishing Place only grows once they are inside the castle.
As soon as the front doors open visitors are met with magical sights and sounds. The Crowley Family Entryway introduces the whimsical theme with heraldic banners and faux-medieval wall tapestries, decorated with fantastical animals such as friendly dragons and unicorns.
Just beyond the Entryway, the Christian Joseph Plumeri Welcome Hall, with a double-height atrium and a large floor maze, invites children to wander and play in an open yet protected space, as guests take in the images of fantastical gardens with views to the real forest and pond outside.
Every detail was carefully considered before it became part of the Wishing Place. We didn’t want our wish children to just see their visions; they needed to see themselves to know this is truly their special castle.
The colorful, stained-glass window images picture princes, princesses, knights, and wizards in recognizable ways, like this prince who is in a wheelchair.
Down the Jack & Sheryl Morris Wing, exists a theater with the Marino Stage. This space can be used for special performances, volunteer trainings, wish family gatherings, bon voyage celebrations, wish deliveries and the endless possibilities of other types of special celebrations.
The expansive courtyard and the Pond of Hope offer a beautiful setting for gatherings from wish family picnics to formal Galas, and everything in between.
The Avallone Board Room, Perry Conference Room, and the workstations are tucked away in the Administrative Wing, allowing our staff to focus on the mission and accomplish daily responsibilities in a quiet and professional environment.
Magical moments happen every day inside the castle. We enthusiastically welcome the public to visit the Samuel & Josephine Plumeri Wishing Place to learn more about the mission of Make-A-Wish and experience the magic firsthand. If you are interested in visiting the castle with family and friends, or members from your school, workplace, or organization, please call 609-371-WISH (9474).