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Welcome to our Magical Days Out application page. We're glad you found us!

Applications for Magical Days Out are open, with a current lead time of 8 weeks from the date of application. This is subject to change so please check back here for updates.

Applications from families looking to apply for Magical Days Out for children with terminal illnesses or diagnoses will be assessed within 10 days of applying.

Please read all the information below, and click the Apply Now button to apply! We reserve the right to cancel any application that does not meet our stated terms and conditions.

Know Before You Apply

The child you are applying on behalf of will be eligible if they;

1) Are aged 2-18 years old, and

2) Are currently facing one of the below:

Serious/Long-term Illness

Registered disability

Live in a permanent or temporary care home

Living in foster care

Recently adopted

Impacted by domestic violence

Impacted by domestic abuse

Impacted by bullying

Be the child of a terminally ill parent/legal guardian

Has a terminally ill parent/legal guardian/sibling

Has a recently deceased parent/legal guardian/sibling

If you would like to apply for a Magical Day Out there are some specific forms of documentation that we will need from you. All the information we need must be sent on official letterhead with an official name. It must also include the child’s full name, date of birth (or the age of the child if documentation is dated) and confirmation of diagnosis/reason.

If you are applying due to disability you will need to provide either:

  • A doctor’s note

  • A letter from a teacher or guidance counselor at the school the child is in attendance, or

  • An Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 documentation

If you are applying for a child who is in care, you will need to provide one of the below:

  • A letter from the foster agency

  • Letter from the local authority -

    • All letters must be dated within the last year.
  • If the foster child has a serious long-term illness or disability alternatively you can supply a doctor’s note (please see above under disability)

  • Applications for children in a care home must be made by the care home directly. If you are a team member of the care home, please apply via the organization application for

If you are applying for a child who has been recently adopted, you will need to provide either:

  • An adoption certificate or
  • A letter from the adoption agency
  • All certificates and letters must be dated with the last five years.

If you are applying on behalf of a child impacted by domestic violence/abuse/bullying you will need to provide either:

  • Court Order or any letter from court/police/lawyer/refuge or

  • Letter from a member of the school’s administration where the child attends

If you are applying for a child who has a terminally ill parent/guardian/sibling you will need to provide:

  • A Doctors note
  • We also require supporting evidence to confirm that the child detailed on the application is the sibling or child of the person who is ill. This can be in the form of a birth certificate or a tax credit form if it’s a sibling who has a terminal illness (the tax credit must detail both children’s names).

We cannot accept the following as proof of condition or circumstance for a Magical Day Out:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) letters
  • Children's disability registration passes
  • Appointment letters
  • Doctors' notes without official letterhead
  • Handwritten letters with handwritten children's details
  • Documents in Microsoft Word format

We reserve the right to cancel any application that does not meet our stated terms and conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can only experience a Magical Day Out once.

Due to the high demand for tickets, we only accept applications from families that we have not previously supported. This is regardless of when tickets were received previously or if your family have additional children who meet our eligibility criteria.

Our current application processing times are taking up to 8 weeks. If you submit a query about the status of your application in those 8 weeks, the programs team will be unable to respond.

Once you have applied you will receive an automated email from us, with a little more detail on the next stages of our process. We thank you for your patience as we carefully assess each application. We aim to complete eligibility checks within 10 days for Time-sensitive applications – please see ‘What is a Time-Sensitive Application?’ FAQ below.

You will need to provide supporting documentation and some personal information.

When you click the Apply button, you will be taken to our online application form, where we will ask a series of questions in relation to your child’s eligibility for a day out. Please read through these FAQs before you apply to find all the information you will need to complete our online application form. You will need to attach some documentation as proof of eligibility, ready for assessment. Please note that all your information is safeguarded appropriately by our team as per our privacy policy, which you can read here.

We will only ever email you.

When you apply through our website you will receive an automated response via email to let you know that we have received your application, this may go into your junk folder so please check there. All correspondence in relation to your application will come to you via email. We cannot accept any responsibility for any missed emails or missed days out because of missed emails, so please check your junk emails regularly.

No, please do not arrange your visit until you have received confirmation from us.

When you have had your application accepted, and you have received an email from us, you will be sent gift codes to book your Magical Day Out on your chosen attraction’s website. Before this, you will not be able to pre-select a date of entry to the attraction. Please do not assume you will be able to attend specific dates before you have received your gift codes. We cannot accommodate requests for tickets for birthdays or special occasions, and therefore do not take responsibility for any pre-booked accommodation or travel before you have received your gift codes.

Here at Merlin’s Magic Wand, we provide tickets for children with life-limiting conditions. Should you need to apply for a Magical Day Out for a child with a rapidly deteriorating medical condition, we would class this as a time-sensitive application. Please note, applying for time-sensitive applications due to birthdays or anniversaries does not qualify as a time-sensitive application.

On the 25th of May 2018, new European GDPR regulations came into place. Due to the sensitive nature of the information and paperwork that we require to assess and process an application, we are legally required to obtain consent to terms and conditions and collection of personal information. For full information please refer to our guidelines in our website footer below. 

Ticket validity varies for each Merlin attraction and further information will be provided in your confirmation email if your application is successful.

Remember to enjoy your Magical Day Out prior to the expiration date on your confirmation email. Expiry dates cannot be extended, and tickets cannot be reissued in the event you are unable to attend prior to this date.

Once an application is submitted, we cannot accommodate requests to change the attraction choice of your Magical Day Out. This includes requests to cancel your original application and reapply.

Please take your time in deciding where you would like to go on your Magical Day Out. We ask that you consider the travelling distance and suitability of an attraction BEFORE submitting your application. Please review the following link to view all the Merlin attractions on offer:

https://www.merlinentertainments.biz/about-us/our-locations/

Planning to visit one of our LEGOLAND attractions?

Please take care to select the correct LEGOLAND attraction for you.

LEGOLAND New York Resort USA

LEGOLAND Florida Resort USA

LEGOLAND California Resort USA rides and attractions all in one park for children ages 2 -12 years

LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, Based across the USA with 2 rides, 4D movie, and build stations for children ages 3 – 10 years

Know Before You Go

Once your application has been accepted, we will send you a link to the official website for your chosen attraction, as well as ticket gift codes. You will need to use these codes and this link to book your Magical Day Out. We will also send you the accessibility information for this attraction as a link, so please look at this information should you or anyone visiting have any accessibility requirements. 

If you have any specific questions or queries about the attraction you are visiting, we advise you to visit their website or contact the attraction directly. 

Please note that in the United States, we can only provide complimentary parking for LEGOLAND® and Peppa Pig Theme Parks.

We hope you have a #Magical time

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