Will grant YOUR Dis­ney wish?

Which lucky fam­ily will be sprin­kled with fairy dust from Babyshop’s magic wand? That’s the a chance to win a dream hol­i­day to Dis­ney­land Paris. We caught up with the six fi­nal­ists... ques­tion on the lips of the hun­dreds of chil­dren h and par­ents who ent

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We knew it would be pop­u­lar – but we didn’t re­alise quite how pop­u­lar. Our in­boxes have been over­flow­ing with en­tries from hope­ful par­ents and starry-eyed chil­dren des­per­ate to win the trip of a life­time to Dis­ney­land Paris for their fam­ily, cour­tesy of Babyshop. Part of the Land­mark Group, Babyshop has been pro­vid­ing qual­ity fash­ion, baby ba­sics, nurs­ery fur­ni­ture, toys and ac­ces­sories to the niche seg­ment of 0-16-year-olds for 40 years across the re­gion, with 35 stores in the UAE. It’s also in the busi­ness of grant­ing wishes, and it’s do­ing this by giv­ing away the chance for two chil­dren and two adults to min­gle with Mickey and gig­gle with Min­nie in the en­chanted world of magic, mem­o­ries and hap­pily-ever-af­ters in Dis­ney­land Paris. We’ve had some amaz­ing en­tries, but only one fam­ily can win this in­cred­i­ble prize via

Fri­day. Af­ter sift­ing through the del­uge of con­tes­tants, we’ve nar­rowed it down to a short­list of six lucky chil­dren who are still in the run­ning. So if you’ve made it through, wish upon that star as hard as you can to en­joy Babyshop’s ul­ti­mate Dis­ney dream...

Name: Maahi and Saishaa Prabhu Age: One-year-old twins Lo­ca­tion: Al Nahda, Dubai Par­ents: Ganesh, 36, re­gional sales man­ager for an Amer­i­can multi­na­tional cor­po­ra­tion, and Pav­i­tra, 32, stay-at-home mum. Why they want to win: “Our twins love the Dis­ney princesses Aurora and Ariel. Maahi and Saishaa were born af­ter a seven-year-long wait post-mar­riage, so they are very pre­cious to us. Un­for­tu­nately, we had to can­cel their first birth­day party be­cause my fa­ther passed away, so we’d like to make this up to them by cel­e­brat­ing their birth­day in Dis­ney­land. Our ba­bies have been a lucky mas­cot for us and we hope this Babyshop Dis­ney­land con­test will be lucky for them!”

Name: Rachel Fer­nando Age: 12 Lo­ca­tion: Qas­simia, Shar­jah Par­ents: Sam­path, 39, busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager, bank­ing, and Sa­van­thie, 35, stay-athome mum. Why she wants to win: “Our daugh­ter adores the brave, gor­geous and smart Princess Ariel. Dis­ney­land is where her favourite fairy tales can come to life and where imag­i­na­tion meets re­al­ity. If we were to win, she’d be thrilled and I would shed tears of joy at mak­ing a dream come true. I know we’re adults but Mickey and the gang were our child­hood heroes too! Win­ning this would be like liv­ing a dream, and dreams de­fine who our chil­dren are and what they can be­come!”

Name: Lance Mar­rero Age: Eight Lo­ca­tion: Al Ma­jaz, Shar­jah Par­ents: Clau­dio, 43, qual­ity as­sur­ance man­ager, and Angela, 37, stay-at-home mum. Why he wants to win: “Lance just loves Dis­ney’s Cars, in fact he has 128 die-cast ve­hi­cles! It’s taught him so much about friend­ship, loy­alty, per­se­ver­ance and pas­sion. I hope from it he learns to never give up; not to judge oth­ers just be­cause they do things dif­fer­ently; to al­ways stick by friends and fam­ily; that life is a fun-filled jour­ney; and to be­come the hero of your own story. I’d love to see the look of awe in his eyes on meet­ing his heroes, his sources of in­spi­ra­tion and cre­ativ­ity. We be­lieve all we need in life is love and some PIE – Pas­sion, In­spi­ra­tion, and En­thu­si­asm... thanks to Cars!”

Name: Shamiq Syed Age: 10 Lo­ca­tion: Elec­tra Street, Abu Dhabi Par­ents: Syed Shahzaib Ali, 41, com­puter pro­gram­mer, and Shariqa Syed, 32, stay-at-home mum. Why he wants to win: “Just like his hero, Buzz Lightyear, Shamiq is kind, friendly, heroic, mighty and tough, as well as very funny! He loves Buzz for his cool ap­pear­ance, karate chop, glow-in-the-dark qual­ity and awe­some speed, and loves it when he says, ‘To in­fin­ity… and be­yond!’ Our fam­ily of three has wanted to go on a hol­i­day for more than a decade, es­pe­cially to Dis­ney­land where meet­ing the char­ac­ters is the dream of all young minds.”

Name: Sim­ran Gu­jral Age: 14 Lo­ca­tion: Al Muwaiji, Al Ain Par­ents: Jogin­der Singh, 41, CFO, and Amarpreet Gu­jral, 37, pe­di­atric oc­cu­pa­tional therapist. Why she wants to win: “Just like her hero­ine Cin­derella, Sim­ran has not been born a princess but has all the nat­u­ral grace and poise of one. Cin­derella is time­less in her courage, a sym­bol of hope who be­lieves some­day her wishes will come true. My daugh­ter wants to be like her: strong enough in mind and spirit to hold on to her dream of be­com­ing an as­tro­naut! I would love to take her to Dis­ney­land be­cause I want her to leave in­spired, with the courage to fol­low her dreams and re­de­fine pos­si­bil­ity.”

Name: Ard­sher Irani Age: Seven Lo­ca­tion: Dubai Fes­ti­val City Par­ents: Porus Irani, 37, restau­rant chain man­ager and Rehmat Irani, 37, stay-at-home mum. Why he wants to win: “My son loves Mickey Mouse as he al­ways makes ev­ery­one laugh, is pa­tient with his friends and rises to any chal­lenge that comes his way. Hav­ing Mickey Mouse with him at school will make him con­fi­dent enough to ad­just to a new class and make new friends. Win­ning this Babyshop trip would give us the faith that dreams do come true if you be­lieve in them with all your heart.”

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