Class of 2023 Disney Dreamers Academy kicks off at Walt Disney World

Mar 23, 2023 in "Disney Dreamers Academy"

Disney Dreamers Academy Class of 2023 Welcome
Posted: Thursday March 23, 2023 9:48am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

100 students from across the country have descended on the Walt Disney World Resort today for the 16th annual event, aimed at broadening career awareness and creating exclusive opportunities for Black students and teens from underrepresented communities across America.

The Disney Dreamers program is part of Disney's commitment to support diverse communities. By encouraging the next generation to think big, Disney hopes the students will carry what they learn back home and continue pursuing their dreams.

“We’re ready to welcome another outstanding group of teens from across the country for our 16th year!” said Tracey Powell, Disney Signature Experiences vice president and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion. “They are going to have the experience of a lifetime, setting them on a journey to go out and achieve their dreams, just like the classes who came before them.”

Five-time Grammy-nominated singer Halle Bailey, who will play the lead role of Ariel in the upcoming live-action remake of Disney's "The Little Mermaid," is the Disney Dreamers Academy celebrity ambassador for this year's event at Walt Disney World Resort and appeared at this morning's welcome event.

Since 2008, Disney Dreamers Academy has inspired more than 1,500 students from across the country.. In the years following, graduates have become storytellers, artists, engineers, innovators, journalists and more, and have transitioned into mentors to the Disney Dreamers who follow them.

Each year, the Disney Dreamers are selected from thousands of applicants who answer essay questions about their personal stories and dreams for the future. The students and a parent or guardian enjoy an all-expenses paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida for the four-day event.

The Disney Dreamers embark on a journey throughout the Walt Disney World theme parks where students discover new career opportunities and interact with Disney executives, educators, business leaders, celebrities, and motivational speakers.

Students participate in immersive, career-oriented workshops that explore a wide range of career disciplines while also learning essential skills, such as effective communication techniques, leadership, and networking strategies.

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wdwmagicMar 25, 2023

Halle Bailey surprises two aspiring teen filmmakers with an invitation to be the star's personal guests at Disney's 'The Little Mermaid' live-action movie world premiere

WDWFanRayMar 23, 2023

Go Dreamers! I’m glad to see that almost everyone was represented.

wdwmagicMar 23, 2023