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Festival Disney Dates Announced for 2012

posted on June 6th, 2011 by Tim Hill, Director of Disney Youth Programs


Festival Disney is truly a music festival with character. Next year will mark the 8th year of Festival Disney, Disney Youth Programs’ annual competitive music festival held at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. We had a wonderful time this year watching all the extremely talented instrumental, vocal and auxiliary ensembles take part in this magical competition.

Today I am excited to announce that next year’s Festival Disney competition will take place on select weekends from March 9 – May 5, 2012, as well as June 1 – 2, 2012, at the Walt Disney World Resort. We are truly excited to see what next year has in store for us. Here is a look at the event:

To stay up-to-date with Festival Disney and other Disney Youth Programs music festivals, please visit our Facebook page.

If you have ever participated in Festival Disney, please tell us your story in the comments below.

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Disney STEP Classic 2012 Dates Announced

posted on May 24th, 2011 by Tim Hill, Director of Disney Youth Programs


A high-energy and highly memorable experience awaits your step team at the 2012 Disney STEP Classic, hosted by Disney Youth Programs! I am excited to announce that next year’s competition dates are February 18-19, 2012. I am also thrilled to announce that we have decided to add a new age group to the competition: 14 & Under. There will still be the traditional 18 & Up and 19 & Under age groups.

Participating teams will have the magical opportunity to perform on stage in the Premier Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as well as attend Master STEP Workshops provided by the National Step Show Alliance (N.S.S.A.). These workshops will help improve technical proficiency and teach the fundamentals of stepping. Participants will also, of course, have the chance to enjoy the magic of all four Walt Disney World Resort parks! Here is a look at the event:

To stay up-to-date with Disney STEP Classic, please visit our Facebook page.

If you have ever participated in Disney STEP Classic, please tell us your story in the comments below.

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The Disney Honors – Inspiring a Passion for Excellence

posted on March 22nd, 2011 by Tim Hill, Director of Disney Youth Programs


The Disney Honors Showcases the Skills of High School Band, Orchestra and Choral Ensembles from Across the Country

Every two years, Disney has the privilege of hosting a celebration of musical talent featured at The Disney Honors, a festival that showcases the skills of high school band, orchestra and choral ensembles from across the country.

March 24 – 27, 2011, marks the 6th year of The Disney Honors, Disney Youth Programs’ biennial non-competitive music festival held at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Each of the selected ensembles will receive the opportunity to perform on stage, interact with world renowned musical educators and mingle with fellow musicians.

The Disney Honors Showcases the Skills of High School Band, Orchestra and Choral Ensembles from Across the Country

The goal of this festival is to inspire young musicians to achieve excellence by challenging them to broaden their musical abilities and experience an unprecedented educational opportunity. The festival also gives these students the opportunity to discover and enjoy some of our world-class theme park and entertainment options. I know from experience that events like The Disney Honors will create inspiring lifetime memories for each of these students.

The Disney Honors Showcases the Skills of High School Band, Orchestra and Choral Ensembles from Across the Country

To stay up-to-date with The Disney Honors and other Disney Youth Programs music festivals, please visit our Facebook page.

If you have ever participated in The Disney Honors, please tell us you story in the comments below.

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A Festival with Character at Walt Disney World

posted on March 3rd, 2011 by Tim Hill, Director of Disney Youth Programs


It’s a proud weekend for Disney Youth Programs as it marks the 7th year of Festival Disney, our annual competitive music festival.

Held on select weekends each year from March to May at the Walt Disney World Resort, Festival Disney is a weekend-long competition for middle and high school instrumental, vocal and auxiliary ensembles from across the country. Participating groups will have the unique opportunity to perform at the Walt Disney World Resort, spruce up their performance skills and, of course, explore the magic of the parks.

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Disney Performing Arts Announces New Ears for the Arts Campaign

posted on February 23rd, 2011 by Tim Hill, Director of Disney Youth Programs


Anyone who takes part in a Disney Performing Arts program shares a common bond and rite of passage. It takes confidence, character and camaraderie for an ensemble to be able to come together and perform in front of an international Disney audience. As a former participant with Disney Performing Arts, I know first-hand that performing at the Disneyland Resort in California or the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is something that will surely never be forgotten.

Disney Performing Arts 'Ears for the Arts' Pin

I am proud to announce that Disney Performing Arts will now be celebrating and commemorating this momentous experience and shining achievement with the Ears for the Arts badge of honor. Participants in Disney Performing Arts programs, which include performance opportunities, workshops, festivals and competitions, will receive an exclusive Ears for the Arts pin and become a part of an elite group of students.

The first Ears for the Arts recipients at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort were given their pins on Friday, February 11th in a special once-in-a-lifetime ceremony.

Dance Students from the Academy of Ballet in Orem, Utah

Dance students from the Academy of Ballet in Orem, Utah, were honored by Minnie Mouse herself when they became the first West Coast recipients of Disney’s new Ears for the Arts badge of honor. The Academy of Ballet is led by director Tyne Crockett.

Band and Choir Students from Pittsford Mendon High School in Pittsford, NY

Band and choir students from Pittsford Mendon High School in Pittsford, NY, were honored by Mickey Mouse himself when they became the first East Coast recipients of Disney’s new Ears for the Arts badge of honor. The Pittsford Mendon High School groups are led by choir director Edith Rice and ensemble director Mark Puma.

Emily Lockard and Michael Kist of Pittsford Mendon High School show off their new Ears for the Arts pin.

For the latest updates on Disney Performing Arts please visit our Facebook page!

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Disney Grad Nite Dates Announced for Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World

posted on February 17th, 2011 by Tim Hill, Director of Disney Youth Programs


What do you get when you combine themed dance parties, a fireworks spectacular and your favorite Disney attractions? Disney Grad Nite! And today, we’re officially announcing the dates for both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort.

Disneyland Resort 2011 Event Dates:
5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/8, 6/9, 6/16

Walt Disney World Resort 2011 Event Dates:
4/29, 4/30, 5/6, 5/7

Celebrating its 50th year at Disneyland Resort and its 40th year at Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Grad Nite is an exclusive high school graduation celebration offered on both the East and West Coasts. Here’s a look at the event:

“Like” both Disneyland Grad Nite and Walt Disney World Grad Nite on Facebook to stay up-to-date on this once-in-a-lifetime party.

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Hundreds of Top Cheerleading Teams to Compete at Walt Disney World

posted on February 11th, 2011 by Tim Hill, Director of Disney Youth Programs


Hundreds of Top Cheerleading Teams Compete at Walt Disney World

Hi everyone. Disney Youth Programs is proud to announce this weekend, over 420 teams from 33 different states will descend upon the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for the 31st annual National High School Cheerleading Championship, administered by the Universal Cheerleaders Association, a Varsity brand. The parks will be filled with spectators cheering on their favorite teams. This is Varsity’s 17th year holding this championship at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Teams qualified for the event by receiving bids at UCA Regional Competitions across the country. Winners will receive medals, a trophy and the ultimate prize: 2011 UCA National Championship satin jackets. Each routine will be on Varsity TV on Varsity.com, and there will be special features and interviews with selected teams. For more information, visit www.varsity.com.

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Disney Youth Programs at Disney Parks

posted on February 8th, 2011 by Tim Hill, Director of Disney Youth Programs


Have you ever been part of Disney Youth Programs? If so, chances are we crossed paths. As director of Special Programs at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort, I’ve met and been inspired by many of you during the last 21 years. And beginning today, I’ll be sharing some of your unique stories on the Disney Parks Blog.

If you haven’t heard, Disney Youth Programs offer youth groups from all over the world performance, education, field-trip and celebration opportunities at Disney Parks. Here’s a better idea of what we’re all about:

In upcoming months, look for interviews with actual youth groups who have participated in our programs and updates on new learning opportunities and events. You can also visit our new website or Facebook page to learn more and get the latest information on youth group related happenings at Disney Parks.

I’d love to hear about your Disney Youth Programs experience. Let me know in the comments.

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