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Apply Now For Disney Dreamers Academy

posted on August 5th, 2015 by Geoffrey Pointon, Public Relations Manager, Disney Destinations


“The era we are living in today is a dream coming true.” This is one of my favorite quotes said by Walt Disney, a man whom I consider an expert dream-maker because I truly believe that our era is changing the world. With a universe of possibilities, any dreamer can make a difference, which is why Disney Dreamers Academy is selecting 100 high school students to participate in an innovative, outside-the-classroom, educational mentoring program.

Steve Harvey Welcomes the 2015 Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort

High school students nationwide can apply now thru October 30 at DisneyDreamersAcademy.com to be among 100 selected to participate in this year’s 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE. Applicants must answer essay questions relating to their personal stories and their dreams for the future. Students are selected based on a combination of attributes, including a strong character, positive attitude, and determination to achieve their dreams.

Entering the search for its ninth class of Dreamers, Disney Dreamers Academy continues to hold true to its mission to inspire and fuel the dreams of teens, help them discover a world of possibilities and help them prepare for the future. Each year, students participate in hands-on, full-immersion workshops related to a variety of career paths, ranging from animation to zoology. Each participant learns important skills such as communication techniques, leadership values and networking strategies.

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Select Disney Dreamers, along with a parent or guardian, will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, where they will participate in life-changing sessions while surrounded by the creativity and innovation represented in Disney theme parks around the world. Disney Dreamers Academy will take place March 3-6, 2016.

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2015 Disney Dreamers Academy Commences Eighth Class of Dreamers at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on March 16th, 2015 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Selected from 10,000 applicants, 100 high-school students, or Disney Dreamers, from across the country traveled to Walt Disney World Resort to participate in the once-in-a-lifetime educational and mentoring event known as Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine. This four-day experience is designed to fuel the dreams of teens and help them prepare for the future.

Recently, the eighth graduating class of Disney Dreamers participated in “hands-on workshops” and inspirational seminars from celebrities, executives and industry experts were presented encouraging the students to dream big and get a jumpstart on achieving their dreams.

“LIVE! with Kelly and Michael” Co-Host Michael Strahan Visits Walt Disney World for Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine

Special guests and speakers included Walt Disney World Resort President George Kalogridis, Bishop T.D. Jakes, E! News Host Terrence J, HLN Reporter Rocsi Diaz, Actor Lamman Rucker, Film Producer Will Packer, Celebrity Chef Jeff Henderson and many others.

This year’s commencement featured a performance by Grammy-Winning Gospel Artist Yolanda Adams, as well as final words of advice from Steve Harvey, ESSENCE Editor-at-Large Mikki Taylor, Essence Communications President Michelle Ebanks, Super Bowl Champion and Television host Michael Strahan and Vice President of Deluxe Resorts/Executive Disney Dreamers Academy Champion Tracey D. Powell: View Commencement Video Here

Applications for the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy will open this spring. Visit www.disneydreamersacademy.com for more information.

And always remember to dream big!

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Apply for the 2014 Disney Dreamers Academy Through October 31

posted on October 4th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Have you heard about Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine?

The program has the goal of inspiring and fueling the dreams of teens and helping them prepare for the future. Each year, 100 students are chosen from thousands of applicants to travel to the Walt Disney World Resort to participate in exclusive career workshops in a wide range of career paths, networking sessions and fun in the parks.

For more, check out this video, in which “E! News” co-anchor Terrance Jenkins shares what he loves about being involved in the program.

The application period is currently underway for the 2014 class. Learn more here: www.disneysdreamersacademy.com.

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Disney’s Dreamers Academy Graduates 5th Class of Dreamers

posted on March 12th, 2012 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


“Dreamers of 2012, you are dismissed to follow your dreams!” With those words, the 5th class of Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine was released into the world reborn. Over four days, 100 students – known as Dreamers – were inspired to dream big, discover a world of possibilities, and get a jump start on their dreams from some of the most well-known and respected professionals in their fields. This year’s speakers included Steve Harvey, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, singer Sean Kingston, American Idol winner and star of the upcoming movie “Sparkle” Jordin Sparks, BET’s Terrence J, Victoria’s Secret model Selita Ebanks, Essence Magazine editor-at-large Mikki Taylor, celebrity chef Jeff Henderson, Grammy-winning gospel singer Yolanda Adams and many others.

In honor of the 5th anniversary of the program, one Dreamer from each of the past four classes was invited back to speak. 2009 alum Taylor Thomas is our correspondent for the event’s emotional commencement day.

The graduation is just the beginning for Dreamers and the entire Disney’s Dreamers Academy community. During commencement, the Disney’s Dreamers Academy Ambassadors program was announced. The program will provide Dreamer alumni the chance to reach others with the Disney’s Dreamers Academy message through participation in events across the country and speaking engagements. Everyone can join the DDA community by following on Facebook, Twitter and www.disneysdreamersacademy.com to find video, photos, conversation and the latest news on Disney’s Dreamers Academy, including when applications for the 2013 class will open. In the meantime, continue to dream big!

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Disney’s Dreamers Academy Kicks Off Year Five

posted on March 7th, 2012 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


Tomorrow, the fifth annual Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine will kick off when 100 students from across the country descend on the Walt Disney World Resort to take part in a weekend full of education, inspiration and fun! The weekend starts with the teens – referred to as “Dreamers” – being honored with a parade on Main Street, U.S.A. This special group was selected from among nearly 5,000 applicants to take part in this once-in-lifetime opportunity.

Steve Harvey and the Disney’s Dreamers Academy

Over the course of the four-day program, Dreamers are encouraged to dream big, discover a world of possibilities and get a jumpstart on their dreams and goals. Activities include career-specific workshops, inspirational and informational sessions with notable professionals and celebrities, networking events and, of course, some fun in the theme parks.

Informational Session for the Disney’s Dreamers Academy

Some of the celebrities participating this year include Steve Harvey, gospel singer Yolanda Adams, sports personality Stephen A. Smith, BET’s Terrence J, recording artist Sean Kingston, and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks.

To honor the 5th anniversary of the program, one Dreamer from each of the past four years has been invited back to share their insights with this year’s group. Each has already made significant strides towards their dreams: Tevyn Cole (’08) is an entrepreneur with his own T-shirt company; Taylor Thomas (’09) is a cast member with the Disney College Program; Nikki Dawson (’10) was a contestant on the first season of NBC’s The Voice, and Princeton Parker (’11) is a communications major at the University of Southern California and a regular contributor to the national news web site, The Huffington Post.

While the weekend is an unforgettable experience for the select 100, you too have the chance to be part of the 2012 Disney’s Dreamers Academy and hear from some of the inspirational speakers and celebrities. Like Disney’s Dreamers Academy on Facebook and follow on Twitter (hash tag #DDA2012) to see daily recap videos, photos and live updates. For more information on the program, visit www.DisneysDreamersAcademy.com.

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A Disney’s Dreamers Academy With Steve Harvey & Essence Magazine Program Update

posted on January 31st, 2012 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


There’s exciting news for some high school students who applied to participate in the 2012 Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine program. The final 100 have been selected and they will head to Walt Disney World Resort in March to get a fresh perspective and jump start on career paths and life! Along with Mickey Mouse, entertainer and program ambassador Steve Harvey has a special message about what the new class will experience while one alumnus of the program says her life changed forever.

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Essence Joins Disney Parks, Steve Harvey to Inspire ‘Dreamers’ Students

posted on July 2nd, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Disney's Dreamers Academy With Steve Harvey joins with Essence Communications
Great news to share – Essence Communications is joining our mission to inspire students as the newest “voice” behind the Disney’s Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey. We just made the official announcement at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, home of our newest Princess, and we’re pretty excited about the collaboration.

In between hosting superstars like Alicia Keys, Janet Jackson and Mary J Blige at the festival, the Essence editor-in-chief Angela Burt-Murray joined us to announce that the event is being relaunched as Disney’s Dreamer Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine. Soon, Essence Disney Parks and Steve Harvey will begin formulating plans for the next “Dreamers” event in early 2011.

As you may know, the Disney Parks-created program offers amazing experiences for nominated students every year at the Walt Disney World Resort. The teens take part in several days of interactive workshops, mentoring and inspiration focused on careers and life enrichment. And Cast Members, executives and celebrities also share blueprints for success and motivational stories.

Nominations for the Class of 2011 can be submitted beginning today through October 31, 2010. For more information, check www.DisneysDreamersAcademy.com.

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