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Disney Dreamers & Doers Celebrates 18 Shining Stars

Kathleen Prihoda

by , Manager, Communications & Public Affairs

Recently, I went on a road trip powered by pixie dust. Mickey Mouse and the prize patrol were at the wheel and I was along for the ride as we made our way across Central Florida to reward some students who truly shine and make a difference in their communities.


Our adventure took us to elementary, middle and high schools for some spontaneous celebrations with those selected as Disney Dreamers & Doers Shining Stars.

What makes these 18 kids so special? Whether it’s overcoming adversity or inspiring others to be more civic-minded, they consistently demonstrate outstanding character, lead by example and have a caring spirit.


For example, Shining Star Elizabeth Tran founded her own nonprofit, “Teens Go Green,” to make a positive impact on the environment.


When faced with bullying, Shining Star Kyle Sullivan courageously stood up for himself and other friends.

It was such a treat to join teachers, school officials and families as we set up some magical moments to surprise and recognize these students in a memorable way.

Shining Stars are considered to be the best of the best from the Disney Dreamers & Doers program, which recognized approximately 400 local students this year for serving as role models at school, at home and in their community.


In addition to a visit from Mickey, the Shining Stars received Disney’s own version of an Oscar award known as the “Mousecar,” Walt Disney World Resort annual theme park passes for themselves and their immediate family, a gold medallion and a special invitation to attend the upcoming Kids and Nature Celebration at Walt Disney World Resort.

Now entering its 29th year, more than 12,000 students have been recognized as Disney Dreamers & Doers.


  • I was one of the Disney dreamers and doers for 2012! It was soooo much fun! I met a lot of celebrities from Disney channel and learned a lot about our environment and our community.

  • I would love to see a program like this in Southern California

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