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Feel Good Friday: Restoring Magic to Damaged High School Band Program

Tajiana Ancora-Brown

by , Director of External Affairs, Walt Disney World Resort

It’s Friday afternoon and we’re feeling good!  So, we thought now would be the perfect time to launch our newest Disney Parks Blog series – Feel Good Friday!

Feel Good Friday is all about heartwarming and inspirational stories with a Disney Parks touch. From the endless magical moments our cast members make for guests to the giving spirit of our Disney VoluntEARs, we’ll be sharing stories that may just leave you with warm and fuzzy feelings before heading into the weekend. 

We’re beginning the series with a group of impressive Central Florida high school students who recently teamed up with parents, friends and the community to raise money to restore their school’s band program after a devastating fire. 

The high schooler’s exceptional teamwork and passion to save and rebuild the band program after the unexpected challenge inspired us here at Walt Disney World

Earlier today, Walt Disney World Resort donated $20,000 to help the band march forward this school year. Check out the moment we (with a little help from our friend, Mickey, of course) surprised the band students, band director and school principal, Julie Robinson-Lueallen!

Stay tuned for more Feel Good Friday moments!


  • My friend’s daughter goes to East Ridge and she (the friend) was so thrilled with this donation. Actions like this make us so proud to be Cast Members!

  • Thank you for sharing this joyful story, Disney Parks Blog! Music education will provide these children with so many wonderful opportunities in their lives! Keep up the great work, East Ridge High School, Director Hart, and Walt Disney World!

  • What a great thing to do! Music is very important!

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