Disney Dreamers Academy Applications Deadline Fast Approaching

The October 31, 2019 deadline for Disney Dreamers Academy (DDA) is fast approaching. Don't miss out on an amazing opportunity for any high school student in your life ages 13-19 to experience the magic of Disney.

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Disney Dreamers join Mickey Mouse, entertainer Steve Harvey, Vice President at Walt Disney World Resort Tracey Powell, Editor-at-Large at Essence Magazine Mikki Taylor and CEO of Essence Communications Michelle Ebanks on Sunday, March 24, 2019 to celebrate the commencement of the 12th Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The annual event is a career-inspiration program for distinguished high school students from across the U.S. (Gregg Newton, photographer)

Two years ago, representatives from Disney Dreamers Academy came to the Philadelphia area to discuss the program. In attendance was a previous student who was attending college in the area. I was so impressed by his experience and the sparkle in his eye, that there was no doubt that he would take his dream far. We also learned about alumni William Williams whose story left not one dry eye in the place.

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What is Disney Dreamers Academy?

DDA is a 4-day, power-packed event in which 100 select high school students are inspired, motivated and prepared to dream big. Under #BE100 the students are encouraged to be 100 percent and seize all opportunities that lead to making their dreams come true while making a positive impact on the lives of others.

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Kynnedy Smith from Shaker Heights, Ohio shows off her violin talent during Disney Dreamers Academy commencement at Walt Disney World Resort on Sunday, March 24, 2019. The 12th annual Disney Dreamers Academy, taking place March 21-24, 2019 is a career-inspiration program for distinguished high school students from across the U.S. (Todd Anderson, photographer)

Who should attend Disney Dreamers Academy?

Any high school between the ages of 13-19, that is ready to dream big and not allow societal limitations to hinder them. This their chance to shoot beyond the clouds. Think about how Walt Disney arrived in Hollywood with a dream and a few dollars in his pocket. He faced rejection, but he believed in his talent and his dream.

What are some qualities of a Disney Dreamer?

  • Intellectual curiosity – a love for learning and creativity
  • Compassion – caring for those around you
  • Courage – facing obstacles with poise and maturity
  • A positive outlook and a generous spirit
  • Optimism about the future

How to apply for Disney Dreamer Academy?

To apply for Disney Dreamer Academy head to the website and fill out the online application. Submissions are accepted via snail mail also. The application includes three essay style and three rapid fire questions.

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Steve Harvey poses for a selfie with Disney Dreamers during commencement on Sunday, March 24, 2019. The 12th annual Disney Dreamers Academy, taking place March 21-24, 2019 at Walt Disney World Resort is a career-inspiration program for distinguished high school students from across the U.S. (Gregg Newton, photographer)

What can you expect over the four days?

“Disney Dreamers Academy turns the entire magical setting of Walt Disney World into a vibrant classroom. Students participate in a series of sessions and workshops designed to help them imagine bright futures, make exciting discoveries and learn how to put their goals into action.” Disney Dreamers engage in a wide variety of experiences at Walt Disney World parks while working side by side with celebrities, such as Steve Harvey and Yolanda Adams, community and industry leaders and Disney cast members.You will be change for the better upon leaving this event and excited about what's next.

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High school students learn engineering principles during an Imagineering and engineering workshop Friday, March 9, 2018, as part of Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The 11th annual Disney Dreamers Academy, taking place March 8-11, 2018, is a career-inspiration program for distinguished high school students from across the U.S. (Gregg Newton, photographer)

How much does it cost to attend Disney Dreamers Academy?

This is a four-day, all-expenses-paid experience at Walt Disney World for the student and a parent or guardian.

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