Disney Dreamers Academy Returns in Person for 2022 and Celebrates 15 years!

Disney Dreamers Academy returns in-person to celebrate its 15th anniversary year.  The pandemic bought its challenges when they had to cut the program short in 2020 but the virtual series was very successful.

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Three Disney Dreamers pose in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom Park during the Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Approximately 100 high school students take part in Disney Dreamers Academy, an immersive mentorship program, each year.

What young leader wouldn't want to be selected for this amazing opportunity? One hundred high school students will get the chance of a lifetime, along with one parent or guardian! They're going on an all expenses paid trip where they will be encouraged to dream big and take part in some really insightful mentoring sessions at Walt Disney World.

Related: What is Disney Dreamers Academy?

The Disney Dreamers program is an important part of Disney’s commitment to supporting diverse communities, such as Black America, by encouraging the next generation to think big and to carry what they learn back with them, so they can relentlessly pursue their dreams and make a difference in the lives of others.

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Walt Disney World Resort Imagineer Dexter Tanksley talks to several Disney Dreamers at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park during the Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Approximately 100 high school students take part in Disney Dreamers Academy, an immersive mentorship program, each year.

“We are excited and honored to celebrate 15 years of Disney Dreamers Academy with this year’s class,” said Tracey D. Powell, Walt Disney World Resort Vice President and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion. “We’ve embraced this opportunity to amplify the event, and we’re thrilled to introduce new experiences, new career programs and new mentors.”

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Tabitha Willis, of Chicago, Ill., learns medical principles during a medical 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. (Todd Anderson, photographer)

For the past fifteen years (2008), Disney Dreamers Academy has inspired more than 1,300 students from across the country by fueling their dreams and showing them a world of possibilities as they prepare for their futures. In the years following, graduates have gone on to become doctors, nurses, engineers, pilots, journalists and more, and have transitioned into mentors to the Disney Dreamers who follow them, including event speaker Princeton Parker (Class of 2011), who is now a Disney cast member.

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Disney Dreamers Academy alum Princeton Parker gives an inspiring speech to a new class of students during the Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Approximately 100 high school students take part in Disney Dreamers Academy, an immersive mentorship program, each year.

Princeton Parker not only has such an inspiring story but the energy that he exudes is contagious. He take his role as alumni serious and wants to make certain that students leave inspired, motivated and ready to pursue their dreams.

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High school students from across the United States star in a special parade Thursday, March 8, at Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. to signal the beginning of the 11th annual Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE magazine. The event, taking place March 8-11, 2018 at Walt Disney World Resort, is a career-inspiration program for distinguished high school students. (Todd Anderson, photographer)

How do you get into the Disney Dreamers Academy?

Applications for this years have ended but I encourage you to check back as I will remind you when it opens for next year. It generally opens late summer to early fall.

Encourage your teen or any high school dreamer, ages 13-18 to apply. I attended virtually last year and it definitely left a lasting imprint on me. Imagine how this will inspire your student to be their best!

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Disney Dreamers take part in a hands-on broadcasting workshop during the Disney Dreamers Academy at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Approximately 100 high school students take part in Disney Dreamers Academy, an immersive mentorship program, each year.

Meet the 2022 Class of Disney Dreamers Academy!

Congratulations to the 100 students that have been selected for Disney Dreamers Academy. Looking forward to following along on the journey!


First Name
Last NameCityState
NolanHatcherBirminghamAL
AvaCockeFairhopeAL
MackenzieHillHazel GreenAL
JaynieTurnerHelenaAL
TylorAndersonMobileAL
PrishaShroffChandlerAZ
AnnaliseJonesMesaAZ
AlexZhangCupertinoCA
JamilaAbdelkarimFullertonCA
KatherineLawlerLivermoreCA
RoiClintonManhattan BeachCA
KevinGonzalez RamirezSan DiegoCA
Kayli JoyCooperStudio CityCA
SophiaMitsuokaCentennialCO
CalebHatchColorado SpringsCO
McKenzieWilliamsBoca RatonFL
ChristiannaAlexanderJacksonvilleFL
ZacharyAndrewsJacksonvilleFL
KhushiTalluruLakewood RanchFL
IsabellaPuglisiMiami ShoresFL
RoxieRichbourgOrlandoFL
JavierLageyreWestonFL
RamonAbreuWindermereFL
AzrielMelvinAtlantaGA
JordynSpencerAtlantaGA
NathanaelOccilien-SimilienCovingtonGA
MiCaiHaywoodFairburnGA
CedaisiaTaltonFort ValleyGA
AmiaGeorgesMariettaGA
RyannRichardsPowder SpringsGA
IlaroseRobinsonRiverdaleGA
AbigailSmithStatesboroGA
KaylaNelsonFrankfortIL
ReaganSturgisCambridge CtyIN
AlisonYeeLeawoodKS
HrilinaRakhsGretnaLA
ElizabethGarderMandevilleLA
RoseWarfieldGraftonMA
LanceCarrClarksburgMD
KemeryOparahClintonMD
DanielleNelsonColumbiaMD
KaiyaJonesEllicott CityMD
WhitleyShieldsFort WashingtonMD
CiaRaSejourFt WashingtonMD
CalebOhGambrillsMD
AmberJohnsonOxon HillMD
OliviaJonesSilver SpringMD
MiyanaholdenBloomfield HillsMI
AlexisCornettHighlandMI
SeanShelbrockMontroseMI
MaxwellParneyRochesterMN
MichaelWrenFlorissantMO
BryceAllenCharlotteNC
JourniKirbyConcordNC
JoshuaHanflinkGreensboroNC
BritneyNyabaroWake ForestNC
MayaRoseboroWilmingtonNC
JustinFountainWinston SalemNC
DiyaNairAvenelNJ
DeniaSmithBelle MeadNJ
DariusBrownNewarkNJ
KendallHendersonRobbinsvilleNJ
AlexisHalmSouth OrangeNJ
AbibatAkinyele YusifuBronxNY
ElsaWoodarekEllicottvilleNY
MalayaTalaveraHicksvilleNY
MichaelTaggartJamaicaNY
JustinAlvarezNew YorkNY
DarcieWuNew YorkNY
AaliyahSummonsPort JervisNY
CyrussBellRochesterNY
NaeemaBakshRosedaleNY
SanaaleeTroupeUniondaleNY
AnnabelLongBexleyOH
IsabellaGreenClevelandOH
NolanPastoreHartvilleOH
MeghanaBodaLewis CenterOH
SkylarBlumenauerMassillonOH
EmmaJeffreyYukonOK
KylerWangPortlandOR
BethanyWashingtonHanoverPA
ZacharySullivanPittsburghPA
AriannaGaiterPittsburghPA
VictoriaRenSewickleyPA
TyraJeffersonColumbiaSC
CadenceBrownWillistonSC
SamuelDraperConverseTX
MasonThenorCypressTX
AndreScottHumbleTX
BaaniSandhuIrvingTX
DestinyWeedenKilleenTX
MayaBurnsMcKinneyTX
ElizabethMielkeProsperTX
MarcusDrakeRockwallTX
TheodoreHerveySan AntonioTX
MylesBracey-HairstonLortonVA
AudreyZorrillaMidlothianVA
KortneyBosticShenandoahVA
SamanthaHaywoodViennaVA
SImmiSenVancouverWA

For more information, visit DisneyDreamersAcademy.com. Regular updates about Disney Dreamers Academy are also available at Facebook.com/DisneyDreamersAcademy, Twitter.com/DreamersAcademy and  Instagram.com/disneydreamersacademy.

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1 Comments

  1. Medit wrote:

    Great news!

    Posted 2.9.22

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