High school students around the country can now apply to be among 100 selected to participate in the 2022 Disney Dreamers Academy being held March 3-6 at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Disney Dreamers Academy returns in-person to celebrate its 15th anniversary year. The 2020 program was cut short due to the pandemic and transitioned to a virtual program series. The event wasn’t held this year.
Entering the search for its next class, Disney Dreamers Academy allows students to 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.
“We’re excited to have our next class of Disney Dreamers back with us at Walt Disney World Resort,” said Tracey D. Powell, Disney Signature Experiences vice president and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion. “The powerful life lessons, career guidance and face-to-face connections the students and mentors share at Disney Dreamers Academy are so impactful. We have a lot to celebrate this year, so we’ll be adding extra touches of magic throughout the event.”
Dreamers are taken both onstage and behind the scenes where Disney theme parks become “classrooms” and are exposed to motivational speakers and celebrities who share their stories and provide insight on how to achieve success.
Youth selected for the program have the opportunity to cultivate relationships with other students from across the nation while they gain firsthand knowledge from Disney experts, entrepreneurs and executives.
Past celebrity participants have included singer NE-YO, NBA legend and business mogul Magic Johnson, the star of the Disney’s upcoming live-action “Little Mermaid,” Halle Bailey, gospel music star Yolanda Adams, and personalities and cast members from across the Disney corporate family including “Good Morning America,’’ ESPN, Disney Channel and the TV series “black-ish” and “grown-ish.
Applicants must answer essay questions about 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.
Select Disney Dreamers, along with a parent or guardian, will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort, where they will participate in sessions at Disney theme parks.
Students must be enrolled in high school in the continental United States and be aged 13-19 to be eligible for consideration. A parent or guardian accompanies each student on the trip.
For more information or to apply, visit DisneyDreamersAcademy.com. A panel of leaders will judge the applications. Completed application forms submitted by mail must be postmarked by 10/26/21 and received by 10/31/21.