Since 2008, the 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.

Each year the Disney Dreamers are selected from thousands of applicants who answer essay questions about their personal stories and dreams for the future. The students and a parent or guardian are given an all-expenses paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida for the event.

Here’s a look at some events in past years.

2008

2009

Disney’s Dreamers Academy Goes ÒBehind the SeedsÓ Ð Award-winning chef and bestselling author Chef Jeff Henderson joins students (from left) Cierra Holt, Frank Lopez Jr., Celia Campbell, Thomas Johnson and others on the ÒBehind the SeedsÓ greenhouse tour at EpcotÕs The Land pavilion.

2010

2011

A group of high school students take a ride March 5, 2011 on the Kilimanjaro Safaris attraction.

2012

Minnie Mouse rides along with several Disney Dreamers during a celebratory parade at Magic Kingdom.

2013

Walt Disney World Resort Imagineer Dexter Tanksley talks to several Disney Dreamers at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

2014

Disney Dreamers receive a surprise visit from Mickey Mouse March 8, 2014 during an animation and graphic design workshop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

2015

Walt Disney World Resort theme parks in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., such as EPCOT become fun, interactive classrooms for Disney Dreamers taking part in educational workshops.

2016

Disney Dreamers and their pal Pluto ride along in a parade at the Magic Kingdom.

2017

Beloved Disney characters join 100 Disney Dreamers Academy students and 10 alumni Friday, March 10, 2017, to celebrate the programÕs tenth anniversary with an epic photo moment at Epcot.

2018

Minnie Mouse and a group of Disney Dreamers are all smiles while visiting the Magic Kingdom.

2019

Malik Carter from Dallas, Ga. and Makaya Clinton from McDonough, Ga. enjoy Slinky Dog Dash in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

2020

Three Disney Dreamers pose in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom Park

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