2023 Disney Dreamers Academy Concludes After Weekend of Special Experiences and Events

by | Mar 27, 2023 | WDW Blog

Disney Dreamers Academy 2023 has concluded after a four-day event in Disney World. The event brought 100 students, recognized as Disney Dreamers, to Disney World for special career opportunities, experiences, and time spent in the parks!

This past weekend, Disney World hosted the 2023 Disney Dreamers Academy. The annual event is an educational mentoring program, each year picking 100 outstanding students from across the country from a pool of thousands of applicants. This year’s event took place from March 23 to 26, 2023, where the students were joined by celebrity ambassador Halle Bailey and Disney Dreamers Executive Champion Tracey Powell.

The four-day event featured several exciting activities, along with experiences and opportunities presented to the 2023 Disney Dreamers. We’re taking you through a few of the biggest highlights from the incredible event.

Halle Bailey Kicks Off the Event as Celebrity Ambassador

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Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images for Disney

To kick off the event, Halle Bailey spoke with the Disney Dreamers. Bailey, who will star as Ariel in the upcoming live-action The Little Mermaid, was present for many of the weekend’s events. You can watch her speaking with the 2023 class at the Welcome Celebration rally in our video below!

Disney Dreamers Academy Parade in Magic Kingdom

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Photo by Charlene Morrison/Disney

Along with Halle Bailey, the 100 Disney Dreamers also participated in a special parade in Magic Kingdom on Thursday, March 23. As part of the parade, the students were joined by Halle Bailey, along with beloved characters like Mickey Mouse, Princess Tiana, and Pluto. The fun parade took the students down Main Street, U.S.A., with groups holding cards representing their home states from around the country. Along with the parade, several students were given the chance for an early ride on TRON Lightcycle / Run which will have its grand opening on April 4, 2023.

Special Appearances and Career Opportunities

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Grammy-Award winning musician H.E.R. surprised teens with autographed guitars during the Disney Dreamers. Photo by Charlene Morrison/Disney

As part of the event, many students were able to experience special mentors and opportunities based on their aspirations. For example, three of the students who were interested in music careers were surprised by a visit from H.E.R., who gifted each with an autographed guitar. H.E.R. recently played Belle in the special Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration that aired on ABC in December 2022.

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“The Little Mermaid” star Halle Bailey surprises Disney Dreamers Academy students and aspiring filmmakers Madison Henderson (Los Angeles) and Dylan Jones (Atlanta) at Disney Dreamers Academy. Photo by Charlene Morrison/Disney

Two aspiring filmmakers also got the chance to speak with Halle Bailey as part of the event. She invited both students to join her on the red carpet for the world premiere of The Little Mermaid later this spring! Another student with an interest in broadcasting was also invited to take part in a behind-the-scenes tour of ABC’s Good Morning America, which is recorded in New York.

We also had the chance to enjoy the “Put You On: Image Makeover” session with the students! During this event, Jerome LaMaar and Misa Hylton helped style eight of the Disney Dreamers based on their own personal brands and styles. The fashion designers spoke about the importance of getting to build your own personal style and image, along with the incredible confidence that comes with it!

Disney Dreamers Academy Commencement Ceremony

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Students celebrate the culmination of the four-day Disney Dreamers Academy with a moving commencement ceremony at Walt Disney World Resort. Photo by Charlene Morrison/Disney

To conclude the weekend of events, the Disney Dreamers Academy held a special commencement ceremony for each of the students. All 100 teens were onhand for the ceremony, where awards were given to select Disney Dreamers, including for “Dreamer of the Year.”

A special moment was when each of the Disney Dreamers received class rings, which the teen’s chaperone/parent could place on their hand. A few speakers were on hand to conclude the festivities, including Halle Bailey, and Tracey D. Powell, Vice President of Travel Services/Pricing and Revenue Management and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion.

Disney Dreamers Academy Takes Part in Special Magic Kingdom Parade

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Thanks to Disney for hosting us at the Disney Dreamers Academy event, where we were able to conduct interviews and learn more about the exciting program.  

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Morgan is the Staff Editor for WDW Magazine. A lifelong Disney fan, her dream day involves just about anything to do with Animal Kingdom. Along with several years of experience writing about Disney, Morgan has also written as a contributing writer for Well + Good, Scary Mommy, Brit + Co, and Baby Chick.
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