Application Deadline for Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey is Coming Up!

Time is running out for high school students nationwide to be a part of the 2017 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine – the innovative, outside-of-the-classroom, mentoring program is in its 10th year at Walt Disney World Resort.

I wish they had something like this in 19… well when I was in high school. The kids that get accepted into this program will have a life changing opportunity to follow their dreams with a head start.

When I was in high school, they told us to get an education but never “Follow your dreams” I believe high school counselors believed education was the path to your dreams. I am not saying college isn’t important because it is.

This program just gives you more tools early that could change your mind state, which causes you to work harder because you see the end vision.


How to Be A Disney Dreamer

To be among the 100 selected to participate in this unique experience, high school students around the country must apply at by October 31.

Selected Dreamers, along with a parent or guardian, will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida for the event March 9-12, 2017. Applications are open to U.S. high school students, ages 13 to 19, until Oct. 31, 2016. A distinguished panel of leaders will judge the applications in November and selected students will be announced in December.

Applicants must answer essay questions describing their stories, the people who are most influential in their lives 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.


What Happens at Disney Dreamers Academy?

Each year, students participate in engaging and immersive 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 from Disney experts and world-renowned entrepreneurs and executives.

Moreover, motivational speakers and celebrities such as syndicated radio and television personality Steve Harvey and ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks connect with students to share their stories and provide insight into how to achieve success and DREAM BIG.

Immersed in the imaginative and magical setting of Walt Disney World Resort, Dreamers go behind the scenes to learn what inspires Disney storytellers, as well as use the theme parks as energetic ‘classrooms,’ leading to career discoveries, the pursuit of dreams and fun memories to cherish.


“Giving back to our youth – our future – is something I am so passionate about,” said Harvey. “This is a milestone year, where the success and collaboration with Disney continue to pay dividends for the lives of over 900 Disney Dreamer alumni and with the addition of the class of 2017, we will have influenced over 1,000 aspiring young leaders. I encourage all high school students to take the time to apply for the 10th annual Disney Dreamers Academy because I truly believe that a young person’s dream deserves constant nourishing.”

For more information regarding applications, visit: Follow the Dreamers on or on



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  • Kimberly Gale-Hayden
    June 30, 2017 at 2:08 pm


    My son is a junior at Columbia College in Chicago, Illinois. His major is in Animation and Game Artist. He has an academic scholarship and works a part-time job to pay for some of his expenses. He also is active in church activities. I would like to know if you have any suggestions for him, regarding an internship, since he is not eligible to apply for the academy. We plan on coming to Orlando for our vacation.

    Thank you.
    Kimberly Hayden