2013 Disney Dreamers Academy

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Disney DreamersDisney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence’ Magazine motivates teens to achieve their own particular goals and encourage them on a path to success. Students are involved with many workshops that present the tools they will need to turn dreams into reality.


In a robust four-day series of events, the Dreamers engage in a wide range of experiences while working hand in hand with community and industry leaders, Disney Cast Members and some of today’s top celebrities. Dreamers not only learn how to motivate themselves, but also how to inspire their friends, families and communities.

Disney Dreamers Academy 2013 can not be summed up in one post or theme, but if I have to say a short description of this event then I will use this powerful quote…
“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers, and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it in yourself.”


More than 5,000 teens across the country applied for the 2013 Disney Dreamers Academy. Only 100 were chosen to attend. They are chosen based on their qualities as a leader, or because they inspire others by giving back and volunteering in their own communities. Many show great courage by overcoming incredible odds in their home lives, yet they keep their eyes on their dreams.

A Big Welcome to 2013 Disney Dreamers Academy

Dreamers were welcomed by Steve Harvey, Mikki Taylor (Essence Magazine), Tracy D. Powell (Disney’s Executive Champion for DDA), Meg Crofton (President Walt Disney Parks and Resorts) and Yolanda Adams (Gospel Star).

Journalism Dreams Come True for High School Student at Disney Dreamers Academy

Students participated in many workshops and activities to help them visualize their dreams.

Recipes for a DreamerÕs Success Journalism Dreams Come True for High School Student at Disney Dreamers Academy
Celebrities joined in for many activities including a Q & A session with the students and media.

Celebrity Panel at Disney Dreamers Academy

Conversations with Terrance Jenkins (Actor and News Host), Lance Gross(Actor), James Pickens, Jr.( Actor, Grey’s Anatomy), Lamman Rucker (Actor), Kellie Wells(Olympic Track and Field Star), and Chandra Wilson (Actress, Grey’s Anatomy).

After the workshops are finished, the ceremonies complete… it is time for the 2013 dreamers to take the tools they gained at the Academy out into their world and start using them to follow their dreams. Congratulations to the unique and talented students and their future endeavors. I expect great things from them.

Congratulations Disney Dreamers Academy Class of 2013


To be invited to this wonderful event has been one of the extreme highlights of my own Dream trip. Disney Dreamers Academy was a fitting addition to Granny’s Sail Away Adventure. I am humbled by the dreams and aspirations of these young people. I have many more stories to share from this event, but for now I will close with…

” A dream is a wish your heart makes! I hope all your heart’s wishes come true!”

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