Deadline approaching for high school students to apply to Disney Dreamer Academy

The deadline for high school students to participate in the 2018 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence is fast approaching.

Applications close Oct. 31, 2017 for this outside-classroom mentoring program that takes place in March at Disney World. 
Disney Dreamers Academy (Disney publicity photo)

“After 10 years and over 1,000 Disney Dreamer alumni, we’re excited to begin the next decade of Disney Dreamers Academy,” Tracey D. Powell, Walt Disney World Resort vice president of commercial management resorts and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion, said.

Each year, students participate in hands-on, immersive career workshops, ranging from animation to zoology. Each participant learns important skills, such as communication techniques, leadership qualities and networking strategies, and are inspired by celebrity speakers and special guests who share their stories and provide insight on how to achieve success, according to Disney. 
The application includes essay questions about their personal journeys and dreams for the future. Students are selected based on a “combination of attributes, including strong character, positive attitude and determination to achieve their dreams.”  Selected applicants, along with a parent or guardian, will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Disney World Resort in Florida.
Applications are open to U.S. high school students, ages 13 to 19, through Oct. 31, 2017. Selections are announced by early 2018.
Those selected are A distinguished panel of leaders will evaluate the applications, and selected participants will be announced by early 2018.
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – October 12, 2017 – High School students participating in the 2018 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence will experience a once-in-a-lifetime career-inspiring weekend – but there’s only a few weeks left for students to apply at Applications close on Oct. 31 for the innovative, outside-the-classroom, mentoring program that takes place in March at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

The program has produced many success stories, inspiring students to become authors, nurses, pilots, doctors, journalists and engineers following the three-day all-expenses-paid experience at Walt Disney World Resort where the theme parks become vibrant ‘classrooms’ leading to career discoveries and fun memories to cherish for a lifetime.

 “We are excited about the opportunity to add to the many success stories, as this program continues to cultivate the minds of young high school students from across the nation and inspire them to follow their dreams and accomplish their goals. By applying for Disney Dreamers Academy, future leaders of this country are taking a step toward an experience that can change their lives.”

For more information regarding applications, interested applicants can visit, or learn more about the program on or