They Are Determined And Destined For Greatness

The 2020 Disney Dreamers Academy may have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that did not stop the 100 Dreamers from taking full advantage of the experience. Many of the students and their parents left Disney World inspired despite the event’s abrupt ending.


The Disney Dreamers Academy is a four-day experience in which 100 students from across the United States have the opportunity to learn about the industries in which they hope to operate one day. This educational event has served as a launching pad for many participants who now work in various fields such as law, medicine, and culinary.

The road to the Dreamers Academy is one of fierce competition as thousands of students between the ages of 13 and 18 years old apply for acceptance every year. Determination is necessary for anyone accepted. Such is the reason why this year’s cancellation of the four-day event was such a difficult decision for Walt Disney executives.

“In response to the fast-changing coronavirus situation, we made the difficult decision to cancel scheduled activities and events for this year’s Disney Dreamers Academy,” Walt Disney World shared in a recent statement. “There are no reported cases of Coronavirus at Walt Disney World Resort,” executives assured.

“But in an abundance of caution, and in the best interests of our Guests and Cast Members, we are proceeding with closure of our theme parks at Walt Disney World beginning March 16 through the end of the month. We are also working closely with all Disney Dreamers Academy participants to get them home to their respective cities.”

California, Florida, and Georgia were heavily represented in this year’s class of Dreamers. New York and Louisiana were among other states with students chosen for the Academy.

The Disney Dreamers Academy is made possible by Disney as well as ESSENCE and Steve Harvey. You can learn more about the program here!

Photo: Disney Dreamers Academy



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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