I was invited to an all-expense paid trip to Orlando courtesy of Disney to attend the Disney Dreamer Academy event in exchange for my coverage. No other compensation was provided. All views, opinions, thoughts and ideas shared on my post are completely my own.
As a child, I dreamed of being on television. If anyone asked me “what do you want to be when you grow up” I would say an actress. I was dead set on displaying my talents on the big screen.
When I was in the 7th grade I took drama at Hale Jr. High School in Woodland Hills, California. It was the most exciting and terrifying class ever. I was so nervous, I often thought to myself why in the world do I want to do this? I persevered through that class, but I did not stick to it after that. As a matter of fact, I did not take another drama or acting class again.
Earlier this year I attended the Disney Dreamer Academy as press. It was my second time attending the event, but the first time I could experience the entire event, meet the Team and see the wonderful impact that it had on both the Dreamers and their parents.
While there, I wondered, “if I had attended an event like Disney Dreamer Academy as a child, would I have held on and pursued my dream of being an actress?’ I honestly couldn’t help but wonder especially since the room was full of Dreamers and Dream Encouragers. From Steve Harvey to Miki Taylor, the parents and celebrity guests, and the entire Disney Cast and Staff – the Dreamers in that room had a wealth of resources and support!
I definitely think had I been exposed to the Disney Dreamer Academy as a kid, I would be an actress on television today. What is the Disney Dreams Academy? I’m glad you asked.
“Disney Dreamers Academy is a power-packed, 4-day event held annually at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, in which 100 select high school students, ages 13-19, are inspired to dream big and get a jump-start on making those dreams come true!”
At the Disney Dreamer Academy, the Dreamers experience what is called Dreamer Inspiration where they learn more about the transformational power of dreams that will open a new world of possibilities for them and their future.
One of the transformational moments happened when William Williams hit the stage and performed his spoken word entitled “Power of Courage & Faith.”
Amazing, right? His courage, creativity, and testimony lead him to win the 2017 Disney Dreamers Courage Award.
As a mom, one of my main jobs is to help my son Chance find his purpose, path and follow his dreams. Everyone has a passion, you know, something that makes their smile big and eyes bright. I am committed to helping Chance follow his dreams by encouraging his creativity and exposing him to things that bring him joy and excitement. He’s eight, so he is not old enough to attend the Disney Dreamer Academy, but when he is, I am certainly going to help him apply to be a Dreamer!
When our children believe they can be great, have a destiny and future ahead of them, they tend to avoid risky behaviors. When they are passionate about something, like William and his spoken word…not only are they more apt to pursue it, they have less time for trouble and things that could potentially steal their dreams.
Disney is currently looking for the 2018 Dreamers for next year’s Disney Dreamers Academy program. The program will help your child convert their dreams into goals, and create a plan to make those goals a reality. Potential Dreamers must be between the ages of 13-19, enrolled in high school, grades 9th through 12th and living in the United States.
My childhood dream of becoming an actress has not come true yet, but I have not given up on it. I’m confident that I will make my debut on television one day. As for Chance, I am constantly exposing him to opportunities and investing in those things that bring him the most joy and excitement in hopes that one day, he will attend the Disney Dreamer Academy and they will help further inspire, motivated and prepare him to continue to DREAM BIG!
Are you ready to help your child be a Dreamer? Well, if you have a child that fits the qualifications mentioned above, one way to do so is to complete and submit the application by October 31, 2017.
I love this so much! What a wonderful opportunity for these kids.
Now this would be a great place to send a child. Every one need s to be able to dream
I had never heard of the Disney Dreams Academy before. My daughter has a super long and ever growing list of things that she wants to do when she grows up.
I had never heard of the Disney Dreams Academy, but it sounds like a great academy. It is very important that we support our kids dreams and encourage them to never stop dreaming.
I have to admit I’ve not heard of the Disney Dreamers Academy, but how amazing does this sound, I would have loved something like it growing up.
Wow the Disney Dreamer Academy would be fantastic for kids. I will have to look into it for my Son.
That is really neat, and I never knew that Disney had this program. I am going to show it to my 14 year old and see what she thinks.
I’ve heard of this program but, I never quite knew what it was. I have a friend who has a child entering this. What a motivational program though!
I have to tell you this, I’ve burst into tears as I heard William Willams’s speech. So powerful, so touching, so convincing, so inspiring so so so heart wrenching!!! Disney Dreams Academy must be a good choice for teenagers who wants to be on stage, to be a DREAMER!! This program will help the kids pursue their dreams, avoid risks and lead them working in a creative way- not the mold and boring drama classes. It will encourage the kids when they fall down, provide them more powers: never give up! Learning in such a fantastic environment, kids will have chances to learn many things, many skills, from the dreamers, from their friends, from their own experiences… If only I would go back to childhood, go to there and take part in Disney Dreams Academy program, immediately….
I had not heard of the Disney Dream Academy. That William Williams is so inspiring! What a kid!
Such a nice program/venue for kids to showcase their skills and talent. Hope your kid can make it to the top!
This sounds like a great place for any child. I would encourage every parent to identify and move along with their children’s dreams
This definitely looks like a place where dreams do come true!
Its so wonderful that Disney does this. I had no idea about it… and to have steve harvey on board is fantastic!
Wow – it sounds like an amazing event! I haven’t heard of this before, but it’s just one more reason to love Disney!
I’ve never heard of the Disney Dreams Academy! I am so happy they have this available for the youth! Xx-Doran @HauteBeautyGuide
I love encouraging my kids as much as possible. I always tell them that they can do anything!