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September 17, 2016

High school students can apply now to be Disneyland Dreamers & Doers

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Disneyland has announced that its Dreamers and & Doers program, which recognizes local high school students who are making a difference, has returned for a second year. The application process is now open and continues through Oct. 31.

However, some of the application process has changed and so have the awards, so keep reading for details.

Students at all Orange County (California) high schools are eligible to apply by sharing their stories of how they are taking action for a brighter tomorrow in four focus areas: Live Healthier (make healthier living fun and accessible); Strengthen Community (bring hope, happiness and comfort to children and families); Conserve Nature (connect children and families with nature to build lifelong conservation values); and Think Creatively (nurture creative thinking skills to inspire children and families to create the future they imagine).

Applications can be downloaded now, and they must be turned in at each school’s main office by Oct. 31, and then the school will select up to two Dreamer & Doers. Here is what students can win:

** Each student nominated by their school will be recognized as a Dreamer & Doer and receive two Disneyland Resort 1-Day Park-Hopper tickets and a certificate of recognition. (Students can only be nominated once during their high school career.)

** From the nominated group of Dreamers & Doers, up to 35 students will be identified as Shining Stars and invited to attend a celebration luncheon with two family members and a representative from each of their schools.

** To inspire fellow students to make their school a better place, each of the students selected as a Shining Star will receive a $1,000 pay-it-forward grant for his or her school, as well as a Dreamers & Doers branded medal of recognition.

** Five Luminaries will be selected, and in recognition will receive a Disneyland Resort weekend prize package to enjoy with their families. They will also have the opportunity to select an Orange County non-profit organization of their choice to be awarded a $3,000 grant on their behalf.

** Shining Stars and Luminaries will have the opportunity to attend an educational symposium in spring 2017.

Ready to apply? Click here for the application, which asks each student:

** Considering one of the four focus areas above, describe something you have done, created or innovated to solve a problem in your community, home or school that makes it a better place. Describe how you would like to continue or expand your efforts in the future.

** If you are selected as a Shining Star, how would you use a $1,000 grant to inspire fellow students to make your high school a better place? Please answer in relation to your chosen focus area.

** If given the opportunity to support a local charitable cause or organization in Orange County that supports enriching the lives of children and families, which would you choose and why? Please be specific.

Unlike last year, there is no video component to this year’s Disneyland Resort Dreamers & Doers program.

To be eligible to apply, students must:

** Be a current resident of Orange County, California.

** Currently attend an Orange County public, private or charter high school.

** Be in good academic and character standing, as verified by the high school.

** Submit a completed application to school administration by the specified deadline.

** Submit a signed form of authorization to use likeness, voice and/or written correspondence.

Disneyland’s Dreamers & Doers will be announced at the beginning of November, and the Shining Stars and Luminaries will be announced by mid-December.

Questions can be directed to Disneyland Resort Corporate Citizenship at DLR.Corporate.Citizenship@Disney.com.



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April 28, 2016

Walt Disney World announces 2016 Shining Stars among its Dreamers and Doers

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Walt Disney World has announced its 2016 Shining Stars recipients from among about 400 Central Florida students who were named Disney Dreamers and Doers last month.

The students originally were chosen by their schools for actions they took this past school year to inspire other students. Each of the 400 winners at schools across Central Florida was recognized with a medal, a certificate and four one-day theme-park tickets to use during the next year.

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In addition, each Disney Dreamer and Doer was entered in the competition for Disney's Shining Stars. These awards are given to 15 students -- one each at the elementary-, middle- and high-school level in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and Polk counties. Shining Stars receive Disney World annual passes for their immediate families for one year, Mousecar statues (Disney's version of the "Oscar" featuring Mickey Mouse), and certificates noting their accomplishments. Plus, the students and their families are invited to attend an IllumiNations Dessert Party at Epcot on June 4. Disney officials, not school principals, choose the Shining Stars.

Among this year's Shining Stars are students who have made community contributions by assisting elderly family members, fostering acceptance among schoolmates, and helping others learn from their health challenges.

The 2016 Disney Dreamers and Doers Shining Stars are:

Lake County

Ryan Boyd, Groveland Elementary School, 4th grade
Tyler LaBelle, Windy Hill Middle School, 7th grade
Reaghan Wooster, Tavares High School, 12th grade

Orange County

Bryce Drayton, Apopka Elementary School, 5th grade
Cortez Fisher, Central Florida Leadership Charter Academy, 8th grade
Tomas Castorani Correa, Magnolia School, 10th grade

Osceola County

Ayden Nadler, Harmony Community School, 5th grade
Haley Steidley, Trinity Lutheran School, 8th grade
Carla Rivera, New Dimensions High School, 11th grade

Polk County

Markayla Wesley, Caldwell Elementary School, 5th grade
Joshua Bowen, Lakeland Highlands Middle School, 8th grade
Chanel Jackson, Kathleen High School, 11th grade

Seminole County

Kristen Spennemann, Lake Mary Preparatory Elementary School, 3rd grade
Kaitlyn Boyle, Greenwood Lakes Middle School, 7th grade
Emma McDonald, Lake Howell High School, 12th grade

So, how do you apply to become a Disney Dreamer and Doer?

It’s never too soon for students to take positive actions in their communities, but the application process historically takes place in the spring. This year had the earliest deadlines in recent years – in February – so watch for information at your school or online.

The process begins when students are asked to nominate themselves by writing a 300-word paragraph describing their achievements. The official rules give these examples of student contributions: "strengthening their families; conservation/environmental projects; helping others; safety; school achievement in spite of barriers; improving their schools; serving as a role model for siblings/friends; or any other positive action." An addition to the rules for 2016 notes: “High academic achievement and volunteer involvement can be considered but should not be the only determining factors to select a school’s Disney Dreamer and Doer.”

Then, the student asks a teacher to champion his or her application by writing a 75-word endorsement. The two essays are turned in to the school's principal by the school's announced deadline, and a school winner is chosen based on the strength of the essay. (Grammatical accuracy is not a factor.)

"Students may be comfortable in the spotlight, or shy away from it. Some take positive action that is visible; some actions may not be visible to many," the Disney press release states. "We believe all students do good things and have the potential to be a Disney Dreamer and Doer. We look forward to hearing about students in each of these categories."



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February 17, 2016

Deadline nears for Central Florida students to apply to be 2016 Disney Dreamers and Doers

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Just as Hollywood’s awards season is in full swing, so, too, is Walt Disney World’s version of the Oscars. The "Mousecars" -- exclusive golden Mickey Mouse statues -- are bestowed on some of the most promising students in Central Florida through the Disney Dreamers and Doers program. And if students want to be considered for the honor, they need to hurry because the deadlines have been moved up from 2015.

For more than three decades, this award program has recognized local students who have inspired others and made the world a better place. In return, The Walt Disney Co. hopes to inspire and reward the area's student leaders with theme-park tickets -- or even annual passes -- to Walt Disney World and provide Disney-themed keepsakes, such as the Mousecars.

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Disney relies on each school in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and Polk counties to nominate one child for the honor of being named a Disney Dreamer and Doer.

The process begins when students are asked to nominate themselves by writing a 300-word paragraph describing their achievements. The official rules give these examples of student contributions: "strengthening their families; conservation/environmental projects; helping others; safety; school achievement in spite of barriers; improving their schools; serving as a role model for siblings/friends; or any other positive action." An addition to the rules for 2016 notes: “High academic achievement and volunteer involvement can be considered but should not be the only determining factors to select a school’s Disney Dreamer and Doer.”

Then, the student asks a teacher to champion his or her application by writing a 75-word endorsement. The two essays are turned in to the school's principal by the school's announced deadline, and a school winner is chosen based on the strength of the essay. (Grammatical accuracy is not a factor.)

This year's deadline for each school to submit its Disney Dreamer and Doer winner is Feb. 29, 2016. That means each school likely has set earlier deadlines - within the next week -- that local students will want to check.

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In total, there are about 400 students from elementary, middle- and high-school students in Central Florida chosen to receive the one-day park-hopper tickets, medals and certificates.

Once a school's Disney Dreamer and Doer is chosen, he or she is entered in a larger competition, Disney's Shining Stars. The awards are given to 15 students -- one elementary, middle and high school student in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and Polk counties. Disney officials, not school principals, choose the Shining Stars. Shining Stars receive Disney World annual passes for their immediate families for one year, Mousecar statues and certificates noting their accomplishments. Plus, the Shining Stars and their families are invited to an Epcot Illuminations Dessert Party on June 4.

"Students may be comfortable in the spotlight, or shy away from it. Some take positive action that is visible; some actions may not be visible to many," the Disney press release states. "We believe all students do good things and have the potential to be a Disney Dreamer and Doer. We look forward to hearing about students in each of these categories."

Among past winners are a student who learned to give back after living in a homeless shelter; a student who organized book drives for needy kids; and a student who excelled in science education with a goal of creating clean, unlimited power sources.

Schools will be notified beginning April 11 if their students are among this year's Shining Stars.



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July 4, 2015

Disneyland to launch its own Dreamers & Doers recognition program for high school students

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Disneyland may be the original Disney theme park, but Walt Disney World was the first park to celebrate students who have made a difference in their communities. The Orlando resort has honored Disney Dreamers & Doers for more than 30 years. Now, Disneyland has announced it, too, will begin highlighting outstanding students with awards of the same name, although the California program will have some differences.

Students at all Orange County (California) high schools are eligible to apply by sharing their stories of how they are taking action for a brighter tomorrow in four focus areas: Live Healthier (make healthier living fun and accessible); Strengthen Community (bring hope, happiness and comfort to children and families); Conserve Nature (connect children and families with nature to build lifelong conservation values); and Think Creatively (nurture creative thinking skills to inspire children and families to create the future they imagine).

Applications can be downloaded beginning Sept. 8. They must be turned in at each school’s main office by Nov. 20, and then the school will select up to two Dreamer & Doers. Each school winner will receive two 1-Day Disneyland Park-Hopper tickets.

In honor of the 60th Diamond Anniversary Celebration, Disneyland then will select 60 students from the group of Dreamers & Doers to be Shining Stars. They will be invited to attend a celebration luncheon along with two family members and a representative from their school. To inspire fellow students to make their school a better place, each of the 60 students selected as “Shining Stars” will receive a $1,000 grant for their school, as well as a Dreamers & Doers medal of recognition. Later, they will be invited to attend a one-day symposium to discuss issues that affect youth and create solutions that they can implement in their schools and communities.

Additionally, six “Luminaries” will be selected to receive a Disneyland weekend prize package to enjoy with their families. And there will be additional surprises announced at the celebration luncheon.

Students interested in applying to become a Dreamer & Doer this fall are encouraged to use summer break to get involved and make a difference, and even showcase how they are making an impact by submitting videos of their work in action. Select videos will then be part of a final video highlighting the program, which will be shown on the Disney Parks Blog and various other social media channels.

Video submissions must:

** Be between one and two minutes in length.
** Include the statement “I Dream…” to describe what the student dreams the world could look like given the work they do in their community. (For example, a student who serves by supporting a local food bank might say: “I dream that everyone will have access to the nutrition they need, so I collect food donations for my local food bank.”)
** Showcase the student’s work in their community, home or school.
** Be in a .mov file format.
** Be emailed to DLR.Corporate.Citizenship@disney.com by August 2.
** Be submitted along with a signed “Consent and Release” form from each individual in the video. Forms can be downloaded here.

Disneyland’s Dreamers & Doers will be announced in December, and the Shining Stars will be named in January 2016.



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April 14, 2015

Central Florida students can apply to be Disney Dreamers and Doers

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Oscar season may be over for now, but Walt Disney World's version of the famed awards are in full swing. Everybody knows what the Oscars are. But do you know what the "Mousecars" honor? The exclusive golden Mickey Mouse statues are bestowed on some of the most promising students in Central Florida next month through the Disney Dreamers and Doers program.

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For more than three decades, this award program has recognized local students who have inspired others and made the world a better place. In return, The Walt Disney Co. hopes to inspire and reward the area's student leaders with theme-park tickets -- or even annual passes -- to Walt Disney World and provide Disney-themed keepsakes, such as the Mousecars.

Disney relies on each school in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and Polk counties (plus the Florida Virtual School) to nominate one child for the honor of being named a Disney Dreamer and Doer.

The process begins when students are asked to nominate themselves by writing a 300-word paragraph describing their achievements. These achievements don't necessarily have to be academic. The official rules give these examples of student contributions: "strengthening their families; conservation/environmental projects; helping others; safety; school achievement in spite of barriers; improving their schools; serving as a role model for siblings/friends; or other positive actions."

Then, the student asks a teacher to champion his or her application by writing a 75-word endorsement. The two essays are turned in to the school's principal by the school's announced deadline, and a school winner is chosen based on the strength of the essay. (Grammatical accuracy is not a factor.)

This year's deadline for each school to submit its Disney Dreamer and Doer winner is April 24. That means each school likely has set earlier deadlines - within the next two weeks -- that local students will want to check.

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In total, there are about 400 students from elementary, middle- and high-school students in Central Florida chosen to receive the one-day park-hopper tickets, medals and certificates.

Once a school's Disney Dreamer and Doer is chosen, he or she is entered in a larger competition, Disney's Shining Stars. The awards are given to 18 students -- one elementary, middle and high school student in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and Polk counties and from the Florida Virtual School. Disney officials, not school principals, choose the Shining Stars. Shining Stars receive Disney World annual passes for their immediate families for one year, Mousecar statues and certificates noting their accomplishments.

"Students may be comfortable in the spotlight, or shy away from it. Some take positive action that is visible; some actions may not be visible to many," the Disney press release states. "We believe all students do good things and have the potential to be a Disney Dreamer and Doer. We look forward to hearing about students in each of these categories."

Among last year's winners are a student who learned to give back after living in a homeless shelter; a student who organized book drives for needy kids; and a student who excelled in science education with a goal of creating clean, unlimited power sources.

Schools will be notified by May 8 if their students are among this year's Shining Stars.

June 19, 2014

What does it take to be a Disney Dreamer and Doer?

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During the last several weeks, about 400 students in Central Florida were named Disney Dreamers and Doers. These students were chosen by their schools for actions they have taken to inspire other students this past school year. What does it take to be named a Disney Dreamer and Doer (and why would your child be interested in applying)?

Although I've written about these awards for years, I was especially interested this year because my son, who just graduated from fifth grade, had his heart set on applying for the honor. He is a well-rounded child who gets excellent grades; is involved in his community through sports, Scouts and the arts; and has a leadership position at his school. But would that be enough to compete with all the other equally outstanding classmates at his elementary school?

The official 2014 rules give these examples of student contributions: "strengthening their families; conservation/environmental projects; helping others; safety; school achievement in spite of barriers; improving their schools; serving as a role model for siblings/friends; or other positive actions."

My son's accomplishments were enough to make him stand out -- due in large part to his ability to describe those experiences in a cohesive essay and have his teacher endorse that essay to the principal. At my son's school, the student essays are judged without names to try to eliminate any bias. And then the month's wait for the announcement of the winner began.

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When the big day came and my son's name was called at the awards announcement, it was such a sweet moment -- not only because of the immense pride I felt for all that he had accomplished but because I knew how much this particular award meant to my son, who dreams of one day working as a Disney Imagineer. He will always cherish this honor and the special medal and certificate he earned.

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Aside from the honor of the recognition, each of the 400 winners at schools across Central Florida also was given four theme park tickets to use during the next year.

In addition, each Disney Dreamer and Doer was entered in the competition for Disney's Shining Stars. These awards are given to 15 students -- one each at the elementary-, middle- and high-school level in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and Polk counties. Shining Stars receive Disney World annual passes for their immediate families for one year, Mousecar statues (Disney's version of the "Oscar" featuring Mickey Mouse), and certificates noting their accomplishments. Disney officials, not school principals, choose the Shining Stars.

Among this year's Shining Stars are a student who learned to give back after living in a homeless shelter; a student who organized book drives for needy kids; a student who raised money through crafts for a local children's hospital; a student who excelled in science education with a goal of creating clean, unlimited power sources; several that overcame personal obstacles to succeed in school; and others who advocated for other causes.

Today's students are doing amazing things to make the world a better place, and Walt Disney World is doing its best to inspire them based on the sage advice of the company's founder: "If you can dream it, you can do it."



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April 12, 2014

Deadline nears for Central Florida students to apply to be Disney Dreamers and Doers

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Elementary, middle- and high-school students in Central Florida have a shot at winning a day's admission -- or even annual passes -- to Walt Disney World. But they have to get moving because the first deadline is only days away. The prizes are given out next month when Disney bestows its Dreamers and Doers awards.

For more than three decades, this award program has recognized local students who have inspired others and made the world a better place. In return, The Walt Disney Co. hopes to inspire and reward the area's student leaders with the theme-park tickets and Disney-themed keepsakes.

Disney relies on each school in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and Polk counties (plus the Florida Virtual School) to nominate one child for the honor of being named a Disney Dreamer and Doer. In total, there are about 400 students chosen to receive the one-day park-hopper tickets and certificates.

The process begins when students are asked to nominate themselves by writing a 300-word paragraph describing their achievements. These achievements don't necessarily have to be academic. The official rules give these examples of student contributions: "strengthening their families; conservation/environmental projects; helping others; safety; school achievement in spite of barriers; improving their schools; serving as a role model for siblings/friends; or other positive actions."

Then, the student asks a teacher to champion his or her application by writing a 75-word endorsement. The two essays are turned into the school's principal by the school's announced deadline, and a school winner is chosen based on the strength of the essay. (Grammatical accuracy is not a factor.)

Once a school's Disney Dreamer and Doer is chosen, he or she is entered in a larger competition, Disney's Shining Stars. April 25 is the deadline for schools to submit these applications. The awards are given to 18 students -- one elementary, middle and high school student in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and Polk counties and from the Florida Virtual School. Shining Stars receive Disney World annual passes for their immediate families for one year, Mousecar statues (Disney's version of the "Oscar" featuring Mickey Mouse), and certificates noting their accomplishments.

"Students may be comfortable in the spotlight, or shy away from it. Some take positive action that is visible; some actions may not be visible to many," the Disney press release states. "We believe all students do good things and have the potential to be a Disney Dreamer and Doer. We look forward to hearing about students in each of these categories."

Among last year's winners are a student who started a pajama drive for those in need, a student who dedicates his life to his autistic brother and a student who focuses on volunteering.

Schools will be notified on May 12 if their students are among this year's Shining Stars.



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April 25, 2013

Disney to honor Central Florida students with its Dreamers and Doers awards

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This week, schools throughout Central Florida are putting their finishing touches on applications that will undergo the white-glove treatment by Mickey Mouse, himself. Friday is the deadline for local elementary, middle and high schools' submissions for Disney Dreamers and Doers awards.

Now in its 30th year, this award program recognizes students who have inspired others and made the world a better place. In return, Disney hopes to inspire and reward the area's student leaders with theme-park tickets and keepsakes.

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The process began earlier this month when students were asked to nominate themselves by writing a 300-word paragraph describing their achievements. These achievements don't necessarily have to be academic either. The official rules give these examples of student contributions: "strengthening their families; conservation/environmental projects; helping others; safety; school achievement in spite of barriers; improving their schools; serving as a role model for siblings/friends; or other positive actions."

Then, the student had to ask a teacher to champion his or her application by writing a 75-word endorsement. The two essays were turned into the school's principal, who was asked to consider the strength, passion and caring spirit reflected in the student's writing, before selecting the school's Disney Dreamer and Doer.

Once a school's Disney Dreamer and Doer is chosen, he or she is entered in a larger competition, Disney's Shining Stars. April 26 is the deadline for schools to submit these applications. The awards are given to 18 students -- one elementary, middle and high school student in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and Polk counties and from the Florida Virtual School. Shining Stars receive Disney World annual passes for their immediate families for one year. In past years, a prize patrol headed by Mickey Mouse traveled to each school to announce the Shining Stars, but that has been eliminated this year.

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"Students may be comfortable in the spotlight, or shy away from it. Some take positive action that is visible; some actions may not visible to many," the Disney press release states. "We believe all students do good things and have the potential to be a Disney Dreamer and Doer. We look forward to hearing about students in each of these categories."

Past winners have included a student who stood up to bullying and a teen who founded her own nonprofit to make a positive impact on the environment.

Schools will be notified on May 8 if their students are among this year's Shining Stars.

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