America’s Teens Set to Dream Big at 2024 Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort

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Exclusive Walt Disney World Resort mentoring event fosters dreams of Black students and teens from underrepresented communities; 100 outstanding students from New York to California to be part of the multi-day event in April.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Jan. 15, 2024) – They want to build rocket ships that soar through the galaxy; teach people nationwide how to make better nutritional choices; and spread even more magic at The Most Magical Place on Earth. They are high school students from the 2024 class of Disney Dreamers Academy, and they all have the same thing in common – Big Dreams!

The new class of 100 students from around the country was revealed today on the Martin Luther King Day holiday by Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, where the annual mentoring program was created to broaden career awareness and inspire teens from Black and underrepresented communities to dream beyond their wildest imaginations.

The selected students were featured during a live TV segment on ABC’s “Good Morning America.’’ The segment highlighted one of the selected students,16-year-old Sophia of South Orange, New Jersey, who is involved with her local YMCA, Girls Scouts, orchestra, lacrosse and the math team, and aspires to become an aerospace engineer.

The full list of students is available at

At the four-day program at Walt Disney World, Sophia and the other Disney Dreamers will engage with business leaders, Disney executives, celebrities and educators, who will immerse them in workshops and seminars designed to supercharge their career dreams. The students will also explore a wide range of career disciplines while also learning essential skills, such as effective communication techniques, leadership and networking strategies.

And, of course, they will spend plenty of time experiencing the magic of Walt Disney World.

“We eagerly anticipate the arrival of another exceptional group of high schoolers from all corners of the country for our 17th year!” remarked Tracey Powell, Senior Vice President of Consumer Insight, Measurement & Analytics and Executive Champion of Disney Dreamers Academy. “These future leaders are poised to embark on a transformative journey, gaining an experience of a lifetime that will propel them towards achieving their dreams.”

Each year, the Disney Dreamers are selected from thousands of applicants who answer essay questions about their personal stories and dreams for the future. The students and a parent or guardian enjoy an all-expenses paid trip to Walt Disney World. The program is an important part of Disney’s commitment to support diverse communities by encouraging the next generation to think and dream big.

Since 2008, Disney Dreamers Academy has inspired more than 1,600 students from across the country by fueling their dreams and showing them a world of possibilities as they prepare for their futures. In the years following, graduates have become storytellers, artists, engineers, innovators, journalists and more, and have transitioned into mentors to the Disney Dreamers who follow them.

The 100 students selected for the 2024 Disney Dreamers Academy are (listed by state): 

Name City State
Trynnady A. Demopolis AL
Makena D. Oro Valley AZ
Eli M. Mesa AZ
Chase R. Peoria AZ
Yara A. Sunnyvale CA
Christian A. Chula Vista CA
Johannes A. Los Angeles CA
Kira B. Mission Viejo CA
Zoie D. Chula Vista CA
Orlando E. Los Angeles CA
Gavin K. Orange CA
David L. Encino CA
Maria L. Los Angeles CA
Noelle N. Torrance CA
Lola O. Carson CA
Ahmad S. Banning CA
Ricardo S. Bell CA
Roshan S. Whittier CA
Abigail V. Aliso Viejo CA
Shrujana V. Pleasanton CA
Emma Rose W. Laguna Niguel CA
Yuri Y. Fullerton CA
Sophia Z. San Jose CA
James C. Granby CT
Julia A. Washington DC
Sofia B. Boynton Beach FL
Mya C. Fort Lauderdale FL
Michaelangelo D. Kissimmee FL
Gabriella G. Sunny Isles Beach FL
Devanshi Krishna G. Wesley Chapel FL
Dayna H. Belle Isle FL
Alana M. Lauderhill FL
Gabriel Q. Dade City FL
Bengina A. Lithia Springs GA
Hannah D. Riverdale GA
Lillian F. Mount Airy GA
Jordan H. Grovetown GA
Riley K. Acworth GA
Amir M. Mableton GA
Patrice N. Augusta GA
Bianca O. Marietta GA
Cameryn P. Atlanta GA
Ellis S. Atlanta GA
Elisabeth L. Des Moines IA
Kevin K. Arlington Heights IL
Ren O. Carmel IN
Leena D. Olathe KS
Ayanna J. Olathe KS
Kaleyce M. Merriam KS
Graham B. Fort Thomas KY
JahhSuha O. Lexington KY
Ja’Leah R. Baton Rouge LA
Ezekiel W. Slidell LA
Anah S. Rockville MD
Keyaira J. Detroit MI
Hosanna Z. Ypsilanti MI
Legacy J. Saint Louis MO
Mia E. Raleigh NC
Jill H. Garner NC
Camille S. Charlotte NC
Shadiya U. Charlotte NC
Tacori W. Winston-Salem NC
Jayden W. Henderson NC
Sanaa W. Charlotte NC
Nathaniel D. Willingboro NJ
Sophia H. South Orange NJ
Reyna M. Bridgeton NJ
Jasmine O. Las Vegas NV
Rabiat A. Bronx NY
Kyla Marie G. Laurelton NY
Ava R. Grand Island NY
Jacora G. Oakwood Village OH
Benjamin M. Hudson OH
Faith S. Byesville OH
TeLario W. Blacklick OH
Daniela L. Norristown PA
Nandana M. McDonald PA
Joci W. Munford TN
Ahlaysia B. Desoto TX
Hayden B. Hutto TX
Walter B. San Antonio TX
Christiana B. Lewisville TX
Logan E. League City TX
Lakshmi G. Coppell TX
Zahra K. Plano TX
Madison M. Dallas TX
Nigel M. Missouri City TX
Julia S. San Antonio TX
Elyse W. Orange TX
Gavin W. Sugar Land TX
James Y. Houston TX
Jameson B. Chesapeake VA
Athena B. Falls Church VA
Alyssa C. Afton VA
Ella E. Farmville VA
Elijah M. Norfolk VA
Eleanor T. Gig Harbor WA
Matthew A. Shorewood WI
Loren M. Milwaukee WI
Jaeda W. Madison WI

About Disney Dreamers Academy:

Established by Walt Disney World in 2008, Disney Dreamers Academy’s mission is to inspire young leaders to dream beyond imagination by providing life-long access to personalized support for the Disney Dreamer, their caregivers and community through insightful content and uplifting experts, mentors, and sponsors. Each year, 100 high school students are awarded a trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to experience the immersive and transformational program.

For more information, visit Regular updates about Disney Dreamers Academy are available on social media at