Final Chance for High School Students to Apply for the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy

October 30 is the last day students can apply to be one of 100
selected for an elite, once-in-a-lifetime educational program at Walt
Disney World Resort

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With the school year already in full swing, so are applications for the
2016 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE Magazine,
the innovative, outside-of-the-classroom, educational mentoring program
at Walt Disney World Resort. To be among the 100 selected to participate
in this hands-on learning experience, high school students nationwide
must apply at
by October 30.

Disney Dreamers Academy continues to hold true to its mission to inspire
and fuel the dreams of teens, help them discover a world of
possibilities and help them prepare for the future. Each year, students
participate in engaging and immersive workshops related to a variety of
career paths, ranging from animation to zoology. Each participant learns
important skills such as communication techniques, leadership values and
networking strategies.

Motivational speakers and celebrities share their stories and provide
insight on how to achieve success and DREAM BIG. Dreamers have the
opportunity to cultivate relationships with other students from across
the nation while they gain personal first-hand knowledge from Disney
experts and world-renowned entrepreneurs and executives.

With the imaginative and magical setting of Walt
Disney World Resort
, Dreamers will have the opportunity to go
behind-the-scenes to learn what inspires Disney storytellers, as well as
use the theme parks as energetic ‘classrooms,’ leading to career
discoveries, the pursuit of dreams and fun memories to last a lifetime.

Steve Harvey, syndicated radio and television personality, along with
ESSENCE and Walt Disney World Resort will host the selected Dreamers
during their four-day power packed career and educational exploration.
“One of my personal commitments is to always give back and particularly
to youth,” said Harvey. “We’ve seen 800 students come through the
program, and I’m excited to find the next 100. I encourage all high
school students to take the time to apply for Disney Dreamers Academy
because I truly believe that a young person’s dream is more important
than anything.”

Applicants must answer three essay questions describing their stories,
the people who are most influential in their lives and their dreams for
the future. Students are selected based on a combination of attributes,
including a strong character, positive attitude and determination to
achieve their dreams.

Select Disney Dreamers along with a parent or guardian, will receive an
all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, where they
will participate in life-changing sessions as they are surrounded by the
ingenuity and passion represented in Disney theme parks around the
world. Disney Dreamers Academy will take place March 3-6, 2016.

Applications are open to U.S. high school students, ages 13 to 19,
until Oct. 30, 2015
. A distinguished panel of leaders will judge the
applications in November and winners will be announced in December 2015.

For more information regarding applications, visit:
Follow the Dreamers on
or on

About Walt Disney World Resort / The Walt Disney Co.:

Walt Disney World Resort is a contiguous 40-square-mile, world-class
entertainment and recreation center located at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.,
20 miles southwest of Orlando. The Walt Disney Co. has a rich legacy of
creativity and exceptional storytelling that brings families together in
unique and memorable ways. Creative excellence is coupled with a strong
commitment to community service and diversity. The Walt Disney Co. is
dedicated to making a positive impact in communities around the world,
with a primary focus on brightening the lives of children.

About Steve Harvey:

Steve Harvey began doing stand-up comedy in the mid-1980s, which
eventually led to a long stint as host of “It’s Showtime at the Apollo.”
His success as a stand-up comedian led to multiple TV sitcoms, including
“Me and The Boys”, “The Steve Harvey Show” and “Steve Harvey’s Big Time
Challenge.” His first book, “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man,” quickly
became a bestseller in 2009. Harvey has appeared on “The Oprah Show,”
“Nightline,” “Good Morning America” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”
Currently, Harvey hosts the nationally syndicated “Steve Harvey Morning
Show,” which airs in over 60 markets and has over 7 million listeners.
He is host of “Steve Harvey,” a nationally syndicated daytime talk show.

About ESSENCE Communications Inc.:

ESSENCE Communications Inc. (ECI) is the number one media company
dedicated to African-American women, with a multi-platform presence in
publishing, live events and online. The company’s flagship publication,
ESSENCE magazine, is the preeminent lifestyle magazine for
African-American women; generating brand extensions such as the ESSENCE
Festival, ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood and Black Women in Music,
Window on Our Women and Smart Beauty consumer insights series, the
ESSENCE Book Club,, and ventures in digital media (mobile,
television and VOD). For 44 years, ESSENCE, which has a brand reach of
13.4 million, has been the leading source of cutting-edge information
and specific solutions relating to every area of African-American
women’s lives. Additional information about ECI and ESSENCE is available


Walt Disney World Resort
Geoffrey Pointon, 407-566-7198
Communication, Inc.
Treva J. Marshall, or Joel Kaiman, 407-977-5004