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DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #129 w/ Special Guest SCOTT SCHWARTZ (Flick in A Christmas Story, The Toy, Kidco, Actor) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu's Disney on Demand Podcast Show #129 w/ Special Guest SCOTT SCHWARTZ (Flick in A Christmas Story, The Toy, Kidco, Actor) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #129 w/ Special Guest SCOTT SCHWARTZ (Flick in A Christmas Story, The Toy, Kidco, Actor) on DizRadio.com

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December 17, 2015 – Show #129

It’s Time D-Heads! This week we continue our Month Long Very Merry Christmas Celebration! And it’s time to bring out the ugly Christmas decor and deck out the house Goofy style as we welcome SCOTT SCHWARTZ (Flick in A Christmas Story, The Toy, Kidco, Actor) to the show! Scott stops in and talks about being in the holiday staple A Christmas Story, the flag pole, tricks and more. He discusses The Toy, Jackie Gleason, and what is he doing now!

In addition we have the D-Team back bringing Holiday Cheer to the table as they stop in with their favorite Ugliest, Tackiest Christmas Decoration and Clothing stories. In addition you have questions and Erin has the answers in I Want to Know. Caitlin brings us the latest from Walt Disney World with WDW-In-2, and Jason gives us a Blu-Ray and DVD that we must add to our Holiday viewing in The Vault. Nathan looks backwards at This Week in Disney History and Paige rings in the holiday tunes in the Magical Music Review. And our Newest D-Team Cody stops in with a Magical Memory.

DisneyBlu's Disney on Demand Podcast Show #129 w/ Special Guest SCOTT SCHWARTZ (Flick in A Christmas Story, The Toy, Kidco, Actor) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #129 w/ Special Guest SCOTT SCHWARTZ (Flick in A Christmas Story, The Toy, Kidco, Actor) on DizRadio.com

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DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #128 w/ Special Guest STEVE VINOVICH (The Santa Clause, The Swan Princess, Hogan Family, Theater, Cheers, The Intern) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu's Disney on Demand Podcast Show #128 w/ Special Guest STEVE VINOVICH (The Santa Clause, The Swan Princess, Hogan Family, Theater, Cheers, The Intern) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #128 w/ Special Guest STEVE VINOVICH (The Santa Clause, The Swan Princess, Hogan Family, Theater, Cheers, The Intern) on DizRadio.com

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December 10, 2015 – Show #128

It’s Time D-Heads! This week we continue our Month Long Very Merry Christmas Celebration! And to let Santa know how he should be eating this holiday we welcome STEVE VINOVICH (The Santa Clause, The Swan Princess, The Hogan Family, Cheers, The Intern, Cheers, Theater, Voice Actor) to the show! Steve stops in and talks about his work on the classic Santa Clause, Home Improvement, acting in theater, how he was also Kramer in Seinfeld and more!

In addition we have the D-Team back bringing Holiday Cheer to the table as they stop in with their fondest Santa Christmas memories. In addition you have questions and Erin has the answers in I Want to Know. Caitlin brings us the latest from Walt Disney World with WDW-In-2, and Jason gives us a Blu-Ray and DVD that we must add to our Holiday viewing in The Vault. Nathan looks backwards at This Week in Disney History and Paige rings in the holiday tunes in the Magical Music Review.

DisneyBlu's Disney on Demand Podcast Show #128 w/ Special Guest STEVE VINOVICH (The Santa Clause, The Swan Princess, Hogan Family, Theater, Cheers, The Intern) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #128 w/ Special Guest STEVE VINOVICH (The Santa Clause, The Swan Princess, Hogan Family, Theater, Cheers, The Intern) on DizRadio.com

There is news hot off the D-Wire with news about The Force Awakens, Disney Music, the Disney Parks Unforgettable Christmas Day Parade, the Disney Channel, Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Disneyland, The Good Dinosaur, Christmas at Disney, Television Specials, Marvel Comics, The Haunted Mansion, Pixar and so much more!

So it’s time to Put on Your Ears, Give it a Little Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, and get ready to Relive the Magic, Memories and Appreciation from Your Lifetime of Disney with DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand “A New Kind of Disney Show”!

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DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #126 w/ Special Guest CARLOS ALAZRAQUI (Reno 911, Rocko’s Modern, Sofia the First, Handy Manny, Phineas and Ferb, Fairly Odd Parents, Panchito in House of Mouse & the Parks, Book of Life, Inside Out, Happy Feet, Sheriff Callie, Taco Bell Dog, Stand Up Comedian) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu's Disney on Demand Podcast Show #126 w/ Special Guest CARLOS ALAZRAQUI (Reno 911, Rocko's Modern, Sofia the First, Handy Manny, Phineas and Ferb, Fairly Odd Parents, Panchito in House of Mouse & the Parks, Book of Life, Inside Out, Happy Feet, Sheriff Callie, Taco Bell Dog, Stand Up Comedian) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #126 w/ Special Guest CARLOS ALAZRAQUI (Reno 911, Rocko’s Modern, Sofia the First, Handy Manny, Phineas and Ferb, Fairly Odd Parents, Panchito in House of Mouse & the Parks, Book of Life, Inside Out, Happy Feet, Sheriff Callie, Taco Bell Dog, Stand Up Comedian) on DizRadio.com

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November 26, 2015 – Show #126

It’s Time D-Heads! This week we celebrate Thanksgiving with all the things we are truly thankful for as we welcome CARLOS ALAZRAQUI (Reno 911, Rocko’s Modern, Sofia the First, Handy Manny, Phineas and Ferb, Fairly Odd Parents, Panchito in House of Mouse & the Parks, Book of Life, Inside Out, Happy Feet, Sheriff Callie, Taco Bell Dog, Stand Up Comedian) to the celebration! Carlos stops in and talks about his career, voice acting, Thanksgiving, family, projects, memories with Robin Williams and Elijah Wood, Taco Bell and so much more!

In addition we have the D-Team back bringing Thanksgiving to the table as they stop in with thoughts on what they are truly Thankful for. In addition you have questions and thankfully Erin has the answers in I Want to Know. Caitlin brings us the latest from Walt Disney World with WDW-In-2, and Jason gives us a Blu-Ray and DVD we can be thankful for in The Vault. Nathan looks back at This Week in Disney History and Paige lends you an ear and gets musical in the Magical Music Review. And let’s not forget our digital side with Randy and Disney Multi-Media.

There is news hot off the D-Wire with information about Walt Disney World, Her Universe, The Force Awakens, the National Christmas Tree Lighting, Miss Piggy and the Muppets, Disney Music, The Disney Channel, The Good Dinosaur, Very Merry Christmas Celebration, Clothing, Toys, Epcot, the Magic Kingdom and more!

So it’s time to Put on Your Ears, Give it a Little Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, and get ready to Relive the Magic, Memories and Appreciation from Your Lifetime of Disney with DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand “A New Kind of Disney Show”!

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DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #125 w/ Special Guest MARK MOSELEY (Voice of Mushu, Donkey, Rappin Ronnie Regan, Impersonator, Comedian) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu's Disney on Demand Podcast Show #125 w/ Special Guest MARK MOSELEY (Voice of Mushu, Donkey, Rappin Ronnie Regan, Impersonator, Comedian) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #125 w/ Special Guest MARK MOSELEY (Voice of Mushu, Donkey, Rappin Ronnie Regan, Impersonator, Comedian) on DizRadio.com

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November 19, 2015 – Show #125

It’s Time D-Heads! This week Rap a little, get crazy with a Dragon and channel a Donkey as we welcome Comedian, Voice Actor, MARK MOSELEY (Voice of Mushu, Donkey, Rappin Ronnie Regan, Impersonator, Comedian) to the show! Mark is the voice of Mushu from Mulan II, Art of Animation, House of Mouse and more. In addition he also is the voice of Donkey in Shrek materials, was the man behind the 80s classic Rappin Ronnie Regan and more. He will discuss his career, taking over for Eddie Murphy, Impersonations, Comedy and so much more!

In addition we have the D-Team back bringing their magic to the show as Erin dips his hands into the virtual mailbag and answers all your questions in I Want to Know. We have Nathan going way back with This Week In Disney History and Paige reliving some magic in the Magical Music Review. And let’s not forget Randy with the latest in Disney Mutli-Media.

There is news hot off the D-Wire with information on the Walt Disney World, Monorails, Pixar, Captain EO, Epcot, Disney Channel, Descendants, Star Wars, Animal Kingdom, Elephants, Walt Disney’s Birthplace, Mickey Mouse and his Birthday and more!

So it’s time to Put on Your Ears, Give it a Little Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo, and get ready to Relive the Magic, Memories and Appreciation from Your Lifetime of Disney with DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand “A New Kind of Disney Show”!

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The Walt Disney Birthplace Brings History Alive For Walt Disney’s 114th Birthday

November 19, 2015 Disney News, Walt Disney No Comments
The Walt Disney Birthplace Brings History Alive For Walt Disney's 114th Birthday

The Walt Disney Birthplace Brings History Alive For Walt Disney’s 114th Birthday

In honor of Walt Disney’s 114th Birthday on December 5, 2015, The Walt Disney Birthplace has planned four Chicago-based events to celebrate the Disney Family and their place in Chicago history.

The events begin on Saturday, December 5th at The Walt Disney Birthplace. This modest two-story cottage was designed and hand-built by Walt’s parents, Elias and Flora Disney, in 1893. Elias had moved his family to Chicago to help build the World’s Columbian Exposition, which opened that year. Roy was born in the home in 1893, followed by Walt in 1901, and their little sister Ruth in 1903.

On Sunday December 6th, O-Zell Soda, a Victorian era soda company that was started by Elias Disney in Chicago, will cohost a launch event at Rocket Fizz, St. Charles. As a teenager, Walt himself worked in the factory. Today, the O-Zell Soda Company has been relaunched to help fund the restoration of the Birthplace and support the non-profit 501(c)(3) established in its name with four new soda flavors at Rocket Fizz stores nationwide.

Todd Regan, The Executive Director of The Walt Disney Birthplace, said, “While their family had limited means, Walt and his older brother Roy went on to achieve The American Dream. We’d like the Walt Disney Birthplace to inspire the next generation of dreamers and doers to reach for the stars, just like the Disney brothers did.”

Dina Benadon & Brent Young, Project Founders, added, “We invite families to join us in celebrating Walt’s birthday by honoring the Hermosa community that inspired a young Walt Disney. As we restore the future home of The Center For Early Childhood Creativity and Innovation at The Walt Disney Birthplace, it is our dream to give back to this neighborhood what it gave to the world 114 years ago.” More information is available at TheWaltDisneyBirthplace.org

From 12:00 to 1:00 PM on Saturday, Dec. 5th, there will be a community birthday party complete with free cake in front of The Walt Disney Birthplace at 2156 N. Tripp Ave. in Hermosa. Along with a “Happy Birthday” sing-along and dedications by Chicago luminaries, guests will get a look at the ongoing restoration of the home that Walt, Roy and Ruth Disney were born in. For more details, visit: WDBirthday.eventzilla.net

That evening, from 4:30 to 7:30 PM, Chicago’s historic Logan Theater will host a cocktail reception with special guest and Disney Animation Legend Floyd Norman, who worked on many Disney classics including Sleeping Beauty, 101 Dalmatians, The Sword in the Stone, The Jungle Book, Robin Hood, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc, Mulan, Dinosaur, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This event will include a special theater presentation about Walt Disney and the family’s years in The Windy City. Details and tickets are available at: WaltsBirthday.eventzilla.net

On Sunday, Dec. 6th, from 2:30 to 4:30 PM, Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop in St. Charles will host a free “Festival of Fun” in honor of O-Zell Soda. Guests will meet Disney Legends, enjoy arts & crafts, O-Zell Soda Tastings, and special soda deals. Rocket Fizz is located at 301 W. Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174. No ticket is required for the Festival of Fun. Guests are invited to stop by any time between 2 and 4:30 for the festival of fun and soda specials.

The closing event of the weekend is the O-Zell Soda Pairing, Cocktail Party & Walt Disney Birthplace Fundraiser at Shakou Sushi in St. Charles. Tickets and information about the soda pairing cocktail party are available at: OzellWDB.eventzilla.net

Disney’s Animated Classic “Fantasia” Returns To Cinema Screens In Celebration Of Its 75Th Anniversary

Disney's Animated Classic "Fantasia" Returns To Cinema Screens In Celebration Of Its 75Th Anniversary

Disney’s Animated Classic “Fantasia” Returns To Cinema Screens In Celebration Of Its 75Th Anniversary

Walt Disney’s 75-year old, bold experiment blending animation and classical music resulted in the much honored animated classic “Fantasia,” which returns to theaters nationwide for a strictly limited engagement beginning Sunday, November 8.  Honored by the National Board of Review as one of its Top Ten Films of all time, and the American Film Institute on its list of Greatest American Films, “Fantasia” was also inducted into the National Film Registry by the National Film Preservation Board.  In addition to the original feature, the event screenings will include a never-before-seen introduction and performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra, led by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin.  BY Experience will release the film with more than 1,400 screenings nationwide.  Tickets for the “Fantasia” 75th Anniversary theatrical screenings are available now at participating theater box offices and online at www.Fantasia75.com.

Released in 1940 in the middle of World War II, “Fantasia” was initially envisioned as a short film to reinvigorate the sagging popularity of Mickey Mouse, but as the budget for the short soared, Disney decided to turn it into a full blown feature.  The film consists of eight animated segments conducted by Leopold Stokowski, with the famed Philadelphia Orchestra performing seven of them.  The soundtrack was recorded in ‘Fantasound,’ a then-new sound reproduction system, making “Fantasia” the first commercial film shown in stereophonic sound.

“‘Fantasia’ was a groundbreaking film in so many ways, and we are thrilled to have it back on big screens in its original form for new generations of moviegoers to experience,” said Julie Borchard-Young, co-president of BY Experience.  “The film is just as bold and innovative today as it was 75 years ago, which is why so many of Hollywood’s leading animators and filmmakers have referenced ‘Fantasia’ as an influencer on their careers and the art of animation in general.” 

Walt Disney’s vision matched with Leopold Stokowski’s genius, and that created an instant masterpiece: Fantasia,” said Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. “The legacy of this wonderful film and its music is an important part of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s past, its present, and its future. After 75 years it is still so relevant for today’s audiences.”

In the last year, BY Experience has theatrically re-released such iconic and award-winning films as John Hughes’ seminal teen feature “The Breakfast Club,” and the fully restored Oscar-winning musical “My Fair Lady.”  Their latest re-release, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s acclaimed musical “Oklahoma!” opens November 1.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the Great Wall of China

Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the Great Wall of China

Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the Great Wall of China

The Force is strong in China! The much anticipated “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” debuted its new trailer on the Great Wall of China on the evening of October 20.

The grand campaign entitled “The Force Awakens on the Great Wall” was organized by the Walt Disney Company on the Juyongguan section of the Great Wall of China, bringing together numerous media representatives and fans to experience The Force.”

The premiere of the official Chinese trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” brought the event to an exciting climax with a spectacular scene. Five hundred iconic Stormtroopers from the Star Wars saga appeared on the wall by surprise, and four Chinese characters, pronounced in English as “yuan,” “li,” “jue,” “xing” and meaning The Force Awakens, shone brightly on top of four beacon towers along the Juyongguan section of the wall.

The Force was strong on the Great Wall of China

The Force was strong on the Great Wall of China

The entire evening’s events brought great cheer and applause from fans, heightening expectations for the global release of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at the end of this year.

The Force and the Great Wall

The Force and the Great Wall

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #118 w/ Special Guest LINDSEY ALLEY (The All-New Mickey Mouse Club, Ernest Saves Christmas, Singer, Comedian) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu's Disney on Demand Podcast Show #118 w/ Special Guest LINDSEY ALLEY (The All-New Mickey Mouse Club, Ernest Saves Christmas, Singer, Comedy) on DizRadio.com

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #118 w/ Special Guest LINDSEY ALLEY (The All-New Mickey Mouse Club, Ernest Saves Christmas, Singer, Comedy) on DizRadio.com

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September 24, 2015 – Show #118

It’s Time D-Heads! This week we take you back to the days of the club as we welcome LINDSEY ALLEY (The All New Mickey Mouse Club, Ernest Saves Christmas, Singer, Comedian) to the show. Lindsey talks about being on every season of the All-New MMC, her career, favorite sketches and memories, current career, and more!

We also have a tribute to one of the show’s beloved who will be missed. In addition no show is complete without the D-Team and Caitlin is bringing you the latest from the Walt Disney World Resorts in WDW-In-2 while we take a stroll through the past with This Week In Disney History with Nathan, and Paige brings a fun frolic of a time with the Magical Music Review. And we get virtual with Randy in Disney Multi-Media.

There is news fresh off the D-Wire with news on Walt Disney World, Disney Interactive, Doc McStuffins, The Disney Channel, Star Wars, Super Heroes, Halloween Merchandise, Marvel, Pixar and more.

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The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra Huffs and Puffs to Blow Open its 24th Season with Disney’s Silly Symphony Celebration

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra Huffs and Puffs to Blow Open its 24th Season with Disney's Silly Symphony Celebration

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra Huffs and Puffs to Blow Open its 24th Season with Disney’s Silly Symphony Celebration

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra opens its 24th season October 3, 2015 with Disney in Concert: A Silly Symphony Celebration. The program is a tuneful and colorful celebration of 75 groundbreaking cartoons produced at the Walt Disney Studios between 1929 and 1939. During the production of these Academy Award-winning shorts Walt Disney perfected the skills essential to the creation of his first feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). These advances and new developments in the use of color, special effects, character animation, music and storytelling continue to influence the art of animation today.

Mr. Disney will actually appear (via video) to explain the various techniques he and his animation team employed for each of these ground breaking animated shorts including The Ugly Duckling, The Skeleton Dance, The Three Little Pigs, Flowers and Trees, The Old Mill and Music Land. Composers Leigh Harline, Frank Churchill and Carl Stalling (who went on to Looney Toons fame) and others penned the scores to these classic cartoons, which the KSO will perform in sync with the newly restored digital film masters.

This performance will mark the first time A Silly Symphony Celebration has been performed in public (outside of last month’s 23rd annual Disney Expo held in Anaheim, CA). WKRC’s morning anchor Bob Herzog will share the stage with Mr. Disney and the KSO, acting as host for the premiere presentation.

The KSO presented the regional orchestral premiere of Disney’s Pirates of the Carribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl in 2012. In 2010 the KSO teamed up with members of the Warner animation team to create a cartoon concert that featured The Animaniacs as well as classic Bugs Bunny, Tom and Jerry and Pink Panther capers.

“Live musical accompaniment to cartoons creates a unique audio/visual genre, allowing both musicians and audience to experience and appreciate the indelible impact and role music plays in our cinematic viewing” stated KSO Music Director James Cassidy. “Besides, cartoons are where most of us were first exposed to classical music and the sound of the orchestra.”

In the studio the orchestra provides the accompaniment, mood, action and many of the sound effects in support of the characters voices and antics. The KSO’s percussionists and musicians will be quite busy covering all of the various instruments that are called for in these scores.

Step back to 1929-39 and join Walt Disney, Bob Herzog and members of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra under the direction of James Cassidy, for its season opener and a rare chance to see these classic cartoons accompanied live by orchestra — 7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 3 at Florence Baptist Church at Mt. Zion. Reserved seating tickets are $24, $32, $40 (children ages 6-18 are 50% off). TIckets are available online at http://www.kyso.org, by phone (859) 431-6216 or at the door.

Disney in Concert A Silly Symphony Celebration is made under license from Buena Vista Concerts, a division of ABC Inc. © All rights reserved

Applications Open for the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE

Applications Open for the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE

Applications Open for the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy at Walt Disney World Resort with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE

High school students nationwide can now apply at DisneyDreamersAcademy.com to be among 100 selected to participate in the 2016 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE, the innovative, outside-the-classroom, educational mentoring program at Walt Disney World Resort.

Entering the search for its ninth class of Dreamers, 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 hands-on, full-immersion 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.

It all takes place in the very magical and creative setting of Walt Disney World Resort. Dreamers are taken both on stage and behind the scenes, where Disney theme parks become vibrant ‘classrooms,’ leading to career discoveries, the pursuit of dreams and fun memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Disney Dreamers are exposed to motivational speakers and celebrities who 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 first-hand knowledge from Disney experts and world-renowned entrepreneurs and executives.

“We’re excited to welcome back Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE for the ninth year,” said Tracey D. Powell, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts vice president of deluxe resorts and Disney Dreamers Academy executive champion. “This program stands out for its ability to motivate and inspire teens to think big and achieve their dreams. By applying for Disney Dreamers Academy, high school students from across the country are taking a step toward an experience that can change their lives.”

Applicants must answer essay questions about their personal stories 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 creativity and innovation represented in Disney theme parks around the world. Disney Dreamers Academy will take place March 3-6, 2016.

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.”

ESSENCE Communications President Michelle Ebanks added, “Each year, ESSENCE is honored to seek out the next generation of big dreamers and welcome them to Walt Disney World Resort for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is our privilege to take part in such an empowering youth platform that enables us to impact the leaders of tomorrow.”

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: DisneyDreamersAcademy.com. Follow the Dreamers on Facebook.com/DisneyDreamersAcademy or on Twitter.com/DreamersAcademy.

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Disney’s Richard Ramsey and Others to Speak at 2017 Global Expansion, Technology and Talent Forum

April 24, 2017

“Designed specifically for Middle Market Company C-suite executives, the 2017 Global Expansion, Technology and Talent Forum is focused on providing tools, resources, innovations and solutions to help executives evolve and execute their international expansion plans and leverage technology efficiencies and human capital strategies,” said Scott Hamilton, president & CEO, Executive Next Practices. This interactive, energetic […]

DisneyBlu’s Disney on Demand Podcast Show #174 w/ Special Guest BARNABY TAYLOR (Composer for Disneynature’s Born in China, Netflix’s Ghosts in the Mountains, Wild China, Frozen Planet) on DizRadio.com

April 20, 2017

DisneyBlu’s at DizRadio.com April 20, 2017 – Show #174 It’s Time D-Heads! This week we celebrate Earth Day and nature as we welcome BARNABY TAYLOR (Composer for Disneynature’s Born in China, Netflix’s Ghosts in the Mountains, Wild China, Frozen Planet) to the show! Barnaby stops in and talks about composing Disneynature’s Born in China, his most […]

Marvel Launches Global #GrootDancebomb Challenge to Plant a Quarter Million Trees in Honor of Earth Month and Groot, The Galaxy’s Top Tree

April 18, 2017

As tree-like creature Groot dances back into theatres in Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2 on May 5, Marvel today announced the global #GrootDancebomb challenge. An intergalactic twist on the social photobomb phenomenon, the #GrootDancebomb challenge blends surprise and dance to spread Groot-will during Earth Month working with the Disney Conservation Fund to support forest […]

Brand New Walt Disney Archives Exhibit, “A Pirate’s Life for Me,” to Open at D23 Expo 2017

April 18, 2017

The Walt Disney Archives returns to D23 Expo with an all-new exhibit, “Walt Disney Archives Presents––A Pirate’s Life for Me: Disney’s Rascals, Scoundrels and Really Bad Eggs.” Disney’s most memorable marauders, from Peter Pan’s Captain Hook to Pirates of the Caribbean’s Captain Jack Sparrow, will be on display July 14–16 at the Anaheim Convention Center […]

From Surreal Worlds to Super Heroes, Groundbreaking New Experiences Premiere During Blockbuster Summer of Fun at Disney Parks

April 18, 2017

Anchored by two amazing new experiences ­– one an alien planet where mountains float and Banshees fly, the other an epic adventure inviting a breathtaking drop into the world of Super Heroes – Disney parks on both coasts are poised to make summer 2017 a season like none other. It all begins May 27, with […]

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