Students are encouraged to nominate themselves and based on the nominations, school principals in Central Florida will select one student to represent their classmates as Dreamers and Doers.
Once the students are selected, a panel of Disney judges will then select up to 15 Shining Stars from the public and private elementary, middle, and high schools in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, and Polk counties.
“It’s an honor to recognize the compassion, vision and hard work of these exceptional young people, who act on their dreams of changing the world for the better,” said Nancy Gidusko, director of community relations for Walt Disney World Resort. “The positive impact these students make on Central Florida is an inspiration to everyone here at Walt Disney World Resort.”
The Disney Dreamers and Doers receive four Walt Disney World theme park tickets, an honorary certificate, and an award medallion. The students who are selected as Shining Stars will also receive a Mickey Mouse statue called a “Mousecar,” Walt Disney World annual theme park passes for themselves and their immediate family, a gold medallion, and recognition at their schools.
In 2013 nearly 400 students were recognized as Disney Dreamers and Doers. More than 12,000 students have been honored since the program started.