Giving Thanks for Disney Aspire

Text: Disney Aspire Dreams within reach.

Now is the time of year when we think about what we’re thankful for, and that is especially true for our Disney Aspire participants and graduates. Since its debut in 2018, Disney Aspire has enabled thousands of employees and cast members with the opportunity to pursue their dreams by providing 100% tuition paid up front at our network of learning partners and universities. 

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Making the Dreams You Wish Come True

Fran on Main Street USA at Disneyland Resort, Text: Disney CastLife Disney Aspire

Since 1950, Disney’s Cinderella has taught us that if we keep believing, our dreams will come true. And there’s no better testament to a dream-come-true than the story of Fran Melendez, merchandise hostess at Disneyland Resort.

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HBCU Week: Aspire to Achieve Your Dreams

Quen Mitchel with the characters Jack and Sally, Text: Disney Aspire Celebrates HBCUs

It’s National HBCU Week – a week designed to celebrate historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and the advancement of educational equity, excellence, and economic opportunity across the United States. Meet Quen Mitchell, a Disney Vacation Club Membership Advisor and Disney Aspire participant pursuing her B.S. in Information Technology as part of the very first group of students who selected NC A&T State University to put their #DreamsWithinReach. 

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Celebrating Four Years of Disney Aspire

In the last year alone, the Disney Aspire network has expanded to include North Carolina A&T, Johnson & Wales University, Fullerton College, and Cal State Fullerton. And that’s just the beginning! We had the chance to catch up with two of the leaders responsible for helping to bring this program to life each day: Chris Trout, vice president of learning and development and Tonya Cornileus, senior vice president of learning and talent solutions. Let’s check in as they reflect on the past four years and everything that’s coming in the future for this one-of-a-kind program.  

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