Disney World Sprinkles Magic On Teen With Big Dreams


Many Walt Disney World Resort Guests, Disneyland Resort Guests, or general Disney enthusiasts have been feeling less than impressed when it comes to classic “Disney magic” these days. Tales of misbehaving Disney Park Guests, disillusioned Disney fans, and Walt Disney Company leadership upheavals have all been running amok — but occasionally, a heartwarming story with some good old-fashioned Disney magic does present itself!

One such happy event recently happened to a teenager, according to Good Morning America. Apparently, a student named Mosope Aina was just treated to a very special surprise from the Disney Dreamers Academy and Good Morning America — in front of 500 of her fellow classmates!

The Disney Dreamers Academy is a well-known Disney creation that allows Black high schoolers or teenagers to prepare themselves for future careers over the course of a very special weekend at Walt Disney World Resort — and Mosope has just joined the Academy’s Class of 2023!

The Disney World weekend’s events typically involve workshops about networking, meetings with experienced mentors in relevant industries, and chances for teenagers to try out some different careers and get a feel for the jobs that might fuel their passions (not to mention chances to learn more about ways to actually acquire said jobs).


These Disney Dreamers Academy students are learning more about the culinary field. Credit: Disney Parks Blog

When it comes to Mosope Aina, however, it sounds like this particular student already has a specific career path in mind! After reading a book at age five “about neuroscience and the brain,” Mosope apparently began pursuing a career in neuroscience.

The Good Morning America segment that was filmed at Essex County Newark Tech High School in New Jersey, where Mosope and her classmates were celebrating what they thought was a simple pep rally, also involved some rave reviews from Mosope’s teachers and some touching statements from her mother.

Mosope came to America from Nigeria when she was 13, and expressed confidence in the interview when it came to pursuing her dreams. Take a look at the video here to see Mosope’s shocked reaction!

The Disney Dreamers Academy recently celebrated its 15th anniversary, which included a visit from the 2022 Disney Dreamer Academy Ambassador: Grammy Award-winning singer Kelly Rowland from Destiny’s Child! Kelly Rowland reprised her role as the Disney Dreamer Academy Ambassador by announcing Mosope’s acceptance into the program in a video message, and told Mosope to “keep on dreaming.”

Tracey Powell, the vice president of Walt Disney World, was also present during the surprise celebration at the high school.


Credit: Good Morning America

“Mosope is such an outstanding young woman,” Powell said. “She is an aspiring neurosurgeon and has a passion for making a difference in the medical field.”

Powell added that Mosope is already “making a difference right here, right now, by providing awareness for health challenges that are impacting the community.”

“It’s because of your determination [and] because of your creativity, that you’re absolutely the right person,” Powell told an emotional Mosope. Mickey Mouse popped in for a visit, as well! Did you know about the Disney Dreamers Academy before seeing this sweet video?

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!

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