Grammy-nominated singer gives speech to 'Dreamers' at Disney World

Grammy-nominated singer Halle Bailey arrived at Walt Disney World on Sunday to give an inspirational speech to 100 ‘Dreamers.’

Bailey, who will play Ariel in the upcoming live-action remake of Disney’s "The Little Mermaid," spoke to 100 students from across the country who participated in the 16th year of the Disney Dreamers Academy. 

The four-day mentoring event, which happens every year, featured several empowering sessions from multiple celebrities at Disney World, performances from Disney Live Entertainment, and a moving ring ceremony to mark the teens' special achievements. 

All the students in the program had an opportunity to be a part of a parade at Magic Kingdom Park with Bailey, several students experienced the new TRON Lightcycle/Run rollercoaster ahead of its official opening on April 4. 

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - MARCH 23: Halle Bailey, Tracey Powell and Disney's Tiana character ride in the grand marshall parade vehicle during the Disney Dreamers Academy 2023 at Walt Disney World Resort on March 23, 2023 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images for Disney)

Two aspiring filmmakers were surprised by Bailey with a personal invitation to join her on the red carpet at the upcoming world premiere of the live-action remake of Disney’s "The Little Mermaid" in Hollywood.

Three teens interested in music careers got a surprise visit from Grammy award-winning artist H.E.R., who gifted each teen an autographed guitar.

Another student who is interested in a broadcast career was surprised by ABC’s Good Morning America, which invited the teen to take part in an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the show from its New York studios.

The 100 students are selected from thousands of nationwide applicants and, along with a parent or guardian, they received an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World to participate in the program, which features career-oriented workshops, leadership seminars and presentations by celebrity guests, community leaders, educators and Disney executives.