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The Disney Education Program Changing Thousands of Lives

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The Walt Disney Company is certainly in the business of helping others. Whether visiting a Disney Park, watching a Disney movie, or working for the company, all human experiences are essential to Disney. Giving back to its employees and Guests is another pertinent part of the company. That is shown through many efforts, like surprising Cast Members with a trip to the red carpet event of Haunted Mansion (2023). Another prime example is the Disney Cruise Line Cast Members giving back to students in the community or Mickey Mouse taking a trip to a local children’s hospital.

No matter how large the goal, Disney always seems to go after attaining it. Disney’s Cast Members are a valued part of the company, so it is no surprise they have a groundbreaking education program. Disney Aspire, the education investment program, celebrated its fifth anniversary this week.

Disney Aspire

Disney Aspire is putting dreams within reach. The Walt Disney Company has a program that combines your educational and career goals to attain whatever your dreams are. “The Walt Disney Company’s groundbreaking education investment program—which is celebrating its fifth anniversary this week—is turning dreams into reality for eligible cast members and employees who do the same every day for guests and fans around the world,” Disney writes.

Disney Aspire

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The program is unique in that it is designed for busy adults who are balancing all life has to offer. With home, work, and family life, pursuing your education can be another difficult addition to juggle. This program offers a variety of subjects and levels, giving Cast Members and employees the opportunity to learn a trade, improve English skills, and earn a high school, bachelor’s, or master’s degree.

Disney Aspire started in 2018 with a goal to help Cast Members and employees receive a 100% paid education. “The program was launched with a commitment of $150 million in five years, and it exceeded that goal in half that time,” Disney adds. In celebration of the anniversary, Bob Iger surprised some employees in the program.

One of the thousands of stories is from Daniela, who says Disney helped her achieve the impossible, which was getting a college education. Daniela said,

“Growing up in an immigrant family, I didn’t think attending college was possible. The financial burden was always subconsciously there. But when I came to work for Disney that was no longer an issue.”

Disney Aspire

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It’s clear the five-year milestone is just the first of many, as the program continues to help their own. As Bob Iger said, “Education is the key to opportunity; it opens doors and creates new possibilities.” The Walt Disney Company does that one Cast Member/employee at a time.

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About Sarahfina LoFaso

Sarahfina is an author, and adjunct professor with a passion for writing and of course, all things Disney! Cinderella is her favorite princess and movie, both the animated and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1997 version. In close second place is Hercules, tied with Saving Mr. Banks. Sarahfina enjoys writing about the history of Walt Disney and all the parks, along with food, dining, and resorts. Her favorite ride is the Tower of Terror, and her favorite restaurant right now is the San Angel Inn, in EPCOT. Most importantly, her must-have snack every Disney trip is the controversial turkey leg, because it reminds her of her family trips as a kid with her grandparents.