The 2023 Disney Disney Dreamers Academy (DDA) was one to remember. The annual mentoring program by Walt Disney World Resort brings 100 students from around the country for an immersive career-inspiring weekend at The Most Magical Place on Earth for an immersive career-immersed experience. Halle Bailey, who is starring as Ariel in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, served as this year’s ambassador. Last year, she worked as a mentor. She told Blavity how her transition within roles came to be.

“I just got the call, and I’m so grateful to now be an Ambassador for Disney Dreamers Academy,” the five-time Grammy-nominated singer said. “These students are so inspiring to me, always have been. And whenever I leave here, I just feel so refreshed and overjoyed and ready to accomplish more goals.”