Can you believe we’ve welcomed over 8,000 new participants to the Disney Programs family this spring alone? Wow! These participants traveled from all over the world, and to welcome them in style, we held some pretty incredible welcome events to kick off their Disney adventures. After all, this is Walt Disney World® Resort, and there’s no shortage of magic! Let’s take a look back at this program’s welcome events.
Life is the Bubbles Welcome Event
Darling, it’s better down where it’s wetter – take it from me! Our first welcome event of the spring season was a “Little Mermaid”-inspired affair. We took the dive and went under the sea for this splish-splashin’ evening. Participants hung out with King Triton’s right-hand-crab Sebastian, posed for photos in front of themed backdrops, dined on delicious food and much more. It truly was a sea-sational happening!
A Whole New World Welcome Event
Participants enjoyed a shining, shimmering, splendid night at this welcome event (and they didn’t even need three wishes!). The evening’s entertainment included belly dancers in beautiful costumes, tarot card readings, a dance floor fit for a sultan, and, of course, magical meet-and-greets with Genie, Abu and Jafar.
Sweet-tastic Welcome Event
We gave a sweeter-than-candy welcome to our newest participants at the Sweet-tastic Welcome Event! A candy bar, cotton candy station, a bounce castle and candy-filled photo backdrops direct from the “Sugar Rush” and “Wreck-It Ralph” games made for a scrumdiliumpious evening. We even had the two guests of honor – Vanellope von Schweetz and Wreck-It Ralph himself – join us all the way from Game Central Station!
Start Your Engines Welcome Event
Kachow! For the last welcome event of the season, participants put the pedal to the medal and raced into the start of their program. The evening’s festivities included full throttle music, food, and meet-and-greets with some of our favorite Radiator Springs pals – Lightning McQueen and Mater. Mickey and Goofy also came by in their racing gear to cheer on our new Disney Programs participants.
As you can see, we’ve had plenty of fun this spring, and the season is just getting started! Welcome events are just part of the fun; already this year, the Disney Programs Events team has put together sports outings, game nights, craft events, and so much more. If you’re embarking on your Disney Program soon, or you’re thinking about applying, get excited – there’s just no telling what events and outings you could be a part of!