Disney Aspire employee education program name announced, more details revealed by Disney

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Back in January, The Walt Disney Company announced a $50 million higher education program for its hourly employees. Today, the company launched that new initiative under the name Disney Aspire.

This new ground-breaking education program will impact more than 80,000 hourly Cast Members across the U.S., opening doors for them that never would have been opened before. Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger spoke to the importance of this new program back when it was first announced.

“I have always believed that education is the key to opportunity,” Iger said. “It opens doors and creates new possibilities.”


With this new program, The Walt Disney Company will cover 100 percent of tuition upfront for employees and reimburse application fees and required books and materials. Jayne Parker, senior executive vice president & chief HR officer for The Walt Disney Company, hopes Disney Aspire will help hourly employees of the company reach for their dreams.

“At The Walt Disney Company, we strive to empower and support employees in their professional and personal lives,” Parker said. “We are constantly looking at ways to help people realize their ambitions and fulfill their dreams. This program is the latest in that effort.”

Disney Aspire will allow Cast Members flexibility with their studies, regardless of whether or not the program and classes they choose are related to their duties with The Walt Disney Company. The program will also offer a network of schools with a wide array of programs including college and master’s degrees, high school equivalency, English-language learning, vocational training and more.

“I know Disney Aspire will enable employees to reach their educational goals and pursue career aspirations—including movement into new roles at Disney, as well as careers outside of the Company,” Parker said. “In terms of what employees and Cast Members will achieve with that—all I can say is the sky’s the limit!”

What do you think of the newly launched Disney Aspire program? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Disney


  1. Janay

    No benefit to my major. Irony is they have schools with my major like rit and university of fl, but not my major. Looks like you have to go through this guild education page. Doesnt benefit all cast members. Feels rea)y limited. Ironically Deaf interpreters are very much needed. An online option wouls be amazing and make more Deaf studies majors apply to Disney, but this is not what is being done. Amazon had an amazing model of no matter the school or major. Looked forward to that til i couldnt do the physical work anymore at the warehouse. Maybe look into a model like that for those that dont qualify for guild.

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