Students Nationwide Have Until April 15 to Nominate Favorite Teachers for Disney Vacation

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Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels will award vacation packages to 10 students who nominate their favorite teachers. Each of the 10 A+ teachers also receive a vacation package.

We want to celebrate teachers who make a difference in their students' lives.

Students nationwide have until April 15, 2011 to enter the “A+ For Teachers at Downtown Disney” essay contest to win a vacation prize package to the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels. Winning teachers also receive the same vacation package.

The contest is being hosted by the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels in partnership with AirTran Airways and Walt Disney World®. More than 200 students already have entered this year's contest, and 1,000 students entered the contest last year.

The contest asks participants to nominate their favorite teacher, with winning educators and the students who nominate them each receiving a four-day, three-night vacation trip to one of the seven Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels. Entrants to date are praising their teachers for hard work, mentoring, a sense of humor, engaging lesson plans, dedication, patience, and sincere concern for their students. The essays relate tales of educators who stand out with their unique teaching and ability to connect with students

Students who wish to nominate their teachers for consideration must write a 500-word essay and submit it via the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels’ Web site at The essay should explain how the teacher has made a difference in the student’s life and will be judged on its relevance to theme, creativity, originality, and the merit of the teacher's accomplishments as outlined in the essay.

Ten national winners will be chosen, and the participant and their favorite teacher nominee each will win the prize package that includes:

  • Four-day / three-night accommodations (for up to four family members) at one of the Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels
  • Free airfare to Orlando (for up to four family members) on AirTran Airways (only for non-Florida residents)
  • Four free Walt Disney World® one-day, one-park passes
  • Four free tickets to the DisneyQuest® Indoor Interactive theme park
  • Complimentary breakfast at the hotel each day (for up to four family members)

“Downtown Disney® Resort Area Hotels want to celebrate those teachers who truly make a difference in the lives of their students in spite of the many challenges their schools are facing,” said Laurence Richardson, chairperson of the organization’s marketing committee. “We’re thrilled with the entries we have received to date in our nationwide contest, and we look forward to rewarding another group of 10 lucky entrants.”

Contest winners will be announced on the hotels’ Web site and on its Facebook page at!/pages/Downtown-Disney-Resort-Area-Hotels/341724754559?ref=search&sid=1584280967.1384715324..1.

About Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels

Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels ( is a consortium of seven official Walt Disney World® Resort hotels that include: Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort Hotel, Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa, Doubletree Guest Suites, Hilton Orlando Resort, Holiday Inn, Royal Plaza Resort and Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort. With nearly 30 food and beverage outlets and restaurants, more than 3,600 rooms and scores of amenities, they offer a rate, space and menu to please every guest. Located in the heart of Downtown Disney, these properties are within walking distance of some of the area's best shopping, dining and entertainment.

Guests staying at these “Official Walt Disney World” hotels receive special privileges not available at hotels outside of the Disney Resort, such as:

  • Complimentary transportation to all four Disney theme parks, two of Disney's water parks and Downtown Disney every 30 minutes
  • Advanced tee times and discounts at all four Disney championship golf courses
  • Disney’s Extra Magic Hours (at select hotels)
  • Delivery of souvenirs purchased at the parks directly to their hotel room at no cost

To make a reservation or for more information on the “A+ For Teachers at Downtown Disney” essay contest, visit


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