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Disney Cruise Line Supports Eleuthera Junior Junkanoo Competition

ELEUTHERA, BAHAMAS – Disney Cruise Line collaborates with students in Eleuthera to celebrate the rich traditions of Junkanoo.



ELEUTHERA, BAHAMAS – Disney Cruise Line and local students in Eleuthera worked together to celebrate the rich traditions of Junkanoo.

In addition to providing funding and donating materials to support the Eleuthera Junior Junkanoo competition, Disney Cruise Line worked with Junior Achievement Bahamas and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, and hosted a series of virtual, interactive workshops for students and Disney entertainment professionals to exchange ideas and learn from each other about Junkanoo and costume design.

Leading up to the competition, students from 10 schools across the island virtually met with Disney Live Entertainment cast members from around the globe, who specialize in costuming, cosmetology and entertainment, to collaborate on their Junkanoo costume and parade float designs.

The primary and high school students shared stories about Junkanoo traditions with their mentors, while Disney mentors shared ideas with the young artists to help spark their imagination and inspire creativity.

“This was a special experience for our team, it was wonderful to share our ideas with this amazing group of students to help inspire their designs, while at the same time, learn from them about Bahamian culture and the beautiful celebration of Junkanoo,” said Managing Producer of Disney Cruise Line Carlos Jimenez.

After weeks of preparing, the students performed at the Eleuthera Junior Junkanoo Competition on March 4, displaying their parade floats and handmade costumes for their community.

Caithlyn, age 10, performed in the Junior Junkanoo competition after participating in virtual mentoring workshops with her Disney mentors.

“My classmates and I are celebrating the Bahamian culture by enjoying ourselves and doing what our parents and grandparents did back in the day,” said Caithlyn.

“This collaboration with Disney Cruise Line was truly incredible, after working with their Disney mentors, the students were so proud to celebrate Junkanoo and present their creative costumes to the community. It was a proud moment for all of us,” said Program Manager of Junior Achievement Eleuthera, Clara Young.

Disney VoluntEARS from Walt Disney Imagineering, the team leading the development of a new experience in Eleuthera at Lighthouse Point, also joined the event.

“Junkanoo is at the heart of our Bahamian culture. Watching these young Bahamians learn about, celebrate and preserve our culture for generations to come is how we keep this tradition alive.

Disney Cruise Line is proud to support programs, like Junior Junkanoo, that reflect the rich diversity of the world we live in.

By pairing these students with our creative professionals, we can show them how their talents can be more than just a hobby and encourage these young people to dream big,” said Disney Cruise Line Public Affairs Director, Joey Gaskins.

This initiative is part of Disney Cruise Line’s Wishes Set Sail campaign, developed to support various youth activities in key port communities in celebration of the Disney Wish’s inaugural season, and Disney Future Storytellers, The Walt Disney Company’s commitment to empowering the next generation of storytellers and innovators.

Disney Cruise Line is creating a new experience in Eleuthera at Lighthouse Point, opening in summer 2024.

It will be inspired by the natural environment and celebrate the culture of The Bahamas and Junkanoo.

Created in close collaboration with local artists and advisors, the vibrant island retreat will be a unique celebration of Bahamian culture brought to life with the quality and service of a Disney vacation.