LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. Feb. 17, 2018—Teamwork is at the core of the record-breaking Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, and that’s exactly what it took to pull off an experience of epic proportions for 35 students of the comic book club at Boys & Girls Clubs—Disney Clubhouse in Pine Hills.
Teams across Walt Disney World Resort partnered together—much like T’Challa, Everett Ross and the Dora Milaje in the action-packed movie—to make this special dream come true for the comic book enthusiasts.
Early last week, cast members of the PULSE Diversity Resource Group visited the students to guide them through a unique interactive Black Panther experience developed by Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment team. Through an introduction to the film and engaging activities, the kids learned about the strength of nature and the power of finding your inner hero, just like T’Challa.
What the group may have been most excited about was what followed the learnings: tickets to a screening of the film at AMC Disney Springs 24. In addition to seeing the strength of nature unravel on the big screen, the comic book club also got the full movie going experience, complete with tasty favorites like popcorn.
“The dedication of these students being rewarded by our Disney friends is such a special treat,” said Jose Bastias, senior service director of Boys & Girls Club—Walt Disney World Clubhouse. “This opportunity provided reassurance in their club and passion for comics by the number one entertainment company, the same one that is responsible for creating many of the heroes and heroines they so admire.”
The immersive experience will continue into March, when Disney cultural representatives from Africa visit the club branch with cultural artifacts to lead a post-movie discussion.
Walt Disney World Resort has a long-standing partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, including the most recent gift of a $1.1 million donation to the Hughes Branch at the OCPS Academic Center of Excellence. In 2017 alone, Walt Disney World Resort provided the organization with a $150,000 Disney Grant, more than $310,000 of in-kind donations and other support. Disney VoluntEARs dedicated more than 600 hours to the organization, and also chose them to receive ten EARS To You Grants, amassing another $8,000 in giving.
To learn more about Marvel Studios’ Black Panther and its celebration of nature, download the free activity packet. Enjoy games, puzzles and crafts that showcase the power of nature and the benefits of spending time outdoors. Check out Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, now playing in theaters nationwide.
About Pulse Diversity Resource Group:
PULSE Diversity Resource Group is a Walt Disney World Resort cast member led group that aims to connect employees united to lead, serve and excel, while helping to lead our diverse business with a particular focus on the unique perspectives of African heritage and culture.