From MAO Blog: Miss America’s Bringing Back the Magic at Walt Disney Theater in Dr. Phillips Center for The Performing Arts!

For Immediate Release –

ORLANDO, FL (Oct 18, 2023) – Miss America Headquarters announces the 2024 Miss America & Miss America’s Teen competitions to take place in the magical setting of the Walt Disney Theater, a state-of-the-art Broadway theater in Orlando’s Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. All shows will be held from January 8th – January 14th. Tickets go on sale early November 2023.

State delegates across America and the District of Columbia will converge on Orlando for the ultimate in competitions. Following a personal interview, and three action-packed preliminary nights showcasing talent, fitness, and eveningwear, two young women will be crowned during the final shows Saturday, January 13, and Sunday, January 14, 2024.

Each year the 100+ year old iconic event awards more than five million dollars in cash scholarships and millions more in-kind through local/state and national events.  The new ambassador selected for Miss America wins the opportunity to travel America and is awarded $50,000 in tuition scholarship. Miss America’s Teen 2024 receives $25,000 in tuition scholarship or may elect a four-year scholarship at the University of Alabama, home to the TikTok famous “Bama Rush”.

“Being crowned Miss America 2023 is impossible to put into words – it is a dream come true and has literally changed my life in an instant,” said Grace Stanke, Miss America 2023. “I am so grateful for the opportunity to compete alongside so many inspiring, brilliant, talented women.”  Stanke, who earned a cumulative total $68,900 in scholarship assistance through her state and Miss America competitions, has used her national platform to advocate for Clean Energy, Cleaner Future, and was declared ‘the Face of Nuclear Energy’ by the Wall Street Journal.  For the talent portion of the competition, Stanke also won the talent scholarship during night two of the preliminary competition for classical violin performance.

The Walt Disney Theater is the largest venue at the Dr.Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, with a seating capacity of 2,700+. The state-of-the-art sound and light system and facilities enable Walt Disney Theatre to host many different events, including Broadway shows and music concerts, and galas and conferences.


About the Miss America Brand
The Miss America brand mission is “Empowering Women to Lead” in every area of life from philanthropy, business, arts, politics, education and more. Miss America and Miss America’s Teen local and state ambassadors contribute thousands of community service hours annually, raising funds for philanthropic partners. For more information follow on InstagramFacebook and Twitter/X.

About Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization in downtown Orlando supported by the City of Orlando, Orange County, the City of Winter Park, the State of Florida and generous donors and sponsors. The 698,312-square-foot venue includes performance spaces like the Walt Disney Theater, the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, the Steinmetz Hall and, opening in 2024, Judson’s; and event spaces like the DeVos Family Room, the Rooftop Terrace and the Seneff Arts Plaza. In addition, the arts center’s AdventHealth School of Arts offers performing arts education year-round. For more information, visit Follow on YouTube, InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

About the Miss North Carolina Organization

As an official state preliminary associated with the Miss America Organization, the Miss North Carolina Organization is a part of the largest scholarship providing organization for women in the world. Promoting an emphasis on academics and communication skills, the MNCO is considered a launching pad for young women to further their academic and career goals. Taylor Loyd currently serves as Miss North Carolina 2023 and Hanley House serves as Miss North Carolina’s Teen 2023. For more information about volunteering or competing, please visit


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