For former Kansas City resident Walt Disney, it all started with a mouse. For Alyssa Buecker, it all started with a guinea pig. And when Walt Disney World and McDonald's, in association with UNESCO, sponsored the Millennium Dreamers competition, they named Alyssa a Millennium Dreamers Ambassador. (There were over 100,000 entries from the United States alone.) Alyssa was among 2,000 young people from over 100 countries around the world who were selected to travel to the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida in May 2000 to participate in a Symposium at Disney Institute, and listen to an inspiring speech given by Christopher Reeve.
In the photo on the right, Alyssa is talking with Lindsay Lohan while attending the Millennium Dreamers event.