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Disney Donates 'Welcome: Portraits of America' Video to CBP Model Airport Project


Welcome: Portraits of America, musician and woman in front of houses


Photo Credit:Greg Gorman


Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, in partnership with U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of State, developed "Welcome: Portraits of America," a multi-media initiative to welcome international visitors to the United States. The donation from Disney includes a seven-minute film and hundreds of still images, featuring American people from all regions and walks of life.


Welcome: Portraits of America, man in front of buildings on waterfront


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Disney commissioned the project as part of the Model Ports Initiative that seeks to secure America's borders while welcoming legitimate visitors to the United States.

Customs and Border Protection is working with the State Department, federal partners and major airports to create standards that ensure passengers entering the United States experience a process that is welcoming, understandable, respectful, time-efficient and less stressful.


Welcome: Portraits of America, kids playing in the ocean


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These are the guiding principles behind U.S. Customs and Border Protection's efforts to create model airports, a prototype environment that accommodates increased security screening and a more visitor-friendly process.

The State Department and Department of Homeland Security vision and the CBP model airport project depend on cooperative partnerships that utilize new information technologies, improved travel documents and more sophisticated screening techniques to streamline the experience for international travelers.


Welcome: Portraits of America, woman on a ranch


Photo Credit:Greg Gorman


Homeland Security has pledged to work together with partners in government and partners in the private sector and partners overseas to use all of the 21st century ingenuity to meet the critical challenge - to make this a country that is safe and secure for those who live and visit, but also one that continues to welcome the next generation of visitors, much as prior generations have been welcomed before.

The Model Port Initiative is fully implemented at the following airports:They include Atlanta, Boston, Dallas/Ft.Worth, Dulles, Chicago, Detroit, Ft. Lauderdale, Honolulu, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, Chicago, New York (JFK), Orlando, Philadelphia, Sanford (FL), San Juan, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Disney's gracious donation of the multimedia "Portraits of America" is a leap forward in depicting images of America that will welcome arriving visitors and resonate deeply with citizens returning to their nation while creating a warm welcome to visitors. It is a special gift to these travelers that Disney's images will be featured in International Arrivals areas, U.S. embassies, and other opportunities to welcome visitors to our nation. U.S. Customs and Border Protection continues to encourage legitimate travel, and to serve as a welcoming face to those who visit.

The team has identified three keys to improving the traveler's experience:

  • Provide the right information to help travelers, at the right time and in a hospitable manner;
  • Streamline the process; and
  • Ensure that the staffing and facilities at the ports of entry are conducive to meeting travelers' expectations of America.



Welcome: Portraits of America, man leaning against fence post, man in a barn and woman against a stone wall


Photo Credit:Greg Gorman


Last modified: 
February 27, 2014