22 August 2015 17 Comments

2016 Spring and Spring Advantage
Disney College Program
Character Performer Auditions

Does your heart beat for the stage? Disney cast members have the opportunity to be on stage all the time, making dreams come true for the young and young-at-heart. Our talented Disney performers have unique roles that immerse guests into a land of make-believe come-to-life.

This October we will be seeking Disney College Program cast members for Entertainment roles to make magic for guests at the Walt Disney World Resort on the 2016 Spring and Spring Advantage programs.

Performers of all levels – from those who have never danced to those who have strong performing experience – are welcome.

Audition dates, times, and locations can be found at the bottom of this article.


Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the steps to audition?

In order to be considered for any position on the Disney College Program, a student must apply online and complete a series of interviews. Application/Interview steps are outlined in the Disney College Program FAQs (first Q&A).

The audition is one additional step that must be completed by those wishing to pursue the character performer role.

In addition to a character audition, each individual selected to be a character performer must be evaluated and certified at the Walt Disney World Resort. In the event an individual is unable to perform the role as described, they will be placed in another role based on availability.

The Disney College Recruiting team recommends applying online prior to the audition if possible. If a student does not complete the interviews (web based and telephone) prior to auditioning, they will be required to complete these steps following the audition.

The upcoming auditions are for positions on the 2016 Spring and Spring Advantage programs only. Auditions for the 2016  Fall and Fall Advantage programs will take place during the Spring 2016 semester.

I'm a current Disney College Program Participant. May I attend these auditions?

If you are a current participant, you should plan on attending the “End of Season” audition which may take place towards the end of your program.  This is a closed audition.  Only current participants are eligible to attend.

Keep an eye on your weekly email from the  Housing Communications Team and the Housing the Magic channel for updates on this audition or other auditions which may be available to current College Program participants.  Current participants should not attend the auditions listed on this page.

I'm unable to attend one of these auditions. May I submit videos and pictures instead?

Anyone interested in auditioning to be a character performer on the Disney College Program must physically attend one of these auditions.

This allows the Disney Creative Entertainment Team to fairly and accurately evaluate your skills compared to others auditioning in your height range.

I'm unable to attend one of these auditions. May I audition when I arrive in Florida?

There is usually an audition held exclusively for current College Program participants towards the end of their program. This audition is for full time, part time, and seasonal opportunities. If there is an opportunity to extend in entertainment as a character performer, this audition would serve that purpose as well. This “end of season” audition is the only audition that is regularly held for current participants.  Please keep in mind that business needs can change and there is a possibility that an “end of season” audition may not take place.

Are there any costs associated with attending an audition?

There is no cost to attend the audition. However, those attending the auditions are responsible for any costs incurred when traveling to and from the audition.

What do I need to wear/bring?

You should wear comfortable clothing that allows a free range of movement. It is not not recommended to wear a dress, skirt, or tight jeans.

Please do not come dressed in a costume.

Appropriate attire for an audition

Many studios do not allow street shoes. Rocks and dirt embedded in the sole of shoes that are worn regularly outside of a studio environment may damage the studio floor. You should bring a clean pair of dance shoes or sneakers to change into upon your arrival.

Character heels, jazz heels, or any type of high heel shoe are not allowed in these studios.

Please do not wear flip flops.

Other Items
It is not necessary to bring resumes or head shots to these auditions.

It is not necessary to have anything prepared (monologue or song).

How long is the audition?

The audition process can last anywhere from 1 – 6 hours. How long one will spend at an audition depends on the number of people who are in attendance and/or how far one progresses.

We suggest bringing water and a snack.

These auditions do not have callbacks.

Will there be cuts at the audition?

Yes. There will be at least one cut during the course of each audition.

Please note, making it to the end of the audition does not mean that a character performer position will be offered.  Final audition results will be communicated via email (see Q&A’s below)

What do I need to do to be considered to be a Disney Princess look-alike or parade performer?

The “character performer” position consists of fur characters, character look-alikes, and parade performers. There are not separate auditions for each category of character performer.

As part of the one audition, Disney Creative Entertainment will identify those who may be potential character look-alikes. Those who demonstrate strong dance/movement skills may be identified as potential parade performers.

Please note that all character performers, including those in our parades and Disney Character Look-alikes, also perform as fully costumed Disney Characters.

Visible tattoos are not allowed for any look-alike role. This includes ankles, wrists, arms, neckline, shoulder, in addition to any other visible tattoo. Unfortunately, tattoos covered with makeup are not allowed.

May a family member or friend come with me to the audition?

Our auditions are closed auditions. Unless someone is auditioning, they will not be allowed into the audition room. Depending on the location, there may or may not be a place for a supporting friend or family member to wait.

Are these auditions for vocalists or musicians?

The auditions listed below are for Character Performers at the Walt Disney World Resort only.

Auditions for other entertainment roles and locations are listed on disneyauditions.com. If Disney Creative Entertainment is looking for other roles at these auditions, this information will accompany the listing on disneyauditions.com. Please keep in mind that roles as a vocalist, musician, actor, etc. are not available as part of the Disney College Program.

I didn't mention auditioning during my interview, may I still audition?

A student may still attend an audition even if they did not specifically discuss auditioning during their interview.

The only exception is if a student was informed that they are no longer being considered for the program following their application submission, web-based interview or their telephone interview. (more information below)

I wish to be a character performer, but I have not been asked to interview before the audition, may I still attend an audition?

Yes.  It is a requirement for anyone wishing to be a character performer to attend the audition.

Unless you have been specifically told you are no longer in consideration for the Disney College Program, you should still audition.

If I have interviewed and received an offer for another role, may I audition?

If someone has already interviewed and was invited to participate on another role at the Disneyland Resort (California), they should not attend these auditions.

If someone has already interviewed and was invited to participate on another role at the Walt Disney World Resort (Florida), they are more than welcome to attend an upcoming audition.

If they accept their currently reserved role:
1) if they are selected for character performer after the audition, they will be changed from the previous role to character performer
2) if they are not selected following the audition, they will remain in their currently accepted role

If they do not accept their currently reserved role (respond online declining the role or not responding by their deadline), they may still attend the audition:
1) if selected, they will receive communication regarding how to accept the character performer role
2) if not selected, they will not be considered for other roles including the previously reserved role

If I have interviewed and was told that I am pending a final decision, may I audition?

Yes. Applicants who are currently pending and wish to be considered for the character performer role are welcome to attend the auditions since a final decision has not yet been made on their status.

If I have applied/interviewed and was told that I am no longer being considered, may I audition?

No. An applicant who has been informed that they are no longer being considered for the 2015 Fall or Fall Advantage programs based on their application, web-based interview or their telephone interview should not attend one of the auditions listed below as a final decision on their status has been made.

How will I be notified of my audition results?

Decisions will not be made until after all of the auditions have been completed.

Those selected will receive an offer for the character performer position via email.  This will also appear on their dashboard.

An attempt will be made to notify those not selected as well.  However, because this must be done independently of the candidate dashboard, this communication will not appear on the dashboard.

As the notification process begins, this article will be updated regularly.  Once all offers have been made, this update will be posted.  If someone does not see an offer on their dashboard when this update is made, they were not selected to be a character performer.



Fall 2015 Audition Tour Schedule

These auditions are for character performer positions on the
2016 Spring and Spring Advantage Programs at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Please do not arrive more than one hour before the audition start time.

*All audition information subject to change

Ann Arbor, MI

October 4, 2015
Sign In: 11:00 AM
Audition: 11:30 AM

Central City Dance
6700 N. Canton Center Rd.
Canton, MI 48187


Atlanta, GA

October 2, 2015
Sign In:  10:00 AM
Audition:  10:30 AM

Atlanta Ballet
4279 Roswell Rd
Atlanta, GA 30342


Chicago, IL

October 8, 2015
Sign In:  10:00 AM
Audition:  10:30 AM

Hubbard Street Dance
1147 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607


Dallas, TX

October 8, 2015
Sign In:  10:00 AM
Audition:  10:30 AM

Power House of Dance
12300 Inwood Rd.
Dallas, TX 75244

New York , NY

October 6, 2015
Sign In:  10:00 AM
Audition:  10:30 AM

Pearl Studios
500 8th Ave – 4th floor
New York, NY 10018


Orlando, FL

October 1, 2015
Sign In: 9:00 AM
Audition: 10:00 AM

Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Rehearsal Facility

3271 Sherberth Rd.
Kissimmee, FL 34747


Salt Lake City, UT

October 6, 2015
Sign In:  10:00 AM
Audition:  10:30 AM

Creative Arts Academy
165 S. Main St., Bountiful
UT 84010


San Francisco, CA

October 4, 2015
Sign In:  10:00 AM
Audition:  10:30 AM

Shan-Yee Poon Ballet
403 Arguello Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118






17 Responses to “2016 Spring and Spring Advantage
Disney College Program
Character Performer Auditions”

  1. Violet B 24 August 2015 at 8:09 pm #

    Are these all the finalized audition locations, or will more be added in the coming weeks?

  2. Gabriella R 25 August 2015 at 4:19 pm #

    How do we know what characters they are looking for in each audition? I want to go to one where they are looking for a character I look like, such as Jasmine or Fawn

    also, i am 5’2.5″ would the people at the auditions be flexible with my height, since i’m right between princess and fairy height?

  3. Alexis E 25 August 2015 at 6:54 pm #


    In the past Arizona has been on the list the last couple times and is where I live. Are these all the locations? I don’t have the ability to go outside of the state. Thanks for responding.

    – Alexis

  4. Alyssa B 26 August 2015 at 3:05 pm #

    I had my phone interview today and it was mentioned that decisions would not be made until late October to accommodate the performer auditions – will decisions be sent out to those who did not preference a character performer role before October or are all decisions for all roles held off until then? I had mentioned that I was interested in auditioning during my interview but after hanging up and doing some research I do not think I can make it to any of the above cities and will not be auditioning after all, so I was curious if that would affect anything!

  5. Chloe C 27 August 2015 at 11:40 am #

    What are the dates exactly for the spring program? And do you have a summer program?

  6. Nicole T 27 August 2015 at 2:56 pm #

    What type of dance do they accept? I do tap and clogging dance better than jazz or others. Are there roles for those type?

  7. Jose C 29 August 2015 at 6:35 pm #

    I would love to audition to be a character performer. Do I need to be currently in the disney college program or would I still be able to audition?

  8. Marielle G 31 August 2015 at 4:57 pm #

    I just did my phone interview today. Suppose I got accepted as a boutique hostess, and I went to the performer audition and received a role that I did not want to accept. Would I be able to choose between performer and boutique hostess, or would I have to stay with the performer role?

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