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 March 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 Fall and Fall 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.
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Preparing to Audition
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 Fall and Fall Advantage programs only. Auditions for the 2017 Spring and Spring Advantage programs will take place during the Fall 2016 semester.
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.
This allows the Disney Creative Entertainment Team to fairly and accurately evaluate your skills compared to others auditioning in your height range.
At the Audition
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.
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.
It is not necessary to bring resumes or head shots to these auditions.
It is not necessary to have anything prepared (monologue or song).
We suggest bringing water and a snack.
These auditions do not have callbacks.
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)
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.
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.
Auditioning during the Application/Interview Process
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?
Unless you have been specifically told you are no longer in consideration for the Disney College Program, you should still audition.
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
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.
All hiring decisions for the 2016 Fall and Fall Advantage Programs, including character performers, will be made by April 15th, 2016.