Disney Face Character And Parade Performer Auditions – What To Expect

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Our experience with Disney Face Character and Parade Performer Auditions…

Disney Face Character and Performer Auditions - What to expect ZagLeftWhat young girl doesn’t dream of being a princess?

As many young girls grow up watching Disney movies, the thought of being a princess can seem like an elusive dream.  Not so for some.  Becoming a Disney princess or parade performer is often just an audition away.

So what does it take to become a Disney princess?  Faith, hope and pixie dust? Just about. Throw in a winning personality, and you’ve got a great shot.

 

What to expect at a Disney Audition from ZagLeftLast month, my daughter and I traveled from our home in Houston to Austin, Texas to attend a Disney Face Character and Performer Audition.  Elizabeth had never been on any kind of audition before and neither of us had any idea what to expect.

As we often do, we turned to the internet to see what information we could find to help her prepare.  Interestingly enough, there wasn’t a whole lot of information to be found. Yes, there were a few YouTube videos of participants trying to explain what the process was all about and while we found that information helpful, what we really wanted to know was the important stuff…what to wear, what to expect and some first hand information about the whole audition process.

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Beginning our journey

Since we went into this audition with a lot of unanswered questions and little knowledge of the process, I decided to document our experience as I’ve done in my previous Disney College Program posts.  Hopefully, you’ll find this information helpful.

We noticed that the Austin auditions are usually held at the same location, Dancer’s Workshop.  If your Austin audition is held at this location, there is a lovely Homewood Suites just down the street from the studio.  It’s a very nice hotel with spacious rooms, complimentary evening dinner and drinks and a full breakfast in the morning.

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Homewood Suites – Austin, Texas

Before your audition, have a few inexpensive head shots taken.  We took several photos of our daughter outside in our backyard and had them developed at our local Kodak store.  She didn’t need to turn them in, but if she made it further in the audition process, she may have needed to.  It’s best to be prepared and it also makes you look like you’re a professional.

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Even though we read online to wear comfortable clothes such as jeans and nice, comfortable shoes…everyone wore dance attire.

Arrive early.  Do not be late.

When my daughter arrived at the audition, she waited in line. When she got to the front, she was asked to type her name into an iPad and was asked whether she would be part of the College Program or a full-time employee. They gave her a number and wrote down her height.  Then, she sat and waited.

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While none of this is technically “the audition”, my thoughts are that the audition actually begins as soon as you walk in the studio.  I think every participant is being assessed.

How well do you interact with others?  Do you look enthusiastic, friendly and approachable?  I think everyone is being observed on the side by the casting directors.

After a brief wait, kids were called into a room in groups based on the number they were given.  For example, 1-50, etc.  The others went into another room while the group learned a brief dance which consisted of easy marching and hand waving similar to what one would see in a Disney parade.  I’m told that if you advance in the audition process, another dance will be learned and it will be a little more difficult although not hard.

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My daughter said she was asked to act out several roles.  They told her to pretend she was a parade character. Others have said they were asked to be a pirate.  You get the idea.  Be prepared to be asked to perhaps step outside your comfort zone and pretend to be someone else.  Just let go and have fun.

After each group finished, they were sent back to a larger room where everyone was gathered together.  The Disney Casting Director came in and thanked everyone and began to call out numbers.  If you’re number wasn’t called, you didn’t make it.

This was where our journey ended.  I was in a waiting room with about 50 other moms and dads. There were lots of tears, hugs goodbye and a few congratulations being said.  Even though Elizabeth didn’t make it, we both agree that this audition had been a tremendous learning experience. She had lots of fun, we both met new friends and this experience intensified her desire to audition again.

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18 COMMENTS

  1. My daughter is 18 and going to attend an audition at Disney World later this month for a full-time singing position. We live in PA. So naturally, I’m wondering if she gets a part, does Disney have any housing for its employees / performers?

    Is there a phone number you can share for a Disney contact?

    There really seems to be no way to ask Disney a question.

    Thank you!

    • Hi Chris, It is my understanding that Disney only offers housing for Disney College Program participants. If your daughter gets the part and is not in the DCP, she will have to find her own apartment.

      I don’t have a phone number for a Disney contact, I’m sorry. When my kids were a part of the DCP, there was a phone number in their acceptance packet (which I no longer have). Disney Auditions is on twitter (@disneyauditions) and on Facebook (Disney Auditions) and you could possibly get better answers there. It is very hard to find phone numbers to ask questions. Hope this helps a little.

  2. Hi!
    When I auditioned at the Animal Kingdom rehearsal place, the first time we went into the room was to be looked at. We were in 5 rows of 10 and she’d look at the first 10 and then viewed the rest in groups of 10. She then said thank you and to wait as she called the numbers of people who would be moving on. Out of 50 people, 4 were called. In the first group there was 6, the second 7, and then the third only had 4. Very few make it, including myself. Many of the girls who made it had their hair down and make up on, they stood taller and more delicately than everyone else. Make sure to smile.
    Good luck if you’re reading this and going to audition soon!

    • Casey, thank you so much for sharing your audition experience. I’m sure your tips will help others prepare for their audition. Have a great week!

  3. Hello! I auditioned in March and noticed a couple of things at my audition. The girls that got chosen were around a size 4-6, wore a lot of makeup, and most of them were blonde. I also noticed that they took more people in the first couple of groups than in the last. Pretty much all of the guys made it to the last cut too. I know a lot of people think that the audition starts from the moment you step in the door, but some of the girls I met that made it to the end were lacking character. Now a lot of them were awesome people, but I would not put too much emphasis on trying to impress the people there, just be yourself and you will have much more fun. Another tip is to bring cards or some kind of game to play while you wait. The audition I was at took four hours for all of the groups to go through the first routine, from then about fifty of the three hundred stayed and of the girls I know, none got asked to work for Disney. I did not realize going in how few people they took for entertainment. Of the girls that I knew that made it to the last round, they were auditioning as part or full time, not the college program. It was pretty disappointing to drive 5 hours to the audition, wait three hours to audition for ten seconds in front of someone, and not make it to the next cut, but I met a lot of people, learned a lot of things, and am already looking for another opportunity to attend my second audition! Thanks for your information, every single tip helps!

    • Thank you so much for sharing your audition experience and tips. Bringing cards or a game is a great idea to help pass the time. Best of luck at your second audition, my daughter is looking forward to her second one in August as well.

  4. Thank you sooooo much for writing this. I have an audition coming up in a week and a half, and I had no idea what to wear. As you mentioned, everything I had found online said, “wear something comfortable,” but I was afraid if I showed up in dance apparel that I’d be underdressed. Seeing the picture of the waiting room makes me feel much better. Did your daughter also bring a resume with her headshot? And if so, what did she include? Thanks for your help!

    • Hi Cate,
      My daughter just attended her second Disney audition and she confirmed that most people wore dancewear or comfortable clothing such as yoga pants.
      She brought a headshot and a resume with her and was glad she did because they asked her for it. Good luck on your audition!

      • Hi! Everyone’s comments and posts are helping me so much! I audition in about a month and Im flying from Utah to Orlando so I want to make sure I don’t forget anything. I heard to bring dance shoes and tennis shoes. Is that true or which one should I bring? I’m doing look-alike auditions so I planned on bringing stage performer shoes and tennis shoes but I wasn’t quite sure. Also, I don’t know anything about this college program, do you know where I could find out more? I was just planning on working full time. My main question is about registration. Do you just show up with your resume and picture or do I need to pre register online? I haven’t heard anything about signing up online but I found it slightly strange that you can just show up without doing so.. Do you know anything about that?

  5. Hi! What character was your daughter auditioning for? I’m wondering how many asian girls audition because I have never seen Mulan or like Pocahontas in all my years of going to disney. Do you think it’d be easier to get further in the audition for those auditioning for mulan? by the way, is there like a period of time you have to wait before auditioning again?

    • Ali,
      You can find out the audition dates, cities and which princesses they are casting for on the Disney Auditions website (www.disneyauditions.com). My daughter was auditioning for Anna from Frozen and I think Ariel.
      I’ve definitely seen both Mulan and Pocahontas at Walt Disney World in the parks as well as in the parades so I’m sure they would hold auditions for those characters.
      There isn’t a period of time that you need to wait until you audition a second time if you’ve already auditioned before. You can audition as often as you’d like. Good luck.

  6. Hi there! I’m going for my first audition on Jan 8 and I know not to expect much. A friend of mine, who has auditioned multiple times as a prince, told me that almost nobody goes to the second round their first time auditioning, and I absolutely agree. The first audition is mostly for experience and learning what you need to do differently or work on for the next one. So, with that being said, nobody get discouraged if you don’t have your number called on your first audition. Just keep trying, and chances are, you’ll make that big break! 🙂

  7. Hi, my name is Megan and I would like to know if you had any audition tips on what to do once you’re there! This audition is really important to me, and I really want to make it! 🙂

    • Hi Megan,

      I referred your email to my daughter who went throught the auditions twice. She recommends that for your audition, you wear comfortable clothing that’s fitting (leggings, yoga pants, tank top, dance attire). Get there early, it’s nice to meet people and it makes you feel more comfortable and smile as much as you can, even when you’re auditioning.

      For the Princess Auditions:
      Dance portion – Smile, be as graceful as possible and remember that it’s not a big deal if you can’t dance. She said she “butchered” the dance portion, but made it all the way through 🙂

      For the Animation portion:
      Be creative and remember that everyone looks just as ridicuous as you feel you look, so don’t hold back. Use HUGE body movements and expressions because you’ll be telling a story without speaking.

      For the Script Reading portion:
      You have a couple of minutes to read over the script and the people holding the audition walk around and help you. After that, you have one chance to get filmed.

      Best of luck! I’d love to know how it goes for you!

  8. Hey! I just went to a character look a like audition and made it through until the end and then they said that they didn’t have a part at this time for me but that they could still contact me within 6 months. There’s another audition for a character performer in almost 2 weeks. Is it ok if I go to that? Or do I have to wait a certain amount of time to audition again?

  9. Hi! Thanks for sharing this experience. I recently went to an audition for disneyland and it was basically what you went through. They taught a “simple” dance routine and then out of each group of 60 girls (there was probably 4 groups total) they chose about 6 to go to the next phase. I didn’t get chosen, not only due do my lack of dance coordination lol but they were looking for a specific type, in this case latin girls for the Elena parade. So many dancers tried out and were great but didn’t get in. I wish they eould have specified what type they were looking for. Advice: bring sunscreen, make friends, be nice, and have fun! If you can’t dance, just smile and do your best!

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