If you think you look like a Disney character, or have the skills and abilities to wear a fur costume for long periods of time, you might be a good candidate for a Character Performer role at Disney World. Disney World Resort is always hiring new people to play various character ‘Look-Alike’ roles and Parade Performer positions. Here’s everything you need to know about applying and auditioning as a Character Performer at Walt Disney World Resort:
Character Performer Requirements at Disney World
Although it’s not a requirement, most Character Performers at Disney World have had some formal training as an actor or actress. You need to be able to imitate your character without being able to speak in some cases, which means your every gesture, step and movement needs to be purposeful and embody the character you are playing.
Character Performers at Disney World must also meet certain height and weight requirements so that they can fit comfortably in their fur costume, gown or other costume. Keep in mind that you will be on your feet for several hours per day. If you’re scheduled to perform and play outside, this means you need to deal with high humidity and thunderstorms for most of the year.
Many Character Performers participate in the parades and park events that involve dance performances. This means you need to have some dancing skills, and must be able to perform each synchronized dance step while wearing a heavy costume.
Applying for a Character Performer Role at Disney World
In order to apply for a Character Performer position, you will need to visit www.disneyworldauditions.com. This website will show you the audition calendar for various roles, and you can filter down to the Walt Disney World location using the drop-down menu. Select “I’d like to see Character Performer’ from the drop-down menu on the left hand side to see the current listings of auditions.
Most auditions take place at the Disney Casting Center at 1515 Buena Vista Drive in Lake Buena Vista, across the street from the Downtown Disney Marketplace. In some cases, there will be two or more different auditioning time slots.
Next, you will need to call the Walt Disney World Jobline at (407) 828-1000, and select option #2, then #1 at the prompts. At this point, you can select ‘0’ to speak with a casting agent to schedule your interview.
Auditioning for the Character Performer Position at Disney World
When you have scheduled an audition with the Casting Agent, the next step is to attend the audition. You don’t have to dress like the character you are playing, but will need to dress in a business-casual outfit. The Disney Casting Director may ask you to perform a simple movement sequence, read a passage of text, and communicate with the audience using character-specific gestures. All auditions at Disney are closed auditions, so nobody but you (or a group of auditioners) and the Disney Casting Director will be in the room throughout the audition.
If the Casting Director thinks that your skills and presence are a good match for the Character Performer position, they will call you shortly after the audition. If not, you can audition again in six months.
Whether you dream of playing Snow White or Peter Pan, you need certain skills and talents to become a Character Performer at Disney World. Set up your audition with these simple steps to take part in the grand celebration at Walt Disney World.