So I left off with the night before the Disney Face Character (aka Disney Princess) audition. Well, after trying to sleep, (it wasn’t easy!) I got up bright and early the next morning, loaded up all my stuff, and headed off to find the Animal Kingdom Rehearsal/Costuming Building where the auditions were being held. It wasn’t too far from Pop Century where I was staying, and I found it easily.
After parking I headed to sign in. I didn’t actually get any pictures inside the audition building because we weren’t allowed to take them. Disney is pretty strict about keeping behind the scenes a secret.
At first it wasn’t nearly as crowded as I thought it would be to sign in. There weren’t that many people in the parking lot yet, and when I got to the line, it wasn’t that long. I started talking with a couple of the girls in line (of course) and found out that one of them worked at Hollywood Studios at the Toy Story Mania ride, and this was her second or third time auditioning. Her husband worked at Animal Kingdom (I don’t remember what she said he did there), and they both loved working at Disney. She was hoping for a role of one of the fairies, since she was a little bit shorter. Another girl I made friends with was auditioning for the role of Princess Tiana.
It didn’t take long for them to start letting people in to sign in, and once inside, they made us take off our shoes so that they could get an accurate measurement of our height. After I signed in, they gave me a sicker with a number on it (I was 28) and told us which room to go to. When I got to the room I was assigned to, I saw the girls I had met outside, so we sat together on the floor. There were about 50 or so of us in that room (I noticed other rooms getting full of people as I passed them going to my room). Pretty soon two ladies came in and welcomed us, and told us that we were going to line up in rows, and each row would step forward so that they could look at us. They told us to have fun, smile, and if we didn’t get called back this time that it was not because we weren’t beautiful, or didn’t have a Disney look, there were just certain characters they were looking for today, so they said to try again if we don’t make it this time. So, we got into lines, and the ladies pulled out their computers, and put on some fun upbeat Radio Disney type music (it was Disney Pop music), and told us to smile! Each row took turns stepping forward and smiling at the ladies as they went up and down each row looking at everyone. Yep. That’s pretty much all they did. After they were done, we sat back down and waited to see who would get called to go on.
Well, of course I didn’t get called to the next round, BUT the girl auditioning for Princess Tiana was called! So, I wished her well, and headed back down the hall and out to my car. That was it. Short and sweet. Oh, and did I mention this all happened BEFORE 9am, which was the actual time for the audition.
All in all, it was a GREAT experience, and I would totally do it again! I’ll try to post the little video I took (while I was driving around looking for a gas station on Disney property) right after my audition. While the audition was over, my fun little trip down there was not! Check back for more! Stay Magical!