Disneyland Paris Character Auditions
Hi there, lovelies! How are you? Did you have a nice week? My week started off pretty dull with lots of classes, studying and work. Even so, this was a week I’ve been looking forward to for soooo long! I finally got to do something that I’ve been wanting to do ever since I was 15 (or actually even longer, without realizing)! I got to audition to be a Disney Princess in Disneyland Paris! Let me tell you all about it..
So… I auditioned to be a Disney Princess! Doesn’t that sound crazy?! When I was in Disneyland Paris a few months ago, I fell in love with the idea of being one of those princesses. I did some research back in the hotel room and found out that they actually held autidions. When I looked into it I thought it looked really familiar and then I remembered that I had looked this up before, probably right after my first visit to Disneyland, back when I was 15! I guess I pushed away the idea back then, because I was too young and couldn’t speak French. I still can’t speak French now, but I found out that they’re also looking for English speaking princesses! My time to shine!
Before traveling back to Paris to audition, I wanted some information so I e-mailed the company. They responded quickly and told me it’d be better for me to wait a little longer because they would be holding an audition in the Netherlands soon! So I waited and checked the website every single day for updates. After a while they finally announced the date and location, so I made sure to be free that day.
March 26th, the day of my first audition ever, was finally there. I got onto the train to Amsterdam at around 6:30am and arrived there at 8:30am. The audition would start at 10:00am, so I had plenty of time to wait and get to know the other people. Literally everyone was so incredibly nice and fun – that says a lot, because there were 169 people! Everyone can get along at an audition like this, because you all have at least one thing in common: you love Disney! I can’t tell much about what happens during the audition, because we were told to keep the Disney secrets inside that room. But I do want to share that I had an AMAZING time! Everyone – including the judges – is so friendly and you really do feel the Disney magic (possibly because they’re playing Disney songs in the background and projecting Disney footage on the wall the whole time! Love it!).
Did I make it?
Now, the big question is: did I make it? No, I didn’t. I didn’t expect to, to be honest. I had never auditioned for anything before, and I just didn’t know what to expect. I actually prepared a LOT, but not the right stuff. I practiced my acting skills, watched the movies over and over to know the dialogue by heart and remembered how certain characters move and talk. None of those things were relevant during the auditions! All that stuff comes after you’ve been picked, during the training. I was way ahead, hahaha! Now that I have experienced this, I am completely certain that I’m going to do this again. This one girl asked me if I want to go to London with her to audition again soon, so who knows! I know how to prepare myself now, so I’m hoping to do better in the future! I would love this job so much!
What to expect?
Mostly dancing and animation. I thought they would focus more on looks, but they really didn’t! There was this one girl who looked EXACTLY like Merida, from Brave. But she didn’t make it past the first round (don’t ask me why, I thought she was great and she REALLY looked the part!). I think they start looking at appearances after you’ve passed all the other rounds. You can be chosen to be a face character or just a dancing role. So if they like your dancing and animation but you don’t look like any of the characters, you will be cast for a dancing role in the parade or shows.
What are they looking for?
Honestly, you never know! It depends. They did tell us what characters they were looking for on the audition call, but as they have held other auditions the past weeks, they may have found a lot of the characters already. If you do fit a certain character, you also have to be available at the times THEY need that character. If you’re perfect for the role of Cinderella, but you’re availability doesn’t match theirs, you probably won’t be chosen. So basically you have to be in luck to actually get picked! When I’m finished with college (one more year!) I REALLY want to audition again, and fill in ‘open’ for availability, which means you don’t have a certain end date. Until then I will keep trying and trying to gain auditioning experience.
What to bring?
I brought a resume and headshot, but I didn’t get to the point where you actually have to hand them in. They do that after they have eliminated the majority. It shows that they really do not look for past experience, they just want people that they think will fit the role, regardless of previous acting experiences. But you should always bring them, in case you do get to that point! Also bring lots of water and healthy food. They really emphasized the fact that they want their cast members to eat healthy, so you might as well show them you’re already doing that during the auditions. And make sure to have a pen, as you will need this!
What to wear?
You have to wear something comfortable, that you can dance in. I chose to wear yoga pants, a tanktop and a vest to keep myself warm. During the dancing I tied the vest around my waist. For shoes, I wasn’t sure what to pick! I ended up wearing my Adidas sneakers, but I noticed some girls even brought ballet shoes. Go for what makes you feel comfrotable. Try to refrain from wearing makeup, as they want to see the real you.
This was doubtlessly one of the best experiences of my life and I will definitely go back and try again! I’m positive that my chances will increase next time and I will definitely let you guys know!
Would you like to be a Disney Character in the parks? Which one?