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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..

 

My experience

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.

Disney audition

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!

Disney Princess

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?

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31 Responses to Disneyland Paris Character Auditions

  • Wow, that’s so awesome! :D Too bad you didn’t get it, but I’m sure you would be great for it! You have Disneyprincess-like face! :)

  • Aaaah wat jammer! Ik weet zeker dat je dit gaat halen, je ziet er echt uit als een Disney prinses!

  • I’m so used to reading fashion and beauty blogs but it’s refreshing to read something completely unrelated to them! It’s a shame you never got through but remember ‘everything happens for a reason’. Make sure you audition again, never give up… AND don’t forget to share your experience with us again!

    Love
    Charlotte x

    • Thank you so much!! That’s exactly what I thought :) This is a really unique experience to blog about so even though I didn’t get through, I couldn’t resist sharing it! I will keep trying and I will definitely post my future auditions as well :)

  • Aaah, this sounds all so amazing! My aunt went to Disney Land once and she had a bunch of Minney Mouse pictures. Ever since I’ve had a little crush on these cute Disney characters. You definitely have the looks of a Disney Princess. You look like Rapunzel with those beautiful, long, blonde hairs. Maybe there’s a cute Flynn Rider co-star :)

  • Je hebt er inderdaad de look voor!

  • Nice article! Well I have worked for disneyland for about 4 years but not as a character. I know how they works and choosing the right person in audition. I have also a lot of friends who works as a charcter.. so i will tell you my experience.
    First of all dont think that Working for a Disney character is easy, it’s not so glamorous as what you think, it’s very tiring. You can be a character in the morning and in the afternoon another character. Like my friend was Alice in the morning and winnie the pooh in the afternoon, the costume is very heavy and can be hot in the summer. You have 2 shift, working couple of hours in the morning and then in the afternoon for parade etc.

    Auditions are really strict! Even you think you have the look, the hair or the size of a Disney character, it’s hard to find someone who has the total size who can fit all costume, like shoes, dress etc. Another thing just to warn you if don’t want to be disappointed, don’t expect in advance to be specific character you want (princess etc) they can choose you to be a Pluto or chip and dale or winnie the pooh. These costumes are very heavy.

    Well just keep trying if you really want to be selected, but my advise is just don’t expect a lot of things… don’t want to discourage you, I’m just telling you the hard part to be a Disney character.
    Success with audition.

    • Thanks for telling me! Before the actual audition started, they showed us a presentation in which they told us most of this. I know you have to work shifts as different characters, but I’m okay with that! :) I’d love to work princess shifts, but I’d be okay with fur characters as well, honestly! I just want to experience the Disney magic. :)

  • Wauw je doet iets wat mijn droom is! Twee meiden die ik ken dansen in de parade en ik wilde het heel graag als stage doen, jammer dat je het niet mag doen, maar je tijd komt zeker! Wat gaaf dat je het hebt geprobeerd! Heel leuk om te lezen! X

  • jammer dat je niet gekozen bent, maar je bent wel weer een ervaring rijker. Als j dit echt wilt gewoon lekker naar Londen gaan :).

    Ik wilde dit vroeger ook, lijkt mij zo leuk. Ik zou dan graag als Prinses Jasmine gaan, haha. Daar lijk ik dan het meeste op denk ik. Maar toen ik hoorde dat je super goed moest kunnen dansen heb ik het maar opgegeven. Heb namelijk 2 linker benen, haha.

    Vond het ook erg interessant wat je vertelde. Jammer dat je niet mag verklappen wat je allemaal mist doen.

    PS: ik heb een leuke giveaway online. Hopelijk doe je mee :)
    XxX
    http://www.wendyvansoest.com

    • Wat leuk dat je dit vroeger ook wilde! Je moet in principe beschikken over een basis dans niveau, dus je hoeft het niet mega goed te kunnen! ;) Je zou een prachtige Jasmine zijn!

  • Wat onwijs tof dat je dit hebt gedaan. Dat lijkt me echt fantastisch om een keer mee te maken. Dat je later kunt zeggen, dat je auditie hebt gedaan voor Disneyland.

  • Wat een onwijs leuke post. Ik wilde echt elk woord lezen! Ik hoop zo dat je meer geluk hebt bij je volgende auditie. Het lijkt mij ook onwijs leuk :)

    xo

  • Hé wat vreemd, dat je alles perfect had voorbereid maar dat dat helemaal niet ter sprake kwam. Wat stom! Volgende keer gewoon weer lekker mee doen hihi

  • Wat leuk! Ik had inderdaad gezien dat er een auditie was maar kwam er te laat achter. Ik zou nu sowieso niet beschikbaar zijn maar ook mij lijkt dit heel leuk om een keer te proberen. Ik ben alleen niet zo goed in dansen haha. Dus zou verder niet weten waarom ze mij zouden willen aannemen ;)

    • Oh wat leuk!! Gewoon doen! Maakt niet uit als je niet kan dansen, dan wordt je gewoon geen parade performer, maar eventueel wel een meet & greet character! ;)
      Als je het toch gaat proberen, laat het me weten! Ik ben er de volgende keer ook weer bij! :)

  • Ik schrijf een beetje laat, maar ik had nog een vraagje :) Ik wil dit als sinds m’n dertiende en ben bijna 16 nu. Nog twee jaartjes wachten dus :) Ik heb alle informatie die je kan vinden over audities al gezien en gelezen, maar ik vroeg me af of ze bij de auditie in Amsterdam gewoon Nederlands praten of Engels ( wat ik verwacht ). Daarmee bedoel ik de jury enzo. Veel succes voor de toekomst ❤️

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