Disney Princess Auditions: My first attempt experience

So when I was home (in Florida) I came across the Disney audition page and decided to check it out.

To my disbelief, the Disney auditions for Hong Kong, Paris, Tokyo, Orlando and California were all happening over the week I was home.

You must have been joking me!

I know this may sound completely lame, but since I was little I always wanted to be a Disney Princess look-a-like.

So did I go to the audition? YOU BETCHA!

Now, I went in realistically knowing that there were numbers of auditions throughout the world and the chances of me getting a part were slim to none…but I had to at least say I tried.

So I will let you in on the auditioning process. Along the way, I will give you some tips and tricks that will hopefully help you if you audition in the future.

Tip #1: Print out some 8×10 headshots (don’t have to be professional, just make sure its a good shot and close up of your face)

Tip #2: Type up a casting resume. Does not have to be perfect. Get the basic info on there; Name, contact information, hair colour, eye colour, height, weight and of course any and all training/experience you have had in the past. Then staple it (or attach it in any way) to the back of your headshots.

Once you get to the auditions, they will take your headshot from you, have you sign in and get you to take a sticker with a number on it.

Then you get to sit down until the audition starts.

What to wear you may ask? Really it is up to you…the auditioning website says comfortable, I recommend something a little different though…

Tip #3: Wear comfortable but cute clothing…and something that will make you stand out from the others. I also suggest hair up. They don’t care about your hair colour…you’ll wear a wig anyhow. They want to see your face.

Tip #4: Wear make up. Put effort into what you look like (no matter how early the audition is) You want to be a Disney Princess don’t you? Then LOOK THE PART!

Now, once the audition starts, it’s all up to you.

They start by weeding out the weaklings by taking you into the dance room where in about 10 minutes you learn a 8 set of 8 count dance to a typical Disney song.

Mine was to a song by Beauty and the Beast.

Then they will get you in groups of three or four and make you perform the dance you JUST LEARNED. You get one shot.

However, they are not worrying if you mess up. They care more about your facial expressions and you showing your inner Disney personality.

Tip #5: Go all out. Look ridiculous. Channel your inner Disney character.

If you are shy or care what others think to much…this audition is NOT for you.

After everyone in your group performs the dance routine, they instantly tell you the numbers (you know, the sticker you have from sign in) who get to stay and they let the rest leave.

Once you get past that part. They line you up and check out your face closely (they have to see if you are princess material) and they take your “Disney measurements.”

Sadly, this is where my audition ended. I was told I should audition again…after I lost 15-20lbs (10kg).

However, my Disney height was perfect (5ft. 3in.) I was on the tall side for smaller characters and the shorter side for taller characters.

On the plus side, I was told my personality is perfect for Disney, I am just a tad curvier than a Disney princess should be.

I was flattered that I made it as far as I did with the audition. Who knows…maybe next time (if I audition again) I will make it every farther into the audition and get to try on the Disney princess wigs!

Some wise words from the Disney creator himself he once said a quote that is perfect to end this story with, that describes not only this situation, but life in general.

Enjoy guys! Hope you learned something…and if you are auditioning for Disney..GOOD LUCK! :)

“All of our dreams can come true,  if we have the courage to pursue them. ”    - Walt Disney

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53 Comments

  1. Stephanie

     /  April 14, 2012

    You are ALWAYS a princess to your family and friends! :) Proud of you for auditioning and more so for sharing your experience! ;)

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  2. Samantha

     /  September 8, 2012

    I’m auditioning in a month. I’m your height and I was just wondering how much you weighed at the time. Just curious if I’ll have the same problem.

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  3. Jennifer

     /  September 10, 2012

    Hey!! I came across your blog whilst looking for tips on auditioning for Disneyland. I have my audition on the 24th September and I’m not sure what to wear or do with my hair. My hair is about shoulder length but I always wear hair extensions as it is so thin. Any advice what to do? And also clothes. Yoga pants and a top, or leggings and a stretchy dress? I would appreciate it SO much if you could help :) xoxo

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    • Hey girl! Go with whatever you feel best in! And be yourself! :) x

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    • Amber

       /  September 23, 2012

      Is this for the London auditions?

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    • Iliana

       /  April 18, 2013

      The fact that they told you to lose 15lbs and come back is outrageaous. Disney should be teaching young girls that princesses come in all shapes and sizes and have all different personalities. Skinny mini and “make-up” pretty shouldnt be the requirments. Besides real men want curves only dogs want bones

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      • Audrey

         /  September 13, 2013

        Disney wants people who fit in with the other characters at the park. Maybe they thought she’d be the PERFECT Alice but her body shape just looked a lot different than the other Alice’s. Not only that but the last bit of your comment is very hypocritical. “We should accept every body shape unless the women happens to be thin. Then no man will ever want them and it’s okay to insult them.” That makes sense.

      • The costumes are already pre-made and stop at about a size 8 (and from what I was told by a Disney friend of mine, it runs on a smaller size 8) – if they look at someone and know she won’t fit the costume, they have no choice but to turn her away (from what she said in a comment she was 155lbs and 5’3″ – I’m the same height and when I was that weight I was a size 10). Face characters don’t play only one character – they may be asked to play multiple characters, so sadly, they do have to fit a certain mold so the costumes will work on them.

  4. Calianna

     /  October 24, 2012

    I am thinking of auditioning for a character actor through the Disney College Program and applying for hospitality and a vacation planner, but I really want to be a Disney Princess. I am kind of going in the same way as you with trying it to see what happens to at least say I did it. I can’t really ask my friends if I look like the Princesses because they all just look at hair color (because you wear a wig anyway) I tell them to look at my face and then they have no clue because they recognize the Princesses based off of their hair color. I was wondering if you know the facial characteristics of the Princesses (like rounder face, longer face, high cheek bones, small eyes, big eyes). I have been looking everywhere including the ones that Disney has hired and they all look different to me (for the same Princess) so I have not found a baseline. Second, I was wondering if I would have to lose weight or gain weight before I audition. I am 5’6″ and 130 lbs but I am a size 2-4 dress. Any information would be great I am so nervous and I really want to try but I don’t want to go in and find out that I look NOTHING like them.

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  5. Abby

     /  January 31, 2013

    Thank you :)

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  6. Lauren Jenkins

     /  February 12, 2013

    I am going to an audition is less than a month, i am curvy but I go to the gym every day. Can you shoot me an email with your measurements so i can set a realisitic goal for myself! Thank you so so so much! Its my lifelong dream to work for disney and work my way up and i want my foot in the door starting as a princess. Ljj_29@yahoo.com

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  7. Jordin

     /  February 21, 2013

    About how long did your audition take?

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  8. iriagny

     /  February 24, 2013

    What are the weight requirements? or measurements?

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  9. Julztallen

     /  April 2, 2013

    If you are 5″2 can you play a princess?

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    • lauren

       /  December 4, 2013

      at 5’2″ you can be a fairy like Tinkerbell or her friends or one of the young girl characters like Alice or Wendy.

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  10. carmine

     /  April 28, 2013

    i would really want to audition but i’m 5”11 so i’m probably too tall…

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  11. Jamie Allyn

     /  May 8, 2013

    Do you have to sing at these auditions?

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    • Anna

       /  January 11, 2014

      Based on what I’ve read online about the auditions you would only need to sing if the specific audition asks you to come prepared with a musical number. If they did ask it, it would probably only be 8-16 bars.

      Reply
  12. natalie

     /  May 18, 2013

    Hi, do you just turn up on the day or do you have to sign up beforehand? :) thanks xx

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  13. Maggie

     /  May 22, 2013

    Hi there. I was wondering if you had any experience in the acting field prior to going to the auditions. Because many people are saying that many of the people auditioning put on their resumes their acting experience and that Disney prefers people with acting experience. Did you talk to the other people auditioning? Did they have acting experience?

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  14. Mayra Martinez

     /  May 30, 2013

    Hi, so ever since I was little I’ve wanted to be a princess at Disney land. I’m about 5’5 and average weight my only concern is that I have a bit of acne. Would this not make me “princess material”?

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  15. livi96

     /  August 2, 2013

    What’s an 8 set of 8 count dance?

    I found this very helpful! I’m hoping to audition later this month! =) thanks!

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    • Brenna Lee

       /  October 2, 2013

      1 eight count consists of 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8(You’ll learn chorography to those counts.) And since there is 8 of them, there will be 8 sets of counts 1-8. So technically, 64 counts all together. Does that help?

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  16. Darby McQueen

     /  October 2, 2013

    I will be auditioning for a Disney princess role in 2 weeks. I am an 8-12, it really depends on the material and the design. I wear an 8 in pants, a S-M in shirts and a M-L in dresses. If I am being honest, I was blessed in the breast department, hips and butt. Anyways, I have become concerned after reading multiple blogs and websites that I am too large for a princess role. Anyways, I was hoping, if you didn’t mind, if you could give me more insight on the sizes of princess gowns. Thanks!

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    • I know this is probably late, but for anyone else wondering – my friend at Disney says the sizes for female characters go up to (a small) size 8.

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  17. Kylah

     /  December 31, 2013

    It broke my heart to find out I can’t be a disney princess because of my height :( I’m 5’1 and a half. Too tall for a fairy and too short for a princess.

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  18. Rebecca

     /  January 3, 2014

    I’m only just 5ft, do you know if there are any parts that suit that height? :)

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    • Alexandra

       /  January 4, 2014

      Rebecca, if you look on the disneyauditions.com you will see the height requirements for each character. Tinkerbell I know you can be 5’0 for. I am unsure of the other characters but if I recall they are looking for 5’3-5’7. Double check for me though! Hope this helps!

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  19. Anna

     /  January 11, 2014

    You don’t happen to know what the measurements they were looking for do you?

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  20. Me and my friend are wanting to try to become disney princesses our senior year. We’re sophomores now. I weigh about 85lbs and she weighs about 100. I know we’ll probably gain more weight by then, but do you think our weight will matter?

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  21. Gabrielle

     /  January 21, 2014

    Omg I loved this so much! I live in Ohio but have family who live by disneyland, i’m literally the most bubbliest person I know, & I use to do competitive cheerleading so 8 counts is nothing to me. Thanks so much! helped a lot.

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  23. I ended up on your blog looking for princesses fabrics ahah
    I wanted to say that I would have been so disapointed of me if I was not ok for the part just because of a weight matter. ahah

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  24. Deanna

     /  February 9, 2014

    Hi! I’ll be auditioning this week for Disney in Orlando! I’m 20 years old and 5’5, but I naturally only weigh 98lbs. I’m very hopeful that they don’t excuse me because of my weight as well.

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  27. Rebecca

     /  April 13, 2014

    Is there an age requirement? What age is too “old” to be a princess? I am 28 years old and don’t want to drive down for nothing

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    • According to my Disney friend being cast after the age of about 27 is “rare” but it has been known to happen especially if you look younger than that. So, go for it! :)

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  28. Taylor

     /  May 17, 2014

    I am 5″9.5, could I still get chosen?

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  29. missy

     /  May 22, 2014

    I’m 18, I weigh 107, and im 5″4 should I still try

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  30. Ashley

     /  June 1, 2014

    what would you say the perfect height and weight would be for a princess/ mary poppins character

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  31. Harmony

     /  June 14, 2014

    This helped so much! Thank you! You’re beautiful and I’m sorry you didn’t make it, but don’t let their comment about your weight get to you.

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  32. Erin

     /  June 30, 2014

    Hello, it’s been my dream to work at Disneyland and there is an open casting in London which I am hoping to attend! I was just wondering if many of the girls who auditioned were young? What was the average age and and how old were you? I’m 18 and I don’t know if it is better to wait until I’m older to audition? Travelling to the audition is a lot of money so I don’t want it to be a waste!
    Also (sorry to ask so many questions!), I’m English and I noticed a few people said costumes went to a size 8. I’m assuming that would be a US size 8 and therefore bigger in England? I’m not huge but I’m not tiny either so I don’t want to spend loads of money to be told I’m too big!
    Thank you so much and this post was really helpful:)

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  33. Doug

     /  September 14, 2014

    Watch this video of this girls experience. The end is really emotional.

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  34. Cate

     /  September 24, 2014

    I’m so glad I stumbled upon this. I have an audition in a few weeks. I was just wondering about tattoos. Most of the things I’ve read say “no visible tattoos,” which mine are not. However, some blogs and commenters have said no tattoos at all. Does anyone know the official stance? Thanks so much!

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  35. Olivia

     /  November 7, 2014

    Hi there! I was thinking about auditioning for Cinderella. I am 5’4, white, brown eyes, and blonde hair. I know the hair doesn’t matter but will I potentially be allowed to wear blue contacts? Or do my eyes have to be naturally blue. I also have a very small beauty mark on my lower left cheek. Does this put me out of the running?

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    • Hi Olivia,

      I am pretty sure if you are the right body type and personality they are looking for you would be fine even with the different eye color. As for the beauty mark, don’t stress. Be yourself, again, if they like you and want you they will make you the perfect Cinderella :)

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  36. Mom of a princes

     /  November 15, 2014

    My daughter just auditioned and made it through and was fitted for Cindy. She originally auditioned in San Francisco on a last minute whim, was selected for fur/face and hired for the CP in Orlando. She worked as one of the chipmunks and when an audition for Aurora came up she went for it. She made it through and worked both characters. She was then fitted for Dug (from Up) she worked as Aurora and Dug and when a Cindy audition came up she went for it and made it. She left the CP eventually and regretted it. She wanted to go back. In the last year she auditioned 4 or 5 times and just recently made it through. Never give up.

    Remember.

    🌟 A dream is a wish your heart makes

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  37. Lauren

     /  November 23, 2014

    Hi, I was thinking about auditioning for a Disney Princess audition because they are having one where I live in a few weeks. Except they are only casting for people 5’3-5’7, and I am about 5’2 1/2. Do you think I could get by just so I can see what it is like? Or would I be turned away right away?

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