Be among the first in America to audition for American Idol at Disney Springs, Thursday, Aug. 17.
The American Idol Experience attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be shutting down in
early January 2015,
UPDATE: Disney has moved the closing date to Aug. 30, 2014.
American Idol’s 2013 finalists are touring the U.S. and making a stop in Orlando. Tickets are on sale for their Aug. 1 concert at the Amway Arena, but fans can see them parading down Hollywood Boulevard the day before at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. [Read more…]
America has crowned a new American Idol winner, and this week she stopped by Walt Disney World to tape new segments for The American Idol Experience attraction. [Read more…]
The newest American Idol, Phillip Phillips, surprised a theater-full of park guests Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 when show host Greg Hutson introduced him at The American Idol Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. [Read more…]
It’s time to count down the top 10 most viewed videos that we posted in 2011. It’s a mix of Star Wars, Mickey Mouse, Justin Bieber and more. [Read more…]
On the weekend of Sept. 9 and 10, Christian music artists will be taking over two Orlando theme parks for special-ticket events. Rock the Universe returns to Universal Studios, featuring performances by 17 Christian music artists, guest speakers, candlelight ceremonies, and all-new fan zone, and Night of Joy returns to the Magic Kingdom with live performances by Christian Music stars in rock, pop and gospel all around the park. [Read more…]
The new 2011 American Idol winner, Scotty McCreery made an appearance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios today in what has become a yearly tradition for the winner. Scotty rode down Hollywood Bouldvard with Mickey Mouse, sang his new song, I Love You This Big, and made an appearance during the first showing of The American Idol Experience. [Read more…]
Singing champ Lee DeWyze celebrated his victory as the newest American Idol on Monday in a motorcade through Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Excited fans lined the streets, cheering on America’s newest Idol as he and Mickey Mouse greeted fans on their way to a stage set up outside The American Idol Experience attraction. [Read more…]
It looks like the American Idol winner will be coming to Disney World again this year. Lee DeWyze was announced as the 2010 American Idol champion during the finale show on Wedensday night and filmed this familiar commercial shortly after: [Read more…]
In addition to recently celebrating its first year of operation in February, The American Idol Experience attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios can now celebrate the success of one of its top vote-getters – Aaron Kelly. The 17-year-old crooner from Sonestown, Penn., who began his American Idol journey at the Disney attraction, advanced to the top five in the finals during season nine of the American Idol television show. He received the least amount of votes this week and ended his run, leaving four more contestants.
It was at Disney’s Hollywood Studios that Aaron Kelly’s road to American Idol stardom began. Only four days after the grand opening in February 2009, Kelly put his talents on display for park guests and the attraction’s judges. [Read more…]
It looks like The American Idol Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has helped at least one person get noticed. Aaron Kelly was named one of the top 24 contestants this past week on the American Idol television show. He won the Dream Ticket at The American Idol Experience on Feb. 9, 2009 and was able to skip the line at the Orlando auditions last year. It’s been reported that he sang Amazed by Lonestar at the Hollywood Studios attraction.
Aaron has already had quite a career in music. This page on his Web site lists many of his accomplishments, including opening for Loretta Lynn and winning many other singing competitions.
Here’s a look at his official audition on the TV show.
And here’s a look at the Orlando auditions last summer.
Our YouTube channel was a popular place in 2009. We reached more than a million views for a couple of our older videos, while others lay dormant for reasons unknown to us. Sometimes we think a video is going to be a huge hit and it flops, and sometimes we wonder why we’re bothering to record something and it turns out to be very popular. Other times a video won’t be popular for weeks and weeks, then all of the sudden the view count shoots up. But for whatever reasons, here are the top 10 viewed videos we posted in 2009. We’ll start at number 10.
A full ride on SeaWorld’s new Manta roller coaster – 99,000+ views
Club Penguin Rockhopper and Blue Penguin at Walt Disney World – 120,000+ views
Halloween Horror Nights 19 2009 Opening Night Scare Zones – 130,000+ views
Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow at the Disney D23 Expo – 131,000+ views
Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2009 with Disney Fairies – 132,000+ views
David Cook Sings at Walt Disney World’s American Idol – 135,000+ views
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit coaster POV from Universal Studios – 306,000+ views
American Idol Kris Allen sings “Heartless” at Disney World – 388,000+ views
Dance-Off with the Star War Stars 2009 – Hyperspace Hoopla – 408,000+ views
David Cook and Carrie Underwood Duet at Walt Disney World – 820,000+ views
As we said in our Top 10 Blog Posts of 2009 story, some videos have obviously been online longer than others, so here’s our honorable mentions:
Manta Opening SeaWorld Orlando – Views, Interviews, & Queue – 80,000+ views
Star Wars Weekends 2009 Parade at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 22, Opening Day – 78,000+ views
Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at Universal Studios Now Open – 77,000+ views
Disney World Fantasyland expansion announcement & makeover concept art – 66,000+ views
Disney Hall of Presidents update with Obama animatronic – 60,000+ views
Singer, musician and American Idol season seven champion David Cook took a ride aboard the Magic Carpets of Aladdin attraction at the Magic Kingdom earlier today. Joining Cook on the family vacation were his nieces and nephews: Pictured are Gracie, age 6 and Marshall, 18 months.
Photo by Garth Vaughan.
American Idol producers say nearly 10,000 people turned out for their Season 9 auditions at Orlando’s Amway Arena today, and several of them had a coveted Disney Dream Ticket.
The Dream Ticket is the prize awarded to the finale show winner at the American Idol Experience each day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Caitlin MacAllister (pictured left), 21, of Elkton, Maryland, won her Dream Ticket on June 17, singing Martina McBride’s “Independence Day.”
Caitlin was vacationing in Orlando with her family on the day they visited the theme park.
“I had heard about it,” she said. “But I wasn’t planning to audition. We walked by and there wasn’t any line, so I decided to try.”
The senior in speech pathology at Towson University says she sings and performs in community theater in her hometown. She flew back down to Orlando on Wednesday to attend the audition today.
Here’s a quick video featuring Caitlin’s singing talents along with a look at Ryan Seacrest recording a segment for one of his many television shows:
The main advantage that the Disney Dream Ticket seems to give those that hold it is experiencing no waiting in the registration lines.
People began lining up to register for a wristband that allows you to audition at 1 a.m. on Tuesday, but Disney Dream Ticket holders did not have to arrive until this morning.
Luke Davids (pictured right), 20, won his Dream Ticket just a few days ago on July 3. Luke is originally from London, England, but lives in Orlando now.
The session musician and songwriter said he decided to try the American Idol Experience because the Dream Ticket “registers you right away.”
Syesha Mercado, who made it to the top 3 contestants in Season 7, had a similar “front-of-the-line” pass for the Miami auditions. At the American Idol Experience opening in February, Syesha told me the pass (which she won through Miami’s local Fox affiliate) was convenient, but she didn’t consider it an advantage in making it to Hollywood.
Caitlin, Luke and the thousands of others who turned out in Orlando today for their shot at American Idol stardom don’t know yet if they will make it to the show’s Hollywood round.
The show’s producers say about 150 to 200 singers will be called back to audition in front of Simon, Randy, Paula and Kara in a few weeks.
Article, photos, and video by Leigh Caldwell, freelance writer for Orlando Attractions Magazine. You can find more from her on her Web site at themeparkmom.com
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There has been plenty of coverage of Disney’s American Idol Experience attraction over the last few months (including gracing the cover of one of our recent issues), but now it’s time for the real thing.
American Idol Season 9 auditions are coming to Orlando’s Amway Arena this week. Registration takes place on July 7 and 8 with auditions being held starting at 5 a.m. on July 9.
Here are the address and telephone number for the Amway Arena:
600 West Amelia St.
Orlando, FL 32801
The line will form beginning on the arena’s south side.
But don’t forget that if you’re planning on attending the Orlando audition, you might as well head to Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park and sing in The American Idol Experience. If you win a day’s singing competitions there, you’ll receive a skip-the-line pass for any regional American Idol television show audition, including the one in Orlando this week.
Visit the official American Idol web site for more audition details.
Following American Idol winner Kris Allen’s motorcade and song today at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, he popped in on the 11:00 a.m. performance of The American Idol Experience attraction, offering advice to the three park guests who were singing in the show. He also timidly announced that show’s winner who would advance on to the finale show at the end of the day. Here’s a video summary of the show:
Afterward, Allen sat down with the media to answer a few questions:
Be sure to watch all the way to the end of this video for a bonus void-of-context sound bite.
This is the second post in a series from Disney’s Hollywood Studios in which American Idol winner Kris Allen arrived today via motorcade and answered a few fan questions from the screaming crowd. Allen appears to be quite a laid-back, quiet guy who has now been thrust into superstardom by way of his winning the most recent American Idol season. Here is a video of his arrival, answers, and (once again) his performance of “Heartless”:
We have also finished uploading our photo gallery from today, which includes images from Allen’s appearance in The American Idol Experience attraction and the media question and answer that followed – both of which we’ll post videos later today.
Here are a few of the best shots from the gallery:
More video on the way soon.
American Idol winner Kris Allen previously exclaimed that he was “going to Disney World” and today he did, in fact, appear at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. He arrived via motorcade down the park’s main street, Hollywood Boulevard, greeted by hundreds of fans.
He ultimatedly made his way onto a stage in front of The American Idol Experience where he answered a few fans’ questions and then performed the song “Heartless,” which we bring a video of here:
We’ll have even more photos and video of Kris Allen at Walt Disney World throughout the day including the complete fan Q&A, his appearance inside The American Idol Experience attraction, and a Q&A with the media.
So keep checking back!
Moments after becoming the newest American Idol, Kris Allen let the world know that he would be “going to Disney World.” Now we’ve found out that he’ll be making an appearance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 29 at 10 a.m. in a celebrity motorcade.
There’s no word yet as to whether he’ll sing at the park’s new American Idol Experience attraction, but I’d imagine he’ll at least pay a visit to see what it’s all about. Much like during the attraction’s world premiere event, it will certainly be nerve-racking if a few guests have the chance to perform in the show while Allen is watching from the audience.
Update: After the motorcade, around 10:15 a.m., Kris will take part in a fan Q&A outside The American Idol Experience attraction.