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Character performer role returns to Disney College Program

by Tharin White

The Disney Programs Instagram page announced that the Disney College Program is once again allowing participants to audition for a character performer role. Along with this announcement, Disney seemed to tease the return of another missing entertainment offering at the parks.

character performer role

To clarify, this Disney College Program offer is exclusive to Walt Disney World. We previously wrote about Disney staffing issues in the entertainment department. With this offering, Disney can guarantee an ongoing new set of performers each Disney College Program season.

Disney states, “Character performers bring beloved Disney characters to life throughout Walt Disney World Resort, and now, once again, Disney College Program participants will be part of this magic beginning in the fall 2023 season!”


character performer role

If you are interested in signing up as a Disney College Program character performer, you will need to follow these steps:

  • Apply to the Disney College Program (for now, sign up for email updates for future listings).
  • Create a profile on DisneyAuditions.com (using the same email you used for applying to the Disney College Program).
  • Learn the movement combination shown in the audition posting and record a virtual audition of your performance.
  • Link your virtual audition video in your DisneyAuditions.com profile.
  • Check-in to the audition on DisneyAuditions.com (you must link your video before checking in to the audition).

Following the deadline to submit your virtual audition, performers selected to move forward will be contacted via their email to attend an in-person callback audition. Performers will only be contacted if they are selected to move forward in the audition process. If you are not contacted, you will still be considered for other roles on the Disney College Program. But, you will no longer be in consideration for the Character Performer role.


Goofy and Pluto meet guests during Donald's Dino-Bash at Disney's Animal Kingdom

For continued consideration of the character performer role, you must attend an in-person audition. In-person auditions will take place in select cities (not yet specified) on March 3-10, 2023. These are closed auditions only for those selected to move forward in the audition process.

Once all of the in-person callbacks have concluded, potential college program participants will be notified of the results via email no later than one week prior to arrival. This could mean your Disney College Program role could be undecided until seven days before moving into Disney housing and beginning your program. If you are not selected for the character performer role after attending an in-person callback, you may be offered a different role on the Disney College Program.


Disney Fairies Periwinkle and Tinker Bell - Sisters meet guests at the Magic Kingdom

This announcement also featured a very specific picture of Tinker Bell. Tinker Bell’s meet and greet has been missing from the Magic Kingdom for some time. While not confirmed, this could mean the return of the Tinker Bell meet and greets at the Magic Kingdom.


Will you be signing up for the Disney College Program for your chance to be a character performer? Have you auditioned before, what was your process like? Or, did you have a Disney College Program in the past. Let us know in the comments below.

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