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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.
Disney On Ice will present their new show, “Celebrations!” this September in Orlando.
Guests will enjoy a winter wonderland with Mickey and Minnie, a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains, a Very Merry Unbirthday Party, a Royal Ball with the Disney Princesses and more in a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the globe.
The show will be presented for three days at the Amway Arena:
• Friday, September 11 at 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday, September 12 at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
• Sunday, September 13 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Tickets are $45 (Front Row), $40 (Rink side), $31( VIP), $27, and $19 and will go on sale on July 31. Tickets are available at www.DisneyOnIce.com or www.ticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet, by calling 407-839-3900, or at the Amway Arena box office.