Report: American Idol 2018 Auditions At Disney World

While no official word has been announced for the American Idol 2018 auditions, an initial report suggests the series’s return search for a star could start in Disney World.

American Idol Experience at Disney World - Credit: Josh Hallett

Considering ABC’s connection to Disney and Disney World’s past attraction with “The American Idol Experience” it’s no surprise for a return to familiar ground for a new approach the show’s audition process.

Along with Disney World, TMZ reports that Disneyland could end up as the west coast location for the American Idol auditions, but without an official report from ABC we’re still running on rumors and inside sources.

It’s an interesting idea to consolidate the auditions for Idol 2018 and would save a lot of cross country traveling expenses. With Idol’s history of growing costs they’ll be looking for ways to keep those numbers down and still draw in the talent and crowds.

Perhaps we’ll still see the mass cattle call events around the country, but then when it comes time for the American Idol 2018 judges to do their thing we’ll see those finalists gathered together at their respective coasts.

If the only auditions are held at Disney properties then it’ll certainly limit those “I’m here on my day off from serving coffee” backstories. We could also get more from Disney’s own talent pool with the theme park employees lining up for a chance to find the spotlight.

What do you think of the idea of ABC taking the American Idol 2018 auditions to Disney World and Disneyland? A step in the right direction or a missed chance at the old Idol’s fun rounds of countrywide tours?

Image credit: By Josh Hallett from Winter Haven, FL, USA – Disney’s Hollywood Studios – March 2009, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link




  1. I have misgivings about Orlando. I was traveling to Tampa Bay(2007) by bus and stopped at Orlando where it was said a Cab driver was capped the night before. Also, the Christina Gimme murder as well as the night club terrorist shooting there not long ago.

  2. They should do more like the Voice and invite already seasoned artists (pros). Caleb Johnson was one.

  3. I would like Idol to keep it similar but fresh. If cutting cost is the agenda to start off, yes, keep the auditions simple, one on each coast. People want to be on this show, they will travel. Perhaps the story will be in how they got to the audition. I also think a past winner or runner up of Idol would be great addition to the judge panel, add two celebrities known for their music abilities. As for the host, I had never heard of Ryan, find a personable new face again. To attract people who have never watched Idol or stopped, need to make it new in some ways, yet similar for the old die hard watchers. I am excited to see what ABC comes up with. I love their DWTS show.

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