Look-A-Like Characters

Growing up, I watched Disney movies my whole life and I’ve even gone to Disney World many times. When I was young and went to Disney World, I got to meet the characters and I got so excited to meet them (especially the princesses). I wanted to be a princess or just a character from a Disney movie so bad! To this day I continue to want to be a Disney character. So, I started some research; I just started looking at jobs at Disney World. And then I found it, my dream job, a Disney Character Look-a-like.  I had a list of jobs I could do at Disney and when I found this one, I immediately put this to the top of that list. They have all sorts of characters, from Alice in Wonderland, to Pinnochio, to the classics like Cinderella, and even the new movies like Moana.   They have multiple positions always open for a Disney look-a-like, and here is what I found out about the job:


  • Height Requirements: Disney look-a-like characters are usually selected by height and are pretty strict to the height limits.  For example, for males, the roles for Tarzan, Gaston from Beauty and the Beast, and Kristoff from Frozen should be around 6 ft-6’3.  Characters who are supposed to be children in the animated films, such as Alice from Alice in Wonderland and Wendy or Tinker Bell from Peter Pan, should be more petite and around 4’11-5’2.  Villainesses’, are meant to be taller to have the scary affect that they are bigger and more powerful than the crowds; so to be Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty you should be between 5’9-6 ft. and to be Cinderella’s step mother or the Evil Queen from Snow White their expected height requirements are around 5’8-5’10.  And finally, to be a princess such as: Jasmine form Aladdin, Rapunzel from Tangled, Elsa and Anna from Frozen, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs should be around 5’3-5’7.
  • Auditioning: To become a Disney character is pretty stringent. First, you must go through the audition process (you can check out the audition calendar at DisneyAuditions.com and find the nearest location to audition at). At the audition, they will teach you a simple dance routine (you don’t really need to have a dance experience but it would be some help if you did), and if you make it past the dance, they will give you a script to read, then ask you to do improv and finally an interview.  It is a long process, but if you make the role it would definitely have been worth it.
  • Age: Disney is quite specific on age. You must be at least 18 years old to audition, and you have to be legal to work in the U.S. (if you are auditioning for the Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland, and Walt Disney World). Most face (or look-a-like) characters are around 18-23 in age but it isn’t rare to see a character ages 24-26.
  • Make-up: This part is mainly for the Princesses and Villainesses’; Disney will provide the make-up and teach you how to put it on so that all of the Auroras look the same, as well as all of the Ariels, all of the Evil Queens, etc.
  • Strict Rules: Working as a Disney look-a-like character, they are really strict. You cannot discuss what character you are playing to anyone. You cannot post about it on social media, and you can’t tell close friends who you are portraying.  Disney is rigorous about this and the consequences could leave you without a job. Also, you cannot talk about anything outside of the Disney realm. For example, Snow White won’t know that she is in a movie, or you can’t ask Belle if she reads Harry Potter.
  • Weather: Working at Disney World in Florida does mean it will get really hot during the summer. You must be able to handle the extreme heat and the chilly weather during winter around Christmas. Most characters are outside, but Cinderella, Rapunzel, Anna and Elsa, and Tinker Bell are usually inside.