Why You’ll Love American Idol Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Have you ever done the American Idol Experience at Disney? If not, you’re in for a treat.

Today I’ll take through one of my latest adventures at this popular Hollywood Studios attraction at Walt Disney World.


American Idol Experience Disney with  Header

Starting the Day at Disney

It was a Saturday morning on a clear and beautiful February day here in Florida.

I walked up to this bright blue and silver building in Hollywood Studios with one goal in mind…

…to finally immerse myself in the American Idol experience.

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Initial Reactions to the American Idol Experience

I was pleasantly surprised by the enjoyment I encountered during the twenty-five minute presentation.

American Idol Experience Disney with Song List

The cast members began the pre-show in the queue line by videotaping us doing various chants, screams, and lots of “We love you!” for participants that we knew nothing about.

American Idol Experience Disney with Season 10 runner up Lauren Alaina
American Idol Experience Disney

After all, it’s Disney and you can sometimes get caught up in the well rehearsed magic that is presented so effortlessly.

American Idol Experience Disney with Cast Member recording video footage.

Take my advice, if you’re in the front area of the line don’t be shy.

The Cast Members can smell the “Oh my god, don’t pick me” fear that one may resonate while they are scanning the crowd.

I can attest to this because I was one of the “lucky” ones, so make sure that you’re camera ready.

American Idol Experience Disney with Hollywood inspired stage.
American Idol

Entering the American Idol Experience

Once the energizing vibe of the pre-show was established we were escorted into an electrifying auditorium.

American Idol Experience Disney with former season 10 winner Scotty McCreery.

It made me feel as if I was in the genuine location where such greats as Fantasia Barrino, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Jenifer Hudson had flourished.

American Idol Experience Disney with Cast Member Getting Participant Footage

Bringing back memories of my college days huddle around the only decent TV in our dormitory cheering on our favorite contestants.

Show Presentation

The producers giving instructions, the cameramen adjusting their instruments, the queued up famous theme song, and the three judges reminiscent of the originals added to the realistic affect of being in Hollywood for a live taping.

American Idol Experience Disney with Cast Member Waving

The contestants were introduced with back stories and previously recorded interviews spliced together in a quick video for the audience, which also added to the realism.

Final Thoughts

Overall I had a delightful time and I would definitely recommend this attraction to anyone attending Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

American Idol Experience Disney Entrance

If you do plan on participating in the show, make sure that your skin is thicker than most. Mainly because the Simon Cowell like judge will have nothing but comedic criticism that can not be Disneyfied 🙂

Have you ever experienced the American Idol attraction at Disney? If so, let us know what you liked (or didn’t like) in the comments section below.

American Idol Experience Disney Preshow
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