Disney Channel Auditions for Kids – Get the info

Looking for Disney Channel Auditions in 2023?

While this article has been up for sometime now, it seems that some of what I discuss below is still going strong and the companies involved have learned how to skate under the radar and cover their rears as to not get caught up in the legalities of it all.

Kids love Disney, that’s a fact. Disney Channel auditions and Disney movie auditions are a popular topic. I mean, which kid wouldn’t want to star alongside their favorite Disney Channel star? Kids love their Disney shows and many will look online for Disney auditions. But, not all is as it seems.  Audition is a loose word and it is often used in a manner that is meant to confuse and sometimes victimize people whose kids get really excited at its mention.

There are many shady companies that will take advantage and talk people into spending money they should not.  If you ended up on this page looking for more information to find out if that Disney Channel audition is legit, your gut instinct is most likely correct and that audition may not actually be a legit audition for Disney or the Disney Channel.

If you are reading this, you must have some concern, so read on…..

Now, this is a fairly long article and I do have a page that is shorter which covers the basic red flags of an acting scam.


A few points when dealing with kids looking for Disney auditions:

  • Actual Disney casting directors DO NOT charge upfront fees.
  • Disney does not advertise auditions on the radio or walk around malls and grocery stores looking for cute kids to put into a Disney movie.
  • Disney Channel is not in the business of selling classes, photos or convention services.
  • If you are asked for money, it is most likely a scam.
  • If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is not true.


The basics:

The best way to get an audition for the Disney Channel or a Disney movie is by working hard and getting a legitimate agent. Most auditions for Disney are not open calls. They are handled through agents. Why? you may ask. The answer is simple.

There are millions of kids, most of whom have at some point dreamed of being a Disney Channel star. If every character for a Disney show was cast through an audition that was open to the public, the casting directors would be bombarded with thousands, 10’s of thousands of kids and teens all looking for their big break. Most casting directors don’t have a way to handle 1000’s of kids in one day. The cost would be enormous and it would take weeks to get through that many people. … most of which probably don’t even fit the part. For that reason, casting directors depend on agents to send them talent that fits the role, has the experience, training and the talent.

So, for most Disney, or even Nickelodeon roles, you will need an agent….. a legitimate agent.

Legit agents do NOT charge talent, they pay them. An agent gets a percentage of the talent’s pay… once they have booked the role. So, a talent agent makes zero if the talent they have never gets a role. For that reason, agents are very selective in who the represent and usually talent must first prove that they are capable of doing the job. That is where the working hard part comes in. Most agents expect that talent comes to them with a resume. Getting things for your resume, for a kid, may not be as hard as you think. They will be looking for some experience and maybe some training. They need to know you can handle the pressure and do the job. So where can someone get experience?

All over. It could be the Christmas show at your church, school plays, community theaters, commercials for local businesses, student films and more. Now, you would not be getting paid for any of those but you will be learning and gaining valuable experience that you can list on a resume. Training is also helpful. Most community colleges and schools offer low cost classes. Those classes will also help you learn the ropes and maybe even make some great contacts. Since I am talking about classes…. beware of the scammers there as well. Fake agents know that we all know that agents should not be paid up front, therefore they go the route of… I will work with you… only if you pay $XXXX for these classes. The classes they offer are sub-par and may even hurt your resume as every talent agent knows who those people are. Before taking classes do your research. Make sure the person teaching is respected in their field. Classes usually cost a few hundred bucks per class, not thousands.

Once you get all that, then an agent may take a chance on you.  You may be naturally talented, but it doesn’t matter, you still need the training and experience. Talent is just one of the things you need, the others are commitment and passion for the art. Doing free gigs to build a resume goes a long way to proving that you ARE committed.

Disney Channel online auditions 2016

Now, many families, kids and teens believe there is some magical shortcut. Many have been led to believe that if they pay someone some money it will fast track them to Disney fame. People have come to believe that because there are countless FAKE agencies that are trying to convince them of that. These fakes approach people in malls, invite them to auditions which are nothing more than sales pitches and convince them that for 1000’s of dollars they will make their kid a star…. really? If it was just that easy, every other kid in America would be on Disney Channel.  See How to Spot a Modeling / Acting Scam for more on what to watch out for. Always remember that this is a job, an acting job, but a job none the less, which means THEY pay you for your work…. You do not pay them! In California it is not legal for an agent to ask talent for money to get the job so anyone doing that is not a REAL agent. If you are unsure if one is legit, ask for the license and check with the Union SAG / AFTRA to see if they are franchised.

Always remember that an agents job is getting THEIR talent booked which means they spend all day talking to production companies and casting directors about the talent they represent. Legit agents do not troll the malls and walmarts looking for “new faces”. Why would they? There are more kids than roles. Anyone approaching you anywhere about getting your kid into Disney Channel is not on the level.

OK, so until you get an agent…. how else can you try out for Disney? Once a year, the Disney Channel and Disney XD hold an open casting call. They have done this for over a decade and most have been at certain locations. This year, the Disney open auditions where actually held online and kids in every state could tryout without leaving their homes. The Disney open auditions are usually held in early summer and announce between May and July. See this years for more info on what to expect… Disney Channel & Disney XD Online Open Casting Call.

Also, every now and then Disney does a talent search to fill a role in an upcoming movie or commercial. Those happen a few times a year and no one can tell you when it will happen next. You just have to keep your eyes open. Such events DO NOT advertise. They will not appear on the radio. Those are listed through the casting directors.

Be sure to also read this page about those Disney auditions that you hear on the radio.

Hope all that helps and break a leg!

617 thoughts on “Disney Channel Auditions for Kids – Get the info

  1. Brooklyn

    Hi my name is Brooklyn and I am 13. I love to dance, snowboarding, wakeboarding, and I would be willing to try so much more! I have medium length, blonde hair and blue eyes. I’m driven, kind and determined. I would be such an honor if you considered to work with me.

  2. Grace

    Hi I’m Grace, I am 10 years old I love to dance and it would be amazing to be on a Disney Channel show. I have watched almost all of the shows on there and I love them. I really am only looking for a little part in a show or movie but I am also A pretty good singer. so If you could embrace my offer that would be awesome.


  3. luna mae cadden

    hi my name is Luna Mae and I’d absolutely love to be on the Disney channel. I grew up watching it, please choose me.

  4. Sophie

    My name is Sophie, I have Brown Eyes, Brown Hair, I am almost 13. I tend to be sarcastic and a bit annoying, but can also be kind and empathetic. I’m relatively smart, and am not afraid to say what I think about something. I do get angry and embarrassed easily however… I can dance, I did Ballet for several years. I am not an amazing singer, but I do memorize lyrics to songs almost instantly. Anyways, I know this isn’t the official try out site, but if anyone sees this, please reach out! Thank you, — Sophie

  5. Brody Smith

    I am Brody. 11. Male. I am a singer. I wanted to be an actor and be on Disney Channel for years. Please choose me.

  6. Anabel griffie

    Hi my name is Ana. I’m 11 years old. I have always wanted to be up on the screen. I’m good at showing emotion. I live in Tucson, AZ. I am good to do anything as long as I can go up on screen. Thank you.

  7. Joey

    Hi my name is Joey U. (I know the name is weird) I’d like to be a a princess in the princess and frog show! I have watched Disney channel since I was 2! please let me know if you can do anything to make me princess <3

  8. Eduardo

    I watched Disney channel for a long time and I would love to audition for Disney channel.

  9. Eduardo

    I watched Disney channel for a long time.
    And I would love to audition for Disney channel.

  10. Mark Mawer

    Hi, I’m Mark and I am 13 years old in 1 month, I love and play football, I’m a good actor and have been in videos every day for school in 5th grade. I would be very happy if I could star in a Disney movie. Love All of Your Shows and Movies!

    1. Mark Mawer

      I have hazel eyes with dirty blonde hair, very skinny, male, and I am 5′ 3′.

  11. Lilly Hiltgen

    Hi! My name is Lilly! I am 12 years old as I’m typing this but I am literally good at anything. Here is some info about me:
    Age: 12 but can play as characters ranging from 10 – 15
    Height: 5’1”
    Weight: 80 lbs
    Hair color: Dark brown
    Eye color: Dark brown, when hit by sunlight, Hazel brown
    Hair type: Medium-Long, wavy
    These are ALL the sports I’ve ever played:
    Table Tennis (Ping Pong)
    Tap Dance
    I have dreamed of being an actress, since I was, like, 7. I have participated in lots of school and church plays. I’ve also participated in dances on stage. I’ve also done LOTS of sports, as you can tell. I’d say I have plenty of experience in the acting categories and could definitely use more practice. Thank you for keeping me under consideration! I really do appreciate it.


    1. Lilly Hiltgen

      Also, everyone, and when I say everyone, I mean EVERYONE, says I have a beautiful singing voice and should get out and do it, but I’ve always been too scared to sing in front of a crowd. Now, I think I’m ready but I need your support, please. It would really help.


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