Most little girls who walk through the gates at the Magic Kingdom have their thoughts on becoming a princess. They can hardly wait in the FastPass+ queue for their turn to meet Belle, Aurora, Cinderella, Tiana, Jasmine, Elsa or Anna. The look in their eyes as they finally meet and hug their favorite princess is priceless. And sometimes those little girls grow up into young women who still want to be princesses.
So you wanna be a Disney princess too? It’s not as easy as you might think. Becoming a princess at the parks inside the Walt Disney World Resort is a regal calling with stringent requirements. Here are 12 standards that a candidate for Disney princess must meet before she can put on the royal crown and garments and meet Guests in the parks, including some that must be met on a continual basis, once she has been hired as a princess.
12. She must go through the application and interviewing process.
All positions for Cast Members at the parks, including face characters, start the same way as most other jobs: with an application. Potential princesses must fill out an application and wait for call-backs like they would for any other job. If they are called back, they must follow through the interviewing process as well. Candidates for Disney princesses must also audition for the position they desire. Because of this, any young woman seeking to bring the Magic to Guests at Disney under the guise of a princess must come to the audition willing to sing, dance, read scripts and exhibit her abilities in improvisation.
11. She must meet the physical requirements.
There are some physical requirements for the role of princess in the Disney parks. The girl auditioning for the part must be between 5’4” and 5’7” tall. She must be at least 18 years of age, but she cannot be older than 30. The largest costume size for the princesses at Disney is a size 10, so any candidate must be a size 10 or smaller to secure the part.
10. She must have similar features.
Before candidates get very far in the process of interviewing for the part of princess, Disney hiring Cast Members will be looking to see if the candidates possess facial features and hair similar to those of one or more Disney princesses. One insider even confesses that a potential candidate will have better chances at proceeding through the hiring process if she looks like more than one Disney princess.
9. She must complete training.
Once a young woman has made the cut, she’ll be required to attend a five-day training class, during which she will be immersed in every facet of her character’s persona. That means watching the Disney feature films about her princess until she knows the movie almost verbatim. It means learning to speak and even sound like that princess, knowing expressions that she uses. It also means learning to apply make-up in the same way that it is drawn on the Disney princess she is portraying. Further, it means learning the princess’s signature and being able to sign autographs in the same way every time.