A job listing for character performers on the Disney Careers website suggests a new type of entertainment experience is coming to Disney’s Hilton Head Island Resort.
The Hilton Head is just one of Disney’s Beach Resorts, catering to both Disney Vacation Club members and regular Guests, along with Disney’s Vero Beach Resort. The South Carolina hotel and Resort, styled after 1940s hunting and fishing lodges, sits just five hours from Walt Disney World and includes multi-roomed villas and a 12-mile private beach where Guests can participate in various recreations. Moreover, when not enjoying the Hilton Head island’s coastal beauty or its world-class golf courses, families can enjoy a 72,000-gallon heated pool, the Big Dipper wraparound Water Tower Slide, and a spa.
However, there’s one entertainment offering the Resort has lacked since its opening in 1996: Disney character meet-and-greets! Unlike other Disney Resort Hotels, such as those on-property at the Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland’s Grand Californian, and Aulani, the Hilton Head Island Resort rarely offers character interactions or themed character dining.
In fact, as recently as 2022, Hilton Head Guests and Travel Planners warned families planning visits with small children to make sure they were aware they wouldn’t be able to meet Mickey Mouse and his friends at this particular Disney Resort. Of course, the Hilton Head let its one iconic performer, Cast Member Mick Ayres, who played resident folklore expert B’Lou Crabbe alongside dog Shadow, go in November of 2021.
Now, it seems that will all change, according to a casting call found on the Disney website for a Character Performer/Activities Coordinator. Disney has voiced a preference for bilingual performers in the height ranges of 5’1” to 5’4” or 5’5” to 5′ 8.5”, which are typical of costumed characters like Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Minnie Mouse, and Donald Duck, etc.
The full role description is as follows:
Your job? To make the fun and keep it coming! As a part-time Character Performers/Activities Facilitator portray specific costumed character roles within a height range, perform meet and greets with our Guests, sign autographs and pose for photographs. Candidates must meet audition requirements and have the ability to meet movement and animation skill evaluations. With a variety of shows, and greetings, there are countless ways to share your talents. In addition, guide our guests through various crafts and fun activities and interact with guests of all ages.