Joe Gardner From ‘Soul’ to Make His Disney Park Debut

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Calling all Soul fans!

An incredibly exciting new character is going to be making his debut in the Disney Parks! For the millions of Guests that visit Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort every day, getting to meet the incredible assortment of characters in the Parks is a huge highlight. Disney is constantly trying to add new characters from their movies and series so that Guests can always experience new things during their visits.

Now, fans are thrilled to know that a character from the movie Soul is coming to the Disneyland Resort!

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Disney Seeking Jazz Pianists to Portray ‘Soul’ Character

Disney has announced that they are seeking jazz musicians who resemble Joe Gardner, the lead character from Pixar’s movie, Soul. The casting call, which was published by Disney Live Entertainment, says that are seeking;

“Performer must be able to play proficiently in the solo piano jazz style. Will be required to learn specific music. Performers must be able to engage with Guests within the story of the film. Knowledge of jazz music and historical musicians is a plus. 

Right now, Disney is seeking virtual submissions, but soon they will open up in-person callbacks in mid-September.

Unique Offering Excites Guests

Fans are very excited about this new addition, as Soul is such a beloved movie. Joe Gardner is the central character in Pixar’s Soul, voiced by the talented actor Jamie Foxx. This Disney Pixar film takes viewers on a captivating journey, exploring the meaning of life and the pursuit of one’s passion.


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In the movie, Joe Gardner is a middle school band teacher who dreams of becoming a successful jazz musician. His journey takes a twist when an accident leads him to “the great before,” a realm where souls prepare for life on Earth. This story is a reminder to enjoy the simple joys of life and always follow your dreams.

As of now, there is no information as to where this character will be found.

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.