American Idol 2019: Season 16 Alums Help Kick Off Auditions at Disney World

Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is set to host the kickoff of the nationwide bus tour for auditions for the second season of ABC’s American Idol (that’s season 17 to the rest of us!). The beloved competition series’ search for the next singing sensation begins in earnest on August 25 when the Idol Bus embarks on its more than 20-city tour across America, offering hopefuls the chance to audition for a shot at superstardom.

The journey begins at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, a 220-acre facility that annually hosts more than 100 events ranging from youth sports to professional sports. During singing auditions at the complex, ABC’s American Idol 2018 winner Maddie Poppe, runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson and finalist Catie Turner will make special appearances.

American Idol bus tour auditions begin on the same day in San Diego, California, as a second Idol Bus joins the nationwide quest for talent. In addition to appearing in person, hopefuls can submit audition videos online via or by showing off their talents via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or using the hashtag #TheNextIdol.

Actually, American Idol auditions initially kicked off when the Idol bus rolled into New Orleans, Louisiana on July 22. Additionally, the show will be auditioning singers on August 22 in  Miami, Florida. Check out the full schedule HERE.

American Idol returns for its second season on ABC (2018-2019) with all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy®-winning producer Ryan Seacrest will also return as host.

If you are auditioning in Orlando: Early arrival is encouraged. Parking will be available as early as 4 a.m., but not before. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. with auditions starting at 9 a.m. Overnight camping will not be permitted.

All singers must be at least 15 years old to audition. Pre-registration is encouraged. To pre-register and for addition details, audition details, full eligibility requirements, submission forms, and terms and conditions, visit Those auditioning can bring one guest to accompany them and the guest must be over five years old.

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