The attraction, licensed to Disney by Idol producers 19 Entertainment and FremantleMedia North America emulates the actual process of becoming a star on the show. Potential contestants, who must be 14 years of age or older, and which in many cases will be between the age limits between 15 and 28 years old and either an American citizen or on a work permit, performs first in front of a Disney cast member, and then if they pass, sing in front of an audience of more than 1,000 in the theatre. Those chosen by the audience in the daily shows will then perform again at the end of the day for a final performance that will determine a winner from the judges and the audience, who (if they are in the age limit) will be involved in an actual Idol audition by way of a dream ticket that will allow them to bypass the first round at a regional audition, and possibly get a chance to perform in front of the show's judges. Those who are not within the age limit can pass the prize to a friend (or family member) or can wait until reaching the legal age limit to use that ticket.
The attraction closed permanently on August 30, 2014.
An illustration of the exterior of The American Idol Experience.
An artist’s concept of the main stage of the new American Idol Experience Theatre.
Contestants will have to pass a judging from a Disney cast member if they have to get on stage.