American Idol Bus Stop Auditions Kick Off at ESPN Wide World of Sports


On Saturday, August 25, ABC-TV’s “American Idol” will kick off its 20-plus city bus tour at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, as it conducts its search for contestants for the popular talent show.

During the auditions, ABC’s “American Idol” Season 1 winner Maddie Poppe, runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson and finalist Catie Turner will make special appearances. Note that celebrity judges will not be on site.

If you plan to audition, take the following into consideration:

— All singers must be at least 15 years old to audition.
— Pre-registration is encouraged. To pre-register and for additional details, full eligibility requirements, submission forms, and terms and conditions, visit
— You can bring one guest, who must be more than 5 years old.
— Because the auditions are held outdoors, bring water, sunscreen and a hat.

Early arrival to the event is encouraged, but overnight camping will not be allowed. Parking will be available as early as 4 a.m., but not before.

Registration will begin at 7 a.m.; auditions will start at 9 a.m.

The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is located at: 700 S. Victory Way Kissimmee, FL 34747.

If you can’t make it to the auditions at Walt Disney World Resort, check out for other cities around the United States. You can also submit audition videos online via or via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or using the hashtag #TheNextIdol.

“American Idol” bus tour auditions will begin on the same day in San Diego, California, as a second Idol Bus joins the nationwide quest for talent. “American Idol” will returns for its second season on ABC for the 2018-2019 season with all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy®-winning producer Ryan Seacrest will also return as host.

Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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