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"American Idol" Goes To Walt Disney World

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts announced plans to create an "American Idol" attraction that will bring the television and pop culture phenomenon to life at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

The attraction, slated to debut in late this year, will be located at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park and will follow the model of the current "American Idol" show. Disney guests will be able to experience the challenge of auditioning, the excitement of performing on stage in competition, or the thrill of judging the performances in a live interactive entertainment setting with all the glitz and glamour of the distinctive "American Idol" set.

The Walt Disney World "American Idol" experience will include an audition process, open to all who register, where guests perform “live” in front of a Disney’s Hollywood Studios producer to be cast in a theme park show. After backstage preparation -- working with a vocal coach, hair and make-up -- it’s lights up and showtime in front of a “live” audience and a panel of judges.

Guest performers with the highest votes will compete in an end-of-day Grand Finale show at Walt Disney World, and the winner of the Grand Finale show will receive a guaranteed reservation for a future regional stadium audition -- to ensure no waiting in long lines. But when it comes down to the television show auditions, everyone will be treated equally.

The coming "American Idol" attraction will reflect the best and brightest of the TV show, giving park guests a chance to become a star on the attraction's stage. Among the new adventures debuting at Walt Disney World in 2008 is the just-opened "Playhouse Disney-Live on Stage!" plus coming attractions "Block Party Bash," an interactive and moving Disney-Pixar spectacle filling the theme park streets; and Toy Story Mania! immersing guests in a 3-D interactive ride-through video game starring popular Disney-Pixar "Toy Story" characters.

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