Disney's 'American Idol' Experience to Close Early
The Orlando theme park attraction won't make it to the next round.
Walt Disney World's American Idol Experience attraction will be closing come the end of the summer, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
As first reported in The Orlando Sentinel, the Experience will shut down for good on Aug. 30. The theme park had announced back in June that guests would be able to compete on its stage for a chance to go to real-life auditions in Hollywood until January 2015. But a spokesman told the Florida paper that the company moved up the closing due to a continuous review of Disney's entertainment options.
The American Idol Experience opened in 2009 to much fanfare, with all of the show's winners -- Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks and David Cook -- on hand for a blue carpet event. The attraction was set up much like the show. Guests pre-auditioned for a screener, who would decide whether or not to advance the prospective contestant to the main stage. There, the auditioner would perform in front of a panel of three judges using songs picked from a list of prerecorded selections.
Several future American Idol finalists earned a golden ticket there and went on to the big show, including season nine's Aaron Kelly, season 11's Erika Van Pelt, and season 13's Majesty Rose, Ben Briley and Emily Piriz.
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.