Walt Disney World has begun aggressively casting women for a new entertainment offering to take place at Epcot’s Japan pavilion in its World Showcase. According to the casting notices, Disney is seeking to fulfill roles that celebrate Tokyo’s Harajuku, a neighborhood known for attracting Japanese teens and young adults sporting unique fashions. Harajuku was popularized in the United States several years ago by ‘Tragic Kingdom’ alum Gwen Stefani, who popularized it in a song and accompanying music video and stage tour.
The casting roles call for women 5’3″ – 5’8″ in height with slender builds with a propensity for fashion modeling/posing and crowd interaction. Knowledge of the Japanese language and culture is considered a plus, but the role description itself does not seem to call for any particular ethnicity. The role is considered to be that of a Disney character performer.