ABC ... you just snagged "American Idol." So, where you goin' for auditions? We're goin' to Disney World!!!
Yep, TMZ has learned the show will shoot audition weeks at Walt Disney World in Orlando. We're told there are 2 reasons:
-- It promotes a huge brand within the Disney company -- amusement parks.
-- It's way more cost-effective than travelling the show to various cities.
A source familiar with the deal tells us there's also talk of doing some of the auditions at Disneyland on the West Coast.
It would also give the show a cross-section of America and beyond, without having to hit the road.
Money is definitely an issue. The show got too expensive to produce, which is why it went off the air a year ago, and this will save a considerable sum.