Hey everyone. So after reading through this thread a bit I thought there were some things that I could add.
My mom and all three of her sisters worked at Disneyland growing up in shows and parades both as face and fur characters and have lots of friends still working at Disneyland so I know a little bit about their requirements
1. No matter what you look like, how much they like you, how amazing you are, if you are under their age requirement (ie they need 18+ and you are 16) they will not hire you. The end.
2. Disney is very strict about height. There is sometimes wiggle room with half inches which I think someone mentioned but that's pretty much it. It mostly has to do with their costumes (in addition to the characters -Wendy is young = short, etc) and is the same with fur roles too, you need to fit into the costume so you have to be a certain height.
3. A big thing about face characters is obviously, your face. People with bigger faces have a better chance of getting the part- no matter who you look like. If your face is able to be seen from far away you have a better chance, especially if you look good in a wig.
4. Fake tans are a no no. They also like the younger, fresher faces.
As always there are exceptions to the rule, and my mom and her sisters haven't worked for Disney in years (I'm 21 and my mom worked there in high school and college if that helps) but Disney is a company based in tradition and they don't change much, especially standards such as those.
I hope this helps!! (: