Live shows and performances at Walt Disney World make up a considerable part of the entertainment there, but they don’t get the same attention that rides do. They even take a back seat to food, merchandise, and Instagram locations. However, they are some of the live performances at Walt Disney World come from surprising places. Make time for these five Disney World live shows to boost your entertainment value.
Hoop Dee Doo Revue
It doesn’t get any better for live entertainment in Disney World than the Hoop Dee Do Revue. It’s Disney’s longest-running live show, and it’s the perfect night of family entertainment for visitors to the Walt Disney World resort. While part of the experience is the all-you-car-to enjoy buckets of fried chicken and ribs the entertainment itself stands on its own. It’s funny, charming, and most of all, classic Disney fun. The silly humor of the show also involves audience participation with unpredictable and hilarious results.
Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular
Another long-running live show at Walt Disney World is the Indiana Jones stunt show. This show is a relic from the earliest days of Disney’s Hollywood Studios when it was all about how movies get made. The stunt show is not a script to stage adaptation of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Instead, it takes memorable action sequences and recreates them in front of a live audience within the context of a day on the set. The audience learns about film making, particularly stunts and effects, while watching some of the most memorable on-screen moments from the film happen live. The show doesn’t fit with the new trend toward immersion, but it’s so good that even after 20 years It’s just as fun to watch as the movie.
Turtle Talk with Crush
This show is live. Don’t let the animation fool you. The Pixar character Q and A in The Seas with Nemo and Friends is a short-but-sweet interaction between everyone’s favorite green sea turtle and the kids in the “people tank.” During the show, Crush swims out to greet his fans and begins a live dialogue with the kids in the theater. Crush welcomes kids individually and asks questions, carrying out a conversation with three or four of them. Each show is unrehearsed and completely spontaneous, which is the secret to what makes Turtle Talk with Crush so fun.
Festival of the Lion King
This Animal Kingdom show is only about 20 minutes long, so it’s surprising how much different entertainment fits into such a short timeframe. The Festival of the Lion King features puppetry, acrobatics, musical numbers, cultural elements, and audience participation. It’s more of a parade than a traditional stage show. Four parade floats serve as stages in an arena-style theater. Each section of the audience is assigned an animal. The performance tells the story of the lion king through a cultural lens using the music of the film. It’s a lot of entertainment for the time spent.
Finding Nemo the Musical
Another excellent live show in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is Finding Nemo the Musical. The stage is a streamlined version that allows songs like Big Blue World which is so popular it’s used in Epcot and even as a point of reference for the Big Blue Pool at the Art of Animation resort. The performers use puppets, and they seamlessly fade into the background while your imagination takes over.