If there’s one thing Disney World is known for best, it’s entertainment. While Disney has created some classic films on screen, it also knows how to put on a solid stage show.
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All the Disney resorts are stocked with things to watch, but none compare to the Disney World in Florida.
For simplicity sake, we’re taking you on a journey through the magic that happens on stage with live performers, meaning we’re not including the random pop-up entertainment spots or nighttime spectaculars in this ranking.
Get ready for an adventure: Here are the best stage shows located at the Walt Disney World Resort.
10 Disney Junior Dance Party
Located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, "Disney Junior Dance Party" is a revamped version of Disney Junior – Live on Stage! and the former Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage! In other words, this attraction gets a revamp based on what programs are popular on the Disney Junior TV network.
The current energy-filled lineup features characters from Mickey and the Roadster Racers, Vampirina, Doc McStuffins, and The Lion Guard.
And just to make it clear, no – the kids won’t be sitting down for this. The show is all about dancing alongside your favorite characters!
9 Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
If you can’t wait for the "Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge" land to open at Disney World in August, this is what you can check out in the meantime. This 20-minute show lets kids take on the evil forces of the Dark Side. While it’s definitely not Disney’s most elaborate production, the little ones are cute and some epic fog does float around Darth Vader as he emerges for battle.
If you need a little more galactic energy to get you by, make sure to check out the "Star Wars Launch Bay" featuring a short film and opportunities to meet BB-8, Chewbacca, and Kylo Ren.
8 UP! A Great Bird Adventure
Animal Kingdom’s "Flights of Wonder," which debuted in 1998, let guests discover some of the world’s most exotic birds as they fly overhead and interact with on-stage performers. The show got an update in 2018 to feature characters from Up.
More than 15 species of birds currently get a moment in the spotlight including the magnificent marabou stork, which has an over 10-foot wingspan. The recent inclusion of Pixar pals has allowed the show to remain educational, yet even more fun.
7 Voyage of the Little Mermaid
This longtime Hollywood Studios attraction features an abridged version of The Little Mermaid. A blend of black light puppets, actors, lights, rain, and lasers help transport guests under the sea.
“Part of Your World” is sung by a live Ariel, “Under the Sea” is performed a cast of puppet sea creatures, and “Poor Unfortunate Souls” is taken on by a terrifying 12-foot tall and 10-feet wide Ursula animatronic. It all ends with a reunion between Prince Eric and Ariel, and yes – she does get to trade in that tail for some feet.
6 Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire
Taking place on the stage in front of Cinderella Castle at The Magic Kingdom, "Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire" sees characters from the Mickey Mouse franchise singing along to some of Disney’s best contemporary classics. Music from Tangled, Frozen, and The Princess and the Frog is featured alongside their respective characters. It all ends with a giant group dance and some sparkly daytime fireworks.
The show gets an update during certain seasons. During the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party event, autumn costumes and a new song are added to celebrate the festivities. During Christmastime, a few holiday songs and decorations are welcomed into the loop.
5 For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
This chilly adventure opened in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2014 at the Premiere Theater, replacing The American Idol Experience. Its early popularity had it showing up at tons of Disney resorts with Disney California Adventure, Disneyland Park in Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Shanghai Disneyland Park all adopting the stage show.
The comedic musical sees The Royal Historians of Arendelle retelling the story of Frozen with Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff dropping by to sing along.
It all ends with a snowy performance of “Let It Go” as flurries fall from above.
4 Festival of the Lion King
First opening alongside the Animal Kingdom in 1998, "Festival of the Lion King" gives the animated classic a much-needed encore.
The 30-minute colorful revue features songs from the film as well as actors, acrobats, fire jugglers, and giant animatronics of Simba and friends.
The venue at which the show takes place – known as a theater-in-the-round – has guests sitting on all sides of the room and the stage in the center. This allows the experience to become more immersive, as the performers engage the audience and make sure something’s happening everywhere you look.
3 Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
If you’ve ever wondered how all those epic movies scenes are pulled off, this is for you.
Based on the Indiana Jones films, this show has performers reenacting some of the best stunt scenes from the franchise. Breaks between each scene give the cast a chance to explain how it all went down.
The action-packed show features pyrotechnics, falls from tall buildings, and complex fight demonstrations. Members of the audience who are 18 and older are also offered the chance to volunteer as extras on the set and see the action up close!
2 Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage!
All the magic of Beauty and the Beast is waiting for you at the Theater of the Stars in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This tale as old as time features a cast of actors who perform a condensed version of the animated film by relying on the film’s original music to narrate the story. While most of the soundtrack is pre-recorded, Belle and Gaston’s lines are sung live.
The Broadway-style musical’s glitzy costumes, movie-esque sets, and memorable numbers make it a must-see.
1 Finding Nemo - The Musical
Topping off the list is the live-action musical based off Pixar’s 2003 undersea adventure: Finding Nemo.
The immersive Broadway-style show follows the film’s original storyline, but also includes acrobats, dancers, beautifully animated backdrops, and puppets — some of which are so massive, it takes multiple performers to maneuver. The show additionally features original music composed by the Tony Award-winning Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Yes, they are the husband-and-wife team that dreamed up the songs in Frozen and Coco.
The elaborate 40-minute musical operates out of Animal Kingdom and is performed six times daily.
Just keep swimming toward this one; You'll love it.