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Top Live Performances at Walt Disney World

If you are a fan of live performances, you are in for a magical experience at Walt Disney World. Throughout many of the four main theme parks and even at some of the Disney resorts, guests can enjoy live performances. Some performances are Broadway level performances, while others will leave you with tears in your eyes from laughter.  Either way you won’t want to miss these live performances on your next Walt Disney World vacation.

9. Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy

The newest adventure in Hollywood Studios is Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy. Join McQueen as he shows off his tricks and tips for being the best racer around. Using his wrap around screen and simulator, McQueen teaches the audience all about racing. Afterwards, guests can enjoy a dance party with DJ’s Ready! Set! Party Time! Here guests can dance and play car themed games. Guests are sure to love this upbeat, exciting performance.

8. Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It!  Street Party

Get ready for a high energy party with the Move It! Shake It! MousekeDance It! Street Party. This party takes place multiple times a day down Main Street USA stopping outside Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom. Guests can celebrate with Mickey and Minnie in this fun, music and dance filled party. Practice those dance moves so you can party alongside your favorite characters.

7. For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing Along

Located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this Frozen sing along is a must see for guests of all ages. Join the royal historians of Arendelle as they tell the story of the beloved sisters Elsa and Anna. This thirty-minute show will have younger guests singing along with their favorite Frozen songs. For grown-ups, the local historians will have you tearing up with laughter. This is a great option for those mid-day breaks so many needs.

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6. Beauty and the Beast

Also located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast- Live on Stage brings to life the magical enchantment of Belle and her beast. Enjoy great dancing, songs and costumes in this 25-minute show. Little ones will love seeing the beast transform throughout the performance.

5. Finding Nemo the Musical

Finding Nemo: The Musical is located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This 40-minute show brings to life the story of Nemo and his dad through new, moving musical pieces. Guests will be amazed by the magical puppets that are larger than life, the special effects and outstanding set all used to take guests under the sea. This is a great option for those looking for an escape from the heat of the day.

4. Festival of the Lion King

Located in the Africa section of Animal Kingdom, Festival of the Lion King is an upbeat show guests won’t want to miss. From monkey acrobats to a brave fire dancer and talented stilt walkers, this Broadway like show brings costuming, music and puppets to a new level. Guests can celebrate with their favorite songs from the beloved movie of the Lion King.

3. Hoop-De-Doo Musical Revue

Hoop-De-Doo Musical Revue is a dinner show located at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. While dining on delicious fried chicken and ribs, guests can enjoy the Pioneer Hall Players. This group of talented musicians will entertain guests with Wild West dancing, singing and even some comedy. This party won’t disappoint with great entertainment and food for all.

2. Voices of Liberty

Located in The American Adventure Pavilion in Epcot, guests can experience patriotic music daily in the rotunda. This 15-minute performance will surely move guests as a Capella group sings a variety of patriotic melodies. Have a seat and relax and you enjoy this moving, patriotic show.

1. Dapper Dans

Found throughout Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, Dapper Dans is a barbershop quartet. Singing in harmony and tap dancing as well, these four bring smiles and humor to the streets of Magic Kingdom. Listen for your favorite song such as “Zip-a-Dee Doo Dah” or “If You’re Happy and You Know It”. If you happen upon the Dapper Dans, make sure to stop and enjoy the magic.

There are many more performances throughout Disney’s theme parks and resorts, but these are a few of our top choices when we visit. Make sure to check out a few on your next Walt Disney World vacation. Check the My Disney Experience app for specific times during your trip.

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.