My family has been to Walt Disney World several times, but until recently, we had never taken the time to sit back and enjoy any of the shows. So I was bound and determined that on our last trip we would. Though we only saw two, I think we picked the best ones there are.
Our first was the Festival of the Lion King in the Camp Mickey Minnie area of Animal Kingdom. It is a live stage show that runs about minutes long. This show features many of the popular songs from the movie. Guests are ushered in and seated at one of four sections, which will later become the Giraffe Section, the Warthog Section, the Elephant Section and the Lion Section. At the beginning of the show, each section will have to imitate the sound that their animal makes! The kids really enjoyed enjoyed the singing, dancing and acrobatics, especially those by the tumbling monkeys. This show is also put on at Hong Kong Disneyland.
The second show was also in Animal Kingdom. Zachary and I chose not to ride Expedition Everest and instead headed towards Dinoland. On our way, we noticed that they were still seating for the next showing of the Finding Nemo – The Musical. Lucky enough, since it was just the two of us, we got great seating and the 30 minute show began. It tells the story that is played out in the movie of Nemo being taken away and his father Marlin and new friend Dory, set out on an adventure to find him. After swimming through jellyfish, escaping hungry sharks and swimming the EAC with Crush and Squirt the sea turtles, they are finally reunited when Nemo has himself flushed. This show is performed using puppets, dancers, acrobats and other animation. The music from the movie is also used to bring this fantastic show to life. Fans and audience members sing along to favorites like Big Blue World and Go With the Flow.
Take time to slow down from the rush of running from attraction to FastPass line and watch one or any of the fantastic stage shows offered at the parks. You’ll be glad you did!
Shannan is a mom that was born and raised in rural Tennessee. She tells us: “I live with my husband and 3 of our 5 children. Travis is 24 and is father to my grandbabies, Emma and baby Judson. I can’t wait to start sharing Disney with them. Dusty is 22, Clay 12, Zachary 10 and Erin is 8. I clean houses to make money to fund my magical trips. I went to Disney the first time as a teen and couldn’t wait to start introducing my own children to the magic. We took our 3 youngest in 2004 and that started it all. We have been 3 times since then and have our first Christmas trip planned for this December. Usually my parents accompany us on the trip and I have to research and plan for things that will suit various ages in our party of 7. Each time I go, I try new experiences in lodging and dining so I can share it with friends and family that seek my advice on trip planning! Disney is definitely my first choice in vacation destinations. Hopefully there is a Disney surf and turf vacation in our future!“