Top 15 Must-See Stage Shows at Walt Disney World

Lee Allport | Jul 27, 2015 Home & Garden
Top 15 Must-See Stage Shows at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World has great rides, silly characters and tons of fun stage shows. Some feature dazzling costumes and Broadway-caliber performances. A few are seasonal, so you have to time your visit just right to catch them. Some even feature celebrities such as Neil Patrick Harris and Whoopi Goldberg. 

Be sure to schedule time for at least a few of these 15 must-see stage shows the next time you plan your Walt Disney World vacation.

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  • Beauty & the Beast-Live On Stage


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    Hollywood Studios' Beauty and the Beast-Live On Stage is a Broadway-style musical that's been a fan favorite for years. There are even vocal performances from original cast members, including Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Potts and Jerry Orbach as Lumiere.

  • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show


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    Hollywood Studios is always offering up thrills, and Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show certainly qualifies. If you have a car lover in your family, this stage show is perfect. Watch as cars screech across the asphalt and drive through flames as stunt men perform risky maneuvers. You will feel the heat on your face and smell the burnt rubber (good times). As crazy as it sounds, kids love this show. 

  • For the First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing Along Celebration


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    Do you or your children know all the words to the movie Frozen? In that case For the First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing Along Celebration is the perfect stage show for you. Taking place in Hollywood Studios, the show runs 30 minutes and a FastPass+ Reservation is available, so you don't have to fight the throngs of fellow Frozen fans for good seats.

  • China's Jeweled Dragon Acrobats in Epcot


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    In Epcot's World Showcase, there are a group of death-defying performers known as the Jeweled Dragon Acrobats that will literally take your breath away. Gather in the China pavilion to watch this 20-minute stage show where this talented group pushes the boundaries of strength, balance and agility. 

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  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular


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    Inside Disney's Hollywood Studios, the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular puts you directly into the movie's most exciting moment. Watch as Indiana and Marion show what goes into making the stunts that create movie magic. This is a stage show where the cast asks for adult volunteers to take part in high-intensity scenes, so make sure your family has cameras ready if you volunteer. 

  • Animal Kingdom's Festival of the Lion King


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    The Broadway-caliber Festival of the Lion King in Animal Kingdom is a must-see stage show that will have you up and out of your seat. There's a chance you'll be chosen for audience participation, so be ready to rock your moves! Enjoy the story of Pride Rock told by both puppets and people (and people in puppets). Trust us; it will make sense once you get there.

  • The Candlelight Processional at Epcot


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    This is a seasonal event that takes place each year from late November through just after Christmas. The Candlelight Processional at Epcot features a celebrity narrator, such as Neil Patrick Harris or Whoopi Goldberg, reading the story of the birth of Christ alongside a choir and a full orchestra. Dining packages are available, and they guarantee great seats.


  • Disney Jr. Live on Stage at Hollywood Studios


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    Perfect for your preschool-age children, Disney Jr. Live on Stage includes puppet-sized friends Mickey and Minnie, Doc McStuffins, Jake and the Neverland Pirates and more. A host named Casey leads the puppet pals in a lot of singing and dancing to songs from favorite Disney Jr. shows. This is a can't-miss for anyone with kids 7 and under.

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  • Eat To the Beat at Epcot


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    Catch famous, classic bands during the Epcot Food and Wine Festival Eat to the Beat concert series. A sampling of guests for 2015 include the Pointer Sisters, Boyz II Men, Sister Hazel and Tiffany. Special Eat to the Beat dinner packages ensure front and center seating.

  • Finding Nemo the Musical at Animal Kingdom


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    The sets are sky-high and the puppets as big as cars for Finding Nemo the Musical in Animal Kingdom. It features 14 original songs (because Finding Nemo was never intended to be a musical) and runs 40 minutes long. You can book a FastPass+ reservation, which is highly recommended as this is a popular show. 

  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor at Magic Kingdom


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    This stage show is more of an attraction in that it doesn't offer any live actors, but rather behind-the-scenes voices. Monsters, Inc., Laugh Floor stars characters from your favorite Monsters movies. Mike Wazowski is the Monster of Ceremonies (need we say more?). A good bit of it is improv, so you may be called on to take part. If you have a funny joke, text it while you're waiting in line (instructions provided when you arrive) and it might just be used in the show! 

  • Jedi Training Academy at Hollywood Studios


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    Every morning when Hollywood Studios opens, families run as fast as they can to sign up their children for Jedi Training Camp (it's on a first-come, first-serve basis). Once assigned to a particular showtime (there are various performances each day), the kids are trained on how to use lightsabers with the help of a Jedi Master before going against the dark side during the show. Darth Vader makes an appearance.

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  • Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular


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    Amok, Amok, Amok! A new stage show is brewing at the Magic Kingdom for Halloween 2015. Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular is still in development, so there aren't tons of details yet, but it's sure to be a scream when it debuts. What we do know is that it will feature the Sanderson sisters from the movie Hocus Pocus singing, "I Put A Spell On You".

  • Celebrate the Season Magic Kingdom


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    Throughout the holiday season, the Magic Kingdom special ticketed events known as Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party feature a Celebrate the Season stage show where Mickey, Minnie, and pals hand out presents and dance to the Nutcracker Suite. Don't miss Mickey's gift to Minnie at the end; it's adorable. 

  • Flights of Wonder Animal Kingdom


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    Flights of Wonder at Animal Kingdom teaches kids about exotic birds. During this funny but educational show, you'll learn about blue and gold macaws as well as the harris hawk and more. When it's time to talk about why these birds are disappearing from our planet, you might need a Kleenex or two. 


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