5. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular focuses on one move in particular—Raiders of the Lost Ark. In addition to the unique and daring stunts the stunt actors and stunt doubles perform, the amount of audience participation involved in the show makes this a more unique, and often hilarious, experience in terms of a behind the scenes stunt show.
4. Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast, though it may be slightly dated, is a classic in my book and is worth seeing once per vacation while visiting Hollywood Studios. The music in the show is excellent, and while I believe some of the costumes and the ways certain plot points are portrayed could be updated, the show overall is just as wonderful as it was when it opened. For guests familiar with the story of Beauty and the Beast, the live stage version in Hollywood Studios is the next best thing to seeing it performed on Broadway. If you’re into photography, the lighting and stage setup also makes this show very easy to photograph without messing with different settings on your camera or being obtrusive to other guests.
3. Finding Nemo: The Musical
I’ll be honest here, when I first heard that the Finding Nemo show in Animal Kingdom was going to be a musical, I was a little bit concerned. Since there are no songs at all in the movie, I was slightly worried that creating a musical with all new original songs based on an already popular film would not work quite right. I remember seeing how the puppets would work in this show on a special on the Travel Channel a few years back, and without having seen the entire show back then, I just envisioned it being super tacky how the puppeteer was seen just as much as the puppets. Imagine my surprise when this show quickly became one of my favorites anywhere at Walt Disney World. The original songs work perfectly, and the scenery and acting is just as stunning as a Broadway performance. I could not have been more surprised by the puppeteers’ performances, and am still in awe every time I see the show at how they’re able to control the puppets, sing, and dance, all at the same time.
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2. Rivers of Light
Embrace yourself for the celebration of nature with the newest nighttime show at Animal Kingdom, Rivers of Light. This 15-minute show is held in an amphitheater next to Expedition Everest and boasts dramatic storytelling and animal folklore through beautiful floats, inspiring music, impressive water screens, and all the latest technology and special effects. Truly a celebration of nature’s beauty!
1. Festival of the Lion King
Festival of the Lion King gets my pick for the best show that should be on your Disney bucket list. This show has everything that a good Disney show needs—memorable characters, energetic singers and dancers, excellent music, and fun ways to interact with the cast. Rather than really telling a specific story (though you should know the story of the Lion King by now anyway) this show is truly one big party. Your favorite characters from the film are there, along with a host of singers and dancers, including my favorites: the tumble monkeys. This show is definitely a must-do during my visits to Animal Kingdom, and it is sure to provide fun for the whole family.