8 Coolest Shows You’ll Find At Walt Disney World

Many guests who travel to Walt Disney World are primarily interested in exploring the four amazing theme parks and enjoying the many different attractions found there. While all of the attractions are wonderful, there are also countless entertainment options that are sure to leave guests totally awed. Some entertainment features live music, performances, acrobatics, and more, and others retell some classic Disney stories that guests absolutely love. Any entertainment performance that guests enjoy is sure to be special, but some of the live shows re so unforgettable that guests simply cannot miss out on them during a Walt Disney World vacation. From live action retellings of classic tales to stunt spectaculars and more, the shows in Disney are truly one of a kind. Here are the eight coolest shows that guests can find and enjoy on their next visit to Walt Disney World.


1. Festival of the Lion King

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to the amazing village of Harambe in the Africa section of the park, and guests who spend time there can enjoy a live show that is simply amazing. The Festival of the Lion King is performed several times each day in the Harambe Theater and retells the story of The Lion King through familiar characters and music, dance, audience participation, aerial ballet, fire dancing, Tumble Monkeys, and more. Guests who spend time in the park definitely need to enjoy this wonderful live show.

2. Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show

Guests who are looking to enjoy amazing food with their live entertainment should head to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort to enjoy an amazing experience that is offered several nights each week. Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show is housed in an open air theater at the Disney Resort and is a party hosted by Auntie Winnie for a local girl as she leaves for college. While dining on a feast of island flavors including options like Polynesian ribs and roasted chicken, guests can enjoy a lively luau that features hula dancing, fire-knife performers, and drummers.

3. Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to some of the most immersive experiences that allow guests to feel as though they have entered into some of their favorite television shows and films. Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage combines musical numbers, special effects, and the beloved story of Belle and the Beast to create an unforgettable experience that guests are sure to find themselves singing along with. Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage is performed several times each day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and shouldn’t be missed!


4. UP! A Great Bird Adventure

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is also home to a brand new show that brings guests into the spirit of aviary nature alongside some loveable characters. UP! A Great Bird Adventure features Russell and Dug from the film Up as they learn all about amazing bid species from all over the globe. The birds perform amazing feats and even interact with the audience, making this brand new show a must do in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

5. Finding Nemo – The Musical

The Dinoland section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is home to the massive Theater in the Wild which features an unforgettable show that brings the classic Pixar story Finding Nemo to life. Finding Nemo – Live on Stage combines larger than life puppets, familiar characters, original music, and live acting to the stage and invites guests to come along on the epic adventure of Marlin and Dory. This wonderful show runs several times each day in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and guests are sure to love every minute of the classic story!

6. Voyage of the Little Mermaid

The Animation Courtyard section of Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to an amazing live stage show that brings the beloved tale of a Disney Princess to life. Voyage of the Little Mermaid tells the story of Ariel falling in love with Prince Eric through live acting, special effects, animatronics, puppets, black lights, lasers, animation, and more. Guests who are fans of the film and Ariel definitely will love this representation of the story and simply must enjoy it while in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

7. Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue

Guests who are looking for a totally unique and entertaining dinner experience should head over to the Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness. The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue features an all you can eat dinner menu of delicious options such as fried chicken and barbecue pork ribs. While chowing down, guests can enjoy vaudevillian style entertainment from six main actors who will guests singing along, cracking up, and even finding themselves in some hilarious situations along the way. The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue is a must do entertainment option in Walt Disney World.

8. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!

Guests who are fans of the heroic Indiana Jones can enjoy an awe-inspiring stunt show based on several of his most famous and daring moments. The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! can be found in the Echo Lake area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and showcases to guests how some of Indy’s most beloved stunts were safely executed in the films. The audience is sure to find themselves cheering Indy on and some lucky ones are even chosen to be extras in the thrilling scenes!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.