Animal Kingdom has the absolute BEST shows in all of the parks and I had NO IDEA! No one talks about it. No one gives any inclination that there is anything worth seeing at Animal Kingdom. It wasn’t until I started this blog and started paying attention that I began to realize the wonder that is Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
I mean, we didn’t rush to Animal Kingdom when we got our passes for the same reasons as many people:
- Not too many rides
- Isn’t it just a zoo?
- They close so early
- It’s under as much construction as Hollywood Studios (well, it feels like it)
Now feel like I was missing out.
The shows were absolutely amazing and I didn’t even know most of them existed!
Festival of the Lion King
All we really knew about this show was that the people who worked on the Broadway production also worked on this. We had high hopes because that (and as theatre geeks we always go into a show with high hopes) and were not disappointed.
While this show doesn’t tell an amazing story, it’s basically a party to celebrate The Lion King, it exposes you to some phenomenal artists. Two thirds of the kids had no interest in going to see this show because they were never really big fans of The Lion King, but Kid #2 leaned over twice to tell me that it was SO MUCH BETTER than she expected.
The performance is done in the round with colors, lights, sounds, and spectacle surrounding you. With talents spanning from amazing song and dance to gymnast monkeys to costumed characters and floats to fire twirlers and beyond this show has something for everyone.
The crowd interaction is also wonderful. Each section of bleachers is assigned an animal to perform and a handful of kids are brought on stage for a parade (I believe you have to FP+ for this).
One of the wonderful things about live theatre is that every performance is just a little different. This is one I will now look forward to every time we go to Animal Kingdom.
Finding Nemo: The Musical
When presented with the option of going to a 40 minute long production of Finding Nemo while at the park I was not so thrilled. Neither was my husband who hasn’t even watched the entire movie (he tends to zone out on kids movies). However, in the middle of the day when it was hot as blazes sometimes you just have to go for it. 40 minutes sitting in air conditioning…who cares if the show stinks!?
Um, it was amazing!
Like, these pictures are doing it ZERO justice!
The actors were so amazing that you barely saw they running around attached to puppets. Their bodies and faces expressed everything that their character was vocalizing, but couldn’t physically do because it was a puppet.
I don’t know how else to describe this, except that yes, I know it sucks to basically take an hour out of your day at a park that closes early, BUT you have to go see this!
It’s Tough Being a Bug
So this may sounds silly, but this show is pretty dark and scary! I know, right. Who would expect a show based on A Bugs’ Life to be scary?
Granted, I think that only 1/5 of our family has ever even seen this movie, but we decided that since the other shows were so good that we had to give this one a try. We were happily entertained…even when it was a little stinky and bumpy!
I would love for the other parks to take this approach to some of their shows!
Hollywood Studios would be the perfect place to put on an elaborate show (or three) like this, but they don’t. Well, except for Beauty and the Beast…which I hear rumor is in danger of being closed…surely to be replaced by something Star Wars. *pout*
And Epcot! Can we PLEASE get rid of Captain EO and do something a little more fun and exciting?
Then there is the Magic Kingdom. My family are huge fans of the Enchanted Tiki Room, Carousel of Progress, and the Country Bear Jamboree (well, my husband loves this one), but it would be nice to have something a little more modern to sit and watch. As theatre nerds we love the singing and the dancing…bonus points for audience participation!