Exploring the Animal Kingdom Shows

In a new series, today I’m taking a look at all of the different shows throughout the Walt Disney World Parks.  In today’s episode, I’m going to take a look at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Shows.
For our purposes, a show is something on screen or on stage, that you watch as you would watch a movie or play.

Festival of the Lion King

Festival of the Lion King

Animal Kingdom has some really top notch shows, some of them are among my favorites.  First up in our exploration is Festival of the Lion King, located over at Camp Minnie-Mickey.

Festival of the Lion King is, to put it plainly, stunning!  The music is incredible, the performance is top notch, and being able to cheer on our own character from the movie just brings the audience into the show that much better!  The only drawback I have with “Festival of the Lion King” is that it is hard for us to get seats at times – another testimony of how popular this show really is.  I am determined that this year I am going to see Festival of the Lion King, it has been entirely too long since we last saw it.

Finding Nemo — The Musical

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This show located DinoLand U.S.A. is one of the great shows in all of Disney.  The casting is phenomenal, and the ability of the cast members to produce a show that includes all of the grace of elegance that fish exhibit in the water is really astounding.  The cast and crew of “Finding Nemo – The Musical” have a lot to be proud of – this show is truly one of a kind.

It’s Tough to be a Bug

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Technically, I suppose that I have to consider “It’s Tough to be a Bug” a show, based on my definition at the start of my article.  To be honest, though, we don’t like this show, as you can see in my post on Chip and Company, so I’m just going to say that we don’t like it and leave it at that.

So, while Animal Kingdom doesn’t have a large quantity of shows, it does have two of the best shows in my opinion in all of Walt Disney World.  What are your favorite shows?  Did I miss any?  Feel free to comment here, or on Facebook, or send me a Tweet!  Thanks everyone, and make it a Disney Day!

Exploring the Magic Kingdom Shows!

In a new series “Exploring the Shows”, I’m taking a look at all of the different shows throughout the Walt Disney World Parks.  In today’s episode, I’m going to take a look at all of the Magic Kingdom Shows.

For our purposes, a show is something on screen or on stage, that you watch as you would watch a movie or play.

Mickey’s PhilharMagic

Mickey's PhilharMagic

As I have previously written, Mickey’s PhilharMagic is one of our favorite shows.  I’m a Disney music junkie, and I absolutely love all of the great music that Mickey’s PhilharMagic brings us each and every time we see the show.  I have never gotten sick of hearing music from The Lion King, Fantasia, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, and Aladdin, and I don’t think I ever will!  Top it off with the reaction Sophie always gets when Donald get’s in trouble, and you’ve got quite a show!

Country Bear Jamboree

Country Bear Jamboree

Cindy and Sophie are not much of a fan of the Country Bear Jamboree, but I like to watch it every two or three years or so.  I like it because of the Audio-Animatronics bears, I like it because of the music, and the “show” that they put on for us, and I like it for the air conditioning and because we can always walk right in without a line.  However, I can also certainly understand why Cindy and Sophie aren’t big fans of it, since they don’t like country music.

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress

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The Carousel of Progress is one of my favorite shows/attractions at any of the Walt Disney World parks.  I am continually fascinated by the telling of how technology has advanced throughout the years, and Disney does such a great job of telling that story!  Couple that with one of my favorite Disney songs “It’s a Great big Beautiful Tomorrow”, and I’m hooked!  The show hasn’t changed much over the years, but to me that is part of it’s timeless charm.  Also, when I think about how this attraction was featured at the 1964 Worlds Fair, and that just provides the icing on the cake to me.

Monsters, Inc. Laugh Factory

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Monsters, Inc. is a cute, funny show for us, and something that we see at least once per trip to Disney World.  Located over in Tomorrowland, the show is located in the part of the park which used to house the Timekeeper attraction from years gone by.  Timekeeper was a good show, but I only saw it a couple of times, but Sophie really likes Monsters, Inc.  I’ll never forget one of the first times we saw it, Sophie had been telling jokes all the time, her favorite at the time was “Why did the chicken cross the road?  To get away from KFC!”

Well, part of the charm of Monsters, Inc. is that you can text a joke into a special number, and they might pick one and use during the show!  I texted in Sophie’s joke, and they used it!  It was so funny because when they had read the joke, Mike (I think Mike had read it) looked at all of us and said, “I don’t get it either.”, at which everyone laughed!

The Hall of Presidents

Hall of Presidents

For me, I like historical subject matter, and Disney does a really great job at the Magic Kingdom particularly, of incorporating a great review of history with having a lot of fun.  One way that they do that is at the Hall of Presidents.  This show almost never seems to be busy when we go to visit it, yet it is one of our favorite shows.  I would say that we see this attraction at least once per visit.  It has a lot going for it; it is an indoor attraction to escape from the heat; it has Audio-Animatronics of every president our nation has had, and it has an entertaining way of teaching us about the history of our country.

The Enchanted Tiki Room

Enchanted Tiki Room

The Enchanted Tiki Room originally opened as Tropical Seranade when the Magic Kingdom opened it’s doors over forty years ago.  After a run of several years, Tropical Seranade was closed and re-opened as The Enchanted Tiki Room – Under New Management.  To be honest, I don’t even remember Tropical Seranade, but I never had any problems with the new management part of the Tiki Room, I thought it was a fun little show.  I know a lot of people didn’t like it though.  In January, 2011, though, a fire started in the attic of the Enchanted Tiki Room, and the show was closed for several months.  It re-opened in August of 2011, and Disney has announced that it will be back to it’s original, non-New Management version.  I look forward to seeing it in the future, and deciding for myself which version we like better!

I hope that you have enjoyed exploring around the Magic Kingdom, looking at all of the great shows that Disney has to offer there!  Tell me, which is your favorite show at the Magic Kingdom?