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    Disney Junior - Live on Stage!

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The show features characters from the Disney Channel's Sofia the First, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, and Doc McStuffins, plus other Disney Channel characters. Refreshed in 2013, Disney Junior uses elaborate puppets instead of live characters on stage. A simple plot serves as the platform for singing, dancing, some great puppetry, and a great deal of audience participation. The characters, who ooze love and goodness, rally throngs of tots and preschoolers to sing and dance along with them. All the jumping, squirming, and highstepping is facilitated by having the audience sit on the floor so that kids can spontaneously erupt into motion when the mood strikes. Even for adults without children, it's a treat to watch the tykes rev up. However, solo adults might feel creepy amid this extremely youthful exuberance, especially if they lack familiarity with any of the characters. If you have a younger child in your party, all the better: Just stand back and let the video roll.

For preschoolers, Disney Junior will be the highlight of their day, as a Thomasville, North Carolina, mom attests:

[It] was fantastic! My 3-year-old loved it. The children danced, sang, and had a great time.

Disney Junior is the second iteration of the stage show since 2007. Both versions replaced live characters with puppets, a fact that has left some parents less than enthralled. These comments from a Virginia Beach, Virginia, couple are typical:

We were disappointed with the newly updated [show]. This did not consist of live characters, and I think the level of excitement from the kids was lower because of this. I mean, the kids enjoyed it, but you would think they would be more excited when it's a show with some of their favorite characters.

Touring Tips

The show is headquartered in what was formerly the ABC Soap Opera Bistro restaurant to the right of the entrance to the Hollywood Land. It now has a new Art Deco marquee. Because the tykes just can't get enough, it has become a hot ticket. Show up at least 25 minutes before showtime. If you arrive to find a line that extends out of the main queuing area and onto the sidewalk, you might not get into the show. Count two palm trees to the left of the theater entrance; if the line extends to the left of the second palm, you probably won't make the cut. If the line hasn't extended past the second palm tree, go ahead and get in line -- chances are about 90% that you'll be admitted to the next show. Once inside, pick a spot on the floor and take a breather until the performance begins.

Special Comments

Audience sits on the floor.

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