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Description And Comments
The show features characters from the Disney Channel's Little Einsteins, The Book of Pooh, and Handy Manny, as well as Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy. Reengineered in 2007, Playhouse Disney replaced live Disney characters with elaborate puppets. 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 high-stepping 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 kids, it's a treat to watch the tykes rev up. If you have a younger child in your party, all the better: just stand back and let the video roll.
For preschoolers, Playhouse Disney will be the highlight of their day, as a Thomasville, North Carolina, mom attests:
Playhouse Disney at [DHS] was fantastic! My 3-year-old loved it. The children danced, sang, and had a great time.
Many readers are less than enthralled with the new version of Playhouse Disney-Live on Stage! These comments from a Virginia Beach, Virginia, couple are typical:
We were disappointed with the newly updated Playhouse Disney. 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.
The show is headquartered in what was formerly the Soundstage Restaurant, located to the right of the Animation Tour. Because the tykes just can't get enough, it has become the toughest ticket at the Studios. Show up at least 30 minutes before showtime. Once inside, pick a spot on the floor and take a breather until the performance begins.
Audience sits on the floor.