February 3, 2016

Not to Miss at Walt Disney World: For the Show-Goer

First of all… how is it February already?!

Walt Disney World is home to a lot of great shows that you can experience all through the day. If you have someone in your party who loves shows, this list is for you. Continuing on in the Not to Miss Series, I’ll lay out where the shows are located, and if FastPass+ is recommended or available. If you’ve missed the previous posts you can check out what I think is Not to Miss for Little Ones, Thrill Seekers, the Classic Disney Fan, Character Lovers, and First Timers! If you have no idea what FastPass+ is, check out this post all about it. Okay, let’s get on with the show(s)! (Like what I did there? :))

Magic Kingdom

Celebrate the Magic- this show is projected onto Cinderella Castle, and features some of your favourite songs, and pretty awesome “tricks”. It’s played just before Wishes! So if you plan on sticking around for Wishes, head to your spot a little early to enjoy this show! Fastpass+ is available for Wishes, so Celebrate the Magic would be included with that.

Festival of Fantasy Parade- the newest parade to Walt Disney World is quite impressive. Check out my post all about it here. I loved it, and took quite a few pictures! Fastpass+ is available for preferred “seating” but the parade can be seen from any spot along the route (shown on the park map). Check the Times Guide or Disney Parks App for the time, and show up a little early to claim your spot! I definitely recommend watching this parade, if you can fit it in!

Festival of Fantasy

Main Street Electrical Parade- This night parade is all lit up and has some classic Disney Characters. The music is different than a normal parade, so check it out! Fastpass+ is available, but not needed. Just like with festival of Fantasy, you can show up early anywhere along the route to watch.

Wishes!- nothing ends a perfect day in Magic Kindgom like Wishes! I definitely recommend seeing this fireworks show at least once on your trip! Fastpass+ is available as stated above, but not needed.



Illuminations: Reflections of Earth- The fireworks show at Epcot is probably the best show for fireworks. It can be seen from anywhere in World Showcase, which is awesome! Fastpass+ is available but not needed. I suggest finding a spot 15-30 minutes early, have one person eve a spot, then run and grab a snack or drink and relax!

Illuminations: Reflections of Earth

Voices of Liberty-just one group of the many “shows” around World Showcase, this acapella group gives me goosebumps! Fastpass+ not available, check the times guide or Disney Parks App for all World Showcase performers.


Hollywood Studios

Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage- This 25 minute shoe retells a tale as old as time. See some of your favourite characters in this fun show! Fastpass+ is available, but not needed due to the size of the amphitheatre. Check the Disney Parks app for showtimes.

Disney Junior Live on Stage- for little ones who watch Disney Junior, this is a must! Fastpass+ is available but not needed. Check the Times Guide for showtimes!

Fantasmic!- The nighttime show at Hollywood Studios is great! I suggest going to see it, and using Fastpass+, as the general seating fills up quickly. I usually grab something to eat and head in the amphitheatre 45-60 minutes early. Check out how I got Fantasmic as my 4th Fastpass+ of the day here.

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-a-long- A must see for Frozen fans you can sing “Let it Go” with Elsa! If you have a huge Frozen fan in your party, I would suggest using Fastpass+. Otherwise check out the Disney Parks App for showtimes and arrive a little early.

Indiana Jones: Epic Stunt Spectacular- If you are a fan of Indiana Jones you should definitely check this one out! Fastpass+ is available but not needed. Check the Times Guide or Disney Parks App for showtimes and arrive early to get a good seat!

Indiana Jones

Lights,Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show- Leaving Hollywood Studios April 2nd, 2016. This crazy stunt show keeps you on the edge of your seat, and is really neat! If you are visiting before April 2nd, check it out! Fastpass+ is available but not needed as the seating area is quite large.

Symphony in the Stars- This new Star Wars themed firework show happens at 8pm every night. Fastpass+ is not available, but the fireworks can be seen from almost anywhere outside at Hollywood Studios. Because it is so new, I haven’t seen it so I can’t make a personal recommendation, but I plan on seeing it on my next trip!

Voyage of the Little Mermaid- The first “attraction” I ever did at Walt Disney World, I still see it once a trip. Any Little Mermaid fan should see this 25 minutes show. Fastpass+ is available, but not needed. Shows run continuously and the next show time will be posted outside the theatre.

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Animal Kingdom

Festival of the Lion King- A great show for everyone, especially a Lion King Fan! With acrobatics and amazing singers, this show is great. Fastpass+ is available but not needed. Check the times guide or Disney Parks App for showtimes and arrive a little early.

Finding Nemo: The Musical- This broadway-scale production is a must see! The puppetry is amazing and all in a 45 minute show! It add songs to a Pixar favourite and has all your favourite characters! Go with the Flow! Fastpass+ is available for specific showtimes, and I would suggest it if you don’t think you will use all 3 on other attractions. Ethan and I used it in February and got front row seats!


Flights of Wonder- This bird show happens a few times daily, so check the Times Guide or Disney Parks App for times. Fastpass+ is available, but not needed, so show up a little early.

Rivers of Light- Animal Kingdom is getting a night show this spring! I obviously haven’t seen it yet, but will update this post once I have! I’m sure Fastpass+ will be available, and I will update whether I recommend it once I’ve seen it!

I hope this has helped to lay out all of the different shows that are at Walt Disney World, so you can see which ones you might enjoy. Shows are great especially in the warmer months as you can sit and relax for a bit in air conditioning!

What is your favourite show at Walt Disney World? Let me know in the comments!

As always, thanks for reading!



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