LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Whether hula dancing, singing, learning the wily tricks of Caribbean pirates or Star Wars Jedi, Walt Disney World Resort guests discover a realm of magic and enchantment where they are not only dazzled and entertained, but may also have a chance to be part of the show.
Here’s a rundown of immersive experiences that guests may encounter when visiting Walt Disney World Resort:
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Toy Story Midway Mania! An innovative ride-game experience combines memorable film characters from Disney•Pixar classics “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2” with games that match their motion picture personas. Donning 3-D glasses, guests seemingly shrink to the size of a toy and hop fanciful ride vehicles that follow a midway-themed route. At each game booth, they aim for animated targets using a special spring-action shooter. The challenges are designed to be fun for everyone from beginners to serious gamers.
Jedi Training Academy Taking a cue from the popular Star Wars Saga, the power of the Force and the magic of Disney combine for an original and intergalactic entertainment experience. Young Jedi hopefuls – known in ‘Star Wars-speak’ as “Padawans” – learn lightsaber moves from a Jedi Master before facing off in a final test against the evil Darth Vader. Created with Lucasfilm Ltd., Jedi Training Academy is presented multiple times daily, adjacent to the popular Star Tours attraction.
“Disney Junior-Live on Stage!” Some of the most beloved characters from the Disney Channel lineup are featured in a singing, clapping and be-bopping show designed for preschoolers. The show stars favorites from popular Disney Channel programs including “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “Doc McStuffins,” “Sofia the First,” and more.
Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show” This fast-paced show spotlights the high-octane best of the movie industry’s stunt masters. The action extravaganza sends cars, motorcycles and watercraft careening and jumping across an enormous Mediterranean village set. Lucky guests may find themselves onstage to “drive” one of the stunt cars.
“Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!” If getting in the middle of the action is your style, you could be chosen as an extra to brave earth-shattering crashes and fiery explosions in a backstage view of movie-making.
Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial (Adventureland) Train to become a pirate. Looking for new recruits, Captain Jack and his mate Mack lead guests through a series of pirate skill tests to prove their mettle. Who is craftiest at wooden swordplay? Who can flash their most menacing pirate grimace? Faster than you can say “Yo, Ho, Yo, Ho, the Pirate’s Life for Me,” the big moment arrives: getting officially sworn in with the Pirate’s Oath to become honorary buccaneers of Captain Jack’s famous Pirate Crew.
“Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor” (Tomorrowland) Guests laugh, joke, sing songs and match wits with the beloved animated characters from Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.” in an engaging and interactive attraction created by Disney Imagineers. “Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor” features one-eyed hero Mike Wazowski, who has opened a comedy club to collect laughs that will generate power for the future. As Monster-of-Ceremonies, Mike recruits two comedian wannabes whose slapstick humor delights and engages audiences. Guests even get to text-message jokes on their cell phones for possible use in the show.
“Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom” Guests can become an apprentice sorcerer and help the wizard Merlin fight evil with this interactive role-playing game. Embark on this mystical and magical mission throughout Main Street, U.S.A.; Adventureland; Tomorrowland; Frontierland; New Fantasyland and Liberty Square.
“Turtle Talk With Crush” Crush, from Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Nemo,” has made a different kind of screen debut in The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion at Epcot – as a chatting, joking quipster who engages guests in conversation from his movie-screen undersea environment. “Turtle Talk With Crush” showcases real-time animation using digital projection and sophisticated, voice-activated animation.
Biergarten Restaurant This indoor German “courtyard” in Epcot World Showcase features a German Oktoberfest buffet and fun for the whole family. Throughout the night, guests are invited onstage to join yodelers, dancers and other traditional Bavarian musicians – all clad in lederhosen or dirndl – to play accordions, cowbells and other instruments.
“Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure” There’s a mystery to be solved, and Agent P needs help! Special agents will scour for clues throughout the World Showcase with the help of an interactive handheld device, called a F.O.N.E. Each mission lasts anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes, and can be revisited multiple times.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
“Festival of the Lion King” Animal heroes and villains of Disney’s “The Lion King” movie star in this spectacle that combines the pageantry of a parade with the excitement of an African tribal celebration. Young guests are invited to entertain the audience with a variety of African musical instruments as they join the performers in a parade around the theater, followed by audience participation in competing groups singing a rousing rendition of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.”
Rafiki’s Planet Watch Inspiring a love of animals and concern for their welfare is the underlying theme, both subtle and obvious, throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The Affection Section is the destination for those who want to meet animals face to face and hand to fur. This is not just a petting zoo, but a place where young and old can find out all about the animals they see and touch, where they’re from, how they live and what dangers they face in the world. Attendants are on hand to explain each of these domestic animals who welcome this kind of attention.
“Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue” (Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground) If you’ve ever wanted to be a country-music star, here’s your chance! Join the whooping and hollering troupe of singers and dancers at Pioneer Hall. As guests enjoy barbecued ribs, fried chicken and strawberry shortcake for dinner, the enthusiastic performers sing, dance and joke up a storm. If you’re caught misbehavin’, you may find yourself onstage with them!
“Disney’s Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show” (Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort) Guests experience paradise in the Pacific at this interactive Polynesian luau set in the beachfront backyard cabana of a Hawaiian house. The luau features authentic Polynesian music and dancing, and a three-course family-style feast. Guests are encouraged to join in the hula-dancing fun.
“Mickey’s Backyard BBQ” (Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground Pavilion) This experience treats guests of all ages to an all-you-care-to-eat country-western hoedown. Set in Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer’s old stompin’ grounds, the covered pavilion hosts this outdoor picnic where kids and adults alike can line dance alongside their favorite Disney characters with toe-tapping beats from a live country-western band.
Jellyrolls (Disney’s BoardWalk) If you’re in a singing mood, then Jellyrolls is the place to be! The main attraction within this rustic, saloon-like club is the crowd itself. Here, people of all ages gather in song as quick-witted pianists bang out old-time favorite sing-alongs. Jellyrolls is a foot-stomping, hootin’ and hollerin’ kind of place with lots of uproarious laughter and fun.