Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along Review and Planning Info
Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along opened on: January 17, 2020.
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Location: Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along is located in the France Pavilion. Disney shows it in the same theater as Impressions de France.
Extra Magic Hours: No.
Show Length: 15 minutes.
Show Schedule: Beauty and the Beast actually plays alongside Impressions de France. It’s currently unclear when Impressions will take over each evening. Typically, the Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along plays continuously from 11am to 7pm, and Impressions takes over after that. If you’d like to see the Sing-Along, double check the Times Guide if you’re planning on heading over after 7pm to make sure that Disney is still showing it. You can also check DisneyWorld.com here and it should list the hours if you change the date on the calendar on the right.
It’s hard to see, but there’s a timer above the entrance to the theater that counts down to the next show.
Similar to: A bad Disney sing-along DVD.
Requirements: Only your ability not to burn down the theater after seeing the show, assuming you’re an Impressions purist.
Scary Factor: Only the singing voices of your seatmates.
When to Go:
The Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along is significantly more popular than Impressions de France. Fortunately, the theater is still large enough to hold the number of guests who typically would like to see the presentation.
In the lobby, there are some props and other pieces that may be worth your inspection.
It’s usually possible to make your way over to the various displays while you wait.
For the best look, wait until a show fills and you’ll have the lobby to yourself for at least a couple of minutes.
According to Disney:
Step into some of the world’s most enchanting stories. At the Palais du Cinema, you’ll explore 6 distinct gallery cases honoring the costumes, music and artwork that brought French literature to life through cinema, theater, ballet and opera. Catch a glimpse of how these stories inspired artists from around the globe, including those who created such timeless Disney classics as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and—of course—Beauty and the Beast.
What to Expect:
The Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along is a bit of an oddity. It doesn’t take advantage of four of the five screens in the theater, so the “action” all happens on the center screen. The story follows LeFou as he takes credit for playing the secret matchmaker to Belle and Beast falling in love. Every once in a while, a few lines of song from the original movie break out.
Where to Sit:
Since the film is only played on the center screen, it makes sense to sit near the middle of a row. People typically stop around that point in a row. That causes everyone else to sit further and further away from the center. There’s enough room at the front of the theater that you can walk around to the other side of the theater and fill into a seat on that side. That’s usually your best bet. Otherwise, most seats provide a clear view of the screen.
Total Experience Time: Add 15 minutes to the amount of time that the countdown clock outside reads. Most people will spend about 20 minutes.
When to Arrive: Unless you’d like to look around at the exhibits or have a prime choice in seating, moseying up a minute or two before showtime is smart.
Josh’s Take: The Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along will prove more popular with kids, and potentially give families who are disappointed by the long waits at the new Ratatouille ride something to do instead. At a minimum, the theater is comfortable, but the Sing-Along’s storyline is ill-conceived and poorly written. The one thing it does have going for it is narration by Angela Lansbury, the original Mrs. Potts. Adults without kids can safely skip the Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along. With kids, you may want to (or have to) grin and bear it.
Disney does still offer Impressions de France in the evening. Double check the Times Guide and plan on seeing it then if you’d prefer.