Disney Junior Dance Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Review and Planning Info
Disney Junior Dance Party replaced Disney Junior Live on Stage on: December 22, 2018.
Pull up a list of all Disney’s Hollywood Studios attraction planning reviews here. I will update these reviews throughout the month as things evolve. The main points should remain the same.
Note that this show will not open with Hollywood Studios on July 15th and no reopening date is currently available. Check the attraction page on DisneyWorld.com for updates.
Location: On the right side of Animation Courtyard across from Voyage of the Little Mermaid.
Extra Magic Hours: No.
Show Length: 25 minutes.
Type: Live theater show.
Similar To: Unique in that it caters mostly to preschool age children.
Scary Factor: Zero.
When To Go: Disney schedules the Dance Party throughout the day at certain times. There’s usually one show per hour with the first show beginning around 9:40am and the last show beginning around 5:40pm. If you have preschool age children and they’re your focus, then you may want to catch an early show and then return later for a second show. The seating area is limited and this is a popular attraction since it caters to an age group that (surprisingly) doesn’t have a lot of other attractions geared towards it. If this show is a major part of your day, then I would go to one of the first two shows because they are the least crowded and won’t require as much of a wait. If you’re planning to ride the major rides and see the headlining shows, then you’ll want to save this for the afternoon or evening.
What to Expect:
Disney Junior Dance Party is a theater show featuring Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, Timon, and Mickey. There is no conventional seating in the theater except for in the very back where there are several benches. Parents and kids are expected to sit on the floor throughout the show – at least until the singing, dancing, and clapping start. There is a lot of audience participation throughout and little ones really get into it. Watch the full show to get an idea on YouTube here.
Where to Sit: With seating on the floor, there isn’t necessarily an outstanding place to sit. One adult may want to sit with the child(ren) while the other adult(s) or non-interested members in the group hang in the back.
FastPass+: Yes, when Disney offers it, it’s a relatively low priority. The return window is 20 minutes to 5 minutes before the start of a show, or 4:30pm to 4:45pm for a show that begins at 4:50pm. FastPass+ users are typically led into the theater first and sit in the very front of the seating area, where it can be more difficult to see the stage without craning your neck. Most people will prefer the general seating area.
What You Miss Using FastPass+: Only the additional wait.
Total Average Experience Time with FastPass+: Assuming you arrive 15 minutes before showtime, about 40 minutes.
4th FastPass+ Availability: Not as plentiful as you might imagine. The show admits a relatively limited number of people. With few things geared towards young kids, shows may fill before the day begins. Cancellations/changes are common, and eventually, most showtimes will become available.
Exit: Simply exit out the back in the same way you entered.
Rating: 10/10 for preschoolers. Anyone without kids will at least want to watch a minute of the show online before committing to it.
Josh’s Take: Disney Junior Dance Party is an excellent show for preschoolers and young children. Disney has few attractions that are geared exclusively towards the very young set, so this will probably be one of their favorite experiences from your Disney vacation. Be sure to get here if you have young children, but you aren’t missing much if you don’t.