Hey Dreamers! It’s Ti! There are so many fun and exciting things to do at Disneyland, you want to do EVERYTHING! Apart from the many rides, attractions, character meet and greets, and dining, there is one (or should I say a few!) thing that must be done: to see at least one Disneyland show! That’s right! Seeing a show is what makes any day at the Happiest Place on Earth so much more magical! The goal is to see at least one show when you go to Disneyland…unless you are a crazy Disney fanatic like me and seeing all the shows is the only way to go!
Disneyland offers so many shows for both day and night time, and majority of them have multiple showings. Watching a show is also a great resting period. Despite the fun you are having, I know your feet are aching from rushing to get off Matterhorn to quickly grab a churro and get in line for a FastPass for Space Mountain all to see Mickey in his house (and for those who have not experienced that rush, you don’t know what you are missing!) So take a gander at the shows Disneyland offers. I guarantee they will add the magic you needed on your trip!
- Billy Hill & The Hillbillies: this is a live entertainment show that is located in the Golden Horseshoe in Frontierland. This show is a comedy! You will sure get a good laugh when you watch this show! As most Disney shows, it is for all ages. Meet the foursome Billy, Billy, Billy, and Billy (funny, right!) as they crack jokes and make different types of music. And on some occasions, they will choose friends from the audience to assist with the show! This is a great show to watch while you eat, provided that the Golden Horseshoe is also a restaurant as well.
- Fantasy Faire at the Royal Theatre: The new added Fantasy Faire in Fantasyland is a wonderful place for your princess or prince to be! Within Fantasy Faire, there is the Royal Theatre, which hosts two different shows. One features Belle and the other features Rapunzel. They alternate, so they may not show both in the same day. The shows are very well done and very entertaining! It is almost like story time with these two lovely princesses. Also after the show, Belle and/or Rapunzel and some of the other cast members from the show come out for a meet and greet. Show times vary so be sure to grab a Times Guide sheet for appropriate times.
- Jedi Training Academy: Another live entertainment show located by the Tomorrowland Terrace in Tomorrowland, it is perfect for guests who have younger children. And even if you don’t have any kids with you, it is too cute to miss! Train with the top Jedis to help defeat Darth Vader! Kids are picked to suit up (yes, I mean it! They get to wear the robe and a nifty light saber) and train to defeat Darth Vader. Show times vary so be sure to grab a Times Guide sheet for appropriate times. It is entertaining, parents tend to enjoy it. I do because the kids are so darn cute! So grab a bite to eat at the Tomorrowland Terrace and enjoy young Jedis train…and may the force be with you!
- Mickey and the Magical Map: this show is a recent add to the show list. It made its debut May 25, 2013 and is located in Fantasyland. It is located where Fantasy Faire used to be. I say this show is definitely a must see! Journey with Mickey Mouse himself and visit some of your lovable characters! Enjoy both new and original songs, awesome choreography, and of course, magic! I can say this: if you are Disney fanatic, it is a must see! It is perfect for all ages. Both young and old can appreciate this show. It is a good 25 minutes, so it suits as a good break from walking. It is a big theater, but if you intend on sitting in the front row, I suggest getting there at least 30 minutes before it starts. If not, the back is just as wonderful of a view.
- Mickey’s Soundsational Parade: who doesn’t like parades? Yeah, I thought so! Originally a summer parade, it is a spectacular parade filled with jammin’ cool beats! Join Mickey as he leads a parade that features your beloved characters, from Princesses to Simba himself. This parade is a popular show at Disneyland so I highly recommend finding a seat at least 45 minutes before it starts. It starts by it’s a small world , and ends at Main Street. I enjoy this parade. As with any Disney show, it really does bring out the kid in you, as you see your favorite characters and sing the songs you thought you forgot the lyrics to. Show times vary so be sure to grab a Times Guide for proper times! You will be groovin’ to the tempos to this amazing parade!
- Fantasmic!: beyond my favorite show, hands down! Apart from the fireworks, this show is a night time spectacular! If you are able to stay at Disneyland at night, I hope you stay for this show. It shows at the Rivers of America (where Tom Sawyer’s Island is) in Frontierland. It is held twice a night, usually between 9pm and 10:30pm, but just to be sure, check in the Times Guide or ask a fellow cast member. Starring Mickey Mouse, it is a live entertainment show located in the water, so those sitting in the front may get wet! There are some fireworks and fire in this show. Also as a fair warning to those with younger guests: this show can be a little scary! My 8 year old sister was a little scared at certain parts so be sure to prepare! Nonetheless, it is a very magnificent show that will leave you feeling like a kid!
- Fireworks: I cannot specify which firework show because they change depending on the season and the year. The Firework show is probably the most popular show because Disney is known for their brilliant fireworks. The show plays at the Sleeping Beauty Castle, so Fantasyland is closed early and during the show. Because of its high popularity, I believe an hour before is a good time to find a decent seat where you can see. The castle interacts with the fireworks, so it may be best to get a seat by the castle if you want the full experience. Other than that, the Fireworks can usually been seen from any location in Disneyland, California Adventure, and Downtown Disney. The Firework Spectaculars are one of the best ways to end your night at Disneyland. It is magical, a wonderful experience for the family, and it is also romantic as well for all you love birds out there! The show is usually around 20 minutes long but varies, along with the time too. Check the Times Guide for times.
Well that is all for now! I did not want to get into too much detail and ruin the magic for those who have not seen any of these. Stay tuned for another post with shows from Disneyland’s sister park, Disney’s California Adventure! Till then, go to Disneyland and see one, or two, or three, or all these shows! What is your favorite show at Disneyland and why?
“…and all our wishes will come true!” – Remember…Dreams Come True! Firework Spectacular