Based on a few of the more popular Disney Channel children's television shows, Playhouse Disney - Live on Stage! features the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Little Einsteins, Handy Manny and My Friends Tigger and Pooh perform a live action rendition of their shows. Children sit in front of the stage (no seats, just an open floor) which allows the younger ones to move around and be able to dance and sing. Playhouse Disney - Live on Stage! moves from show to show and showcases one particular bit from each show when as Mickey and his friends are trying to plan a surprise birthday party for Minnie and Mickey quickly delegates the tasks for the party to each of his friends. Quickly the volunteers learn they don't know to perform the required function and learn from other "examples" that take the form of the Little Einsteins helping Rocket win a race, Tigger and Pooh trying to get a kite for Roo down from a tree and Handy Manny trying to repair a bubble machine. Playhouse Disney - Live on Stage! is definitely aimed at the younger set (preschool age). Children are encouraged to stand up and dance and do everything they're told not to do at any other Walt Disney Word attraction.
Children under the age of 7 should fall absolutely in love with Playhouse Disney - Live on Stage!, even if they've never seen the show. For any child who's dreamed of being on their favorite TV show, this is as close as it can get without actually filming. Thoughtful, caring and fun for youngsters, Playhouse Disney - Live on Stage! will certainly entertain any child. For parents or those who stop in to see what it is, you may find it boring. All the characters are amazing and the puppetry is outstanding. The puppetry is quite well done and the overall effect is well done by the cast. The Pooh characters look a little "cartoonish", especially considering how they look everywhere else in Walt Disney World.
As previously mentioned, there are no seats so you'll want to sit about halfway back from the stage. Sitting as close to the stage as possible will definitely lead to viewing problems (the stage is elevated above the floor) so kids would have a problem seeing the back of the stage. Try sitting halfway between the stage and the back and the right side (facing the stage) offers a great view of what goes on (and is less crowded and easier to get to than the coveted middle section).
This attraction gets re-done every few years when the television shows featured are eclipsed by even more popular shows on the Playhouse Disney lineup. Previous shows that have been featured include Bear in the Big Blue House, Rollie-Pollie-Ollie, JoJo and Goliath, Stanley and The Book of Pooh. The current edition of the show has been performing since February 2008.
Because Playhouse Disney - Live on Stage! is arguably the highlight of any family who has any kids under 7 or so, you'll want to get this done early as there are limited showings per day and they will get crowded fast. Try seeing either the first or second show of the day. And don't be afraid to wait a while in line if you arrive early (which you should anyway) because there are TV monitors all along the queue that play Playhouse Disney television clips for the kids to watch. Plan on arriving early for whichever showtime you select. I'd advise somewhere in the 15-20 minute time range normally but if you're going during a busier time of the year, 20-30 minutes will guarantee you a spot. There are also meet-n-greet areas outside the building (closer to the Hollywood Brown Derby side of the building) where many of the stars of the show are available for meet-n-greet.
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