Disney’s Hollywood Studios show,
Playhouse Disney Live, is an ideal Florida entertainment attraction for
the littlest members of your group. In 2004, the show was voted by readers
of Disney Magazine as the “Best Walt
Disney World Attraction for Young Kids”. Playhouse Disney Live
incorporates characters from the popular Disney Channel Playhouse programming
lineup that caters to ages 2-6. The main characters for Playhouse Disney’s
Hollywood Studios show come primarily from the programs “The Book of Pooh”,
“Bear in the Big Blue House”, “Stanley” and “JoJo
and Goliath”. While Playhouse Disney Live is definitely slated
towards preschoolers, older children, teens and adults should also find the
show both pleasant and entertaining.
Playhouse Disney Live opens with Bear and his friends and immediately the focus of the story takes shape. Happily, Bear recommends that he and his pals dance the cha-cha. However, upon hearing this, the little blue mouse, Tutter, reveals that he is shy about dancing in front of others. With the help of the show’s host, Pip and Pop, Bear, Ojo and Treelo employ the usage of a giant storybook in an attempt to help Tutter get over his dancing apprehensions. As the pages of the book turn, various Disney Channel Playhouse characters are visited and aspects of friendship are explored. As the book finishes, the excitement picks up at Playhouse Disney’s Hollywood Studios show when streamers are shot into the mostly unsuspecting audience. As the excitement builds, the streamers are replaced with magic bubbles that float enchantingly among the fun-filled venue. Before the story returns to its starting point at Bear’s house, the audience joins cast members for a hefty serving of song and dance. The dancing continues at Bear’s house, with Tutter joining his friends. The show ends with Luna the moon singing the “Goodbye Song” as Bear and his friends say goodbye.
Playhouse Disney Live is performed at Soundstage 5 in the Animation Courtyard
section of Disney-MGM Studios. It is important to note that Disney recently
announced plans to rename Disney-MGM
Studios as Disney Hollywood Studios. When you enter the performance
area, you will find that seating options are limited to the floor and a line
of benches to the soundstage’s rear. This setup encourages freedom
of movement so that the kids in the audience have ample space for dancing.
If you are looking for seating that is close to the stage, you should consider
arriving 15-20 minutes early. Admission to the show is covered in your
general admission Disney ticket and 10 performances are offered daily between
9:30 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. Whereas the audience doesn’t get the
chance to meet and greet the Playhouse Disney Live characters, there are other
meet and greet opportunities to be found at Animation Courtyard. You can
find a list of times and locations for these opportunities in the daily “Times
Guide”. The Playhouse Disney Live characters can also be seen participating
daily in the “Stars and Motor Cars Parade”.
For those who are not planning a trip to Orlando anytime soon but would like
to take in a Disney performance, traveling Playhouse Disney productions should
be coming to your neck of the woods. Playhouse Disney Live’s traveling
edition is a longer show than that offered at Disney World and you can expect
appearances from the Little Einsteins, Mickey Mouse and the Gang, Tigger, Pooh
and Handy Manny. Tickets to the traveling edition of Playhouse Disney
Live vary in price by venue, but generally start at around $16-$20. You
can buy tickets ahead of time through Disney, with the various ticket sales
outlets, and at the hosting arena on the day of the show.