If you have fans of Disney Junior and have been to either Walt Disney World or Disneyland than chances are you've taken in the show Disney Junior - Live on Stage! (WDW) or Disney Junior Dance Party! (DL). The latter show has hit the road for Disney Junior Dance Party! On Tour so families who can't get out to California can have fun with Mickey and the Roadsters, Sofia the First, Fancy Nancy and The Puppy Dog Pals. Recently my family spent the afternoon at the Disney Junior Dance Party! on Tour show in our state and it was a blast!
Review: Disney Junior Dance Party! On Tour
Growing up I had so much fun going to Disney on Ice shows and I've been (impatiently) waiting for daughter to be old enough to go. Why am I waiting? I feel she isn't ready yet to have to sit and watch a show of that length, I think she might get a bit bored of the ice skaters even though they are so impressive with their skill for a 1 year old it feels like a big ask. That's why when dates, were announced for Disney Junior Dance Party! On Tour I knew we HAD to go. I figured this would be the perfect bridge to Disney On Ice and a great first show for her.
Disney Junior Dance Party! The Storyline
The show has two hosts; D and J. They are having a dance party and have invited all of our favorite Disney Junior friends only to discover their Mickey-shapped disco ball is missing!! How can the party go on if there is not a Mickey-shapped disco ball to dance under?
Luckily for us, Sofia, Doc, Goofy, The Muppet Babies (on screen), the Puppy Dog Pals, Vampirina, Fancy Nancy, Elena, The Lion Guard (on screen), and Minnie Mouse are able to make music and dance without the disco ball. Singing theme songs and songs from fan favorite episodes; Sofia dances to "Blue Ribbon Bunny" with Clover on a screen behind her, the party is a hit!
But what about the disco-ball? Mickey and the Roadsters are on the case!
Disney Junior Dance Party! Character Appearances
As mentioned above the show features Mickey and Goofy in their "Roadsters" attire, Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, Fancy Nancy, Vampirina, The Puppy Dog Pals, Elena and Minnie LIVE ON STAGE! On top of that there are also bits that feature The Muppet Babies and The Lion Guard on screen. The Muppet Babies portion of the show features great audience interactions which were fun to watch.
Now parents (**don't read this part to your kids**) just a heads up, Sofia, Doc and Vampirina are NOT like the Sofia, Doc and Vampirina you'll meet inside the parks. While Mickey, Minnie and Goofy are in all their glory, Sofia, Doc and Vampirina are not fully costumed.
If you've been to the parks and have met these characters, this may raise some questions. Frankly I wish they were full costumed characters because then they wouldn't get lost on stage as easily for those who are sitting in the back. But their portions of the show are still fun!
Disney Junior Dance Party! Where is Mickey?
The one thing this show lacks is (surprisingly) Mickey Mouse. He comes on stage in the beginning when D and J call him to ask for help in finding their disco-ball and then we periodically check in with Mickey on screen as he searches for it but it isn't until the finale that Mickey is back on stage.
A disappointing side effect of having Mickey in his "Roadster" attire is there is not an opportunity for the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse theme song to be sung. Understanding this show is old, it is a favorite in our house and would have been fun to dance to at the show. But this really is me grasping at straws to think of a negative for this show because my daughter had so much fun.
PLUS Goofy does come out on stage to teach everyone the "Hotdog Dance" which is of course a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse reference so really what I was complaining about earlier?
Disney Junior Dance Party! Age is Just a Number
Children 2 and under do not require a ticket as long as mom or dad doesn't mind having them on their lap. I was a bit nervous about taking my 15 month old because I wasn't sure if her attention span could handle it but boy was I wrong! The lights and songs of the show are fast and upbeat and the scene changes from one character to the next are quick which really help to keep kids engaged. The show also has a 15 minute intermission which is a great break for everyone.
Disney Junior Dance Party! The Verdict
If you search Disney Junior Dance Party - On Tour! and it is headed to a city near you, BUY TICKETS! If you are able to purchase far enough in advance you can even score a commemorative hologram ticket, if you purchase the hologram ticket from Ticketmaster this WILL BE YOUR TICKET. If you purchase it off of the tour's website, it is just a souvenir.
The show is long enough to feel like you get your moneys worth but short enough where there (probably) won't be a meltdown while you're there. If you like the idea of going to a Disney Live! show or a Disney on Ice show I suggest checking out Disney Junior Dance Party - On Tour! first to get your feet wet. The storyline is easy to follow (and not really needed) unlike a Disney Live! or Disney on Ice where the storyline is more prominent and since it is Disney Junior, there are no times during the show that may be considered scary to anyone.
In short; Disney Junior Dance Party - On Tour is the perfect family outing!