One of my favorite topics of all – live Disney musicals! I love musicals. I’m a theater person, so I enjoy performing in them and watching them, especially when they’re Disney related. So I knew this was going to be a tough one to decide.
Kill: The American Idol Experience
It’s fine, but I have no strong desire to go back and see it. I liked Who Wants to be a Millionaire better, so I was sad to see that go. And I feel like American Idol has reached its peak and is now on the decline, so I’m guessing it won’t be too long before it feels outdated and irrelevant.
Refurb: Finding Nemo – The Musical
I definitely enjoy Finding Nemo. But there are certainly some things that I think could be improved here. For one, I think the show is a little long at 45 minutes. I would shorten it to half an hour. The music is also good but not great. Some of the songs are very good and some are just forgettable, so maybe replacing a few songs would spice it up a little. It’s not something I feel like I have to do every time I go, but I enjoyed it the two times I did see it.
Marry: Beauty and the Beast and Festival of the Lion King
I’m going with polygamy for this one. After all, if I love two things, who’s to judge and say I can’t marry them both? Beauty and the Beast is a classic. It’s like a mini version of the movie put into a 30 minute Broadway style show. It’s one of my favorite movies and they do such a good job with it. Something that really struck me when I went to Disney with someone who was going for the first time – by the end of our trip I think he was a little jaded /tired with Disney by having to wait in lines for everything. But then we went to see Beauty and the Beast, and it renewed the Disney magic for him. He said, “That was amazing. That’s really what I thought Disney would be about.” There’s something about that show that really has the Disney magic.
And then there’s Festival of the Lion King. Now, this is another one of my favorite movies but it’s very different from the Beauty and the Beast show. It has fantastic music in it, which helps. But the acts are just so cool! We love watching the Cirque du Soleil style stuff, and this is almost like a mini Cirque performance. How cool is it that you get to see acrobats, fire twirlers, and more all included with your park ticket price? I love the unique direction they took with this show and I think it’s really something special.
Do you agree or disagree with me? Which live performances would you kill, refurb, and marry?