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Interactive Shows 101: Becoming a Part of the Story

Learn about Interactive Shows and how you could become part of the story!

Throughout Walt Disney World, you’ll notice that many of the parks host daily shows. While most of these shows are professional-level productions, some of the shows include more than your average audience participation.

Sometimes, these shows will pull out audience members (mostly kids, but sometimes adults) onto the stage, and quite often those audience members end up playing a huge role in telling the story. Sometimes, the audience members are pre-selected, a process that is really easy and accessible and open for all guests. By the end of this post, you’ll know all about the interactive shows in each park and how you can participate in them.

Magic Kingdom

Enchanted Tales With Belle

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This show, taking place in the world of Beauty and the Beast, re-tells the story of Belle and the Beast, just minutes before Belle runs off for her evening with the Beast. Along the way, you’ll encounter some famous characters from the animated film, who will assign audience members roles to play in the story. Mostly young children will be pulled out, but for one particular role (and others, depending on the number of children willing to stand in front of everyone) they will even look at some adults to be in the show. At the end of the experience, the “actors” will be able to take a picture with Belle in the Beast’s library. This experience does not have a pre-determined set of volunteers, so the participants will be pulled at random from the audience. 

Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial

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*Photo Credit: Magical Memories With The Mouse

Hosted by none other than Captain Jack Sparrow (From the Pirates of the Caribbean saga), in this show a few select young children learn to become Pirates themselves. After being selected from the audience, these kids will learn the basics of sword fighting, and are eventually sworn in as loyal pirates themselves. For those not participating in the show, Captain Jack and his loyal crew member Mack make plenty of jokes and visual gags, keeping the show funny and light-hearted. Unlike another combat tutorial show, which you’ll hear more about later, this one is not nearly as intense and is a lot more silly and fun. This experience does not have a pre-determined set of volunteers, so the participants will be pulled at random from the audience. 

Epcot

Turtle Talk With Crush

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*Photo Credit: Disney Parks

In this show, the audience gets to interact with Crush, the Sea Turtle from Finding Nemo (and, as of recently, you’ll also get to talk to characters from the sequel Finding Dory). Crush, who despite being in a tank can talk to us via a microphone in the water, will be answer and asking questions to the kids in the show. Kids have a special area up front where they’ll be allowed to sit and see Crush. This experience does not have a pre-determined set of volunteers, so the participants will be pulled at random from the audience. 

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple

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Now this show has to be my favorite out of all of them. As someone who has had first-hand experience with this show (well, the old version of it, anyways) I can tell you that this is one of the best Star Wars experiences a child can have. In this show, children 12 and under can sign up to learn the ways of the force, and by the end of the show, become Jedi Padawans themselves (That’s a young Jedi for those who may not know the Star Wars lingo). After putting on a robe and getting a lightsaber (no, you do not get to keep either, unfortunately), younglings learn a few basic lightsaber techniques before eventually battling one of the Star Wars villains (either Darth Vader or The Seventh Sister from the TV Show Star Wars Rebels). Now, under a normal circumstance, I wouldn’t give away the show’s plot like that, but I’ve seen many young children before freeze up or start crying when a villain appears, if your child is very young and is scared easily, be sure to warn them about this part of the show in case they think that they can’t handle it. This experience has a pre-determined set of volunteers. The sign-up kiosk  location for the show is subject to change, so to sign your child up to participate in the show, get to the park fairly early and ask a cast member where to find it. After that, just choose your preferred showtime and they’ll tell you when to return. You will be asked to return around 10-20 minutes before the show starts so that the cast members can organize the participants. 

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Note: For those who might have heard of the American Idol Experience, unfortunately it closed a while back. However, I’m sure one day Disney will bring it back in some form or another.

Overall, Interactive Shows are an unforgettable experience that cannot be missed, and Disney is adding new shows often, so be on the lookout! Of course, I will update this post if Disney adds a new show.

Thanks to my good friend Nick for the Trial of the Temple Photos!

Everyone's Guide To Disney is an advice and planning blog for Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Jada, who has been visiting Disney for now 12 years (and counting) writes from her personal experience, and hopes to help others have the best Disney trip they possibly could.

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