SCROOGE OR SPLURGE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
When you start planning a Walt Disney World Vacation, beginning the planning with a budget is generally a good first rule of thumb. It’s once you’ve narrowed down lodging options, dining, and what type of tickets you’ll need is when you can begin to think about what to see and do, including live performances and shows.
Weighing in whether to Scrooge or Splurge on live entertainment is also a fab idea: do you want to pay for tickets to see live shows, or is checking out the entertainment in the theme parks and at the resorts more your vacationing style? It’s a choice we all have to make and one that is easily remedied once you’ve got the facts down pat.
Get ready to Splurge…
Walt Disney World always goes above and beyond when it comes to live entertainment and exclusive shows are no exception.
At Disney Springs, guests flock to hard-ticketed shows like Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba. Literally translating to “the party” in French, the show is the coolest, hippest, circus-style entertainment on Disney property and is perfect for kids of all ages. Filled with clowns, jugglers, trapeze artists and other performers representing 15 countries, the show’s ticket prices begin at $59 per person, but can really get up there depending on where you’re willing to sit.
If your traveling party loves live music, it’s straight to House of Blues, also at Disney Springs. Every Sunday the venue features a Gospel Brunch (now that’s some emotional music!) and international, as well as local, artists perform throughout the week. While is brunch is a great time for everyone, both young and old, the concerts at House of Blues is a rockin’ time with some pretty loud music, so keep that in mind if you have younger children with sensitive ears.
Meals at House of Blues are moderately priced ($15 to $29.99 per adult) so you’ll want to take that pricing into consideration when deciding whether or not it’s worth the Splurge. But hey! You gotta eat! And if you’re looking to catch a concert while you’re there, remember that’ll be an additional cost, which varies depending on the act.
Now on to the Scrooge…
The other side of the coin is catching shows and live performances in the theme parks and at the resorts for free.
Each of Walt Disney World’s four theme parks and the onsite resorts offer daily entertainment—all you need do is show up at the right time. The parks encourage visitors to take-in the shows and whether it’s scheduled, sit-down style performances like Beauty and the Beast or Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or catching the elusive Divine at Disney’s Animal Kingdom that lets you walk up, check out the performance for a few minutes, and then continue on your merry way, these shows were created with families in mind and are short enough to grab kids’ attention spans. LOVE that!
Epcot is also the park to visit if you want to take-in several shows in one day. Each country in World Showcase offers performances that give tribute to its heritage and roots (we always have to stop and check out the Matsuriza Taiko Drummers at the Japan Pavilion and the Fife & Drum Corps at the Spirit of America Pavilion) and what a way to get a lesson in world history and culture. The kids won’t even know they’re learning!
Whether you choose to Scrooge or Splurge on Walt Disney World entertainment, there’s no way you won’t have a blast once you hit the resort! Every show has that magical Disney style and feel, and your vacation is sure to be enhanced by them.