If you’re visiting Walt Disney World, chances are you’re living in the Disney bubble, or rather, the Disney bubbles.
Many guests refer to the immersive environment of the theme parks and resorts as the “Disney Bubble,” but what I’m talking about here is actual bubbles: air-filled soap spheres.
Bubbles from heaven at the Nemo show.
While I was at Walt Disney World last week, I read a rumor that the Voyage of the Little Mermaid attraction was next on the Disney’s Hollywood Studios overhaul chopping block. (I have no inside scoop on this, but at the rate DHS attractions are kicking the bucket it seemed like a credible threat.) Voyage of the Little Mermaid is a sentimental favorite of mine, so I made an unplanned detour to DHS to get into one last viewing before its possible retirement. After watching Ariel earn her
sea land legs, I hightailed it back to my planned tour of the Animal Kingdom and ended up at Finding Nemo- The Musical less than an hour later.
Besides overprotective fathers and songs about sea life, these two shows have one other notable thing in common: bubbles. During both Voyage of the Little Mermaid and Finding Nemo: The Musical key moments are punctuated by showers of tens of thousands of bubbles raining from the sky.
This effect makes some sense in both these shows. Mermaid and Nemo each take place in an aquatic setting. Bubbles are a relatively easy way to convey a sense of the texture of the foamy seas. But while the bubbles did make sense in both locations, seeing the same sensory tool employed in a similar manner in more than one attraction in such a short time span made me wonder whether maybe Disney is perhaps overusing bubbles such that they’re no longer a very “special” effect.
So I started thinking … In addition to Mermaid and Nemo, bubbles are used at Walt Disney World in the following attractions:
- Disney Junior Live On Stage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There are bubbles in the Doc McStuffins segment. The bubbles are supposed to be part of a sink overflow storyline, but they’re mostly used to get the preschool-aged audience up on their feet. Oh, and there’s also a flurry of faux snow during the Sofia the First segment and a shower of “gold doubloons” by Jake and the Neverland Pirates.
- MuppetVision 3D at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Miss Piggy’s song is accompanied by a bubble shower.
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic at the Magic Kingdom. Bubbles rain down during the Little Mermaid segment. (Or at least they did. Recently this element has been nonfunctional.)
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Disney Junior has been knocking it out of the park with great programming lately. The pre-school set has been excitedly enjoying Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Jake and The Neverland Pirates, Doc McStuffins, and Sofia the First. Now, little ones will have to opportunity to meet the two newest members of the Disney Junior line up at the Disney Junior Play ’n Dine character meal that takes place at Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins will now be added to the mix to meet guests, as well as dance with them during a brand new musical number that will take place during the meal.
The two stars will join favorites Handy Manny and Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Guests who would like to meet all four can do so during breakfast and lunch. Keep in mind that dinner at Hollywood and Vine is character-less. Leaving the restaurant’s Play ’n Dine meals will be Agent Oso and June from Little Einsteins.
Both Sofia and Doc McStuffins will join the character buffet starting on January 26.
Unless you visit the Disneyland Resort with toddlers in tow, the Disney Junior — Live On Stage! show in Disney California Adventure’s Hollywood Land probably isn’t one of your top in-park destinations. But if you have pint-sized patrons of the popular Disney Junior series in your household, you know that the network’s cartoon characters are like rock stars to the pre-school set.
After many weeks of refurbishment, DCA’s Disney Junior show reopened on Friday, March 22, with the same refreshed production that previously premiered at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios park. This latest version retains the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse framing segments and Jake and the Neverland Pirates vignette, while replacing the Handy Mandy and Little Einsteins sequences with new scenes inspired by Sophia the First and Doc McStuffins. As before, the show uses a mix of live actors and rod puppets manipulated from beneath the stage.
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