Live Entertainment Returning to Disney World in 2022

by | Nov 22, 2021 | WDW Blog, WDW News

We’ve rounded up all the live entertainment returning to Disney World in 2022. Things are about to feel like normal again!

Many live entertainment shows at Walt Disney World have been on hold for what seems like forever, but now we know that a handful will reopen in 2022.

The COVID-19 pandemic really put a damper on our ability to see live entertainment at Walt Disney World Resort as many were put on hold. While some have reopened this year, others are still on hiatus.

But now, Disney has announced a whole host of returning shows to Disney World in 2022. Let’s dive right in.

New and Returning Live Entertainment in 2022

If your favorite show is still on pause, you may be excited to learn it’s coming back in 2022. Here’s a look at the live entertainment returning to WDW in 2022.

Finding Nemo — The Musical (Kind Of)

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Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

After much anticipation, Animal Kingdom’s Finding Nemo-themed musical is returning to Disney World in 2022. But there’s one catch (and no, that’s not a fishing joke).

The musical has been revamped to include the story of Finding Dory. It’ll be called “Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!”

You can catch it at Animal Kingdom’s Theater in the Wild, date TBD.

Fantasmic!

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Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

After a long hiatus, Fantasmic! will return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios next year. But now, it’ll be better than ever! Disney Parks Blog reports that the show will feature an all-new sequence with live performers, stunts, special effects, and more.

Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire

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Another show returning in 2022 is Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire. This time, it’ll feature a new opening and finale, though the scenes you remember from Frozen, Tangled, and The Princess and the Frog will still be there. The reopened show will also have a brand-new song called “Where the Magic Feels Like Home.”

The previous iteration of this castle stage show was called Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire.

DISNEY ON BROADWAY

For the 2022 EPCOT Festival of the Arts, you can catch several live performances from the DISNEY ON BROADWAY Concert Series. Performers will include Arielle and Adam Jacobs from Aladdin, Kerry Butler from Beauty and the Beast, and Heidi Blickenstaff from Freaky Friday and The Little Mermaid. 

Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade

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The new Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade will debut in 2022, featuring beloved characters like Nick and Judy from Zootopia, Baloo and King Louie from The Jungle Book, Miguel from Coco, Merida from Brave, and many more.

Festival of Fantasy Parade

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Early 2022 will see the return of the “Festival of Fantasy” Parade to Magic Kingdom Park. You’ll see plenty of your favorite characters, and Mickey and Minnie themselves will preside over a carnival of color. It’ll be a spectacle not to be missed!

Current Live Entertainment at Disney World

In addition to new and returning shows, several other forms of live entertainment at Disney World have already come back or are slated to later this year.

Disney Enchantment, Harmonious, and KiteTails

On Oct. 1, 2021, the Disney Enchantment fireworks spectacular debuted at Magic Kingdom in celebration of Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary.

You can also catch the new Harmonious fireworks show at EPCOT and the KiteTails spectacular at Animal Kingdom (no fireworks here because animals).

The Dapper Dans

The Dapper Dans preparing for another performance at Disney's Magic Kingdom

Photo by Cliff Wang

Who doesn’t love a good barbershop quartet? The Dapper Dans are at long last back on Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park. Hear them sing classics like “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Mr. Sandman,” and “Zip-a-Dee Doo Dah.”

Matsuriza’s Taiko Drummers

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At the World Showcase at EPCOT, you can check out Matsuriza’s Taiko drummers in Japan once more.

Candlelight Processional

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The Candlelight Processional is a beloved part of the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays that returns this year. It includes celebrity narrators like Auli’i Cravalho (Moana), Jodi Benson (The Little Mermaid), Andy Garcia, and Pat Sajak (yes, the dude from Wheel of Fortune).

Indiana Jones

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The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! is set to reopen at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Dec. 19, 2021. This show has been a must-see at the park for over 30 years.

“A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King”

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Enjoy the Festival of the Lion King while you’re visiting Harambe! Photo by Laurie Sapp

If you love Broadway shows, you’ve gotta check out “A Celebration of Festival of the Lion King,” which features plenty of songs, puppetry, and pageantry based on the beloved movie The Lion King.

Beauty & the Beast – Live on Stage

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If Belle is your favorite princess and you often find yourself with your nose stuck in a book, “Beauty & the Beast Live on Stage” is a must-see. You can catch the 30-minute show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Written by Catherine Hiles

Written by Catherine Hiles

Catherine Hiles is a mom of young kids and therefore an avid Disney+ watcher. While it's her kids who request Disney soundtracks to play in the car, she often finds herself driving solo while belting out "Into the Unknoooooooooooown!" She also enjoys eating and running, although not at the same time.

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