VIDEO The Music of Pixar Live: A Symphony of Characters AND Disney Movie Magic

Pandora isn’t the only nighttime entertainment at Walt Disney World. Sure, it’s easy to see why Pandora, The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, with it’s bioluminescent glow might be the first thing that pops into your head when thinking of what is new at night at Walt Disney World. Or perhaps it’s the absolutely brilliant Happily Ever After Fireworks and Projection spectacular over at the Magic Kingdom. But don’t count Disney’s Hollywood Studios out of the running. Get it on your evening planner. Not just for the great classic Fantasmic or the Star Wars Galactic Spectacular, but for two more pieces of nightly offerings that were recently added without removing anything.

That would be The Music of Pixar Live: A Symphony of Characters AND Disney Movie Magic!


Sorcerer Mickey Mouse welcomes guests to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, photo by Garth Vaughan, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

The Music of Pixar Live is performed at the Theatre Of The Stars – the same venue as the Beauty and The Beast Show. It appears to be offered three times nightly but check schedules to be sure as that could change.

The 40 minute show is pure bliss for most Disney fans. A live orchestra performs music to some of your favorite Disney Pixar movies. As the symphony plays, giant screens feature movie clips while some of the studio’s most popular characters stop by to steal the spotlight with their own brand of comedic relief. It’s an immersive, family-friendly experience you won’t want to miss!

Most guests left the theatre in complete awe – and don’t be surprised if you shed a tear or two. It’s an emotional musical journey. There will be those people simply impervious to the magic of a live orchestra as I saw several folks playing Words With Friends on Facebook during the performance. Because, you know, they have a live orchestra in their living room every night, LOL.

Disney Movie Magic is a projection mapping technology show that can be seen across the expanse of the Chinese Theatre and beyond. There’s no bad spot for this show because it does not include any fireworks. And Disney Movie Magic doesn’t need fireworks as the focus is the movies. Plus, the Star Wars fireworks later in the evening satisfy any boom in the sky need. Mary Poppins, Pirates of the Caribbean and Guardians of the Galaxy are all dazzlingly represented in sync to some of your favorite movie music and dialogue.

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About John Saccheri

John Saccheri has been rooted in the Disney culture from childhood. John only had the opportunity to visit Walt Disney World once, at the age of 5. After returning home, he never stopped talking about it, yearning to return. His parents were worried about this “obsession,” but John began working at the age of 12 with a focus on saving up for the next Disney trip. He was able to visit Disney World at least once a year from 14 years old onward. Today, a successful entrepreneur, John was able to move from his hometown of Long Island, New York, to Central Florida to be close to the Mouse. Going to the parks still seems like a fantasy to him!