All day I’ve been watching tweets from the soft opening of Storybook Circus, part of the new Fantasyland expansion in Magic Kingdom. It’s looking amazing (our Dumbo finally has a water feature like the one in Disneyland!), and I’m super jealous of those who could be there today. I’ve been planning to do a circus-themed post since the beginning of the blog, but I’m going to hold off until the official opening, or until I have a chance to see the new area for myself.
So, if you love the circus, stay tuned. If what you love most about the circus are the elephants, lions, or balloons, I already have some posts to tide you over. Now, if what you love about the circus is the clowns’ slapstick humor, have I got the list for you. It doesn’t actually include any clowns, but slapstick can be found in several shows and attractions in Walt Disney World.
Here are four things to do in Walt Disney World if you love slapstick humor.
1. Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
The jokes in the Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor vary, but one thing you can count on is that Mike Wazowski will fall down. Also, things will probably fall on him. There may be a trapdoor, anvil, or giant safe involved as well.
In my post on snow, I talked about how the Lake Tahoe skiing scene in Soarin’ is my favorite. I laugh every time when—you guessed it—that one skier falls. I know it’s just a brief moment of slapstick in a show that’s not really humorous, but it’s my favorite moment of slapstick in Walt Disney World.
3. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
If you’ve never seen this show in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you may be surprised by its appearance on this list. I don’t want to spoil the show for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, but in addition to a bunch of cool stunts, you also see a fight routine that may or may not go horribly wrong.
4. Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
As I mentioned in my post on corny humor, I haven’t actually gotten a chance to see this show, but just about every review of it that I’ve read mentions its slapstick humor. It’s a dinner show at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, so no theme park admission is required, just an advanced dining reservation.
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This list has only four items, but if you do them all in one day, you’ll have to visit three different parks plus a resort. Make sure you make your Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue reservations at the Disney Dining website before your trip. On your slapstick-themed day, I’d start in Epcot at Soarin’, because that attraction is one of the most popular in all the parks, with the wait time to match, and its FASTPASSes tend to run out as the day goes on. From Epcot, take the bus or boat over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and catch a performance of Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular. Next, head to Magic Kingdom and take in a show at Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor. When it’s time to leave for your dinner show, you can take a boat directly from Magic Kingdom to Fort Wilderness Lodge.
In the comments today, please tell me I’m not the only one who laughs at that poor skier in Soarin’.