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Disney Jr Dance Party at Hollywood Studios

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Quncy Disney Jr Dance Party Hollywood Studios


(Updated 2/8/16)

NOTE:  Sofia the First has replaced Quincy and Doc Mcstuffins replaced Annie

Your intrepid reporter ventured to Hollywood Studios during Extra Magic Hours to see if I could discover what characters appear for the Disney Jr Dance Party and what times they appear.  This may be a low budget operation, but it isn’t low quality :)  First, you need to know that the Disney Jr Dance Party is ONLY available to onsite Walt Disney World guests.  The Cast Member asks you to show a resort ID at the entrance.  I always stay offsite now, so I had to ask a friend to help me get in by listing me on their room reservation.

When the party first began, only Handy Manny and Jake were out dancing.  They arrived promptly at 10:00 pm.  Handy Manny wasn’t as good of a dancer as Jake, but pirates are always the best!

Disney Jr Dance Party Hollywood Studios Handy Manny

Disney Jr Dance Party Hollywood Studios Handy Manny

Jake Disney Jr Dance Party Hollywood Studios

Once the party gets rocking it can become very difficult to take decent photos.  They use a lot of theatrical “smoke,” have bubbles fall from the ceiling and even make it snow.  Those bubbles and “snow” can really mess up your camera lens, so you might want to put away the camera when they use those features.  It wouldn’t be a Disney World dance party without a live DJ right?  I think his name was DJ Hipster Cool Guy with Spiked Hair, or something like that.
DJ Disney Jr Dance Party Hollywood Studios

This photo shows you how foggy it becomes in the room.  The kids were having an absolute blast and many of them stayed the entire 2 hours for Extra Magic Hours.  The party used to be 3 hours long, but Disney cut late EMH from 3 hours to 2 hours a while back.  Boooo!

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At 10:15 pm Mickey and Minnie appeared to join Handy Manny and Jake.  The kids excitement level jumped right back up again when the DJ announced the Big Cheeses were in the room.  Everyone loves Mickey and Minnie!  I think Mickey was trying to fly in this photo.Mickey Mouse Disney Jr Dance Party Hollywood Studios

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Minnie Mouse Disney Jr Dance Party Hollywood Studios

Minnie Mouse Disney Jr Dance Party Hollywood Studios

Mickey was assigned the task of leading a Conga Line by the DJ.  Why do they call it a Conga Line when NO ONE plays the Congas?   You guys need to leave a better name for this in the comments!Conga Line Disney Jr Dance Party Hollywood Studios

At 10:30pm Goofy and Pluto arrived and Manny and Jake left to take a break.  This left us with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Pluto.Goofy Disney Jr Dance Party Hollywood Studios

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When the DJ announced that he was playing a song in honor of Pluto, which turned out to be “Who let the dogs out?” Pluto went nuts.  He was jumping around all over the place and the kids really responded to him very well.  Shouldn’t the song honor Goofy too?  He is a dog after all.  One of his original names was Dippy Dawg.  I like Dawg because it reminds my of my time living in Georgia and Randy Jackson from American Idol.  “Dawg, you’re in it to win it!”Pluto Disney Jr Dance Party Hollywood Studios

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At 10:45 pm Quincy and Annie joined the dance party.  Most of the kids went to Annie, leaving poor Quincy alone.  After they realized that Quincy had great Disco moves and could play the air guitar, the crowd began to move his way.  At this time Mickey and Minnie left for break and it’s Goofy, Pluto, Quincy and Annie.

NOTE:  This is currently the only place that you can interact with Quincy and Annie from the Little Einsteins.Quincy Disney Jr Dance Party Hollywood Studios

Check out those air guitar skillz.Quincy Disney Jr Dance Party Hollywood Studios

Quncy Disney Jr Dance Party Hollywood Studios

After dancing for 5 or 10 minutes of the set the characters sometimes are willing to pose for a quick photo with your child but there are NO AUTOGRAPHS, so leave those memory books in the stroller!Annie Disney Jr Dance Party Hollywood Studios

Annie Disney Jr Dance Party Hollywood StudiosI was actually impressed with how much fun the children were having at this Dance Party.  Most of the parents were taking photos or sitting on the sidelines.  There are a few padded benches in the back of the theater if you need a place to rest.  By rotating characters every 15 minutes, it seemed to keep the kids interested in the party.  Here’s the schedule I observed:

10:00-10:30 Jake and Handy Manny

10:15-10:45 Mickey and Minnie

10:30-11:00 Goofy and Pluto

10:45-11:15 Quincy and Annie

11:00-11:30 Jake and Manny

11:15-11:45 Mickey and Minnie

11:30-12:00 Goofy and Pluto

11:45-12:00 Quincy and Annie (they actually danced beyond 12:00 but there weren’t many people left).


83 COMMENTS

  1. Leo, Annie, June and Quincy from Little Einsteins need to be at the Disney Junior Dance Party.
    I need to have a talk with the Disney Cast members about this because Little Einsteins at the Disney Junior dance party wouldn’t be complete without Leo and June from Little Einsteins.

      • Thank you for the prompt reply, Kenny! This is such a shame because it was an awesome experience. We did it previoudly on my DD’s actual birthday and it made her day so special. I wonder if they stopped because they did the Club Disney thing during the day for the little ones, but I thought they cancelled that, too — correct?

      • any chance of it reopening??? We are going in August and did this on our last visit. It was one of my girls FAVORITE experiences!

  2. I’m going to disney the first week in January and have booked an extra night just to attend this disney Junior dance party (january 8) I’ve looked online and called but can’t seem to figure out whether this will still be happening…. Any help Kenny? It’s not on the calendar of events and disney staff don’t have a clue

  3. It says Quincy was replaced by Sofia the First, but does Annie still ever come out? My DS loves Little Einsteins but they are nowhere else on property.

    • There is something wrong with this picture. We know that Annie and Quincy are there at the Disney Junior Dance Party. But where are Leo and June. They need to be there with Annie and Quincy too. The Little Einsteins team wouldn’t be complete without Leo and June from Little Einsteins. Leo, Annie, June and Quincy from Little Einsteins need to be at the Disney Junior Dance Party.
      I need to have a talk with the Disney Cast members about this because Little Einsteins at the Disney Junior dance party wouldn’t be complete without Leo and June from Little Einsteins.

  4. So if we are going in November..and Extra Magic Hours end at 10? what time would this dance party be? how does transportation work? thank you

  5. Kenny so if park closes at 9pm and extra magic hours are from 9pm-11pm, that would be right time the party would be correct?! Thanks!! So excited we will be able to do this on our next trip!!

  6. Also – do you think there will be a character palooza that night too? I was looking at your dates from last year and there weren’t any on there for the month of November. Thanks

  7. We were there last November and the cast member we asked about it didn’t know anything about it. We are planning to go back this November and would love to do it but I will have to change everything around to do so. Do you know if they have the dance party in November?

  8. I’ve been trying to find out more info about this Disney Jr. dance party because I’ve rearranged our entire week just so we can go to this. Soon after I rearranged all my reservations, the page in the disney website for this event disappeared and has not been back. I’m nervous because every time something unexplainable happens on the website, it gets explained soon after to the tune of… ‘Oh, that closing until October’ or ‘oh, they are no longer doing it after April’. I called a while back and they said, “we haven’t heard about anything, so it should still happen on every EMH evening at HS.” SHOULD isn’t really something that I can go to the bank with, figuratively, you know? You heard anything?

  9. Kenny, Great site. I just paid for the full version. Thanks! Quick questions. My family has 5 day passes (but not hoppers). We don’t want to do Hollywood on the Extra Hours Day because it’s red and tends to be busier but I think the Disney Jr. Dance party sounds like a lot of fun. We are staying on site. Can we show up just at the extra hours window or will be not be able to get in since we will be spending that day at another park? I hope that made sense.

  10. Argh Kenny! Your character locator link isn’t working. We’re planning a trip for May 2015. Do you have any insider information on who will be at the dance party then? I know, you’re not a psychic, you’re a pirate…

    If anyone who is reading this and has visited recently, can you tell us who was there? We want to see if we can catch at least one Little Einstein before they’re all retired.

    Thanks, mateys.

  11. I love your site! Thank you so much for all of your great posts. Without you, we would have never been able to “happen onto” Characterpalooza. Would you say that the dance party is crowded? We were wondering if we need to be there right at start time to really enjoy it – going to be there next week!

  12. Hi guys , its our first time in February. I’m sure what it is your talking about but sounds so fun. D o you need to be stayjng in Disney hotel for magic hours?? Xx marie

    • There is something wrong with this picture. We know that Annie and Quincy are there at the Disney Junior Dance Party. But where are Leo and June. They need to be there with Annie and Quincy too. The Little Einsteins team wouldn’t be complete without Leo and June from Little Einsteins. Leo, Annie, June and Quincy from Little Einsteins need to be at the Disney Junior Dance Party.
      I need to have a talk with the Disney Cast members about this because Little Einsteins at the Disney Junior dance party wouldn’t be complete without Leo and June from Little Einsteins.

  13. I do not see the Disney Jr. Dance Party on your most recent Character Locator schedule. Is this no longer happening?

  14. Plus Donald, & Handy Man-n-y’s Tool’s Flicker Turner, & Phi ll-e-p-p-e, & Skull-y in The Line of Okay Stop! Plus Pat The Hammer in the Line of Now Dance!

  15. I Think There Should Be Huey Due-y, & Louie, & Daisy, & Mr. Spirit As Well 4 The Line of Stop! Plus Aunt Judy, Jake’s Sis I-z-z-y, & Cub-y in The Line of Dance.

  16. How far in advance does Disney advertise these parties? I was trying to add to My Disney Experience plans for our trip in October and there were no parties showing.

  17. This may be a dumb question but you said that your friend had to put you on the list so you could attend the dance party because you stayed offsite do you still need a regular ticket to attend even if you are stay on site?

  18. Thanks… I guess I meant the dance party itself…. are there plans to incorporate the new characters into the EMH Dance party – like Sofia and Doc? Okay, last question for today – promise ;)

  19. With the changes to the Disney Jr. Stage show… have you heard if the characters at the Dance party may change to reflect that? (sorry for all the questions today – going in three weeks and getting our plans in order). Did subscribe to the new locator… excited about having it for the next trip ;)

    • They already changed the Disney Jr. Show to include Sofia and Doc. Thanks for your support and hope it helps! I’m adding a bunch of content to dining sections right now. Should be visible in a few days. Feel free to ask.

  20. wow this is awesome! so whenever there are EMH at DHS they have this? We are going 2014 so I hope they still do this..

  21. Thanks for the character list!! It will help me plan accordingly for this year’s trip. Last July DD6 loved this, as Jake was there (and she was dressed as Izzy). Because it had rained earlier in the evening, not many people were here. All the kids had loads of character interation. Nice way to end the day. BTW – great website – really helped in my planning for last year’s trip!!!

  22. So do they do this for every extra magic hours for Hollywood studios? We r going the week of Labor Day my kids would love it!

  23. This was one of the highlights of our Sept 2012 trip for my DD2. She had so much fun. It is a not to miss event if you have littles! They also had balloon animal artists making the kids balloon sculptures. Great Disney touch!

  24. Did the Disney Jr dance party with my sons (4 and 5 at the time) back in August. They had an absolute blast. One tip my wife and I have is to have the kids take an afternoon nap so they are able to handle the late night.

    When we arrived at 10 it was Manny and Jake on the dance floor soon joined by Mickey and Minnie. There were 4 characters out at all times and rotated in groups of 2 every 15-20 minutes.

    Sons had the most fun with Quincy. He had by far the smallest crowd so they got a lot of dance time with him. They also loved Goofy and Ploto.

    This is a hidden gem especially if you have small kids, and I would have never had discovered it had I not been for your listings of character locations on your web site and came across this. Thank you for all your hard work.

  25. The dance party has been a favorite of my daughter’s since she was tiny and she still loves it at 9, but claims she just goes along with it for her little sister. Her dad and I know better! Thanks for the current cast of characters. Love that the Little Einsteins still appear.

    • Mike I agree with you. There is something wrong with this picture. We know that Annie and Quincy are there at the Disney Junior Dance Party. But where are Leo and June. They need to be there with Annie and Quincy too. The Little Einsteins team wouldn’t be complete without Leo and June from Little Einsteins. Leo, Annie, June and Quincy from Little Einsteins need to be at the Disney Junior Dance Party.
      I need to have a talk with the Disney Cast members about this because Little Einsteins at the Disney Junior dance party wouldn’t be complete without Leo and June from Little Einsteins.

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