5 Reasons Why We Love the New Club Disney

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Have you had a chance yet to check out the all-new Club Disney at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios theme park? It just recently opened on December 1, 2015. If you haven’t yet been, you absolutely must go and experience it! This is especially if you have children who love interacting with the Disney characters. It’s an awesome indoor character dance party, conveniently located in a brand new building (called the Sunset Showcase) next to the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. This was built-in what was previously just a backstage area. Simply put: I LOVE the new Club Disney!!! I could do nothing but hang out in there all day and be perfectly happy! It’s got everything I need. Here are my top 5 reasons why I love it so much:

#5 – It’s got a Snack Bar! Enough said, right??? My favorite new hangout spot has fun eats and drinks, so what more could I want? Currently they’re serving mini corn dog nuggets (which is one of our all-time favorite snacks at Casey’s Corner in the Magic Kingdom), Mickey jumbo soft pretzels, club sandwiches, hot dogs, cupcakes, brownies, soda, water, hot cocoa, and specialty lemonade in 2 different flavors – green apple and blue cotton candy. There’s even a souvenir bucket available!

#4 – It has cell phone charging stations!  If you’ve spent time at the Disney theme parks with your cell phone, chances are you’re on social media some of the time and also using your My Disney Experience app, so of course all of this activity can really wear down your battery after a while. Sometimes it doesn’t take very long to deplete! How great that Club Disney has a couple of charging stations to refuel your smart phone! And I’m not talking about just some available electrical outlets to plug-in your own charger – no, they actually do provide several different cables for you to accommodate all types & brands of cell phones.

#3 – There’s great music! I am a lover of current pop music, so I very much enjoyed the Top 40 hits played by the live DJ on the Club Disney stage. He plays great music to get down and boogie to! There’s a nice, big dance floor on which you can bust a move with your family, and with the beloved Disney characters! They’ve created such a fun, fabulous party atmosphere – just like an adult nightclub, but for kids – with tons of colorful lights and giant screens, surrounding the room 360 degrees, that show scenes from popular Disney films.

#2 – It’s got great character interaction! At any given time throughout the day, you can dance along with several of your favorite classic Disney characters. At varying times, Pluto, Chip & Dale, Donald, Daisy, Mickey, Minnie, & Goofy appear on the dance floor to play with kids both young and old. When we last visited, I believe there were always four of them out at one time. This is such a rare and unique opportunity for some more up close & personal, extended time interacting with the characters in such a fun, relaxed way. Unlike the many character dining experiences at WDW (which can be quite costly), this experience is completely free with park admission. And unlike most character meet & greets in the parks, this has no long line to wait in. Currently there is another dance party you can partake in daily at Magic Kingdom with the Incredibles family, but it takes place outdoors. The beauty of Club Disney is that it all takes place indoors! Which leads me to my next reason…

# 1 – It’s indoors! My #1 top reason why I love Club Disney so much is that it is the perfect oasis to relax and take a chill break inside the cool, refreshing air-conditioned comfort of the Sunset Showcase building. There are plenty of comfy couches and chairs available all around the dance floor to rest your weary feet and just sit back & watch as your little ones go forth and enjoy themselves. Too much running around in the parks with the heat & humidity of FL weather and the large Disney crowds can lead to some crankiness, therefore it’s so nice to have a place like this to come & have a reprieve. The location of it really is spectacular for keeping young ones entertained while the adults & older children in the family go on nearby thrill rides like the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and the Tower of Terror. It’s even got nice, big bathrooms available for your convenience. Another fun feature of Club Disney is the option of exploring the 4 interactive play exhibits where kids can use a digital paintbrush to color pictures displayed on large screens. It’s similar to what you can experience at the new Colortopia exhibit in Epcot.

My little guy had a blast at Club Disney, and so did I. Hope you get to enjoy it soon as well!

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Interactive Coloring Exhibit, with the phone charging station on the right
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The sign visible from the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster courtyard directing you to this hidden gem.
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The exterior of the new Sunset Showcase building.
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the interior, with screens showing Lilo & Stitch surfing scenes
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Mickey Mouse on the dance floor
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Mickey, Goofy. and Minnie all on the dance floor!
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getting to know Donald!
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the DJ
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the DJ’s stage
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the snack bar
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the snack bar’s menu

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So what do you think of the new Club Disney? Let us know in the comments section below!

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