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Monday 18 December 2017
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REVIEW: Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure

Over Thanksgiving weekend, I took my 2-year-old daughter to Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure at the State Theater in New Brunswick, NJ, as part of her birthday present. We had secured the tickets several months earlier and decided to splurge on fourth row tickets – it was so worth it! The show starts out with a Doc McStuffins pre-show. Doc comes on stage and out comes a broken toy car that she fixes. You’ll hear her theme song and “I Feel Better” (as well as every child, and some adults singing along!) I was a little disappointed that none of her regular friends, like “Stuffy” – my daughter’s favorite – or Lambie or Hallie made an appearance, but again, this was a pre-show and it was only about ten minutes. 

Another thing to keep in mind, most of the characters are “face characters,” meaning they aren’t under a giant mask, like you would see them at Walt Disney World. Once Doc McStuffins was over, an unexpected surprise came through the crowd – Mickey and Minnie Mouse came out to start the show! That was exciting even for me!

The show begins with an introduction from the two famous mice and then Sofia the First takes the stage. We see all of our favorite characters from the hit series – her siblings, Amber and James, her parents, King Roland and Queen Miranda, Baileywick, and even the three fairies from Sleeping Beauty, Sofia’s instructors at Royal Prep. There was even a guest appearance from Cinderella!! At one point, bubbles were blown over the crowd, delighting many little guests. A lot of familiar songs kept the show going. The only disappointment I’m sure for many of the children there was the lack of one major character, Clover. Cedric the Sorcerer was also missing, but I don’t think missed!

After a brief intermission, some Pirates snuck into the crowd and pulled a few children up on stage for a sing-along, which opened next to Jake and the Neverland Pirates. I thought the Jake segment was much more entertaining than Sofia. We got to see Jake, Cubby, Izzy, Scully, Captain Hook, Smee, Sharky and Bones, the Crocodile, and a crew of pirates. The gang had their typical adventure versus Captain Hook and after Jake was imprisoned by Hook he was saved by the one and only Peter Pan, who made a grand entrance flying through the air! The most exciting part for many of the children was when “gold dubloons” were shot into the crowd (paper coins). We still have them in the car and around the house!

The finale including all of the cast from Sofia, Jake, Doc McStuffins and, Mickey and Minnie singing “You Can Be.” Overall, it was a really fantastic show, full of songs and little surprises. My daughter was in awe the entire time and talked about it all night. I was so glad we were able to go, it definitely felt like Disney magic in NJ.
~Danielle



  • Liz Shaffer

    During the Jake and the Neverland Pirates piece — was it the real Sharky and Bones from the TV show? We LOVE them and would love to know if it is really them that appear in this show.

  • Unfortunately, no – it’s not the ‘real’ Sharky and Bones that perform. Still a very fun and enjoyable show though!

  • Liz Shaffer

    When I say “we” love them, I really mean I love them. haha! I have some weird mom-crush on Sharky…that’s why I was asking! If I could see him in person, I would DEFINITELY go! hahaha!