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Everybody Dance Now: Where to Get Your Groove on at Disney World

Harambe Dance Party

Sometimes, you just have to dance like nobody’s watching.

A Disney World vacation is a time to cut loose. It’s a place where kids can be kids and adults can wander public streets wearing mouse ears, eating a cinnamon roll the size of your face. It’s a land where imagination is king, wonder is the elixir of the hour, and every step is punctuated by an omnipresent soundtrack. It’s a place that can make even the most humdrum guest want to dance.

Fortunately, Disney has you covered with dozens of different opportunities for guests to cast propriety to the wind, hike up their garters, and get footloose. What’s your favorite place to get your dance on at Disney World?

1. Magic Kingdom dance parties

Move It! Shake It! Dance Party

Magic Kingdom’s “Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street Party” is more than just a mouthful to say. It’s seriously good fun, especially if you’re visiting with kids.

Unlike normal parades which gently pass down Main Street, the “Move It!” Street Party manages to fuse the pageantry of a Disney parade with the interactive elements of a street show. Giant birthday presents and resplendent stages roll out and assemble around the courtyard in front of Cinderella Castle with a full cast of Disney characters, ranging from Mickey and Minnie to Phineas and Ferb, all dancing to the thump of popular dance tunes. A Disney DJ hypes up the crowd as characters dance, take cell phone pictures, and cheer kids on from floats. The audience even gets a say in what songs play, including hits like “Happy” by Pharrell or “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift.

Mr. Incredible

Image: Thomas_Jung, Flickr (license)

While The Incredibles Dance Party ended its run in April of 2017, it looks like the long tradition of street parties and live music in Tomorrowland will continue with a Cosmic Dance Party to be launched this summer. If the previous success of the Incredibles Dance Party (as well as “ElecTRONica” at Disney’s California Adventure) are any indicators, guests can definitely look forward to another fun dance opportunity at Tomorrowland in the very near future.

2. Epcot – Germany and Morocco

Bavarian Band at Biergarten

Image: Spablab, Flickr (license)

Long for the French Horns of the old country rather than the thrum of Top 40 hits? Epcot’s World Showcase houses several dancing opportunities for guests looking for something a bit more eclectic.

Most people might not think of Germany’s Biergarten restaurant as a place to dance (more as a place to eat and drink until you can’t feel your toes), but if you’re looking for a charming opportunity to engage in a Viennese Waltz with your beloved, look no further. During its regular Oktoberfest shows, the Biergarten keeps a large dance floor open where guests can slow dance or even practice their Schuplattler while the Bavarian band plays traditional German folk tunes. Kids flock to the dance floor in droves, and joining them can be an adorable time for parents, grandparents, and little ones to bond.

Belly Dancer at Restaurant Marrakesh

Looking for something a little more upbeat? The Morocco pavilion has you covered. The new band, Matbouhka Groove, plays a wide range of world music so catchy that it almost feels wrong not to dance. If you’re a fan of more traditional Moroccan music, Restaurant Marrakesh hosts regular family-friendly belly dance performances. The belly dancers often invite kids to come join them on the stage, and they also have a sharp eye for guests who look like they’re barely keeping the shimmies to themselves as the doumbek tek-tek-tek-ka-teks. I got invited up with her once, and it was a blast!

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