By Natalie Urquiza
Disney is a recognizable name that’s ageless and creates memories. Kids can see their favorite Disney Junior character in front of them and reach out for a hug when “Disney Junior Holiday Party! On Tour” comes to Comerica Theatre on Sunday, December 15.
The new live production features Mickey, Minnie, Goofy Vampirina, Bingo and Rolly performing on stage.
“People, of course, love to go out and do fun stuff around the holidays,” says Jonathan Shank, the Disney Junior Holiday Party and Disney Junior Dance Party producer with Red Light Management. “It is a great way to bring families together and I think it is awesome because there is something for everyone.
“Everybody knows the holiday classics, so there are great moments for everybody to enjoy, interact with the characters and participate in the show.”
The holiday dance party is an extension of the Disney Junior Dance Party tour that recently ended.
“The shows are all the same and we do have DJ Deejay and host Finn Fiesta from the show that carried over from the Disney Junior Dance party,” Shanks says. “They interact with the children; they keep everything moving.”
The “Disney Junior Holiday Party! On Tour” is written by Amy Tinkham and directed and choreographed by Scotty Nguyen. Shank and his colleagues thought it would be a great time for families to come together.
“Actually, we were having this discussion after the Disney Junior Dance Party,” Shank says. “We noticed there weren’t many kids shows that were festive around the holiday season, which doesn’t showcase holiday classics.”
He hopes the show will sustain, considering it has the current characters and future personalities to introduce.
The characters will perform Disney Junior hits and other holiday classics, such as “Jingle Bells” and “Deck the Halls.” Also, the show will include a special appearance by characters from Disney Junior’s upcoming animated series “T.O.T.S.” and Santa Claus.
Shank says it’s meaningful for fans to interact with Disney Junior characters and do the “hot dog dance with Mickey.” Other personalities will sing holiday classics like “Feliz Navidad” and “Jingle Bells.”
“People can expect to come and be part of a really festive holiday and get ready for the upcoming season,” he says.
Tickets start at $42.50 and VIP packages are available with preparty and afterparty experiences with characters like Mickey, Minnie and Santa.
“People are excited about getting their annual meet and greet with not only the Disney characters but with Santa,” Shank says. “There is also a little celebration for the kids, fun activities, coloring and balloons. There will be a fun party while they wait for their favorite characters to come in and do a meet and greet.”
“Disney Junior Holiday Party! On Tour,” Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, comericatheatre.com, 3 p.m. Sunday, December 15, tickets start at $42.50.