There’s always something going on throughout Walt Disney World parks

First-time visitors to Walt Disney World may think that it’s all about the rides and attractions, but there is so much more going on throughout the parks. When you walk through the parks, you never know what you may stumble upon.

As you walk from Africa to Asia in Animal Kingdom, DiVine — a walking vine that blends into the tree line — could wrap herself around you, while on your way to Kilimanjaro Safaris, you may see an acrobat troupe performing or even hear the sounds of a drum band.

In Disney Studios, there is always something happening along the Streets of America. Cast members

Serveur Amusant entertains visitors at the France pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase.
Serveur Amusant entertains visitors at the France pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase.

    dressed as Hollywood actors from the 1930s and 1940s engage with willing guests on the streets in hilarious skits. At night, the cover band Mulch, Sweat and Shears puts their own spin on popular party rock tunes.

While you may find some entertainment in Future World at Epcot, most of the performances can be found at the pavilions in the World Showcase. In China, you may be lucky enough to be walking past when Chinese acrobats take the stage. Or be strolling through the United Kingdom when the World Showcase Players act out their own version of a Shakespeare classic. Or catch the band Off Kilter playing rock and roll in Canada.

One of my favorite performances is in France, where Serveur Amusant entertains onlookers. A short description of the show, from the Walt Disney World website: French acrobats enthrall audiences with

The Main Street Philharmonic after a performance in Liberty Square.
The Main Street Philharmonic after a performance in Liberty Square.

their astonishing acts of balance and coordination.

And the World Showcase is a great place to get character autographs, too.

Over in the Magic Kingdom, most of the street entertainment occurs on Main Street, U.S.A. There is a trolley show several times in the morning and singers stroll along the street throughout the day.

During the afternoon, you may witness several performances by the Main Street Philharmonic as they parade from Main Street, USA into Liberty Square.

This is just a sample of some of the happenings away from the rides and attractions at Walt Disney World. Check them out on your next visit.

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