I had a chance yesterday to check out the newly refurbished Disney Junior - Live on Stage! show. The refurbishment was an update to reflect some of the newer television shows now airing on the popular preschool network.
The update removed the Handy Manny and Little Einsteins segments and replaced them with Sophia the First and Doc McStuffins. Otherwise, this is the same basic show with the same general storyline. Mickey Mouse is planning a surprise birthday party for Minnie Mouse and his friends (Goofy, Donald and Daisy) need help on how to plan the party, so quick storylines from Sophia the First, Doc McStuffins and Jake & the Neverland Pirates teach important lessons about teamwork and helping.
The Sophia the First segment is about how Sophia and her step-siblings help Cedric the magician with casting a spell. I found the plot somewhat odd considering in the TV show, Cedric is a "bad guy", who is constantly scheming to steal Sophia's amulet (which is unbenknownst to everyone else). Nonetheless, the puppet looks very similar to the cartoon and any child in the audience is easily convinced they are infact seeing Sophia.
The next scene features Doc McStuffins along with Stuffy, Lammy, Chili and Hallie. Like many of the TV episodes, Doc is needed to help repair a toy, this time it's Lammy who gets hurt during play time. I think the strength of the Disney Junior - Live on Stage show is its ability to "feel" like a real TV episode and this is certainly a classic storyline from the Doc McStuffins show.
Overall the additions are nice changes to the show. There's no question Sophia and McStuffins are incredibly popular right now among the kids that watch Disney Junior. I do believe that the attraction has swayed a bit more feminine than previously but I think the preschool age group will still enjoy what's offered here.