A legend makes its exit from Disneyland Resorts, Disney California Adventure. “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular,” which has been thrilling audiences for nearly close to 13 years at the park, will make its final curtain call at the Hyperion Theater this Sunday evening, January 10, 2016.
The show, which made its premiere January 16, 2003 at the then struggling Disney’s California Adventure park, has been performed more than 14,000 times to more than 13 million visitors. The show, based on the popular Disney animated film, “Aladdin,” with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice; has been a fan favorite and many believe that it is the single best live show production at any theme park in the United States.
The production grew stronger with audiences as time went on and can attribute much of its success to the fact that Disney allowed Genie to improvise many of his one liners, frequently changing to reference popular culture and current events, making each performance a unique experience in addition to all the rest of the comedy, dancing and special effects that Disney Imagineers were able to employ in the production.
Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular FACTS
- 13,000,000+ guests have experienced the show since it opened
- 14,000+ total performances
- 20,000+ makeup applications to prepare the Genie
- 110+ total performers in the company
- 48 pieces of scenery on stage
- 32+ cast members perform every day
- 10+ cast members from the show have performed on Broadway or in the touring casts of Broadway hits
- 8 original performers are still with the cast
- 5 timeless songs
- 3 wishes granted by the Genie
A new show will be making its debut later in 2016 immersing viewers in the world of “Frozen.” The show will have some of the latest technology when it comes to stunning special effects, bewildering scenic transformations as well as elaborate costumes and sets. “Frozen” will take audiences on a journey with Anna and Elsa featuring show-stopping production numbers and a few special surprises.
Tomorrow morning I’m making a trip up to Anaheim to say one final goodbye “Aladdin,” a classic that will live on through the memories of the guests who visited Disney’s California Adventure.