Your Wish Has Been Granted: Genie’s Run Extended at Hyperion Theater

Heather Hust Rivera

by , Vice President, Consumer Products

Disney's Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular

Contrary to earlier reports, the Hyperion Theater won’t be setting the genie free just yet. By popular demand, “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” will remain at Disney’s California Adventure park.

We received a lot of comments on the Blog asking for Aladdin to continue its run. It’s almost as if the Genie granted your wish!

Although “Toy Story – The Musical” was scheduled to move into Hyperion Theater following Genie’s last bow, Buzz, Woody and their pals will stay focused on the new additions in Toy Story Mania…for now.

Construction has been scheduled near the Hyperion Theater for August 15. Although that may still impact some performances, we’re doing everything we can to keep the show up and running. Stay tuned to the Blog for updates, and we’ll share details when we have them (or, you can always check for showtimes).

Now, close your eyes, make a wish and hit play to see Genie in action. And don’t forget to tell us your favorite Genie joke – and oh, no wishes for more wishes.


  • I agree with some of the other posters Disney is going way overboard with “Toy Story”. Aladdin — A Musical Spectacular is one of the few shows that is truly based on talent – not that dancing in a costume doesn’t take talent (or patience, or endurance, etc.), but on the times I have only been able to go to the park for one or two things, it’s always been Aladdin #1 and anything else, including Buzz Lightyear, or POTC #2. The show is awesome and if it ever does leave, I plan to see it as much as I can the week leading up to it. I wouldn’t do that for a Toy Story show, and neither would a lot of people. Disney has a good thing, and they should keep it. They already lost out by not supporting Muppets 3D or the Monster’s Inc. rides, don’t make DCA a ghost town by making another mistake!

  • I love it when he talks on the phone next to Jafar

  • Oh my gosh you have no idea how happy this makes me!

    When I lived in so-cal I use to go all the time to Disneyland (like every Sunday) and this was a must each time.
    I would go ahead of my parents and run to our favorite seats! Haha.
    (Still do that, actually. )
    We always sit in the same place and always just love the show.
    Please keep it at least till my birthday(February)!

    By the way Genie = Hilarious.

    We always come out quoting him at the end of the show.

  • Oh My that was great! When will it be coming to Disney World?

  • We were there for Spring Break 2010 and learned that the show was due to move on in Aug 2010, and were of course saddened. It is great to hear that the show is being held over indefinetly! We will be there for Memorial Day WE, again, and are looking forward to getting some nice balcony seats.


  • I am THRILLED to read this. I hope it stays for a lot longer! Disney was created to be ever changing…but some classics should just stick around!

    : )

  • This is GREAT news! We’ve seen Aladdin more than a dozen times and it NEVER gets old, as all the jokes are regularly updated. We stop in to see it EVERY trip. I’d hate to have to say goodbye to this family favorite.

  • This is really the most amazing news ever. It was really sad to hear that the Aladdin musical was being canceled. I mean, sure Toy Story is cool but it just doesn’t have the same natural musical and humor as Aladdin does. Toy Story just doesn’t have the music to actually be a musical and even though music would be made it would seem out of place. It seems like Toy Story is more kid based with the message of friendship while Aladdin is more family based that everyone can enjoy. Not to mention that it’s nice and refreshing to see new jokes every time you go to watch it. Another thing is that I do realize that Toy Story is popular with the new movie coming out but it would be a shame over do it and cut down the variety that Disneyland and DCA have by making everything the same.

    All in all, if someone is going to Disneyland the one thing I tell them they HAVE to do is see the Aladdin show no matter what.

  • THANK YOU, DISNEY!!! This show is (as Genie would say), “FAAAAAABULOUS”! My boyfriend and I were so sad to hear it was being discontinued, and extremely happy to hear it’s now staying!! I can’t think of a favorite Genie joke — he’s always hilarious and I love how his jokes change with every show! “Aladdin” should stick around for a very long time! (Now if we could just get them to bring back the Lights of Winter at Epcot…)

  • When the move actually happens, maybe Disney’s Hollywood Studios can ditch the Beauty and the Beast show and put Aladdin or Hunchback show. They are both great shows and hate to see them disappear.

  • I must be the only one looking forward to a new show! By no means am I hating on Aladdin. It’s a great show! We catch Aladdin every time we go, but after seeing musicals like Beauty and the Beast and the Lion King, I was hoping for another new experience. How long has Aladdin been extended for?


    I have a lot of favorite jokes, like:

    “Are you wearing eyeliner? You look like Lady Gaga!”

    but my all-time favorite is the Kanye West VMA spoof after the Prince Ali number.

    “Yo, Princess Jasmine, I’m really happy for you and all, but Beyonce had one of the best music videos of all time!”

  • Aladin is my absolute favorite show in the world! It’s the main (if not only) reason I keep renewing my annual pass. It’s fun every single time and you always come out happy and lifted! The music & choreograph is AMAZING! I never want to see it go! I’m so glad Disney decides to keep it! This is why I’m such a Disney fan! They always care about what their guests want!

  • I love Toy Story…but I don’t know if I would have liked a toy story musical….just doesn’t really go hand in hand…. I’m glad Aladdin will be up and runnig at least for a little while longer, but if your gonna have something follow aladdin…it has to be big!

  • I was so pleased when I found out that Aladdin is going to stay. It is one of the best shows I have seen since the Pocahontus review some 14 years ago. Thanks for keeping it. I hope to bring my Grand niece to see it this year.

  • Thank you so much for keeping Aladdin the musical at the park. Every time I come on vacation there I make sure to allot time for this musical. It is appealing to the young and the more “mature” park visitors. There is always a line to get in the theater so that says something for the quality of what is equivalent to a broadway musical. Change is good in some respects but there are some Disney attractions that have made memories for years and are part of the fun of anticipating a Disney trip. This is one of them.

  • Thank you so much for listening to the comments of fans….the show is so amazing that I was overjoyed when I found out that it won’t be leaving us just yet! You guys have taken Broadway and placed it in California Adventure; a rare and special experience for many! THANK YOU!

  • This is such awesome news! Aladdin is by far the best musical DCA has. Removing it would be stupid. If they really must have Toy Story put it somewhere else. There’s so much room for it to be somewhere else, leave Aladdin alone.

    Woo-hoo! I am so happy about this! I enjoy seeing this show whenever I go up there, which is quite a lot since being an annual passholder. *big happy grin*

  • None of the characters even sing in toy story, they sing in Alladin so why are you replacing a musical with a non musical??????

  • Disney….you have plenty of space….why even remove something that is that popular to begin with??

  • Wait! I got it! Favorite joke:
    Jafar: Make me. . . THE SULTAN!!! *dramatic pose*
    Genie: *mocking him* You are the Sultan!
    Gets me every time.

  • Yesss!!! Favorite movie+hours spent on online watching clips of this show+extension=perfect time to go to Disneyland!!! If you couldn’t tell, i’m a WDW child. Favorite jokne: anything he says during the Genie/Jafar skit (which i’m pretty sure is improv).

  • This is a wonderful show! When it debuted, I theorized that it was a precursor to a Broadway show. I had seen the original Beauty and the Beast show at what was then referred to as the Videopolis stage. (Still miss Videopolis – by the way – may be a good night time use to make those hugely expensive annual passes more fun.) I thought way back then that it would make a remarkable Broadway show, and I was right! It is still one of my favorite Broadway musicals.

    For Aladdin, the use of the interior air space for the carpet is genius and the lavishness of the sets and costumes makes it a show to see again and again. I know you are pushing the new Toy Story movie and hope it will drive sales of the new BluRay/DVDs but seriously – there’s not enough in Toy Story that is visually opulent enough to justify making use of that space for it. Also – there’s not enough music in the original movie.

    We moved from my home of Anaheim to Virginia two years ago, and are bringing our 2 1/2 year old toddler to Disneyland for the first time this summer. I plan to make Aladdin one of the things he sees. He likes the movie, I’m sure he’ll like the show. His favorite movie is Cars – maybe you should make a live musical out of that! Definitely a challenge!

  • i love this show. why couldnt they do the toy story musical in the theater they did hunchback of notre dame? thats in the western part of disneyland?? i wish they would bring in the little mermaid musical

  • I received my Disneyland Resort Annual Passholder newsletter today, and it seems that it was printed before this news about the Aladdin show was confirmed. The newsletter still refers to the Aladdin show ending on August 15th.

    Despite this, I assume that the final word is that the Aladdin show will still have an extended run?

  • I was actually looking forward to something new. I do like the Aladdin show, but it’s not a favorite. I actually prefered “BLAST” that was there before Aladdin. My whole family misses “BLAST”, that was a show that was entertaining for the whole family.

    I hope they eventually bring something new to the theatre.

  • My wife will be thrilled. She loves that show. Good call on listening to your loyal supporters and keeping it.

  • So happy to hear Aladdin is extended- LOVE IT!!!!!!
    Why does Toy Story have to take over- Toy Story does not seem like a show to be set as a broadway musical- Aladdin definitely-its magical, musical, funny and has a broadway fit unlike Toy Story. I would rather not have Toy Story replace Aladdin- instead if you really have to replace Aladdin how about replace it with, I don’t know, Princess and the Frog musical instead. The setting is of course gorgeous- New Orleans- and the jazzy music is just AMAZING for the stage!!!! If you have to really replace Aladdin- replace it with at least a musical animation – the characters really don’t sing in Toy Story.

    Thank you Disney for extending Aladdin- you know how much we love the Genie!!!!
    “See Al, if you liked it then you should have put a ring on it” HAHAHAHA

  • So happy that you’re keeping this show!! My husband and I saw the Aladdin show on our first date, and we go back to see it every chance we get! It’s a fantastic, Broadway-quality show, that is constantly changing to stay current. The genie makes us laugh every time!!

  • Is there any possibility of this show also being done at Disney World? There is an empty stage at the back of Hollywood Studios where the Hunchback of Notre Dame show used to be.

  • I am SO GLAD this is staying. I’ve never seen it, but I’ve heard such wonderful things about it that I was really looking forward to seeing it whenever I do make it out to Disneyland. And thanks for the hilarious video!!

  • THANK YOU!!! Our wish has been granted.
    Now we can see Aladdin during our FIRST trip to Disneyland. I know this wouldn’t have ruined our trip but now we can see this highly acclaimed musical.
    Disney – you really do listen to us fans!
    Keep it up!
    thanks again – Can’t wait until our late August trip.

  • I would LOVE to see this show presented at Walt Disney World. I saw it for the first time last year and it was the highlight of my trip.

  • Dear Disney Management,

    PLEEEEASE take heed from all of these Disney goers who have taken the time to plead their case about keeping Alladin a continuing tradition! Our sentiments reflect an overwhelming desire to maintain an attraction that will guarantee our future return visits to the Park. You wouldn’t replace Sleeping Beauty’s Castle with another themed structure, would you? (Gawrsh, I hope not!) So again I say please reflect on the pleas from your company’s “bread and butter”,…. your guests……past, present and future.

  • I am so glad I’ll have another chance at seeing this awesome show!!! My Favorite Genie Joke.. “Your so mean not even Tom on myspace will be your friend” lol

  • Thank you thank you thank you!!!

    I will be frank…from what I have heard about Toy Story the Musical, it could be better. The film was never written with a musical connection, and not every film can easily translate well into a musical.

    Shows like Aladdin work because they were written in a musical formula, and composed by Broadway composers. Stick with Mr. Menken’s work, Disney! We love it!

  • So glad it is staying longer! I love seeing it and with Genie’s jokes always changing, it makes it fresh every time! I was there on Sunday and Genie “got a call” on the lamp from his mom, and then Jafar’s mom. I LOVED it!!

  • This is wonderful news! Thank you so much!

    I’ve seen Toy Story on the Disney Wonder and it not as good as the ship’s other two shows. It’s certainly not a bad show, just not as good. As others have noted, you can’t have too much Pixar at California Adventure, nor should something popular be removed during an improvement/expansion. Of course, Aladdin can’t last forever, but now isn’t the time to replace it and Toy Story shouldn’t be what replaces it.

    As for my favorite joke, this came just after the Submarine Voyage re-opened. The genie said he was in his lamp for 10,000 years, #-days, #-hours, and #-seconds – kind of like waiting for that new Nemo ride!

    Of course, with the show staying, the Genie needs to come up with more material! He could even joke about the show staying!

  • Wonderful! I am a fan of Aladdin and did not really care for Toy Story the Musical – too dark. Good choice Disney!

  • I am so happy to read this! as others have said, with Genie’s jokes being updated all the time, it’s always fun to see it again! we’ve seen it many times over the years it’s been there, and make a point to go at least a couple of times every visit. Even during the really off season times we’ve been to Disneyland Resort, it’s always a packed house! I hope it stays for several more years and when it is time to replace it, make it another Disney classic!!

  • WoW! I’m impressed that Disney has listened to it’s fans through this blog! All I can share is that our first trip to Disneyland was this past Sept, and Aladdin the musical was one of THE highlights of our visit! It was a fantastic show & I would love to see it again. I think that there is enough Pixar being infused into the parks for now….

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