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Come Fly with ‘Minnie’s Fly Girls Charter Airline’ at Disney California Adventure Park

Shawn Slater

by , Senior Communications Manager, Disney Live Entertainment


“Minnie’s Fly Girls Charter Airline” opens for business today at Disney California Adventure park. This tune-filled “travelogue” of song, dance and audience interaction takes place in Condor Flats, across from Soarin’ Over California, featuring songs from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s in a colorful new show sure to appeal to the young and young at heart.

Creating something to delight multiple generations was a central focus during production and a personal passion of the creative team. Senior Writer Carolyn Gardner said, “I’ve been surrounded by pilots ever since I can remember. My dad was a private pilot [and] flight instructor, my mom flew her own ‘solo’ flight, my big brother worked at our local airfield and my cousin’s an air traffic controller. I hope audiences feel their own hearts take wing when the show’s flight crew launches into the fun-filled, flight-themed songs.”


“Come Fly with Me,” originally performed by Frank Sinatra, introduces the crew – Amanda, Pat, Kate and Lee – to all their potential “passengers” (the audience). Minnie makes her grand entrance during “Straighten up and Fly Right,” a hit song by Nat King Cole. The performance also includes two medleys, incorporating a number of other musical favorites. “Destination Medley” is a fun, ‘round-the-world collection of standards such as “Brazil,” “I Love Paris” and “Lady of Spain.” The Disney “Flying Medley” is an uplifting blend of Disney tunes, including “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” and “When I See an Elephant Fly.”

Art Director Brian Sandahl’s challenge was to design a stage that doesn’t look like a stage. “When the show is not being performed, the stage fits nicely into the aged look of Condor Flats, and you’d almost not even notice it,” says Brian. “The décor for the stage looks very industrial, very much like found objects you would see in Condor Flats; however, when the show begins, a common flight sign becomes the ‘show sign,’ a steel drum magically becomes a check in counter and an old trunk becomes a prop trunk for the many props in this show.”

The music, costumes and props send this latest addition to Disney California Adventure park soaring to new heights. You’ll definitely want to “book a flight” with “Minnie’s Fly Girls Charter Airline” on your next visit!

Be sure to check the park Entertainment Guide for show times.


  • Am I far off in guessing this is the first solo attraction for Minnie? I can’t recall any other…. Kudos to Minnie and her crew, and the Imagineers who made this one possible!!

  • Wow! This looks amazing! I can’t wait to see it on my next trip to Disneyland’s CA Adventure!

  • Sounds like fun! I’m sad to hear the Miner 49ers are gone though. I always enjoyed dancing to their tunes. But in the spirit of Walt, things must always continue to change!

  • What an excellent “theme” to add to the entertainment in Condor Flats!! The 3 decades featured were an amazing time in popular music and I can’t wait to hear the group sing!! Our next trip will be the end of May………will the performances still be there??????

    Arizona Mike

    • Mike and Erika,

      While our entertainment offerings are always subject to change, “Minnie’s Fly Girls Charter Airline” should be offered during your visits in May and September. Please check the park times guide (or ahead of your trip) to verify dates and times.

  • OK, this show will definitely be on my to-do list! I always look forward to the live entertainment presented and it looks like you have created yet another show-stopping memory! See you at the end of this month!

  • Wow !!!!! This looks Great…they are wearing my Favorite Colors..YIPPEE!!!! Can not wait to see them….LOVE IT, REALLY LOVE IT !!!!! : )

    Dad…I love it too…so excited…. Can’t wait to get our picture taken !!!!!! THUMBS UP DISNEY ..AGAIN !!!!!! : )

  • Sounds very cool!

    I’m looking forward to seeing it.

  • I am SO SO SO excited! I absolutely LOVE the theming and can’t wait to see it! Thrilled beyond exclamation points!!!
    Will there be souvenirs and accessories available for purchase? The bags are adorable.

  • Minnie’s Fly Girls looks like a fabulous show that fits the area nicely, but it’s too bad the Miner 49er’s were let go in the wake of this new show. I had the priviledge of seeing the Miner 49er’s perform one of their last shows, and they were fantastic. They fit the Grizzly Peak area pefectly. I wish we could have the new while keeping the old since the two are so different.

  • Looking forward to this next month!

  • I totally agree with “Sam”, this looks really great with great themeing! I LOVE the song selections that were mentioned and look forward to seeing this soon!

    I know this is a nice big area, but it’s also a very busy area with the bathrooms, “soarin'” that Coca-Cola stand and the “Fly N’ Buy” right there. I only hope it doesn’t create too much of a traffic jam!

    otherwise, I’m in!

  • Will there be a schedule posted for the performances?

    • Nick, each day “Minnie’s Fly Girls Charter Airline” is performed, a schedule of show times will be available at the venue in Condor Flats, as well as in the park’s entertainment times guide.

  • Super cool! Can’t wait to see it on my next visit!
    Hugs to Mickey & Minnie!

  • This looks so like a lot of fun. I hope they still have it going in September for our vacation. My kids love Minnie and will enjoy watching this show.

  • This looks (and sounds) like a lot of fun. Those retro Pan Am “Stewardess” costumes are very cool. And the music selection will fit in perfectly with Buena Vista Street. My hats off to you Carolyn Gardner and your “flight team” for putting this together.

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