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All New ‘Frozen’-Inspired Stage Musical Coming to Disney California Adventure Park in 2016

Shawn Slater

by , Senior Communications Manager, Disney Live Entertainment

Disney’s blockbuster musical “Frozen” has become a true phenomenon around the world and soon, the story of “Frozen” will come to spectacular life in an all-new theatrical production in summer 2016 at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure park.

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This new show will immerse you in the world of “Frozen” as never before, with elaborate costumes and sets, stunning special effects and surprising scenic transformations.

“Our stage production of ‘Frozen’ will stay true to the heart and soul of the film,” says Dana Harrel, Portfolio Creative Entertainment Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering. “Anna and Elsa will carry the audience on an emotional journey that includes show-stopping production numbers and a few unique theatrical twists. We can’t wait for everyone to see it!”

With a new show set to open at the Hyperion Theater, it’s time for Aladdin to make his final wish and set the Genie free, as the cast of the award-winning “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” prepares to take its final curtain call on January 10, 2016 after nearly 14,000 shows.

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“Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” has taken millions of guests wonder by wonder since its debut in January 2003, bringing with it such fantastic theatrical delights as Aladdin’s entrance on the elephant, a magic carpet ride over the audience, an original song by Alan Menken and the ever-evolving, tour-de-force performance of the wise-cracking Genie. To this day, the incredible talent of the show’s captivating cast has made every turn a surprise, every moment red letter.

“Thanks to our amazing cast and the many, many fans, ‘Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular’ has enjoyed a longer run at Disney California Adventure park than we could have ever imagined,” said Kris Theiler, Vice President of Operations for Disney California Adventure park. “Today, we are excited to share more exciting news about another story that will soon come to life for guests at the Hyperion Theater. With larger-than-life musical numbers, wondrous scenery and lovable characters, ‘Frozen’ will begin entertaining guests in 2016.”

“Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” is scheduled to be performed several times daily through January 10, 2016, so fans of the show still have plenty of opportunities left to catch a magic carpet ride to Agrabah. Additionally, the Broadway production of “Aladdin” continues its successful run in New York. Stay tuned to Disney Parks Blog in the coming months for details on how we plan to celebrate the Disney California Adventure park favorite before, as Genie says, he’s “outta here!”

Comments

  • I agree with everyone else. I love Aladdin and I too see the show with every visit and we go several times a month. I wish the Disney production crew could figure out a way to keep Aladdin for us die hard fans and have a production of Frozen for those fans who enjoyed the movie. Any idea when the Broadway production of Aladdin will come to Los Angeles??

  • Boo! Aladdin is wonderful, I like to see it every time I go. I love Frozen but I feel like Aladdin has wider appeal, especially with how the Genie’s lines can be updated with the times. Very disappointed with this.

  • Jamie–
    Agreed! Thank you so much for being rational.

    Brian–
    Just because it is Frozen, does not mean that it will be a “girlie show.” That is a terribly unfair thing to say.
    Frozen is enjoyable for everyone, not just little girls. As a matter of fact, both Tangled and Frozen were deliberately marketed to appeal as broad of an audience as possible. The staff of Disney Animation (including John Lasseter) wanted to challenge the unfair perception that these movies are only for “little girls.”

  • I wish they would have kept Blast! a little longer, myself. That said, 13 years is a very long run for any show, and I’m looking forward to something fresh. I’m sure Disney will make it a show everyone can enjoy and not just skew it toward little girls.

  • So sad!! One reason I think Aladdin is so successful is because it’s a show that boys and girls enjoy. Frozen seems much more a girlie show. Too bad.

  • Would not be surprised if Olaf took on the role of genie in terms of jokes and running the show.

  • I have seen Aladdin the musical every time I have gone to DCA and love it but it has been there quite sometime now and I cant wait to see something fresh and new, especially with Frozen. Frozen is my favorite movie and when When it first came out, I liked it, but I really fell in love with it during that first summer of Frozen Summer Fun at DHS. I love how Disney is incorporating Frozen in the parks. You all have done amazing things with For The First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing Along Celebration, Frozen Summer Fun, Fantasy Faire, and so much more, and I cant wait to see what you do with the ride at EPCOT and the musical. Of course you are doing what is commanded by most of the guests and I think you are doing a wonderful job. Thank you for all your hard work, Disney. I cant wait to see what the future has in store with this movie with such a high demand.

  • I feel that Aladdin has a special place in DCA and in the hearts of my friends/family who go and take special care to see it at least once during their visit.

    And regret that Frozen, which has many venues already — must take over yet another area. Would welcome almost anything else over hearing “Let it Go” yet again. And the clever lyrics and music of Ashman/Mencken is not so fully celebrated in any other attraction.

  • I am heart broken to hear this news. This was a highlight for each of our trips through the years. Now with the sadness of losing our beloved original genie I think people may feel even more protective of this show. Princesses and Frozen have taken over Disney. As a mother of boys I am not a fan of the idea of MORE of the same. Hopefully the Star Wars land will ease the loss over time.

  • I am majorly disappointed by this news. The Aladdin show is amazing. I am so tired or Disney constantly changing things to sell us on their newest movie. It’s okay to leave some things alone, this show has been an amazing tradition for our family. I think there are already PLENTY of Frozen things for the kids to do.

  • As one who knows you guys and gals are still going to put on the show I have only one little request.

    If Frozen is going to have a large show in the Hyperion Theater, please give us back the Muppets in their theater, and Tangled/Beauty and the Beast abridged in the Princess Fantasy faire. If anything, it’ll make people a little less uneasy about the new show replacing Aladdin.

  • Man this is really sad. 🙁 I am glad I’ll be able to see it one more time. I just really wish they would be done with the Frozen craze and at least consider putting something like Tangled, Beauty and the Beast, Marry Poppins, or something else like that in the theater instead. I do know that Tangled will be on the Disney cruise ships but it’s not like all of us can spend thousands of dollars on a cruise. Anyways this is sad news and I hope they at least re-consider this decision.

  • Ronni – Sorry to burst your bubble but rehearsals for the new show have been underway for almost two months now.

    It’s coming and most feedback from guests in the park has been positive so far. It’s understandable to not want change but Disney is an ever changing brand and Frozen has been and is a huge success particularly in the parks. Change is never embraced by everyone but to assume that because some people post negative comments on a single blog post means that the majority of people aren’t happy with the idea would be incorrect. Yes, not everyone is going to like the idea but the demand in the parks shows that people do and most likely will continue to embrace Frozen. Aladdin will definitely be missed because it was amazing but this is a chance for a new beacon to draw more guests to California Adventure.

  • @52. Catlin, right in the feels. Very sorry to hear, and I empathize with your pain.

  • Nooooooooooooooo!!!!!
    I’ll be so sad to see Aladdin go

  • I can’t help but notice that people keep saying “Most people are not happy about this.” With all due respect, that is not true.

    Granted, most people on the *Internet* are unhappy about this, (when have people on the Internet ever been happy about change in the Disney Parks?) but I guarantee you, most causal park visitors are sure to be excited and will enjoy this.

    If I were to guess, I would think that Disney has been surveying this for a while. The attendance of the sing-along show probably factored a lot into this decision.

  • We have seen the Aladdin show dozens of times and it never gets old. We will truly miss this show. Please find a way to do something similar to Genie’s jokes on current events, that’s what had us all coming back for more!

  • Supreme sadness. Although I advocate in other situations that change is inevitable and that the parks were never meant to be museums, this is hard to take. I’ve long pointed to AAMS as the best attraction in DCA, and arguably the best in the whole resort. The spectacle, the ever fresh repertoire (thanks to the Genie), and the Broadway-quality production value (not to mention that Aladdin is my personal favorite Disney movie/character), has made this attraction top-shelf for over a decade. I understand that Frozen should have a place in the parks, and wish that another place was used instead. But alas, at least the musical is now on Broadway. Thanks Disney, thanks AAMS and all its production crew and people involved. Enjoyed every bit of AAMS over the years (and will once more when we visit this holiday season!).

  • Bad idea. Every time we come and visit we make it a purpose to see the Aladdin show. If Frozen was there I might see it once and that’s it. As you can see Disney we are not happy about this.

  • As you can see Disney not very many people are happy about this change… Maybe you should reconsider… DCA is based around primarily Disney Pixar, Disney Jr and I just don’t see how Frozen fits in at all… I hope you reconsider this change before you start rehearsals, costumes and making the new stage…

  • I am all for something new but Frozen may not be the best choice. Maybe Mary Poppins or Tangle. Aladdin is a great show and it has had a great run, longer than anyone has expected, but its always time for something new.

  • …Also, I find it interesting that everyone seems to have glossed over this statement;

    “Stay tuned to Disney Parks Blog in the coming months for details on how we plan to celebrate the Disney California Adventure park favorite”

    That will definitely be something interesting to look out for.

  • Aladdin was my childhood. Where else can we find a magic carpet fly across the Hyperion Theatre if it leaves? I love Aladdin so much…the Aladdin show is so beautiful and I love to watch it every time I go. The cast is so talented and DIVERSE! Keep this amazing show. I love Aladdin!

  • Please keep the Aladdin show. This is such saddening news. Super disappointing. This show is the reason why I keep coming back to Disneyland. The Aladdin show is SO magical and unique and can’t compare to the Broadway version…please don’t take it away from the Hyperion. If you want to add the frozen show… build another a theatre for it! But don’t take away this classic you cannot find any where else in California. Please listen to your fans Disney!

  • Let me add that when the Aladdin Musical came out in 2003, I really enjoyed it, but as I said before, it has run its course.

    More importantly, I personally grew tired of the Genie’s topical jokes. He would start to “go off” way too much. When one is in a Disney park, they do not necessarily want to be reminded of all of the “outside world” stuff. And in many cases, the entire show would stop just so the Genie could make a long-winded joke about pop culture.

    The cynical Internet crowd (especially on facebook) may not think that a Frozen musical will be successful, but mark my words; it *will* be successful. Just you wait and see.

    The only reason why Disney is doing things with Frozen is that there has in fact been a big *public demand* for more Frozen content.
    I realize that many people on the Internet refuse to step outside of their bubble, but it is true; there has been a public demand from the fans.

    And incidentally, it is not just kids who love Frozen, many adults love it too, so do not think that it is only children.

  • Let me start off by saying Frozen is a good movie and I do like it, but I am sad to see “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” going away. There is already enough Frozen, do we really need more.

  • I’m so sad Aladdin is leaving in January. I’ve only seen the show once but couldn’t get over how amazing it was. Its no wonder Disney decided to make a Broadway show out of it. I’m going to have to catch it one more time when I go back during the holidays.

    I understand why Disney has decided to make a Frozen show, especially since they are working on a Broadway one, but I sorta wish that instead of Frozen it would have been Beauty and the Beast or Newsies. I myself am over Frozen, but I know there are quite a few kids who still love it.

    My hope is now some of the other Frozen stuff will go away and The Muppets will return.

  • First time commenting here, but Aladdin is as much of an attraction at Disney California Adventure as any ride. Everyone said so on this blog when Toy Story was supposed to replace Aladdin. With the amazing quality of the current Aladdin musical, I can see it lasting many years into the future with no replacement needed. My family definitely enjoys the story of Frozen, but the musical should be placed somewhere else or the sing-a-long should be updated with the superior plot line of the version at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Having just come back from WDW, the historian in training theme of the DCA sing-a-long definitely doesn’t flow as well or get as much laughter from the crowd as the great version at DHS. Keep up the great work with all these amazing shows though!

  • Last year was our first trip to Disneyland, and we were told not to miss the Aladdin show. It was WONDERFUL! Easily the best show we’ve seen at either WDW or DL. We loved Genie’s witty comments aimed directly at the parents and older folks like ourselves. He kept us laughing and we were disappointed to find it was the last show of the day and we could see it only once that visit. We’ll make a point of seeing the show a couple of times on our visit in Dec. Glad we will have that chance again.

  • its sad to see the Aladdin show go, i mean i would go to DCA and make sure i see the show… it was a way to get out of the heat and Genie PUNS with real life events were great!!!!! i am not sure if Frozen will have that kind of sassy puns but with the high hits Frozen made the show will pull in more people and i think Walt said it best when he said “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”

    there is a lot of changes coming to Disneyland and DCA… just like it was with Magic Kingdom with the Fairytail land…

  • What a sad day. Aladdin was one of the best shows to go see a the parks. I can’t believe they are getting rid of it

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  • To JODIE – the Cast album (the whole show actually) is available on iTunes. I’ll feel so sad for the person who spend $300 on eBay for something they can get (sans physical CD) on iTunes for $9.99.

    Also, this is a long time coming. Toy Story didn’t not happen because of fans revolt. It was simply too expensive. And even though I love the Aladdin show, I welcome the change over.

    I imagine this new show is going to be SPECTACULAR and it’s going to be such amazing imagery and stage craft. The Aladdin stage/set is cool, but I know that the FROZEN stage will be pretty epic.

    Everyone can and will be able to watch the DCA Aladdin show on YouTube forever. 😉

  • People got to understand that there is alot of people that love Frozen as well. This is why Disney is doing this with Frozen. Aladdin lasted way to long I only saw it 2 times send it came out and I didn’t care for it. To me the actors didn’t look nothing like Aladdin,Jasmine and others like how they do over at Disneyland. To me they where more like Aladdin & Jasmine. Also you guys have said Genie is what made the show because of his jokes. Who’s to say that Olaf will do the same. I can’t wait to see how they will poll him off if he be like how they did Genie or if they will use the moving eyes and mouth Olaf. I can’t wait to see this. Also with Frozen going over to where Aladdin is. They will close down the sing along and the one over at DLand side. But I really don’t see Muppets returning there at all it wasn’t ever fill like Frozen was over there. I got tire of the Muppets I stop watching them back in 2005 they where no longer funny to me. But like I said the Frozen singalong will go but I don’t think Muppets will return.

  • Finally!!!!! It has been 12 years, way too long. Not that excited about another Frozen show, but still something new. Would rather have BLAST return or maybe Lion King or Beauty and the Beast. Maybe next time. Hope Frozen is only around for a few, short years.Disneyland should have good shows like they do at Disney World.

  • I too have very mixed feelings. “Aladdin” is one of the greatest stage shows in any Disney park. As other readers have said, the show constantly plays to capacity. I’m sure Aladdin and Jasmine’s magic carpet ride and the Genie’s jokes are a big part of why it is so popular.

    I like “Frozen” very much, but it’s important that there isn’t too much of it in the parks. I couldn’t help but notice that both the new World of Color show and Disneyland Forever fireworks have extended segments of “Let it Go”, and I’m not sure that’s necessary.

    I can’t believe they would have the current sing-along show and a new stage show in the same land in the same park. Maybe this new Frozen would make more sense in Fantasyland instead.

    But, if at all possible, maybe “Aladdin” could be brought over to WDW’s Hollywood Studios. They REALLY need a new stage show!

  • this so sad I really hope they they Keep Genie….

  • The Aladdin show is a family favorite and it’s what made this park unique. So sad to see it go away. Along with losing the Big Thunder Ranch BBQ, we lost two of our favorite things in the park…and no Star Wars Land does not make up for it at all.

  • Hopefully Disney will notice people are not enthralled with idea and just “Let It Go!”

  • I’m frozen out! Please let it go and do something new. We are not all frozen fans. Thanks

  • I love Aladdin but glad to see a new show coming soon.

    People need to realize that theme park entertainment needs to be updated constantly before it becomes stale to regular visitors. This should have happened when DCA was rebranded.
    Although the time line does not seem feasible for major changes to the theater but would be nice if the facade was fixed to reflect the artwork that WDI displayed at the blue sky cellar a few years back

  • We love the Aladdin show and will miss it. I’m sure the Frozen show will be amazing too! I can’t wait to see it.

  • So glad I got to see the Aladdin show this summer while I was in California. I thought it was an amazing show and I am very, very sad that it is going away.

  • Looking forward to new show (though Aladdin was fantastic)… but also want a new exterior and lobby for the Hyperion…

  • We love Aladdin & the show… but, this too sounds great. Don’t put it down until you’ve seen the results. It could be & probably will be a fantastic show because after all it is Disney! Whatever Disney does they go above & beyond, with the very best quality. I’m positive Frozen will be a great show!

  • I don’t like this one bit! We love the Aladdin show. The Genie is amazing with his updated jokes. I am over all of the Frozen stuff!!

  • HOORAY for something NEW coming to DCA! Aladdin was tired and old the last time I saw it, and Frozen is a hot commodity. See what I did there. Aladdin was great in its day in helping bring Guests into DCA, but Disney Theme Parks are NOT a museum. Bring on a new show which I’m sure will be fantastic. Thank you for keeping the changes coming!

  • As long as this allows the Muppets to return to DCA, I’m fine with this.

  • This is horrible news. I’m crying as I read it. I know everyone I take to Disney will be disappointed. I always tell everyone that Aladdin is more a must see than World of Color. Even my boyfriend who is never excited about anything always wants to see the show. And we didn’t know our last time would be our last time. I don’t return to Disneyland till 3 days after the last show. I can’t believe how upset I am over this.

  • I get that Disney wants to refresh their entertainment in the park, but just like everybody else I love the Aladdin show. I’m somewhat disappointed to see the show get to an end. The new Frozen musical will no doubt be just as spectacular but I don’t think Disney California Advemture needs 3 Frozen related attractions right next each other, unless Disney is trying to convert that section of the park into a Frozen land.

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