Confirmed: Frozen Will Replace Aladdin in Disney California Adventure
Frozen the Musical will open in Summer 2016 in the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure, replacing Aladdin the Musical Spectacular. The last showing for Aladdin will be on January 10, 2016. Be sure to follow along on our Facebook page and join our newsletter for coverage of the final performance.
Below is an article from October of 2014 where we reported the rumor that Aladdin would be replaced by Tangled the Musical. Since then we have learned that the Tangled the Musical that was in development was put on the Disney Cruise Line. But, we were correct that the Aladdin show was headed out the door.
This announcement of the new Frozen show has left me wondering if the theater will go through any major renovation before the addition of Ana and Elsa. Read the original story for all of our speculation and comments. What are your thoughts on the addition of yet another Frozen show?
Original Article from 10/26/14 Below————-
For years, Aladdin the Musical Spectacular inside of Disney California Adventure has been rumored to be closing. Now, we have a likely timeline for the creation and installation of another musical that will take the place of Aladdin when the show ends sometime around the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017.
Disney California Adventure’s Aladdin the Musical Spectacular has been performing for more than 11 years. There is no other show in Disneyland park that has lasted this long save for “Fantasmic!”. Back in 2012, Disney attempted to remove Aladdin to replace the show with Toy Story. After the uproar of the fans, the new Toy Story show was cancelled.
The Genie is one of my favorite characters in all of Disneyland. See our post dedicated to the actors who bring this character to life daily in the Aladdin show by clicking here.
There are rumblings that Aladdin is on the short list to be replaced sometime in late 2015 or early 2016. This entire project rests on the completion date of Shanghai Disneyland, which is officially scheduled for late 2015 but will probably end up closer to early 2016. This has been confirmed by sources inside management at Disneyland and by the fact that Bob Iger has extended his career as President and CEO until 2018. This is supposedly to make sure Shanghai Disneyland, which is intended to be his crowning jewel, is fully up and running.
Once Shanghai Disneyland has opened to the public, many of the entertainment producers and Walt Disney Imagineers will once again turn their focus to the stateside parks. Also, the creative budgets will be largely freed up as this huge project comes to a close.
With the new production, there could be a full renovation of the Hyperion Theater. This large theater can seat up to 2,000 people. When Disney California Adventure was built, the original plan was for the creation of a large traditional theater lobby with room for restrooms and concessions. One of the goals of this version of the theater was to host large award shows and other functions. While the theater could never become home to the Oscars– Dolby Theater holds more than 3,000 people and has one of the largest stages in the world– many of the smaller industry specific shows would be possible. This of course would be the most extensive possible plan and I don’t see a renovation this size happening until the rumored Disney California Adventure renovation part 2. In this second phase of renovation, the Imagineers would attack the Hollywoodland Area, re-theming much of the land. A wait and see approach is recommended for this one. Could be a long wait….
There are a couple of possibilities for the new show that will replace Aladdin. Many sources point to the new Tangled the Musical that will be debuting on the Disney Cruise Line. Since 2013, This show will debut onboard the Disney Magic in 2015. Back in 2011 when Toy Story the Musical was announced to be replacing Aladdin, Toy Story was performing aboard the Disney Wonder. The current rumor is that Tangled will debut on the Disney Cruise Line in 2015, enjoy a two year run, and then the show will be enlarged and sent to Disney California Adventure.
There is also the recently opened Aladdin show on Broadway in New York. The stars of the show, TONY James Monroe Iglehart and Adam Jacobs, assured me during an interview on the Disney Dose podcast that the Broadway version was quite different than the one found in Disney California Adventure. However, you have to assume Disney Theatrical would prefer to be the only people showing Aladdin. A new cast will debut the show in Tokyo this May and other touring casts are sure to follow.
The final piece of this puzzle is Beauty and the Beast– Live on Stage. This show has been running for 23 years in Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. So, this one will be a battle. If Tangled the Musical proves to be as successful as expected on the Disney Cruise Line, both Walt Disney World and Disneyland will attempt to move the production to their resort.
What do you think of these rumors about Aladdin? I personally have always enjoyed the show even though I have seen it SO MANY TIMES! Are you ready for a switch? Or should Aladdin stick around for another ten years similar to the Beauty and the Beast Show in Orlando?
That’s up to the Disneyland Resort and for us to find out. I hope that you enjoyed this news brief, I highly recommend you sign up for the Disney Dose newsletter and our Facebook page for more on the future of Disneyland and fun articles weekly.