2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: Aladdin at Disney's California Adventure
Published: March 5, 2010 at 10:19 AM
This will be the final season for Aladdin, which debuted in California Adventure's Hyperion Theater in December 2002. (Toy Story - The Musical will take its place next year.) During its nearly eight-year run, Aladdin's been called a "must see" by many visitors, and the show was California Adventure's first big hit.
The 45-minute show follows the plot of the Disney animated film, reprising five songs from that Academy-Award winning score - "Arabian Nights," "One Jump Ahead," "Prince Ali," "Friend Like Me" and "A Whole New World" - and adding a new piece, "To Be Free," also composed by Alan Menken.
If you've seen the movie, you know that much of the film rests on Robin Williams' stream-of-conscious riff on pop culture references as the Genie. Wisely, Disney's frequently changed the script of this show, and allowed the actors to play Genie to ad-lib off the audience, keeping the movie's spirit alive in the stage show and keeping it fresh over the years.
Here's a clip of the show's finale, to give those who haven't seen Aladdin a taste of what the show offers:
If you've seen Aladdin, here's your chance to tell those who haven't all about the show, in the comments.