2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: Aladdin at Disney's California Adventure
Written by Robert Niles
With less than two weeks to go to the start of the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament, we're up to profiling the top two seeds in each bracket. Today, we put the spotlight on Aladdin at Disney's California Adventure, the second seed in the Best Live Show bracket.Tweet
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.
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