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2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: Aladdin at Disney's California Adventure

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Published: March 5, 2010 at 10:19 AM

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.

Aladdin at Disney's California Adventure

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.

Readers' Opinions

From Wes Lindquist on March 5, 2010 at 10:47 AM
The best of all the Disney (Land or World) shows. Disney better have a really good replacement with Toy Story as this is loved by so many.
From Sylvain Comeau on March 5, 2010 at 12:04 PM
Yeah, this is the best. They manage to tell the entire story in about a half hour, and even include a flying carpet scene. I didn't think they could pull that one off, but they did. Plus, the genie is always a gas.
From Manny Barron on March 5, 2010 at 12:25 PM
I still can't believe this is getting replaced. This is the best theme park show anywhere. It's only had an 8 year run(as opposed to some of the shows at Disney-Hollywood Studios which are closing in on 20+ years). Everything about this show is fantastic. The Toy story show better be a grand slam because it has huge shoes to fill. Fantasmic will be tough to beat but this show deserves to win and go out as the best.
From 72.204.135.201 on March 5, 2010 at 12:40 PM
Bet it will move to Orlando and replace Beast.
From Anthony Murphy on March 5, 2010 at 2:03 PM
Very good! Highly reccommended!
From 76.172.237.107 on March 5, 2010 at 2:25 PM
I like the idea of sending this to Florida. It was a great show and I hate to see it replaced by the latest in the endless stream of Toy Story additions to the park.
From 99.3.105.38 on March 5, 2010 at 7:11 PM
As much as I love Toy Story, and I am anxious to see Toy Story 3 this June, I REALLY Hate seeing this amazing show leave. It is just flat out AMAZING. We should start a pettition of some sort to stop this show from closing. Well, it will still be remembered by all of us at least...
From Victoria Jurkowski on March 6, 2010 at 5:57 AM
the best theme park show i've ever seen- i always make sure i stop in to see it. if toy story ist just as amazing then disney will officially be going down the drain. the flying carpet scene is fantastic, and the elephants in prince ali are stunning as well. and the sets are just marvelous.
From Victoria Jurkowski on March 6, 2010 at 5:57 AM
the best theme park show i've ever seen- i always make sure i stop in to see it. if toy story ist just as amazing then disney will officially be going down the drain. the flying carpet scene is fantastic, and the elephants in prince ali are stunning as well. and the sets are just marvelous.
From Joshua Counsil on March 7, 2010 at 1:33 PM
This is Disney's most impressive theater. Feels just like a Broadway show.

I saw it years ago, but cannot recall how much I liked it. It didn't blow me away, but it was entertaining.

From Brandon Mendoza on March 8, 2010 at 11:55 AM
I can't believe that it's already been 8 years for this show. I'll miss it as Aladdin is one of my favorite movies. Toy Story 3 better come in with a huge bang... I agree, huge shoes to fill.

But I feel like Toy Story is taking over too much of the parks. I love Toy Story as much as the next Pixar fan, but too much of something can be a bad thing. I understand they're popular, but why not do something like Lion King, or Little Mermaid and base them off of the Broadway version for those that can't afford the $100 tickets to a Broadway show?

That's something I've always liked about the Aladdin musical at DCA... it's not quite Broadway quality, but gosh darn it, it's close! And it's included in the park's ticket! Totally worth it and more!

Oh, and thanks Robert for using my pics for this show! I guess you can't tell I'm a fan at all... =P

From Michael Weissman on March 8, 2010 at 12:39 PM
haha, my friend was Aladdin

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