'Aladdin' Musical to Close at Disney California Adventure... to be Replaced by 'Frozen'
Disney announced this evening that its award-winning musical show "Aladdin" will close at Disney California Adventure in January, to be replaced by a new "Frozen"-themed musical.
"Aladdin" debuted at the park's Hyperion Theater in late 2002 and won this year's Theme Park Insider Award for the world's best theme park live show. Frequently updated with topical jokes from the show's iconic genie, Aladdin has proven to be a solid crowd-pleaser for more than a decade.
The show will close January 10, 2016. It's replacement will be a new "Frozen"-themed musical production, to debut next summer.
"Our stage production of 'Frozen' will stay true to the heart and soul of the film," Dana Harrel, Portfolio Creative Entertainment Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering, said in a press release. "Anna and Elsa will carry the audience on an emotional journey that includes show-stopping production numbers and a few unique theatrical twists."
No word yet on whether the new production will include any additional, original songs, or if Academy Award-winning songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez will be involved in this production.
The Disneyland Resort already has two other "Frozen"-themed live musical shows in production — one at the Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre in Disneyland and the "For the First Time in Forever" sing-along just steps away from the Hyperion Theater in DCA's Hollywood Land. One imagines that at least the sing-along will be closing before the new musical debuts.
Blasphemy! Utterly terrible if this happens. Money over substance. Might as well replace Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Tower of Terror with Frozen while we're at it! #deadhorse
I had to check if it was April Fool's Day. Really Disney? I actually liked Frozen but this is definitely beating a #deadhorse. Aladdin still packs them in so why change it? It's also the end of any Aladdin presence in either park. Hey Disney, replace or upgrade the stuff that is no longer popular instead.
Yeah, not a huge surprise
Maybe Genie can relocate to the Fantasy Faire? Please?
Not entirely true, Tony. They are in the Soundsational parade and Aladdin and Jasmine are occasionally present in Disney park. Leave it to Disney to pull a top rated show that boasts full house attendance on a regular basis for more overdone rubbish that is rapidly losing popularity. It is a sad day to see Aladdin go.
Oh not surprised but very disappointed ??
I'm very disappointed with this decision. In my opinion, Aladdin is the best standard theme park show that has ever been created. It is only one step down from a Broadway musical and still plays to capacity crowds on a regular basis. Even when I've had a pass and visited frequently, I probably watched Aladdin every other visit just because it is really that good.
Surely this was inevitable. Just like Aladdin, it'll serve as a proof-of-concept for the Broadway production, right?
Sad to see Aladdin go but onward and upward. Frozen could be great. People were upset when Joe Montana, Brett Favre, and Peyton Manning were replaced by Steve Young, Aaron Rodgers, and Andrew Luck (respectively). But the replacements have knocked it out of the park. Another analogy, Aladdin could be the forgotten Pete Best while Frozen is Ringo Starr.
Well hopefully they put back the muppets after evicting frozen from their theater.
I love Frozen. Best animated film Disney has made in the last 10 years. But wow is it overexposed!
Does it not have draw? Why replace it, can't they have both?
Let the wailing and gnashing of teeth by the online DL loving/Frozen-hating community begin...
Love it. So no Toy Story musical. I wonder if Muppet Vision coming back, which I will hate. This is a good development. What's up with calling this a money grab? Yes and so? More like Harry Potter swatter.
There is already enough frozen shows at California adventure Aladdin is awesome this is sad come on Disney I'm a huge Disney fan and your taking away a good thing. We will miss you genie hope you get another gig like this one
Should have put Beauty and the Beast ...
Will this end up being Beauty & the Beast replacement at DHS? Stay tuned.
Maybe in the process they can retheme Hollywood Land and make it look like something that belongs in the park. Walking through the detailed Buena Vista Street into the half assed Hollywood Land is probably one of the most disappointing transitions between two lands.
Well while it's sad to see the show go, perhaps this is a great chance to retheme Hollywood Land with 3 of its major attractions being closed. To walk through the beautifully detailed Buena Vista Street and then walk through the half assed Hollywood Land is one of the most disappointing transitions in a theme park.
Would love to see this come to Orlando at DHS. Could easily replace B&tB.
This is sickening. First Maelstrom, now this? Robin Williams is turning in his grave!
You know the 1990s was a huge decade for Disney Animation (let's include the Little Mermaid into this equation as well), and let's face it, they really do crap all over those movie in the theme park presence. We have a VERY mediocre at best Little Mermaid ride, and Tarzans tree house... As far as attractions go, that's very light for a list of movies that were increadably popular for their time (and today's time now that those 90s kids are passing those movies down to their kids (hard to believe that's happening already)). A good replacent for Aladdin would have been a westcoast version of Festival of the Lion King. A classic that hits home with the parents of today and their kids. You would have pulled on the heart strings of everyone which relates to easier pick pocketing on Disneys behalf.
This is disgusting I seriously cannot believe this. Too much frozen! People are sooo burnt out on frozen
We where at the park few years ago when the show was susposed to close, but thanks to us fans for complaining, they kept it. We go to the show a lot and have been told by cast members that this time they have to close as it is heading on the road for Browdway productions.
My, what a fresh concept.
If Disney had announced this at D23, I'm sure there would have been a room full of boos. Frozen is already over saturated, but it would be good as an E ticket dark ride in Disneyland. But with Stars Wars coming, that won't happen any time soon.
Ah I see, a pavilion for Norway being transformed into a cartoon doesn't cause a big outrage, but when a stage show is changed...
So frozen gets a ride, show, sing-along, parade float, but I can't have a Wreck-it Ralph or Big Hero 6 ride?!?!
Considering Frozen is Disney's biggest film since the Golden Age, I can see why they're doing it. I just don't entirely agree with it. I may be biased since Aladdin is one of my favorite Disney movies, but how will they meet or exceed the hilarity of Genie? Olaf just doesn't have the same charm and can be seen as annoying to a lot of people.
I like the Aladdin show, but don't quite understand the outrage on the board. Frozen has potential to be a tremendous musical show, especially with the effects they can pull off inside that theater.
The difference between Frozen and Aladdin is appeal. I don't think there are many boys or men who will be lining up for this show on their own. Jasmine appealed to girls, aladdin appealed to boys and the Genie well he is perhaps a disney character with the widest demographic appeal ever created, transcending age and gender. DCA is losing something very special.
Lion King would be a better musical, as it is already a Broadway show. I like Frozen, and so does my granddaughter, but I will miss Aladdin.. Loved the story and loved the Genie. ??
Aladdin was the best musical ever in a Disney park, even better than all the "DCA 2.0" additions like Mermaid, Radiator Springs, and World of Color because it's near-Broadway quality and actually tells a coherent story instead of primarily, shamelessly promoting a lucrative Disney franchise. And "Let it go" can't even hold a candle to a B-Side on Allan Menken's Aladdin soundtrack.
This would be a better fit for Disneyland's Wonder Bra Theater where the lackluster Mickey and the Magical Map currently plays
There was no way DLR wasn't going to have something Frozen put in. FL gets a make over dark ride, CA gets a stage show and Tokyo who continue to spend real money, get a land and rides. It's the simplest, most economical solution and therefore got the green light from stupid corporate executives.
Some people are saying Aladdin has been showing long enough, but you have to judge it by the crowds it still brings in. It is like DCA's Fantasmic.
Terrible, terrible decision. Aladdin is still very popular, and a major draw for everyone, not just little girls. We already have more than enough Frozen in the parks, and the backlash is already in full bloom. We are fed up, and there are definitely too many princesses already.
"If Disney had announced this at D23, I'm sure there would have been a room full of boos."
Normally, I would complain, but Universal and IOA have a lot of Potter....
I understand the outrage over them pulling the plug on Aladdin. I also understand many people have had enough of Frozen.
Disney also announced this is the last year for the Osborne lights. Apparently, they can't find room in those huge parks for them now that Star Wars Land is under construction. This is another bad decision, in my opinion. I'm planning on writing to complain about both of these issues, for whatever good it will do.
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