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