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One of the highlights of a visit to Disney’s California Adventure Park is the amazing Aladdin A Musical Spectacular show. This amazing Broadway quality show is staged most days, several times a day, at the Hyperion Theater. If you are visiting California Adventure the Disney’s Aladdin really ought to be on your must see list. It is a Broadway quality show which is suitable for all ages.
The show is based upon the 1992 Disney Aladdin movie. Of course there are short cuts in the story but it is an excellent adaptation and works well as a self contained show which lasts 45 minutes. It has been in the California Adventure Park for many years now and recently celebrated it’s 10 Year Anniversary!
The quality of the acting, singing, stage sets, costumes and effects is spectacular. The star of the show is the Genie. No matter how many times you see the show his performance is excellent and although everything else is scripted his topical jokes and asides add a fresh element to the show each time you see it.
Disney recently published some interesting facts at Disney parks blog. The Aladdin show has more than 100 performers in the show’s company and as many as 35 cast members perform in the show each day. There are 18 scene changes and 48 pieces of scenery needed for the show.
The Hyperion Theater houses more than 600 conventional light fixtures and 90 moving lights. Aladdin truly is a spectacular show!
You do have to wait in line outside for the show. There are 2,000 seats in the theater but they are often filled to capacity. At busy times to get the best seats you would be wise to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the show starting. In the summer it can be hot standing in line and although there is shade under the trees near the front of the line, the further back you get the less shade there is. So bring a hat! And remember that there are no restrooms in the theater so plan accordingly!
Where are the best seats in the Aladdin show? There really aren’t any bad seats as the theater is very cleverly designed to offer great views from most seats. I prefer to sit near the front of the Orchestra so that we can be up close but that is probably not the best seat if you are visiting for the first time. I have lost count of the amount of times we have seen the show and I prefer to be up close so I can see the finer details rather than the best view of the overall picture. Many would feel that the best view is in the middle, close to the front of the Mezzanine. You also get a great view from the balcony, particularly of the flying carpet.
To get to the Balcony and the Mezzanine there are a lot of steps, particularly to the balcony. The steps are outside and if you don’t like heights you aren’t going to like the balcony. And even when you get up there you will probably have to climb down some steep stairs to access your seats. The balcony and the mezzanine are the best places to see the flying carpet. Sitting in the Orchestra and looking up is not the best way to see this stunning effect.
If you have seen the show where is your favorite place to sit? Your favorite moment? Leave me a comment to let us know what your favorite part of Disney’s Aladdin A Musical Spectacular is!
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