It took a while for the Hyperion Theatre at Disney California Adventure to settle on a show that worked in the space. But when they did, they found one that lasted for over 14,000 performances. That show is “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” and the end of its 13 year run will be on January 10th, 2016.
As Disney has previously announced a new stage presentation of “Frozen” will move into the Hyperion Theater in the summer of 2016. But let’s not jump ahead yet. Here are some amazing facts and figures about “Disney’s Aladdin.’
‘Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular’ By the Numbers
- It premiered January 16, 2003 and has entertained more than 13 million visitors.
- 20,000+ – Makeup applications to prepare the Genie
- 110+ – Total performers in the company
- 48 – Pieces of scenery on stage
- 32+ – Cast members who perform each day
- 10+ – Cast members from the show who have performed on Broadway or in the touring casts of Broadway hits
- 8 – Original performers who are still with the cast
- 5 – Timeless songs
- 3 – Wishes granted by the Genie
- Puppets for the show, including the original Iago, Elephant, horse and snake puppets, were created by Michael Curry Designs, the same team that designed the Tick Tock the Croc seen in “Fantasmic!” and the Sebastian puppet in “Mickey and the Magical Map.”
- The song “To Be Free” was written by Alan Menken, specially for the musical stage show at Disney California Adventure.
- Opening-day makeup artist Brad Hardin continues to prep performers for the daily shows.
Memorable Genie Quips
- Genie’s advice to help Aladdin impress Princess Jasmine: “Be yourself! It’s what’s inside that counts.”
- “Do I have lamp breath?”
- While on the flying carpet: “Hey, I’m soarin’ over California!”
- On the restrictions in the Genie Rule Book:
- “I can’t bring anyone back from the dead – but there’s an app for that!”
- “Ixnay on wishing for more wishes.”
- “Hey Carpet! Nice weave!”
- Genie, as he reluctantly uses his powers to name Jafar the Sultan of Agrabah: “You look good as the new Sultan. You look good up close. You would look much better from Jafar!”
If you want to catch one of the last shows, we definitely recommend taking advantage of the Fastpass service to reserve a show time.
Are you sad to see Aladdin go from Disney California Adventure?