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Inside “Tangled: The Musical”

A musical based on Disney’s hit animated feature “Tangled” has been rumored as a possible replacement show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios should the park decide to close the long running “Beauty and the Beast” stage musical. What would this new Tangled stage musical look like?… Read More »Inside “Tangled: The Musical”

New in Orlando – The Republic Game

There’s a new interactive immersive theater experience in Orlando where the fate of characters is left in the audience’s hands. The Republic takes place on a huge set with over 25 rooms and 18,000 square feet. As a member of the audience you’re given a… Read More »New in Orlando – The Republic Game

Newsies Seize The Day dance tutorial

It’s not every day that the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama endorses your work, but Christopher Gattelli, who choreographed the dances for Disney’s Newsies on Broadway, has now had that honor. Gattelli and the cast from Newsies have released a “Seize The… Read More »Newsies Seize The Day dance tutorial

A Salute To The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Festival of Fools at Disneyland

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There was no show like The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Festival of Fools at Disneyland. Instead of a simple retelling of the story of Quasimodo, Esmeralda, Pheobus, Clopin, and the gang from Disney’s popular movie, it took place in and around the audience in an arena based on medieval play structure and brought a new style of entertainment to guests.

Because there was always multiple things going on in the show at the same time it had repeatability. Also, the performers were given a small amount of leeway to juice up their roles with an extra bit of humor here and there. I saw the show well over 600 times, but I guarantee I never had the same experience twice.

I could have watched it many more times, However, it only ran from June 21, 1996 to April 18, 1998. Not nearly long enough in my book. But I do remember it with an essay in my Dispatch from Disneyland book and, through the magic of YouTube, you can watch a recording of that wonderful final show. Hard to believe it’s been 16 years.

Parts 2 & 3 below
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“Disenchanted!” is an Princess-larious good time!

“Disenchanted!” is a cabaret-style original musical, originally created in Orlando by two former Disney World employees, that takes a look at those classic princess stories we have come to know and love…through the eyes of the ticked off princesses. The show has had various productions… Read More »“Disenchanted!” is an Princess-larious good time!