‘Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular’ Celebrates More Than 14,000 Performances at the Disneyland Resort
For nearly 13 years, “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” has presented the magical tale of Aladdin in a lavish, immersive production at the Hyperion Theater in Disney California Adventure Park. The dynamic stage show became an instant hit with guests and the cast has performed it more than 14,000 times. Now, guests are invited to experience the “Wonderful! Magnificent! Glorious!” musical – with words such as those from the Genie and other memorable characters – before the final, flying carpet ride on January 10, 2016. An exciting, new stage presentation of “Frozen” will open at Hyperion Theater in the summer of 2016.
Since its premiere on Jan. 16, 2003, “Disney’s Aladdin” has entertained more than 13 million visitors. Based on the popular Disney animated film, “Aladdin,” with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice, the theme park show is filled with music, comedy, dancing and fantastic special effects — plus countless timely quips by the show’s magical Genie.
“Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” performs several times a day and now has Disney FastPass service, to reserve a show time. The schedule is available in the park’s show times guide.
‘Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular’ By the Numbers
- 13,000,000+ – Guests who have experienced the show since it opened
- 14,000+ – Total performances
- 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!”
Captivating Scenes from the Show
- As he introduces himself to Aladdin, Genie shows off his powers with bright lights, magical tricks and an extravagant musical number, “Friend Like Me,” featuring energetic and acrobatic clones of himself.
- Aladdin and Jasmine discover “A Whole New World” as they soar above guests’ heads aboard a flying Magic Carpet, passing by breathtaking monuments around the world.
- Under the guise of “Prince Ali,” Aladdin makes a grand entrance into the Hyperion Theater by riding an “elephant” through the seating area, followed by a trail of dancers carrying priceless treasures and animals.
- Genie’s jokes frequently change to reference popular culture and current events, making each performance a unique experience.