“The cold never bothered me anyway…”
Warning: it’s going to get cold around here this week. In fact… it’s getting Frozen!
This week, we’re going to explore a few of the “Frozen Fun” offerings that were added to the Disneyland Resort this winter season.
I’m going to start with my favorite – which is the one I hope sticks around for a while: For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration!
Like many of you, I’m a bit Frozen-ed out by now. I’ve watched the movie multiple times and listened (and yes – sang along loudly) to the soundtrack even more times. When at first Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort and then the Disneyland Resort seemed to have suddenly become Fro-zones, I’ll admit, I felt I was being pushed over the edge from “maybe getting to be too much” to “LET IT GO!!!”
Nonetheless, I was willing to try out many of these experiences (with some still left on the to-do list) and see if just maybe there was something that could thaw my quickly-freezing heart…
And that something turned out to be the Frozen Sing-Along which took over the former Muppet*Vision 3D theater. Unlike some other areas that were Frozen over *cough Mad T Party cough*, I wasn’t sad to see this theater re-themed. This poor attraction rarely got many visitors and it made sense to update it to something that did. And what a re-theme it got!
What is For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration?
As soon as you enter the newly-rechristened “Crown Jewel Theatre”, you immediately feel like you’ve stepped into Arendelle – with just an extra touch of punny whimsy as perhaps a nod back to the Theatre’s Muppet roots. You pass through the hallway into a lobby filled with Arendelle show posters as you wait to enter the Theatre itself. As soon as you do, you find it transformed with a backdrop from the Frozen movie. (An acknowledgement: as all of the backgrounds used in the show are digital, there are some pixilation and editing issues as the backgrounds change.)
The framework of the Sing-Along deals with the attempt to help an apprentice become a Royal Historian to the court of Arendelle. Along the way, the story of Frozen is told using video clips of many of the favorite songs from the film and the audience is encouraged to sing with the music onscreen, while a few special guests also appear to help tale their tale…
Who are the performers?
Your hosts are Aria, a Royal Historian of Arendelle and her apprentice, Eric, who is still waiting to achieve that rank and title.
There are also THREE very special guests from Arendelle: Queen Elsa, Princess Anna and Kristoff! Those hoping to see a full-fledged show with some of the characters however, may be better off heading for the Royal Theatre at Disneyland. The characters here for the most part make quick run-in and run-out again appearances between song clips. But the visit from Elsa is truly special and let’s just say involves making some magic happen inside the Theatre!
When and where can I find it?
For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration is performed multiple times per day in the former Muppet*Vision 3D theater in the Hollywood Backlot area of Hollywood Land in Disney California Adventure.
Check your Entertainment Times Guide for daily performances and be aware that a FastPass is the advised method to see the show. So the earlier you go, the sooner you can get a FastPass time to return.
For those of you visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, they too have a Frozen Sing-Along at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Use My Disney Experience to see available showtimes and to obtain your FastPass+ for the show.
Why spotlight it?
Of all of the “Frozen Fun” introduced at Disney California Adventure, this one for me has the most entertainment value. You get to sit inside a beautiful theatre, sing along to some wonderful songs (yes, of course I sang – just as loud as the little Elsas and Annas sitting all around me did!), see some beloved characters and experience a bit of Disney magic at the end. This show has definite repeat-viewing potential and I hope it lasts beyond the winter season as I’d happily go back to watch it again… in summmmmmeerrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!
Have you sung along at For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration?
Update 11/12/15: FastPass is no longer required/available for this show at Disney California Adventure. It is standby/first come, first served.
Update 4/17/16: This show is closing today. This means that as of tomorrow there will be no Frozen-themed shows in the Disneyland Resort until the Frozen show at the nearby Hyperion Theatre opens in a few weeks. However, Elsa, Anna and Olaf are still meeting guests in Hollywood Land. There has been no official announcement of whether the Muppets attraction will be returning to this venue.