“I’d sacrifice riches beyond measure…”
I’ve been looking forward all year to featuring this – in my opinion, the greatest show ever produced at a Disney park… and ironically the week I scheduled it for comes a week after it was just announced that the show will be closing to be replaced by (of course)… Frozen. That new production will open in Summer 2016.
I was actually in tears at this news. And when someone pointed out that there would be no other place to hear Jasmine sing the song “To Be Free” which was composed especially for this production (since that number is apparently not in the Broadway version), I was doubly devastated.
And unlike the previous attempt by Disney to shut down the show (when they wanted to replace it with a version of the Disney Cruise Line Toy Story Musical) that the vocal fans fought and won – this time I think there will be no reprieve for Genie and his friends despite another loud vocal outcry against this move to close an extremely popular show that continues to play to capacity more than a decade after its original debut.
And while some might feel that the show has worn out its welcome after so long (I’m not one of them), I think the dismay is as much about what is replacing this show as that it is being replaced at all.
Later this week, I’ll discuss in more depth my thoughts on the entertainment changes occurring in the Disney Parks, but for today, let’s celebrate the best Broadway-quality show you can see for free (after park entry cost) at any stateside Disney theme park!
What is Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular?
If you were to visit the Disneyland Resort only once in a lifetime, this is the one show I would say you cannot miss. Nothing else compares to the quality and sheer entertainment value of this show based on the popular Disney animated film, Aladdin.
Wirework, puppeteering, dancing, singing, comedy, panto-style interactions with the audience – this show has it all! It appeals to the entire family no matter your age or gender.
And it has Genie.
And did I mention Genie?
Because really, he makes the show with his range of constantly changing improvised jokes and his ability to tug at anyone’s heartstrings. Can I just say: pinky swear. (You teared up at that, didn’t you? You’re not alone.)
But there’s even more to this wonderful show than Genie.
There’s the “Whole New World” sequence which is too magical and magnificent to spoiler but is always the showstopping moment that makes the audience gasp in surprise and awe. And the Jafar final transformation is spectacular indeed!
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