First it was For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing a Long. And then Frozen invaded the Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre in Disneyland’s Fantasyland. And now a third Frozen show has been confirmed to be on the way to Disneyland, and will debut in 2016. Even if you’re a fan of Frozen, this might be getting a little exhausting. Though we don't know much about this new offering, it's very existence is quite perplexing for several reasons, and we have many questions. For instance...
1. Is Aladdin REALLY going to close this time?
First they came for MuppetVision 3D and I said nothing. And then they came for the Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre and again I said nothing. But now, Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular has been confirmed to be closing in January 2016 to make way for Frozen, and it seems like the time is right to speak up.
In cast you weren’t aware, the Aladdin show at Disney’s California Adventure has survived extinction before. Back in 2009 a Toy Story show was announced for the Hyperion Theater (where the Aladdin show is performed). However, fan response to this development was so overwhelmingly negative that Disney changed their minds and decided in 2010 to keep the show indefinitely.
Though it was never formally announced, rumors circulated last year that Aladdin was on the chopping block again, with a Tangled show set to replace it. However, these rumors never materialized into anything, and Aladdin (presumably) avoided closure yet again.
However, could Frozen be the franchise to end Aladdin’s streak of good luck. Reactions on social media as well as the Disney Parks Blog have been quite negative (again), but it seems unlikely that Disney might acquiesce to fan insistence again. Then again, Aladdin did have three wishes…
2. How is this show going to be different?
Right now, there are tons of ways to experience Frozen at Disneyland Resort. Though the Frozen Ever After ride looks like it will be an Epcot exclusive, For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-a-Long does a great job of recounting the events of the film, including every song and highlight for Frozen fans of all ages to enjoy.
And if that wasn’t enough, the Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre players recount the story of Frozen in 20 minute batches several times a day in Fantasyland. Even if you somehow managed to escape the film Frozen, it’s almost impossible not to know the plot of the movie by now, especially if you are a frequent Disneyland visitor.
So that begs the question, what will this show do differently? There’s no real room to expand on the story of Frozen, we’ve all heard the songs before, and even if we hadn’t, “Let it Go” is a part of Disneyland Forever, Paint the Night and even World of Color (in addition to the aforementioned pre-existing Frozen Shows). There is already SO MUCH Frozen at Disneyland, that it’s hard to think of a way to do this great film justice in a stage show without it feeling like a major re-tread. Which brings us to our next question…