Toy Story – the Musical Hyperion Theater Hollywood Pictures Backlot Disney’s California Adventure
"Toy Story – The Musical" will take over Hyperion Theatre in
Disney’s California Adventure park in early 2011.
The characters and playful plot from the original Disney•Pixar film, Toy Story, will come to life before your eyes in this dazzling, musical stage spectacular where you’ll be treated to a unique “toys’ eye view” of life in Andy’s room. The stage show will feature larger-than-life set design, new songs, vivid projected backgrounds and elaborate costumes.
To make way for this exciting addition to Disney’s California Adventure park, “Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” will close August 15, 2010. If you’re visiting the Disneyland Resort this holiday season, don’t miss your chance to catch this great show.
“Toy Story – The Musical” is just the latest announcement of a line-up of great attractions and experiences coming to Disney’s California Adventure.
The 50-minute musical will preserve the humor and heart of the original film and will explore the true meaning of friendship as Buzz Lightyear and Woody transform from jealous adversaries to best friends with an unbreakable bond.
The theater is divided into three sections: the Orchestra section on the ground floor, the Mezzanine, and the Balcony. You choose which section you want to sit in when you get in line. Sitting in the Mezzanine or Balcony will require climbing up several flights of steps, though there are elevators to the upper levels for those who really need them. And inside the theater, access to any seats in the Mezzanine or Balcony other than those in the back rows requires climbing down some rather steep steps.
Once inside the theater it's not easy to switch to a different level – you'll need to see a Cast Member for assistance.
No food or drink is allowed inside the theater.
There are NO RESTROOMS in the theater – make sure to stop before you get in line. The closest restrooms are to the left of the theater as you approach it from Hollywood Blvd.
Special seating areas are available for guests in wheelchairs/ECVs and their parties.
Assistive listening is provided – receivers are available at Guest Relations.
Kids of all ages love this show!
Be aware, one scene is called Sid's Nightmare and this may be scary for young children.
Award Wieners offers a selection of hot dogs and sausages, snacks are available at Schmoozies and Fairfax Market.
Gone Hollywood features Disney Princess costumes and accessories as well as other kids' apparel.
Off the Page – Disney animation cels, books, posters, collectible figures, and other movie artwork.
Toy Story the Musical debuted on the Disney Wonder cruise ship in 2008. The Press Release:
Disney Cruise Line transforms one of the most beloved animated features of all time into a stage spectacular at the Walt Disney Theatre aboard the Disney Wonder cruise ship with the debut of “Toy Story-The Musical.” This is the first time the popular Disney•Pixar classic has been adapted for the stage.
Preserving the humor and heart of the original “Toy Story” film from Pixar Animation Studios, “Toy Story-The Musical” explores the true meaning of friendship as Buzz Lightyear and Woody transform from jealous adversaries to best friends with an unbreakable bond. The show’s elaborate costumes capture the vibrant colors and playfulness of the animated characters. Guests of all ages will delight in an original collection of show tunes that retell the story in a fun and energizing way.
Following the storyline of the original Disney•Pixar film, “Toy Story-The Musical” gives guests a toy’s eye-view of life in Andy’s room. The musical opens with an introduction to Woody, a pull-string talking cowboy who has long been six-year-old Andy’s favorite toy.
But Andy’s birthday brings a new arrival – Buzz Lightyear, the coolest action figure in the universe. Woody’s jealousy gets the better of him and he schemes to get rid of his new rival, but things go dreadfully awry. Woody and Buzz find themselves outside of Andy’s room and in a hostile world. Working together and overcoming their differences, they find their way back to Andy – along the way developing an appreciation of one another and creating a friendship.
“The ‘Toy Story’ film offered us a rich story and some incredible visual elements to build upon,” noted Jim Urry, vice president of Entertainment for Disney Cruise Line. “The team we assembled created costumes, set designs and a whole new musical score to literally transport our guests into the middle of the whimsical world of Buzz and Woody.”
Taking audiences into that world was no small task. Larger-than-life set pieces help transform the 977-seat Walt Disney Theatre into a toy-sized world of fun and adventure.
Using Randy Newman’s Oscar nominated hit song “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” as a departure point, this production has a new seven-song score that brings the story to life. New York-based Valerie Vigoda and Brendan Milburn from the band GrooveLily blended together pop, rock and folk music to create a contemporary score that truly captures the heartfelt whimsy of the animated tale.
The costumes for “Toy Story-The Musical” are some of the most complex ever developed for a Disney Cruise Line production. Costume designer Ann Closs-Farley created an extraordinary vision for what the characters would look like on stage. With a combination of articulated puppets and inflatable costumes, the “Toy Story” characters come to life – including a nearly 9-foot-tall version of Rex the dinosaur and a 4-foot-round Hamm the piggybank.
In all, “Toy Story-The Musical” represents one of the largest productions ever developed for a cruise ship. This is just the second time a Pixar animated feature has been adapted for the stage by Disney Creative Entertainment. In early 2007, “Finding Nemo-The Musical” debuted at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort and has been a tremendous success.