Frozen – Live at the Hyperion Theater Hollywood Pictures Backlot Disney California Adventure
Frozen – Live at the Hyperion Theater is a live musical stage show version of the hit animated movie. It is performed multiple times each day at the Hyperion Theater in Hollywood Land.
Frozen – Live at the Hyperion tells the familiar story of Anna and Elsa. In addition to talented vocalists and dancers, the production features puppetry, projection screen technology and other special effects. Many of the most memorable scenes from the movie are re-created on stage, including Elsa’s dramatic transformation on an ice staircase that extends partway over the audience.
All of the songs from the movie are included, though several have been rearranged into choreographed ensemble numbers, such as “For the First Time in Forever” and “Love is an Open Door”. The choreography is especially fun on “In Summer”. All vocals are performed live.
Sophisticated puppetry brings the characters of Sven and Olaf to life. They have all the personality and expression we saw in the movie, and are both very quirky and endearing.
The staging is minimal – just a few set pieces, although some of them, such as the ice staircase, are quite large. Much of the “scenery” is provided by the 2,200 square foot video wall at the back of the stage. The quality of the projections is excellent. There is also a 45,000 square foot “Aurora curtain” along the front and sides of the theater. Projections on the curtain surround the audience and create a sense of environment and motion.
The costumes are also very impressive. In addition to re-creating the look of the movie, there are some costuming special effects that may have you wondering just how they did that.
The production is just over 60 minutes long, though considering the time required to line up before hand and then load/unload the theater you should expect it to take at least two hours out of your day.
The show is very popular, and guests line up in advance for seats. While Fastpasses were originally available for the show, now they are only offered during very busy times of year, and normally all seating is first come-first serve. There is a dining package that offers reserved seating for the show, see the information below.
The theater is divided into three sections: the Orchestra section on the ground floor, the Mezzanine, and the Balcony. When you enter the outdoor queue you’ll select which section you wish to sit in. 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.
The Mezzanine is usually considered to offer the best overall view of the show.
Once inside the theater it’s not easy to switch to a different level – you’ll need to see a Cast Member for assistance.
Entry into the queue area is permitted 90 minutes before show time. For the best choice of seating within your preferred section you’ll want to arrive early, but that means waiting in the queue area for a long time before the theater doors open. There’s no place to sit and very little shade in the queue area, and no access to refreshments or restrooms. Your entire party should be together when you enter the queue area. And should you need to leave the queue, be sure to see a Cast Member first – you may be required to have a pass to allow you to return to the queue.
Once inside the theater, follow cast member instructions for seating. Please fill in all available seats.
Food and beverages are allowed inside the theater now – you can bring them in, or purchase from cast members wandering the aisles. There’s even a cupholder in the arm of each seat. But there are still NO RESTROOMS in the theater, so you might want to limit your beverage consumption to avoid having to leave the theater during the show. 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. Please advise a cast member when you approach the Fastpass station if wheelchair seating is required.
Assistive listening is provided – receivers are available at Guest Relations.
The Frozen Dining Package available through Disneyland Dining offers Reserved Priority Seating for Frozen – Live at the Hyperion. It features a three-course lunch at the Carthay Circle Restaurant. The package is $89 for adults and $59 for kids 3-9, plus tax and gratuity. No charge for children under the age of three.
Most kids are very familiar with the story and enjoy the show.
There are a couple brief moments of darkness, but nothing that should be too scary.
Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome in the nearby Animation Building gives guests an opportunity to meet the two sisters during regular park hours.
Award Wieners offers a selection of hot dogs and sausages, snacks are available at Schmoozies and Fairfax Market.
Gone Hollywood features Anna and Elsa apparel as well as other Disney Princess costumes and accessories.
Off the Page – Disney animation cels, books, posters, collectible figures, and artwork.
When Disney California Adventure opened in 2001, an original Disney musical called “Disney’s Steps in Time” was on stage at the Hyperion. A scaled-down version of the musical “Blast” followed. Disney’s Aladdin – a Musical Spectacular was a guest favorite and ran from January 16, 2003 to January 10, 2016.
The live stage version of Frozen was produced by Dana Harrel and directed by Tony Award Nominee Liesl Tommy, with choreography by Christopher Windom. Clint Ramos, another Tony Award nominee, was the costumer designer. Screenplay adaptation by Chad Beguelin and musical arrangements by Jason Michael Webb. Michael Curry designed the Sven and Olaf puppets.
There are 106 members in the opening cast, of which 24 appear on-stage in any given show.
More than 1,000 costumes were created for the show, along with 772 pairs of shoes.
Elsa’s magic is created through the use of dynamic effects, including 20 plumes of CO2, along with liquid nitrogen and evaporating snow throughout the stage and auditorium – in addition to scenic, lighting, video and audio effects.
Many scenic elements are battery powered and wirelessly controlled. The two snow mounds move about the stage autonomously, using laser scanners and reflectors as their guide.
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