At the Hyperion Theater, you'll see live entertainment in a 2,000-seat theater. The theater is reminiscent of grand movie palaces in downtown Los Angeles, and the show is a top-notch Broadway-style musical.
The storyline is true to the film, but the presentation is what makes this show special. Tony Award nominee director Liesl Tommy was hired to create a Broadway-level production. After being in the park and talking to guests, she said in interviews that she realized it wasn’t good enough. The result is a piece of extraordinary stagecraft using projections that make for seamless scene changes and feeling of movement.
The stage work is fascinating, but that's not enough to get everyone engaged and enthusiastic about the show overall. A lot of people say it's ok but not great and question whether it is worth the time. They say things like: “It was OK… but something was off with the flow,” or “Hands down, Aladdin was a much better show, by 99.99%."
What You Need to Know About the Frozen Show
- Show Time: The show lasts about an hour, including the time it takes to get in and seated.
- Recommended for: Fans of "Frozen" and fans of musical theater. And anyone who would love to sit still in a cool place for an hour.
- Fun Factor: High if you like the Frozen story. Less for others.
- Wait Factor: FASTPASSes have been discontinued for Frozen and you can expect to wait about in line for about an hour to get a seat.
- Accessibility: You can stay in your wheelchair to watch the show. If you have trouble climbing the steps outside, ask a Cast Member for assistance, and they can show you an easier way to get in. More about visiting Disneyland in a wheelchair or ECV
How to Have More Fun
- Get in line at the theater 45 minutes to an hour before showtime. Take a bathroom break if you need it. You may not have another chance for a couple of hours after that, by the time you wait for the doors to open and see the show. If an emergency comes up, get a return pass from a Cast Member to be sure you can get back in line.
- Choose your seating level and get into the line for it. Orchestra is ground floor, and the mezzanine is halfway up. The balcony could give you a nosebleed, but you can also see the entire theatre if you get into its front row.
- Stick together in line, or your group might get split up. People are seated in the order they arrive at the door, and lines get cut off when all seats are filled.
- Seats in the front part of the orchestra section are the best, and even better are the ones along the aisles where you can get a close-up look at the passing performers.
- If you get into the theater on the ground level early enough, head for the seating on the side, where there are only four seats in the row and cast members walk right next to you.
- Seating is limited, and even though the theater is large, it can fill up during busy times. The time shown on the schedule is the time they start seating, and doors close promptly five minutes before the show begins.
- You know your kids better than anyone else does. This show is long for some attention spans and not every child in the world is obsessed with Frozen, even though it seems that way sometimes. Consider whether or not this is something they — and you — would enjoy. If you're skeptical about their ability to stick through the whole thing, try to get a seat on the aisle so you can make an easy exit.
- The Hyperion Theater is an excellent place to cool off on a hot day. It's air-conditioned, and the seats are comfy. If you don't want to watch, you could take a discreet nap. Just try not to snore and bother the people around you.
- The show schedule varies from day to day. Check the Entertainment Times guide you got at the gate, check your favorite Disneyland app, or ask a Cast Member.
- Expect to leave your strollers outside.
If you love Frozen and want more, you can Meet and Greet Anna and Elsa in the Animation Academy inside the Disney Animation building, where you can also learn to draw characters like Olaf and Marshmallow. Use these tips for how to actually meet more Disney characters to learn how to make the most of your interaction.