Frozen Show at Disney California Adventure

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    Hyperion Theater: Frozen

    Prince Olaf Meets Anna in Frozen - Live at the Hyperion
    Piotr A. Redlinski/Disneyland Resort

    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 story line 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 realized that wasn’t good enough. The result is a piece of extraordinary stagecraft using projections that make for seamless scene changes and feeling of movement.

    I loved the stage work, but I'm not a fan of the show and found myself wondering why. To get a second opinion, I asked a few of my fellow Disney addicts what they thought. Most of them said it was ok but not great and questioned whether it was worth the time. These are some of their comments: “It was OK… but something was off with the flow. ” “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. Especially if you like the Frozen story. Less for others.
    • Wait Factor:  The Aladdin show which preceded Frozen was easy to get into, but Frozen is much more in demand. In fact, if you don't get prepared, you might not get to see it at all. As soon as you arrive at the park, pick up a FASTPASS for the show. That will get you in the door, but not in the front row. You also need to get in line at the theater about half an hour before your scheduled time and get into the "Orchestra" line for seating on the lower level.
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    How to Have More Fun at Hyperion Theater

    Olaf Dreams of Summer in the Frozen Show
    Scott Brinegar/Disneyland Resort
    • 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 big, 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 starts.
    • 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 a good 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. 

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    More about Watching Frozen

    Hyperion Theatre
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    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

    If You Love Frozen and Want More

    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.