Disney enlists Broadway talents for theme park shows

Posted Monday, January 6, 2003 4:40 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Disney has been tapping the talents, and success, of its Broadway theater division to help produce shows for its theme parks. Starting with an Aladdin show at Disney's California Adventure, the company hopes to boost attendance with live shows.

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Monday, January 6, 2003 6:25 AM
Being a designer of theme park shows, and after seeing Aladdin at DCA, they should use people who know what they are doing. It is probably one of the worst amusement parks show I have ever seen. The show is too long, too over-produced (I know an oxi-moron for a theme park show), and very badly conceived. A Guest in a theme park wants to see something quick, true to it's original source material (this show is so far from the original cartoon) and a good diversion from waiting in line for more thrilling attractions.

The day I saw the show the audience was about 1/2 full, after about 15 minutes, there were only around 30 people left in the audience. Disney really missed the boat on this one. *** This post was edited by TDesign on 1/6/2003. ***

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Monday, January 6, 2003 8:44 AM
Well i thought the show was excellant and very well done!!! When i went the show was 3/4 full and i saw no one leave early at all!!! It was nice to see a show this well done in a theme park and is well worth seeing!!! I give disney credit for putting on a show of this caliber at a theme park. it is much better than other shows i have seen at any other park and is of the typical disney quality!!!
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Monday, January 6, 2003 4:08 PM
TDesign- I have to agree with you on the fact that when I go to a park I want quick shows that are neat and keep my attention. Now when it comes to Disney they do have a lot of families that come to their parks. This means that not everyone who goes to the parks wants to marathon Rock "n" Roller Coaster. For The parents and such this would be a neat attraction. It really depends on what kind of a crowd they are going for with these shows. you are not going to get a 5 year old to sit through a 45 minute Broadway style musical.

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Monday, January 6, 2003 4:13 PM
My 6yr old had no problem at all sitting thru the show!!!! And she isnt known for having a long attention span. The show had enough going on that it kept her attention and she wanted to see it again.
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Monday, January 6, 2003 8:04 PM
I have never seen the show before, but in my opinion this show shouldn't try to be different from the original cartoon. I think it should reflect the original in every way but obviousley not be as long. And usually when I go to a themed park and I want to catch a show, I go there to rest and to be entertained. So it wouldn't hurt to be sitting there for a little while. Now kids are known to have short attention spans, but this is Disney we're talking about and I'm pretty sure that they know what they're doing when they want to entertain children.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2003 1:55 PM
Well, I teach elementary music for kids in grades K-5. My classes are fourty minutes long and although I have to work at keeping their attention, most kids are able to enjoy the class perfectly well. Sometimes I'm even told how fast the class went by. I see kids watching movies that are over fourty five minutes quite often. Heck, there were even five year old children watching The Two Towers when I went and they were fine (even though I personally think that the movie is very inappropriate for them.) I would love to go to California to see this show and think that many families would appreciate the effort.
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Thursday, January 9, 2003 6:26 PM

Teachers who entertain are the best. They literally make the time fly.

Also, no one has mentioned the handicapped lady in the show. She's in a wheelchair, but veiwers can hardly tell cause its covered. She even dances with the other performers. Props to disney for not being discriminative. Heres a picture http://miceage.com/allutz/al010803a.htm

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