Saturday, May 28, 2016

Photos from the new 'Frozen—Live at the Hyperion' show at Disneyland

“Frozen – Live at the Hyperion,” a new theater adaptation based on blockbuster movie "Frozen"
Elsa  in the new theatrical interpretation of "Frozen" at California Adventure
 in Disneyland. (Disney publicity photo by Scott Brinegar)
opened May 27, 2016 at the Hyperion Theater at California Adventure in Disneyland.


The show features six musical numbers with a cast and crew of more than 200 and a 2,200 square foot video wall.

According to a Disney news release, guests are immersed in the world of “Frozen” from the moment they enter the theater.  The show, directed by Tony Award nominated Liesl Tommy, features elaborate costumes, special effects and elaborate puppets.

Here is a look at the show from Disney:
King Agdar and Queen Idun with Elsa in new a theatrical interpretation for the stage based on "Frozen" 
at CaliforniaAdventure in Disneyland. (Disney publicity photo by Scott Brinegar)

Anna and Elsa in a new theatrical interpretation for the stage based on "Frozen" at California Adventure
 in Disneyland. (Disney publicity photo by Scott Brinegar)

Elsa and Anna meet the Duke of Weselton  in a new theatrical interpretation for the stage based on "Frozen" 
at the California Adventure in Disneyland. (Disney publicity photo by Paul Hiffmeyer)

Elsa and Anna in a new theatrical interpretation for the stage based on "Frozen" at the  California Adventure 
in Disneyland. (Disney publicity photo by Piotr A. Redlinski.)

Prince Hans meets Anna in a new theatrical interpretation for the stage based on "Frozen" at California
Adventure in Disneyland. (Disney publicity photo by Piotr A. Redlinski)

Prince Hans meets Anna in a new theatrical interpretation for the stage based on "Frozen" at California
Adventure in Disneyland. (Disney publicity photo by Piotr A. Redlinski)

Elsa's coronation in a new theatrical interpretation for the stage based on "Frozen" at California Adventure 
in Disneyland. (Disney publicity photo by Scott Brinegar)

Young Kristoff and Sven in a new theatrical interpretation for the stage based on "Frozen" at California
Adventure in Disneyland. (Disney publicity photo by Piotr A. Redlinski)

Young Kristoff and Sven in a new theatrical interpretation for the stage based on "Frozen" at California
Adventure in Disneyland. (Disney publicity photo by Piotr A. Redlinski)

Kristoff takes Anna to the Trolls in a new theatrical interpretation for the stage based on "Frozen" at the 
California Adventure in Disneyland. (Disney publicity photo by Scott Brinegar)
Olaf dreams of summer in a new theatrical interpretation for the stage based on "Frozen" at California
Adventure in Disneyland. (Disney publicity photo by Scott Brinegar)

Elsa and Anna in a new theatrical interpretation for the stage based on "Frozen" at California Adventure
 in Disneyland. (Disney publicity photo by Scott Brinegar)



Friday, May 27, 2016

'The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic' debuts May 28, 2016 at Disney World" (Photos)

The new nighttime limited-engagement water special effects and light show debuts at the Animal Kingdom at Disney World May 28, 2016.
Disney publicity photo of "The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic"
The 25-minute “The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic,” show, which will be performed at the new 5,000-seat Discovery River amphitheater, is the retelling of "The Jungle Book" complete with singers, dancers and musicians.
The show open with barges decorated with Indian banners and flower decorations carrying singers, dancers and musicians.

The  show’s live music is arranged in Indian styles that feature the sitar and tabla drums for songs like “The Bare Necessities,” “Trust in Me,” and “I Wan’na Be Like You," according to a Disney news release.
“We’ve been fortunate to work with an amazing team of collaborators from around the world, from the filmmakers behind the blockbuster movie to a creative team of artists who helped to infuse our show with authentic aspects of the culture of India,” Michael Jung, executive creative director, Walt Disney Imagineering, said in the release.
Also part of the show are water screens which have various images projected on them, including a large elephant herd.
Disney publicity photo of "The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic"

Disney publicity photo of "The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic"

Disney publicity photo of "The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic"

Disney publicity photo of "The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic"

Disney publicity photo of "The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic"

Disney publicity photo of "The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic"

Disney publicity photo of "The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic"

Disney publicity photo of "The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic"

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Disneyland and Disney World to celebrate Speak Like a Whale Day in June

In honor of the upcoming Disney-Pixar film "Finding Dory," Disneyland and Disney World will celebrate the inaugural Speak Like a Whale Day this June.

On June 11, 2016 the two parks will hold various events, according to the Disney Parks Blog, including:

Giving a complimentary button to those at Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disney Cruise Line ships .

Various themed activities, including a Whale Speak University, will take place at the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland and Disney Springs at Disney World.

Experts from Disney’s Animals, Science and Environment Team will be at The Seas with Nemo & Friends in Epcot at Disney World to help guests find Dory and others in one of the large aquariums.

Dory and her friends will also be able to be seen at Turtle Talk with Crush at Epcot in Disney World and California Adventure in Disneyland.

Magic Kingdom is still the most popular theme park in the world

The Magic Kingdom remains the most attended theme park in the world with over 20 million people visiting in 2015, according to the latest report from the 2015 Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and AECOM.

Magic Kingdom
All but three of the Disney theme parks around the world saw attendance increase in 2015. Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo Disney Sea and Hong Kong Disneyland had decreases of -4 percent, -3.5 percent and -9.3 percent.

Disney World as a whole increased about 4.7 percent and John Robinett, senior vice president, economics of America of TEA said in the annual report TEA expects to see "Disney realize many opportunities to satisfy guests over the next few years as Star Wars attractions, Star Wars lands and Star Wars character interactions unfold — and even before that happens, they’re making the most of the anticipation with walk-throughs, stage shows, Jedi training camp and, naturally, retail — plenty of retail."

Here is a look at percentage change of major theme parks.

1. Magic Kingdom: 6 percent
2. Disneyland: 9 percent
3. Tokyo Disneyland: -4 percent
4. Universal Studios Japan: 17.8 percent
5. Tokyo Disney Sea: -3.5 percent
6. Epcot: 3.0 percent
7. Disney's Animal Kingdom: 5 percent
8. Disney's Hollywood Studios: 5 percent
9. Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris: 4.2 percent
10. Universal Studios Florida: 16 percent
11. Disney California Adventure: 3 percent
12. Islands of Adventure: 8 percent
18. Universal Studios Hollywood:
(19) Hong Kong Disneyland: -9.3 percent