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See the Frozen – Live at the Hyperion show in California Adventure.
The Hyperion is a big, beautiful, air-conditioned theater with plush seats located near the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride. It holds about 1,800 people and is nicer than the theaters we've experienced on Broadway and London's West End. Don't underestimate how good an hour off your feet in a soft chair will feel.
Frozen – Live at the Hyperion is a lavish stage version of the movie, condensed into just under an hour. All your favorite characters and songs are there. Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Hans and the ensemble are excellent. Sven, Olaf and the trolls are puppets, and so well acted that I nearly forgot the puppeteers were there.
Creative adaptations for the stage keep the show fresh and interesting, while keeping the focus on the relationships and messages of this beloved modern classic.
Here is what you need to know to have the best experience seeing Frozen live at Disneyland.
Frozen is included
You do not need to pay extra to see the Frozen show at Disneyland. It's included with your California Adventure park ticket. There are currently three showtimes each day.
Aladdin played in the Hyperion for more than a decade and a longer version of the show is now on Broadway in New York City. You'll pay at least $100 per ticket to see Aladdin on Broadway, so having Frozen included in your California Adventure pass is a great value.
This is a good opportunity to introduce young children to live theater. My older kids have been required to see a live musical production for Theatre and Choir classes in school. This totally counts!
The air conditioning in the Hyperion can get a little chilly. I pulled on my light sweater about halfway through the show. Also, some visitors say the volume of this show is too loud, but it hasn't been a problem for my us.
When Frozen – Live at the Hyperion first debuted, you could get a FASTPASS for the show. Now that it isn't the hot new thing anymore, this attraction has dropped off the FASTPASS list.
So, there are no guarantees, but demand has leveled off. You should get in if you arrive early enough.
Arrive up to an hour before a show time to get a good seat. If crowds are lighter and you don't care where you sit, 15-30 minutes early might be plenty. Just don't arrive at the last minute and expect to get a seat.
It's hard to save seats for Frozen. If you send someone ahead to save a place in line, you may have a hard time getting through a crowd of 1,800+, and you'll annoy a lot of people along the way if you do. Once the line moves into the theater, you'll probably be out of luck if your group isn't together.
Don't sit on the front row
My daughter and I sat in the center of the second row the first time we saw Frozen, and it was actually a little too close. We had a great view of the stage and actors, who occasionally performed directly to kids in the front rows. However, the production occasionally extended almost mid-way into the Orchestra section.
We pretty much missed the huge ice chandelier at Elsa's castle because it was directly over our heads. And, as Elsa built to the climax of “Let it Go,” she was actually behind us on her huge staircase over the audience.
If you get to pick your seats, I believe that the best seats for this show are at the front of the Mezzanine (first tier) or middle/back of the Orchestra (floor).
Disclosure: Disneyland hosted me and my daughter for the premiere of Frozen Live at the Hyperion for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.
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