Want some great tips for seeing the live Frozen show at Disneyland?
See the Frozen – Live at the Hyperion show in Disney's California Adventure.
Frozen – Live at the Hyperion is a stage version of the Frozen movie, condensed into one 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.
The Hyperion is an air-conditioned theater with plush seats located near the Guardians of the Galaxy ride in Hollywood Land. It holds about 1,800 people and is nicer than theaters we've experienced on Broadway and the West End. Don't underestimate how good an hour off your feet in a soft chair will feel in the afternoon.
Here is what you need to know to have the best experience seeing Frozen live at Disneyland Resort.
Frozen is included
You do not need to pay extra to see the Frozen show at Disneyland. It's included with your Disneyland Resort ticket.
A longer version of Frozen is now on Broadway in New York City. You could pay $100+ per ticket to see Frozen on Broadway, so having this show included in your theme park ticket is a great value.
This is a good opportunity to introduce children to live theater. This show actually helped my older kids at school. Our last trip happened at the same time that they needed to see a live musical performance for their theater and choir classes. This totally counted!
Seating for Frozen – Live at the Hyperion is available on a first come, first served basis as you enter the theater. Arrive an hour early if you want the best seats. Depending on the crowds, the queue for Frozen can begin up to 90 minutes before showtime.
On our most recent Disneyland trip, we arrived 15-20 minutes before the first show of the day and had no trouble getting a good seat in the Mezzanine. The park was moderately crowded – definitely not at peak capacity. Nearly every seat in the Orchestra and Mezzanine was filled when the show began.
Can you save seats for the show? Maybe…
It would not have been a problem to save a couple of seats on our last visit when it was easy to get into the show. It might be a lot harder on a busy day when there are more people in line than there are seats. Get your entire party together 15-20 minutes before show time to avoid being separated.
If the queue is closed and your party is not all together in line, you do run the risk of not having everyone admitted to the show. If someone needs to step out of line, you can request a Return Pass from a Cast Member to officially hold their place in line for re-admission.
Just about anywhere in the center section of the Orchestra (floor) or Mezzanine (first tier) is great. Here are a few more tips for picking the best seats for your family.
First few rows – My daughter and I sat in the center of the second row the first time we saw Frozen. We had a great view of the stage and actors, who occasionally performed directly to kids in the front rows. However, as Elsa sang “Let it Go,” her staircase extended into the middle of the Orchestra. She was behind us for a short time. We pretty much missed the huge ice chandelier.
On the Aisle – You'll be slightly off-center if you choose an aisle seat, but it's a little more comfortable for those of us with long legs. The ensemble occasionally performs in the aisle – nearer the front – and may interact with you. Also, it allows for an easy exit if you need to leave during the show.
Orchestra Rear – The back half of the Orchestra is not as close to the stage, but you'll be able to see the chandelier and staircase better when they appear over the center of the Orchestra section. Sit under the ceiling – not the Mezzanine – to have “snow” fall on you during the show.
Mezzanine – These are great seats for seeing the chandelier and staircase during “Let it Go,” as well as all the action on the stage. However, the “snow” that falls on the Orchestra section once during the show will not fall on you. You may be tempted to grab a seat in the front rows, but instead choose the 4th or 5th row. A safety rail may slightly obstruct your view from the first three rows of the Mezzanine.
When you queue for the show, you can get in line for the section of your choice. Even if you find yourself in the far corner of the theater, it's still a great show! And it's still a soft, air-conditioned seat, which is so nice in sunny Anaheim. 😉
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There are usually three showtimes each day, starting at 11 AM or noon. Check the official Disneyland app, brochure or the marquee on the front of the theater for the day's show times.
There is no bathroom inside the theater. There is a bathroom fairly close, but do your best to take care of it before you get in line. You’ll find the nearest bathroom across from the entrance to the Hyperion Theater. Walk in front of the iconic photo spot at the end of Hollywood Boulevard to find the restrooms.
You can bring food and drinks into the theater. Snacks and drinks are sold from a cart before you enter the line.
The air conditioning in the Hyperion can get a little chilly. If you have a light jacket or sweater, keep them handy.
Some visitors say the volume of this show is too loud, but it hasn't been a problem for my family.
You are permitted to take photos and video during the performance as long as you do not use flash photography.
Souvenirs are available for purchase outside Hyperion Theater, and you can take your family to meet Elsa and Anna in the neighboring Animation Academy building. Check the Disneyland app for Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome times.
Frozen – Live at the Hyperion is a high-quality live musical production, and one of my favorite attractions at Disney's California Adventure. It's a great choice for all ages. Keep an eye on the time and the crowds, and be sure to arrive early enough to get a seat.
I hope that your family enjoys seeing Frozen live, and I hope that these tips will help you make the most of the show.
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