Disneyland is preparing to take the next step toward bringing back live shows and nightly spectacles that have attracted large crowds in a phased manner following the year-long coronavirus shutdown that has so far included Theatrical entertainment is not included.
The “Disney Junior Dance Party” will return to its indoor theater in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure on Friday, October 15, after a 19-month hiatus due to the Anaheim theme park’s extended pandemic closure and continuing COVID-19 health and safety concerns. concerns.
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The “Disney Junior Dance Party” indoor stage show, designed for preschool and grade-school children, features songs based on the Disney Junior television show, with performances by characters such as Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, There are dance and theatrical sketches.
The returning children’s show will be presented in a modified format to allow physical distancing between the audience and the cast. Parents would be seated with their children on the carpeted floor of the indoor theater – a change from the previous seating arrangement in which parents sat on bench seats at the back of the theatre.
The return of the “Disney Junior Dance Party” brought back the Royal Theater storytelling shows in Fantasyland for Disney’s Anaheim theme park, DCA’s Hyperion Theater and Disneyland’s Fantasyland Theater, as well as larger productions at “Fantasmic” and “World of Colour”. The stage was set to bring “Great night view that has since been closed over COVID-19 physical distancing concerns since all parks reopened.
Disneyland and DCA have been slow to bring back live entertainment that draws large crowds from continuing social distancing concerns – especially with young children who are not yet eligible for COVID-19 vaccines.
DCA used the Disney Junior indoor theater when the park reopened for socially distanced character wave-and-play interactions. The Disney Junior Theater is currently hosting the “Mickey’s Trick and Treat” live show during the Oogie Boogie Bash following Halloween events with character performances, video projections, and special effects.
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State guidelines issued when California theme parks were allowed to reopen in April for limited live shows and outdoor settings and restricted indoor rides for 15 minutes over COVID-19 health and safety concerns . Most of the COVID-19 restrictions ended in June when state officials fully reopened California’s economy after more than a year of pandemic lockdown.
Disneyland and Disney California Adventure have taken a slow and measured approach to rolling back live entertainment after the pandemic shutdown.
Socially distanced character wave-and-drama interactions throughout the parks replaced traditional up-close meet-and-greets with hugs and high-fives, while Disney characters cavalcade mini-parades along Main Street USA also participated in.
Fireworks returned in time on the Fourth of July with “Mickey’s Mix Magic”, which featured pyrotechnics on the weekend and video projection, show lighting and lasers during the week.
During the summer, dapper dances, bootstraps, fives and dimes, pearl bands and other atmosphere entertainment bring live music back to the park with smaller acts that attract younger crowds.
The horrifyingly fun parade during the Oogie Boogie Bash marks the first time DCA or Disneyland has hosted a parade since the Anaheim theme parks closed in March 2020. The Christmas Fantasy Parade will be part of the new Meriest Nights After-Hours event at Disneyland. November and December.
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The return of the “Disney Junior Dance Party” paved the way for Disneyland to bring back the Royal Theater Storytelling Show at Fantasyland’s Fantasy Faire—another small theatrical production geared toward families with young children.
“Tangled” and “Beauty and the Beast,” a 20-minute outdoor stage show at the Royal Theatre, tell witty and fast-paced versions of the stories.
Disneyland has used the Royal Theater as a meet-and-greet venue where Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, Mulan and other Disney princesses pose and wave from afar.
Outdoor socially-distanced wave-and-play interactions have replaced indoor meet-and-greet venues at Disneyland and DCA, where characters from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars traditionally used to hug and greet visitors. Congratulations for the group photo.
Small live shows like Disney Junior and the Royal Theater, as well as indoor character meet-and-greets, are expected to return to Disneyland and DCA ahead of the night’s spectacular performances that attract large crowds.
Walt Disney World – which reopened in July 2020 after a much shorter pandemic closure under looser Florida COVID-19 restrictions – has been much quicker to bring back live entertainment and nightly performances than its West Coast counterparts Is.
The Broadway-style “Beauty and the Beast” live stage show returned to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in August, while the new “Harmonious” night performance took place at Epcot in October as part of Florida theme parks’ 50th anniversary celebrations. Disney World parks will bring indoor character meet-and-greets back in November.
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The famous “kiss goodnight” that “Phantasmic” and “World of Colour” are brilliantly distributed on a nightly basis in California parks isn’t expected to return until 2022. Extensive fountain renovation work on “Phantasmic” at Disneyland is currently underway. and “World of Color” in DCA.
Don’t be surprised if “Phantasmic” stays dark until next spring. “Fantasmic” is expected to be back in full swing by May 2022, for the 30th anniversary of the Night’s Spectacular.
Don’t expect to see the return of “World of Color” at the DCA until 2022. The Oogie Boogie Bash is taking place at the DCA through Halloween without a “World of Color: Villains” show and there was no mention of “World of Color: Season of Light” for the upcoming Christmas holiday season that starts in early January. walks in.
“Frozen Live at the Hyperion” and “Mickey and the Magical Map” may never return to the Anaheim theme park. The cast of both productions has been closed except for darkness in both theatres.
Disney will eventually fill large theatrical venues with new shows. Fantasyland Theater will be the easier of the two in the coronavirus era – because it’s outside and requires lower entertainment production values.
Hyperion will likely be the last Disneyland resort theater to lift its curtains. Staging a Broadway-caliber production is expensive—from the sets and costumes to the music and cast.