|Disney California Adventure Park - Retired Entertainment|
|Below is a partial listing of some of the entertainment Disney California Adventure has offered since its opening in 2001.
|Retired Parades and Shows|
The latest show playing in the Hyperion is a stage version of Aladdin. This is a very well done 45 minute show. We have enjoyed several showings of it over its run. The plot follows that of the Disney movie more or less. The actors playing the Genie are given some great freedom in some of their jokes so the show feels fresh. My only major complaint is I think it needs a live band instead of pulling everything from tape.
World of Color is DCA's night time spectacular. This is a not to be missed experience. The best way to describe it is a fireworks show that uses water, lasers, and projections instead of Fireworks. I have my thoughts and an FAQ on its own page. Click here to read more.
The show was replaced with a new version called World of Color: Celebrate! on May 23, 2015.
Instant Concert... just add water (June 15, 2012 - Fall 2014)
Phineas and Ferb's Rockin' Rollin' Dance Party (July 9, 2011 - November 2014)
Minnie's Fly Girls Charter Airline (February 17, 2012 - Present)
This show takes place on the Backlot stage and features a number of high energy dancers performing to hip hop inspired mixes.
These brief character shows were put in place due to construction in the park that would not allow for a daily parade to pass through.
Pixar Pals featuring The Incredibles Heroes in Training Squad - Premiered 1/14/11
This show takes place on the on the Pacific Palisades Stage on the edge of Paradise Bay. It features a mix of Disney Channel songs performed by a group of dancers and singers.
Drawn to the Magic (?? - 2011)- Takes place on the Hollywood Backlot and features "animators" singing some Disney movie tunes and then the characters appear and are available for autographs.
Magic of Brother Bear (Redwood Creek Challenge Show)(2003 -
Disney's Electrical Parade (July 3, 2001 - April 2010)
High School Musical 3: Senior Year - Right Here! Right Now! (October 2008 - 2010)
Block Party Bash (May 5, 2005 - January 6, 2008)
High School Musical Pep Rally (early 2007/late 2006 -> July 2007)
three women are "extras" in the movie business and they
share some of their stories through song and an improv act right
in front of the Hollywood Drive & Dine. Its a great show for
adults and kids seem to enjoy it too. They interact with the audience
and pull people out to help them during the act.
This show out on the backlot stage is a decent Disney Character show. The kids will love it and there are enough jokes if you listen to keep the adults entertained too.
Ahwahnee Camp Circle (Redwood Creek Challenge Trail)(2001 - 2003)
At the Camp Circle they have storytelling and activities for younger children. I have yet to attend any of these (have not gone to the park with a young child yet). If anyone has some info on this drop me a line.
Eureka Parade (February 2001 - September 2002)
This character show features one person playing a farmer, Chip, Dale, and Mickey. Its a great show for young kids and all the ones in attendence seemed to enjoy it quite a bit. As the show ends it turns into a standard character photo/autograph session. The actress playing the farmer was excellent. She sure had her hands full the show we went to. She - acts as the narator, an entertainer (sings throughout), interacts with the characters, and does some crowd control moving kids around and trying to keep them seated. My only complaint with this show is that the characters do not have any lines. I think its annoying and they should be given a few lines. If you have yound kids at the park, this is probably a must see. I think they will enjoy it.
the Power of Blast!(November 2001 -September 2, 2002)
This is a great show in the Hyperion theater. It does a few numbers from the Broadway (and touring) production. The group is a combination of a marching band, drill team, and broadway musical. They are hard to describe, but very entertaining and worth checking out if they are playing when your in the park.
This show on the lagoon in Paradise Pier each night at closing during the holiday season. The first scheduled show is Nov. 9th and the geek will be there to check it out. I have posted extended and revised comments in several geekspeak columns if your interested. Basically my advice on this show is if you are in the park go see it (nothing else is usually open so its your only choice). It is not that bad, but its not that good either. The best views are looking toward
California Screamin' and the Sun Wheel. This is where the finale effect works the best. For a great view close to showtime the area in front of the Screamin' Queue usually has standing space. The show can be thought of as an Illuminations type show, but not nearly as impressive. The biggest problem I think with the show is the limited space. The Bay (lagoon) is relatively small for a large firework show, so it relies a lot on lights and low level effects that just are not that interesting after a while.
Camera, Chaos! (Feb. 2001 - May 2001)
Steps In Time (Feb 2001- Oct 2001)
|Retired Live Groups|
There have been several groups that have gone through the park. These include a cappella groups like Groove 66 and Jondo, improv groups, bands, and other characters. We highly recommend giving a listen or stopping to observe one of these. These groups can really add to your DCA experience.
The Miner 49er's - This group performs several times a day near GRR.
City Allstars (Hollywood Blvd., Golden Gateway, Sunshine Plaza)
Flight featuring "Jondo" (Condor Flats) (May 01?? ->
selected days there are bands performing on the small stage in the
middle of the Pacific Wharf dining area. This really makes sense
and it really adds to the area. Before you could walk through the
area and there would be a couple small groups of people eating.
With the stage active peoplee were sitting and enjoying the entertainment
and in the process probably ended up eating and drinking more than
they had planned. The evening we were at the park there was a Jazz
band performing on the stage.
Groups (near Paradise Bay, across from Golden Dreams)
and see what's happening.
|Retired Character Encounters|
This character apperance takes place near Soarin' Over California several times a day. The premise is Minnie is just returning from a trip around the world to all four Disney resorts(Orlando, Paris, Tokyo, and Anaheim). A couple CMs come out and "warm up" the crowd. There is some guest interaction, then Minnie comes out. It works pretty good and I like the concept. I only have three issues with the show. One is Minnie does not speak. The CMs ask her questions and she has to mime the answers, this just seems bad. Secondly Minnie's arrivial is built up for several minutes and then she is wheeled in from backstage on a luggage cart. Why can't she be wheeled through Condor Flats more, or come in on something better looking than a luggage cart. My third concern is the traffic jam this show causes in the area. Its a narrow walkway leading to GRR but with Minnie there drawing a crowd its even tighter.
This is one of the best character greeting/interactions I have found. I do not know if it was just dumb luck or what, but we went to the 5:30pm greeting and it ended up being Chip and Dale roaming around the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail interacting with guests. They were not surrounded by "tourists" and it was great to sit back and watch them "goof around". Of course they would do pictures and autographs if asked too. I still think a better memory is one of a character "playing" with you, not your parents pushing you in front of some other kid to get your picture with one, or waiting in a long line for your 30 seconds with one.
This was an ok mini show. The idea is Cruella is filming her next movie and you get to watch her do a scene and then autographs and photos. All three actors in this show were really good (great facial expressions). Also a hand full of kids get to be in the scene and they really seemed to enjoy it. Overall I think this is something that is worth seeing, but I would not make an extra effort to be there.
This mini-parade using left over outfits and what seems set pieces marches out to the front of Golden Dreams several times a day. It features a great oportunity to get pictures with Mulan and Mushu. There are probably close to a dozen CMs dressed up that interact with Guests all around the area.
Vine (near GRR)(2001 - 2002)
Three Bags Full (Bay Area)(2001 - 2002)
This little show is out on the stage in the Farm area. The show itself is 15-20 minutes in length and really geared toward the younger set.