Disneyland - Entertainment

Entertainment in Disneyland varies by season, time of day, and day of week. It is an always changing part of the park. It is one of the reasons visiting the park is always a unique experience. Everytime you get to see something different. You will want to experience some of the live entertainment options in the park on your visit. Below you will find a sampling of the entertainment options and some of our opinions.


The Geek's Suggestions
You really should experience the entertainment in the parks. It is one of the plusses that sets Disney parks above the rest. Some family or group members may be resistant to going to see the groups... you can usually work in a "surprise" stumbling... be sure to check your guidebook and just happen to be in an area around show time... you "have to stop and see what's going on then"... this trick will work once or twice usually.


Current Entertainment

Parades/Fireworks:

  • Disneyland Forever (May 22, 2015 - September 5, 2016) - The 60th Anniversary fireworks show takes you on a trip through several Disney films and memories using fireworks, project mapping, spotlights, lasers, and other effects.

  • Paint the Night (May 22, 2015 - September 5, 2016) - An electrical parade utilizing modern technology to bring a classic Disney parade back to the park. This is a modified version of the parade that premiered in Hong Kong in 2014.

  • Mickey and the Magical Map (2013 - Present) - A stage show in the Fantasyland Theatre located near "it's a Small World"

  • Mickey's Soundsational Parade (2011 - Present) - Daily parade throughout most of the year.

  • Fantasmic (1992 - present) ** On haitus due to Star Wars Land Construction in 2016 through Summer 2017
    - Night time show featuring your favorite characters, projections, fireworks, lasers, and more. Runs most weekends and many weekdays year round.

  • Royal Theatre Shows (2013 - Present) - Stage show in the Fantay Faire telling classic Disney stories in a humorous way. Originally they performed Tangled & Beauty and the Beast then in 2015 they switched to Frozen.

Live Groups:

Seasonal Offerings:

Retired Entertainment

Retired Shows, Fireworks, Parades

Other Retired Entertainment

Retired Shows @ the Fantasyland Theater

  • Mickey's Detective School (2002 - 2003)
  • Animazement- The Musical (1998-2001)
  • The Spirit of Pocahontas (6/23/1995 - 9/1997)
  • Became the Fantasyland Theater in 1995
  • Beauty and the Beast (1992-1995)
  • Plane Crazy (Disney Afternoon)(1991)
  • Dick Tracy Diamond Double Cross (1990)
  • One Man's Dream(1989)
  • Videopolis (1986)
Seasonal Shows:
  • Minnie's Christmas Party (2001-2002 Holiday Seasons)
  • Mickey's Nutcracker (anyone know the dates)
  • The old Christmas show (can't remember the name or dates)