Disneyland is getting ready to take the subsequent step towards bringing again reside reveals and nighttime spectaculars that draw huge crowds as a part of a phased reopening following the yearlong coronavirus closure that to date hasn’t included large-scale theatrical leisure.
The “Disney Junior Dance Occasion” will return Friday, Oct. 15 to its indoor theater in Hollywood Land at Disney California Journey after a 19-month hiatus because of the prolonged pandemic closure of the Anaheim theme park and persevering with COVID-19 well being and security issues.
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The “Disney Junior Dance Occasion” indoor stage present geared towards preschool and grade-school kids options songs, dancing and theatrical sketches based mostly on Disney Junior tv reveals with appearances by characters comparable to Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.
The returning kids’s present shall be offered in a modified format to permit for bodily distancing amongst guests and performers. Dad and mom shall be seated with their kids on the carpeted ground of the indoor theater — a change from earlier seating preparations that had dad and mom sit on bench seats in the back of the theater.
The return of “Disney Junior Dance Occasion” units the stage for Disney’s Anaheim theme parks to convey again the Royal Theatre storytelling present in Fantasyland, bigger productions in DCA’s Hyperion Theater and Disneyland’s Fantasyland Theatre in addition to the “Fantasmic” and “World of Colour” nighttime spectaculars which have all remained shuttered out of COVID-19 bodily distancing issues for the reason that parks reopened.
Disneyland and DCA have been gradual to convey again reside leisure that draws massive crowds out of constant social distancing issues — particularly with youthful kids that aren’t but eligible for the 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 presently internet hosting the “Mickey’s Trick & Deal with” reside present in the course of the Oogie Boogie Bash after-hours Halloween occasions with character performances, video projections and particular results.
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State pointers issued when California theme parks had been allowed to reopen in April restricted reside reveals and performances to outside settings and restricted indoor rides to fifteen minutes out of COVID-19 well being and security issues. Most COVID-19 restrictions led to June when state officers absolutely reopened the California economic system after greater than a 12 months of pandemic lockdowns.
Disneyland and Disney California Journey have taken a gradual and measured strategy to bringing again reside leisure following the pandemic closures.
Socially distanced character wave-and-play interactions all through the parks changed conventional up-close meet-and-greets with hugs and high-fives whereas Disney characters additionally took half in mini-parade cavalcades alongside Major Avenue U.S.A.
Fireworks returned in time for the Fourth of July with “Mickey’s Combine Magic” providing pyrotechnics on weekends and video projections, present lighting and lasers in the course of the week.
All through the summer season, the Dapper Dans, Bootstrappers, 5 & Dime, Pearly Band and different environment leisure have introduced reside music again to the parks with smaller acts that attracted smaller crowds.
The Frightfully Enjoyable Parade throughout Oogie Boogie Bash marked the primary time DCA or Disneyland has hosted a parade for the reason that pandemic shuttered the Anaheim theme parks in March 2020. The Christmas Fantasy parade shall be a part of the brand new Merriest Nites after-hours occasion at Disneyland in November and December.
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The return of the “Disney Junior Dance Occasion” paves the best way for Disneyland to convey again the Royal Theatre storytelling present in Fantasyland’s Fantasy Faire — one other small theatrical manufacturing geared towards households with younger kids.
The 20-minute outside stage reveals within the Royal Theatre inform witty and fast-paced variations of the “Tangled” and “Magnificence and the Beast” tales.
Disneyland has used the Royal Theatre as a meet-and-greet location the place Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, Mulan and different Disney princesses strike poses and wave from a distance.
The outside socially distanced wave-and-play interactions have changed indoor meet-and-greet areas at Disneyland and DCA the place Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars characters historically greeted guests for hugs and group pictures.
Smaller reside reveals like Disney Junior and Royal Theatre together with indoor character meet-and-greets are anticipated to return to Disneyland and DCA earlier than large-scale theatrical productions and nighttime spectaculars that draw greater crowds.
Walt Disney World — which reopened in July 2020 following a a lot shorter pandemic closure below looser Florida COVID-19 restrictions — has been a lot faster to convey again reside leisure and nighttime spectaculars than its West Coast counterparts.
The Broadway-style “Magnificence and the Beast” reside stage present returned in August to Disney’s Hollywood Studios whereas the brand new “Harmonious” nighttime spectacular debuted in October at Epcot as a part of the fiftieth anniversary celebration of the Florida theme parks. Disney World parks will convey again indoor character meet-and-greets in November.
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The famed “kiss goodnight” that the “Fantasmic” and “World of Colour” nighttime spectaculars reliably delivered on the California parks on a nightly foundation aren’t anticipated to return till 2022. Intensive fountain refurbishment work is presently underway on “Fantasmic” at Disneyland and “World of Colour” at DCA.
Don’t be shocked if “Fantasmic” stays darkish till subsequent spring. Count on “Fantasmic” to be again in full swing by Might 2022 in time for the thirtieth anniversary of the nighttime spectacular.
Don’t count on to see “World of Colour” return to DCA till 2022 both. Oogie Boogie Bash is going down at DCA by Halloween with out the “World of Colour: Villainous” present and there was no point out of “World of Colour: Season of Gentle” for the upcoming Christmas vacation season that runs by early January.
“Frozen Reside on the Hyperion” and “Mickey and the Magical Map” might by no means return to the Anaheim theme parks. The casts of each productions have been laid off — leaving each theaters darkish.
Disney will finally fill the massive theatrical areas with new reveals. The Fantasyland Theatre could be the better of the 2 within the coronavirus period — as a result of it’s open air and requires decrease leisure manufacturing values.
The Hyperion will probably be the final Disneyland resort theater to boost its curtain. Staging a Broadway-caliber manufacturing is expensive — from the units and costumes to the music and performers.