A Look at California Adventure’s Frozen Sing Along

Warning: This post contains actual images and moments from California Adventure’s Frozen Sing Along.  If you don’t want spoilers, stop reading now!

Full disclosure: I was not looking forward to attending this show.  I love Frozen as much as the next (normal) person, but the thought of sitting in a theater with a hundred people belting “Let it Go” at the top of their tone-deaf lungs didn’t sound so appealing (can you have tone-deaf lungs?  Not really, but you know what I mean).  But I was pleasantly surprised with how enjoyable the experience was.  As usual, Disney did a great job putting some comedic moments into the show, and it probably helped that I was in between two other seemingly normal adults who very kindly did not sing at the top of their lungs.  So here is a walk through of the show!

First and foremost, you need a Fastpass for the Frozen Sing Along.  There is a standby line, but it looked like very few of those people were admitted to the theater.  I got my Fastpass at noon for the 2:00 pm show so you don’t have to be there way in advance (at least during the week, Saturdays might be a different story), just make sure you swing by before tackling any other major attractions.

Before being admitted into the theater, there is a sort of line-up in the theater lobby.  Your Fastpass gets you into the theater as early as a half an hour before showtime so if you want to sit up front, return early.  The door all the way on the left leads to the front section.  Be aware that if you are the first people in front of the door, the cast members are going to direct you to the far right end of the theater.  If you would like to sit toward the center of your row, hang back and go with the middle of the crowd.  I sat in the very last row center and actually had a decent view.  Onto the show…

When you enter the Crown Jewel Theatre, you see the lovely animated background of Arendelle…

Given that the show started five minutes late (very un-Disney like) I had some time to look around at the decor…

The show begins and we are taken to the palace…

And we meet Aria and Eric, two Arendelle historians who guide the audience through the story of Anna and Elsa…

Stills from the movie are displayed on the screen while Aria and Eric tell the story…

And then the good stuff begins!  The songs are played on the screen in almost their entirety.  The words are displayed (not that anyone who is going to sing actually needs them) and the singing is loud and enthusiastic.  The singing begins with “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” (“Frozen Heart” is skipped.)

We then get to sing “For the First Time in Forever”…

And “Love is an Open Door”…

And then comes the moment we all have been waiting for.  Everyone gets to belt out “Let it Go”…

And we round out the movie singing “In Summer”…

After Olaf’s song, the historians speed through the end of the movie and the cast comes out onstage.  Anna and Kristoff both make brief appearances throughout the beginning of the show, but Elsa only shows up for the last few minutes.  She welcomes everyone and then we get to sing “Let it Go”…again.

As the show is wrapping up, it begins to “snow” in the theater…

And we exit the theater all sung out.

There were quite a few things I really enjoyed about the show.  1) The humor and puns added in to the re-telling actually made me laugh more than once.  I’m a sucker for a good  pun.  2) The cast doesn’t actually sing (at least audibly), they leave the singing to the actors from the film, which I think was a wise decision.  3) The kids in the theater LOVED it.  4) The technical/visual aspects were stunning as always.

There were also a few things I didn’t love so much.  1) They didn’t include “Fixer Upper”, which is one of my favorite songs.  2) Olaf does not make a character appearance (presumably because he is busy next door at his Snow Fest…more on that later this week).  3) I can’t stand the Elsa character costume.  I don’t know what it is–I think it must be the wig–but I feel like transformed Elsa does not translate well to real life.  I think they would be better off having her in her pre-“Let it Go” outfit when she makes appearances.  I feel like she kinda looks like a cheap Barbie doll and I don’t dig it.

Overall, if you have kids that are into the movie, or if you enjoy a good karaoke session yourself, this is a fun way to spend thirty minutes of your day at the park.  If they let you drink in the theater, it would be just about perfect.  Frozen themed cocktails, anyone?

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