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Frozen fever hit the Frog Pond hard. Lily leaped for anything featuring Anna, and someone was asked if they wanted to build a snowman at least four times a day. Frozen even hooked Leap, who occasionally tossed a "Big summer blowout" quote. Visits to Frozen Live at the Hyperion Theater are in our foreseeable future. We're not the only family that will make a beeline for this show on their visits to Disney California Adventure. As a mom, I realize that missing this show may cause a — meltdown — for those little ones set on seeing Elsa and Anna. I'm happy to help avoid that with some first-hand tips on seeing Frozen Live at the Hyperion Theater.
Line Up Early
With FastPass for Frozen Live at the Hyperion discontinued, your strategy for seeing the show is simple — get in line early. Really early. 45 to 60 minutes early. The queue for Hyperion Theater usually opens up 90 minutes before showtime, but check with a Cast Member when you're in the park. When you arrive at the Hyperion Theater, you can choose to line up for Orchestra, Mezzanine or Balcony seats. We sat in the Balcony, which is the highest section (not for people afraid of heights), but we lucked out on front-row balcony seats, giving us a great view of the whole theater, and the imagery really extends out beyond the stage.
Go to the Bathroom Before Getting in Line
There is no restroom in the theater or line. I know. It’s a potty-training nightmare for those with toddlers and preschoolers. So use the potty first, and if you have to get out of line to use the restroom, be sure to get a return pass from a Cast Member or you will not be let in. Maybe lay off the beverages while in line and rehydrate after the show.
Keep Your Party Together
Sometimes we recommend one family member hold a place in line for parades and other shows, but this is not one of those times. You need to keep your party together. If employees close off a line, latecomers will not be able to join their party. The people counted in lines is pretty exact to the number of seats. If you need to leave the line for any reason, be sure to get a pass, which will say how many people left, and exactly that same number of people will be readmitted. There is no chance of sneaking in another person. They do sell some theater snacks and drinks in the line for convenience.
Use Good Theater Manners
When you do get let into the Hyperion Theater (about 30 minutes before the show), fill in all available seats so that people behind you can get seats without climbing over you. They fill the rows from the middle out to the aisles without leaving any empty seats. Think of those poor little frogs in their Anna and Elsa dresses in the stand-by line just hoping for empty seats. And when you leave the theater, please take any trash with you.
You may take pictures or video of the Frozen Live at the Hyperion, but no flash photography. Tad recorded the show for our YouTube Channel. Be polite to your fellow guests and do not block their view by lifting your phone or camera up above your head to take pictures. Nobody wants to watch the show through your iPad.
Be Aware of Motion Sickness
No, the Hyperion Theater itself does not move, but the technology and imagery are so well done that for a few seconds here and there you might actually feel as if you are moving. That kind of scene can make me a little greener than usual, so I just closed my eyes for a second and it passed. I am sure you will be fine, but I felt it was worth noting. It can be a little disorienting. You people who might be affected know what I am talking about. The rest of you can just shrug and call me crazy.
Enjoy the Show
As for the one-hour show itself, we don’t want to spoil any details for you. But Lily says that Olaf steals the show. Sven got a pretty good round of applause too! You might even encounter some weather. It is pretty amazing. The costumes are great and the scenery spectacular. You probably know the story and songs by heart, but you have never seen it played out like this.
You can get your Frozen souvenirs in front of the theater. If your little ones are crazy Frozen fans, be sure meet Anna and Elsa just around the corner from the theater in Disney Animation. They greet guests from park opening until closing. Olaf has moved back to his old spot neat Stage 17, and he takes visitors until 5 p.m. He loves warm hugs! Be sure to say, “Freeze!” when they take your picture. It is always fun to meet characters! Be sure to take note of other new experiences and character meet and greets at California Adventure and Disneyland this season.
We don't want you to get — frozen — out of seeing Frozen Live at the Hyperion. Take it from some frogs that travel frequently — even during the best-planned vacations, you are always going to have some kind of hiccup. When that happens you just have to be resourceful and positive, and hopefully things will turn out. I think back to that first time with Lily. If we absolutely could not have seen Frozen, we would have had to “Let it Go.” We would have spent some time meeting Anna and Elsa and Olaf and maybe gotten a frozen souvenir and some frozen treats. Or maybe we would have gotten in the park early the next day to try again. But we would have made it work, and we would have had a great time doing something else fun in the parks.
Anna and Elsa,
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How many shows per day ? And it’s always the same time?
Right now, there are about 3 shows a day at 12 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. This is subject to change, so be sure to check the schedule ahead of your trip to be certain!
Are they always out of tune?
Hi, Thanks for the great info! It looks like the line is outside, would you say it’s in direct sun or mostly shaded? Wondering if we should wait until our winter trip when it’s not so warm. Thanks! Alicia
The line is outside, but there are a lot of trees and it is not in direct sunlight. It is mostly shady. You should not have any trouble waiting even in warm months.
With the frozen lunch , what time will you see the show? Will they let you choose a later show ? We have reservations at 11:40am but im worried about nap time.
For Frozen dining, the show associated with the package is at 4:30. We don't think you can switch, but we have found that Disney does their best to accommodate you if you just talk to them.
How appropriate is this show for a 2.5-3 year old? My daughter has seen the movie and loves it, but we've never taken her to a musical before...
Do you think it's too dark, loud, scary, or too long in duration for a young toddler?
Thanks for your time!
No way! Your little one will love the show. It is a fantastic program for the whole family :)
THANK YOU for all your inside info. Unfortunately i didnt do my home work and will be visiting DL the first week in January. I found out its a super dupper busy time. I wish i had found you sooner !!!
I just was wondering if there was a cost to seeing the Frozen show?
Nope. Your park admission is all you need.
What is the difference between mezzanine and orchesra seating?
Orchestra is floor seating. Mezzanine is high, but you get a wider view of the stage.
Great post. My family has plans to be at the park in February, and are growing concerned that Frozen hasn't shown up on the schedule at all for the month. Does the show ever take a hiatus? Does the monthly show schedule just come out late?
We haven't heard anything about Frozen Live at the Hyperion going on hiatus or refurbishment. Keep checking the Disney California Adventure Entertainment site to see if showtimes pop back up.
Thank you so much for this post. We're headed to Disney in about a week and are looking forward to seeing Frozen Live. Do you know if the fast pass for this show is disconnected?
We're so hoppy you enjoyed the post. There is no FASTPASS service for this show, so we recommend you are at the theater 45 minutes (perhaps an hour) before showtime to grab a spot in line, depending on crowds.
We'll update the post as well!
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