December 9, 2002 – Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular Opens in the Hyperion Theater
“Ah, the Cave of Wonders. The setting of one of our most famous legends. The tale of the magic lamp.”
On December 9, 2002, the live-action musical show Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular opened in the Hyperion Theater in Disney California Adventure. Following the popular performance piece The Power of BLAST!, the show was a Broadway-style production of the popular animated feature film Aladdin. While the show opened in December, it had its official debut on January 17, 2003. The story follows the animated film fairly closely, with a new song written for the show by composer Alan Menken: “To Be Free.” The show closed on January 10, 2016.