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THE LION KING to come to Shanghai Disneyland...literally

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disneybroadwayfan22
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This is the first time this show comes as an attraction to any of the parks.


Read more: 'The Lion King' to Open Productions at Shanghai Disney Resort, Mexico City
Broadway Shows: Phantom of the Opera (January 2011), Mary Poppins (January 2011), Anything Goes (August 2011, W/ Sutton Foster, Joel Grey, and Laura Osnes), The Lion King (August 2011), Godspell (June 2012, W/ Corbin Bleu), Matilda the Musical (Original Broadway Cast, May 2013), Newsies (May 2013), Cinderella (W/ Carly Rae Jepsen and Fran Drescher, May 2014), and Aladdin (OBC, May 2014). Pre-Broadway: If/Then (November 2013/World Premiere, W/ Idina Menzel, LaChanze, and Anthony Rapp). National Tours: Wicked (October 2012), Beauty & the Beast (January 2013), & Jersey Boys (November 2013)

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Updated On: 6/13/14 at 12:48 PM
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bdn223
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You realize it says that it is going to open in the entertainment area adjacent to Disneyland and not in Disneyland right? It will be a production akin to Cique du Solei in Downtown Disney.
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It still counts as coming to S. Disneyland :)
Broadway Shows: Phantom of the Opera (January 2011), Mary Poppins (January 2011), Anything Goes (August 2011, W/ Sutton Foster, Joel Grey, and Laura Osnes), The Lion King (August 2011), Godspell (June 2012, W/ Corbin Bleu), Matilda the Musical (Original Broadway Cast, May 2013), Newsies (May 2013), Cinderella (W/ Carly Rae Jepsen and Fran Drescher, May 2014), and Aladdin (OBC, May 2014). Pre-Broadway: If/Then (November 2013/World Premiere, W/ Idina Menzel, LaChanze, and Anthony Rapp). National Tours: Wicked (October 2012), Beauty & the Beast (January 2013), & Jersey Boys (November 2013)

Met Idina Menzel & Sierra Boggess (November 2013)
TheatreKid3
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I've been saying for years they should open a production of one of their closed Broadway shows at Downtown Disney, soon to be Disney Springs. It would make perfect sense and be a sure fire money maker.
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I don't think it would be "sure fire" by any means
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"It still counts as coming to S. Disneyland :)"

But it will be performed in a standard theater that just happens to be located at Disneyland. It's NOT an "attraction" or a ride like Pirates of the Caribbean was at Disneyland. I don't really see what the significance of this is other than yet another production is opening in yet another city.
BroadwayNYC2
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Its the first to be housed on a Disney Parks property. They are certainly trying to associate it with the Disney Parks experience, so i would argue that this is definitely significant.
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OK, I'll bite. If it is significant, what do you think it means? After 17 years and 20+ productions, do they feel it has to be at a Disney theme park in order to still be able to draw people going forward and can no longer stand on its own or do you think it's an attempt to prop up the Shanghai Resort which may not be doing well by giving it a strong draw to get people to come to the park? Why after 17 years did they just decide to do this now?
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Oh, I thought The Lion King was coming to Shanghai Disney figuratively.
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The Cirque du Soleil show "La Nouba" has been extremely successful and sells out weeks, even months, ahead of time after being open several years. If families had the option of seeing a Broadway production during their Disney vacation - you better believe they would jump on it.
BroadwayNYC2
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I doubt people would be going to the park primarily to see the show, but it would certainly be a secondary plan. I would assume Disney is testing the waters to see how successful this is. I don't think we will see one in Disneyworld/land yet, but it may work in the international markets.
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Kad, I was just thinking, what's literal about Lion King in Shanghai? It would be one thing if it was going to, say, Africa.
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Kad, I was just thinking, what's literal about Lion King in Shanghai? It would be one thing if it was going to, say, Africa.
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"The Cirque du Soleil show "La Nouba" has been extremely successful and sells out weeks, even months, ahead of time after being open several years. If families had the option of seeing a Broadway production during their Disney vacation - you better believe they would jump on it."

But the Cirque Du Soleil show they opened at Disneyland in Tokyo in 2008 was a miserable failure and barely lasted 3 years. The one at the Venetian in Macau didn't do much better. How do you reconcile that with your theory? And why would a family going to a Disneyland resort for the rides automatically want to see a Broadway show? BTW, just fyi, La Nouba has been open more than 15 years and tickets are fairly easy to get a few days in advance.

Updated On: 6/13/14 at 02:35 PM
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Ha, the first time I saw The Lion King was LITERALLY in Africa. It was LITERALLY super awesome seeing it there just a few days after having been on safari...
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I know you're all just being pedantic, but it's pretty obvious that by literally they meant an actual fully-staged production, as opposed to the usual 20-minute shows that run every day in Disney parks around the world, or some other Lion King themed attraction.
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Even if it weren't the full production, The Lion King would still literally be going there.
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"I know you're all just being pedantic, but it's pretty obvious that by literally they meant an actual fully-staged production"

Not really.
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candydog2
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""I know you're all just being pedantic, but it's pretty obvious that by literally they meant an actual fully-staged production"

Not really."

On another forum, maybe not. On a forum that discusses Broadway shows? Yes. Yes really.
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Ok, ok I get it. I wasn't been specific in the title. I changed it, now everyone calm down please -_-

Like candydog said, I assume that since this is a BROADWAY forum, people would know what I'm talking about. I apologize


Broadway Shows: Phantom of the Opera (January 2011), Mary Poppins (January 2011), Anything Goes (August 2011, W/ Sutton Foster, Joel Grey, and Laura Osnes), The Lion King (August 2011), Godspell (June 2012, W/ Corbin Bleu), Matilda the Musical (Original Broadway Cast, May 2013), Newsies (May 2013), Cinderella (W/ Carly Rae Jepsen and Fran Drescher, May 2014), and Aladdin (OBC, May 2014). Pre-Broadway: If/Then (November 2013/World Premiere, W/ Idina Menzel, LaChanze, and Anthony Rapp). National Tours: Wicked (October 2012), Beauty & the Beast (January 2013), & Jersey Boys (November 2013)

Met Idina Menzel & Sierra Boggess (November 2013)
Updated On: 6/13/14 at 04:59 PM
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"The Cirque du Soleil show "La Nouba" has been extremely successful and sells out weeks, even months, ahead of time after being open several years. If families had the option of seeing a Broadway production during their Disney vacation - you better believe they would jump on it."

Well we might be getting an Avatar cirque show to replace La Nouba:

http://www.ajc.com/news/entertainment/james-cameron-announces-avatar-cirque-du-soleil-sh/ngBK8/
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^^Ugh, Avatar is not Disney! Why are they even doing this?! *rhetorical* For crap's sake, if they really need to rival with Universal, do STAR WARS, a DISNEY-owned movie series, not a non-Disney, random fad.
Broadway Shows: Phantom of the Opera (January 2011), Mary Poppins (January 2011), Anything Goes (August 2011, W/ Sutton Foster, Joel Grey, and Laura Osnes), The Lion King (August 2011), Godspell (June 2012, W/ Corbin Bleu), Matilda the Musical (Original Broadway Cast, May 2013), Newsies (May 2013), Cinderella (W/ Carly Rae Jepsen and Fran Drescher, May 2014), and Aladdin (OBC, May 2014). Pre-Broadway: If/Then (November 2013/World Premiere, W/ Idina Menzel, LaChanze, and Anthony Rapp). National Tours: Wicked (October 2012), Beauty & the Beast (January 2013), & Jersey Boys (November 2013)

Met Idina Menzel & Sierra Boggess (November 2013)
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"The Cirque du Soleil show "La Nouba" has been extremely successful and sells out weeks, even months, ahead of time after being open several years. If families had the option of seeing a Broadway production during their Disney vacation - you better believe they would jump on it."

Largely untrue. "La Nouba" may have done well in its peak, but for the past several years Disney has been urging Cirque to replace the show with something new since the show hasn't been attracting audiences for a while. When I stopped by in 2013, I talked with one of my friends in the cast and he said there were frequent performances where the cast was only playing to 300 people (in a 1,650 seat theater). Disney and Cirque have been working since 2011 to come up with new concepts. A Marvel themed show was in the works for a while and an Avatar-themed was on the table for a while. However, since Feld Entertainment is producing a very $$$ arena circus-themed spectacular using Marvel characters, and Avatar was announced as a Cirque arena tour, I wouldn't expect either to find it's way to Downtown Disney. However, I would expect a replacement 2015-early 2016 as it will take a lot to get Disney to remove a theater they spent lots of $$$ on.

Disney's best bet would be to have Cirque bring in a show and find a way to lower the ticket price. Very few families will stroll down Downtown Disney after spending hundreds of dollars at the parks, hotels, etc., to shell out another $500+ for their family to see a 90-minute Cirque show. Cirque du Soleil's Iris closed after under two years in LA for the same exact reason. Tourist attractions can't sell nosebleed seats for $70, with good seats going for $200.

Bring in a show that will appeal to audiences of ALL ages. It doesn't have to be Disney/Marvel/Avatar themed per say, but something on a more family friendly level (which might be hard for Cirque). Also, the ticket prices need to be lowered. That's what's going to help them at this point.
Updated On: 6/13/14 at 05:30 PM

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