Updated 9/16/18. Seeing Frozen: Live at the Hyperion in California Adventure is a great way to take a break from the heat and refresh yourselves before taking on the afternoon and evening.
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The Hyperion theater is spacious, well designed, and air conditioned! The show itself is breathtaking and is a must for everyone- not just Frozen fans.
Overview of the Experience
The Hyperion is a large theater in Hollywood Land in California Adventure park. This theater is spacious, well designed, and offers beautiful projections on either side of the stage. There really isn’t a bad spot to sit in this entire theater.
Currently, the show being offered at the Hyperion is Frozen: Live. We enjoyed this show in August of 2018 and we absolutely loved it. Keep in mind that my son and I are not necessarily giant Frozen fans- the show was just that good. I’d highly recommend it to anyone.
You will see a streamlined performance of the movie including the most popular songs, characters, and stunning special effects. We were blown away by the effects- such as the snow coming down from the ceiling- during some of the songs.
You have three options of seating in this theater: orchestra, mezzanine, and balcony.
The orchestra seating is floor seating directly in front of the stage. The performers often use the aisles during the show so if you sit here you will be close to them when they do this.
The mezzanine is the second floor up from the orchestra and offers a wide view of the entire theater of not just the stage but the projections that will show on the walls of the stage.
The balcony is the highest seating up in the air where you will look directly down on the stage and the projections.
When you arrive for the show, we recommend coming at least an hour prior if you have your heart set on certain seating in mind. If you walk through the entrance under the sign of the Hyperion theater it will direct you towards a cast member standing at a podium by three entrances marked by the seating area name. Simply walk through the seating area of your choice and it will lead you to a roped off waiting area. A cast member will start letting guests inside the theater at about 15 minutes prior to show time.
The show lasts for one hour from start to finish. We enjoyed the 12PM show on our visit on a hot and crowded day in August. It was a perfect break from the crowds- we left feeling happy and refreshed.
To get an idea of what to expect, see my video from Elsa performing Let It Go during the performance we saw in August.
Top Tips for Viewing the Show
Here are my top tips for viewing this show including where to sit, what time to select, and basic advice based on our experience in August.
- Pick a showtime that coordinates when the sun is the highest and the crowds are the largest. This is the perfect time to take a break and relax. I recommend the 12PM or 3PM show. The show lasts for one hour. You can find showtimes on Disney’s website here.
- Depending on where you want to sit will help you decide how early to get in line.
- Orchestra seating is very popular because the cast will use the aisles often throughout the performance. If your heart is set on sitting here- line up at least an hour early. These spots go quick!
- The mezzanine is my favorite because you have a wider view of the stage which has beautiful projections that extend out on either side. We only had to get in in line 30 minutes prior for this seating area and there was still plenty of space before the show started. As always, gauge the crowd level and get in line earlier if need be. Keep in mind that the first few rows might put the railing in your way. Sit row three and up to avoid that if you think it would bother you.
- The balcony is the highest up so might not be a good choice for people afraid of heights. It still offers spectacular views though! On days when they’re expecting fewer crowds the balcony seating won’t be available.
- They will let you in 15 minutes before the scheduled performance will start so make sure everyone in your group is there in the waiting area- it’s not really possible to save seats in this theater.
- There are no bathrooms in the theater. Make sure you take your kiddos to the restroom beforehand. There is one close by right next to the Captain America meet/greet area. If you must leave during the performance for any reason, make sure you tell a cast member and they will give you a pass to get back in.
- Food is allowed in the theater so feel free to bring whatever you like inside. Before showtime, there will be vendors selling popcorn in the aisles.
- No flash photography during the performance- the cast members will remind you of rules beforehand.
- If you take plan on using our morning strategy for California Adventure, seeing the 12PM show works out perfectly while you wait for FastPass arrival times.
- There are places to sit across the street where you can find pretzel carts and other quick food options. We sat here around 11:00AM and enjoyed a few snacks while watching the lines for Frozen across the street. This was a good way to keep an eye on the line but also just enjoy a place to sit too!
There is one dining package offered for this show at Carthay Circle. If you have plans to eat there anyways and plan to see this show, a dining package is a great idea.
Carthay Circle Frozen Dining Package Basics
- Only available for lunch and includes a three course meal. Mickey Check Meals available for kids. Dessert is included in the three course meal.
- The Frozen Dining Package costs $89 per adult and $45 per child (ages 3 to 9), plus tax and gratuity. There is no charge for children under 3 years of age.
- You will be admitted first into the theater and have first choice seats in the orchestra seating area.
- Annual Passholder discounts are not available for this package.
- Book online or call Disney Dining at (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463 between 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM daily.
Based on the crowd level we saw in August 2018 for this show, I don’t think a dining package is necessary to ensure good viewing. We were able to get great seats by simply lining up 30 minutes prior to the show time. And honestly, we could have walked right in five minutes before show time and still had great seats in the mezzanine area.
But there are perks to the dining package of not having to worry about reserving your seat and knowing you’re going to get front row spots in the orchestra area! Some people really LOVE sitting in the orchestra area and for kids that are Frozen obsessed- I can see the value in going for this dining package.
Meeting Anna and Elsa
A great way to conclude this magical experience, if you have huge Frozen fans, is to go down the road to meet Anna and Elsa!
You can find Anna and Elsa daily at Character Close-Up inside the Disney Animation building on Hollywood Boulevard just down the road from the Hyperion theater.
You can check the website or the Disneyland app for character times. The nice thing about doing this in the afternoon is that the building is air conditioned and offers a break if there are high temperatures. You may wait in a long line or not- it’s a bit unpredictable. We’ve been able to walk right in on some afternoons and others we’ve waited in a longer line.
Occasionally, you’ll find Kristoff and Olaf meeting guests here too! Make sure you have the Disneyland app installed on your phone so you can keep an eye out for those appearances.
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