The Hyperion Theater at night
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The Hyperion Theater is located at Disney California Adventure, in the Hollywood Land area, adjacent to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. It currently shows Disney's Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular. The theater can seat up to 2,000 people.
The Hyperion Theater originally opened with the park on February 8, 2001. Its first show was Disney's Steps in Time. After the closing of the show, The Power of Blast, a scaled down version of the musical Blast! was created for the theater. The Power of Blast! closed down to make room for the current musical, Disney's Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular. This performance takes advantage of the wide space they have and uses the aisles for parades and the ceiling for a flying carpet.
Originally, during the Disney California Adventure Park expansion, it was to close down the Disney's Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular and replace it with Toy Story the Musical, like the version on the Disney Cruise Line. However, it has been announced that the plans were cancelled and Disney's Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular will remain in its current location.
The Theater remained unchanged during the park's re-expansion project.
Originally, Disney anticipated holding large-scale events and awards shows at this theater. However, a cost-cutting decision during construction to strip the theater of a proper lobby or bathrooms within the theater prevented this from taking place. Guests must leave the theater (in some cases descending from the third story) and walk several hundred feet away to locate the nearest rest room.
In April 2003, a 36-year old stage technician fell 60 feet from a catwalk in the Hyperion Theater, prompting an investigation by the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA). The victim did not regain consciousness following the incident and died on 2003 May 18. In October 2003, Cal/OSHA fined the Disneyland Resort $18,350 for safety violations related to the cast member's death.
In September 2011, the show was stopped when the flying carpet, which once flew out over the audience, stopped and flipped over with two cast members on it. No one was hurt in the incident, but the show was reworked to include a new special effect for the flying carpet.
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