Description And Comments

Royal Theatre, which once hosted jazz greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, now houses a rotating repertory of 20-minute stage shows dramatizing the tales of popular Disney princesses. Tangled, Beauty and the Beast, and (most recently) Frozen are the featured fables, with Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder, Belle, or Anna and Elsa joining in their respective reenactments, accompanied by narrators Mr. Smyth and Mr. Jones, milkmaid stagehands, and a live pianist. Rather than straightforward retellings, these fast-paced comic condensations capture the anarchic slapstick of a Renaissance fair trunk show. Witty enough to keep adults far outside the target demographic awake, the Royal Theatre’s shows are the sleeper hits of Fantasy Faire. Stick around after the curtain falls for an autograph session with the stars.

The Frozen show, which displaced the other productions full-time during 2015's 'Frozen Fun' promotion, is by far the best of the three, and far superior to the similar sing-along show at Disney California Adventure. When the other shows return to rotation, the Tangled show is usually performed at the first three showtimes of the day, with Beauty and the Beast typically taking the stage for the remainder. If you must pick between those two, Tangled has the better script.

Touring Tips

The theater only seats a little more than 200 (with room for 50 kids on the floor up front), so you may want to line up 30 or more minutes before showtime or simply settle for standing room right outside the theater.

During 2015's Frozen Fun promotion, the Royal Theatre is FASTPASS only. When FASTPASS is offered, tickets can be obtained in Disneyland's hub; look for a sign, cast members, and a FASTPASS machine. Specific showtimes cannot be selected when you obtain a FASTPASS; they are instead distributed for the next performance time that still has tickets available. Look for a list of show times in the Times Guide or on a sign near the attraction. Once all FASTPASS guests are seated for a performance, a limited number of standby guests may be allowed to enter the theater, or stand immediately outside it.

Special Comments

Be warned that -- like at Playhouse Disney - Live on Stage! at California Adventure -- guests may sit on a carpeted floor to enjoy this show. There are, however, plenty of benches in the rear of the theater.

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