RUMOR: Casting Call Hints at ‘Hercules’ Musical Coming to Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure

A new casting call posted on the Disney Auditions website suggests a new show may finally be coming to the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure. And not just any show — the roles describe almost perfectly line up with “Hercules,” the beloved 1997 Walt Disney Animated Studios film!

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This would be the first new show since since “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” closed at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. The Hyperion has remained dark since. No details are out other than this casting call, of course. But with a live-action adaptation of “Hercules” on the way and the original film likely to see a resurgence in popularity as a result, the idea isn’t too farfetched.

The audition call asks for “SINGER/ACTORS who move” for a “new limited run musical at the Hyperion Theatre at Disneyland Resort”

The listing goes on “This new musical project will come to life through the creativity of Disney Live Entertainment in partnership with book writer Hunter Bell, star and book writer of the Tony Award nominated [title of show] and featuring music by Emmy-nominated and Grammy-winning composer Christopher Lennertz.”

Five main roles are being sought out:

Role #1/Featured Principal – 3 Female identifying roles, 20’s to 50’s.  Vocal Range: All. Style: Proficient with harmonization and ability to sing in many styles from Destiny’s Child to Andrew Sisters.  These three performers are a fun, energetic and musical sisterhood that acts as the occasional “Greek Chorus”.  All abilities and types welcome. This likely matches to the Fates.

Role #2/Featured Principal – Female identifying, mid 20’s to early 30’s.  Vocal Range: Mezzo Soprano. Style: contemporary musical theatre.  Brave, resourceful and intelligent.  Must have a strong English accent.  All abilities and types welcome. This likely matches to Meg.

Role #3/Featured Principal – Male identifying, 17 to 20.  Vocal Range: Tenor.  Style: contemporary musical theater.  Young man coming into his greatness.  All abilities and types welcome. This likely matches Hercules.

Role #4/Featured Principal – Male identifying, 30’s to 40’s. Vocal Range: Baritone/Tenor. Style: contemporary musical theatre.  He is decisive, capable, principled and has a wry sense of humor.  Leads others with attitude and swagger.  All abilities and types welcome. This likely matches Hades.

Role #5/Featured Principal – Male identifying, mid 20’s to early 30’s.  Vocal Range: Baritone/Tenor.  Style: contemporary musical theater.  He is a noble, loyal, idealistic, and romantic do-gooder, who does not give up easily.  All abilities and types welcome.

Singer/Chorus – Male and Female identifying, any age.  Vocal Range: All. Style: contemporary musical theatre.  These performers will play many roles and create the world for this story.  Some roles will be required to dance.  All abilities and types welcome.

While no details are confirmed and this is based only on the casting calls, we’re excited nonetheless for a new show to finally occupy the Hyperion!

Are you excited to see a potential return of shows to the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure? Let us know in the comments below!

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D23 Gold Members Invited to Exclusive Shopping Event at Disney Grand Central Creative Campus in California

Keeping in step with the many D23 shopping events we’ve seen the past few months, D23 has announced a new shopping spree event for Gold Members at the Disney Grand Central Creative Campus in Glendale, California!

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D23 Gold Members are invited to get a rare peek at Disney’s Grand Central Creative Campus and enjoy a magical morning of shopping at Disney’s Employee Store on February 11, 2023. The store is located on Disney’s Grand Central Creative Campus in Glendale, California, and features both employee and D23 member-exclusive merchandise, making this an event you won’t want to miss!

This event is for D23 Gold Members only, and one (1) ticket is allowed per Gold member. Guests are not permitted to join, but tickets are complimentary.

Tickets will be available starting February 2, 2023, at 10 a.m. PT on the event page.

D23 Gold Members may sign up for a single 30-minute shopping window. During their window, they will have access to exclusive employee and D23 member merchandise, including the brand-new, highly anticipated, limited-release D23 Loungefly backpack (available while supplies last).
The Starbucks located on the campus will also be open with items available for purchase from 7:30 a.m-11:45 a.m.

Guests will not be admitted onto the Grand Central Creative Campus outside of their confirmed window or allowed to queue any earlier than 30 minutes before or after the start of their scheduled time.
The shopping windows are as follows:

  • 8:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m. PT
  • 8:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m. PT
  • 9:00 a.m.– 9:30 a.m. PT
  • 9:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. PT
  • 10:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. PT
  • 10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. PT
  • 11:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. PT
  • 11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. PT

Members will be required to show their D23 Gold Membership Card and a photo ID.
The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. PT at the Grand Central Creative Campus Employee Center, and will last until approximately 12:00 p.m. PT. Please do not arrive on campus before 7:30 a.m.

Merchandise

Along with the event details, D23 previewed some of the merchandise coming to this exclusive event, including the exclusive new Loungefly along with a Spirit Jersey and other items. Many of these are returning from past shopping events and the D23 Expo.

Basecamp Tumbler

D23 Basecamp 20oz Double Wall Tumbler

Mug

D23 Bistro Mug

D23 Gold Member Limited Edition 2300 Pin

D23 Enamel Pin LE2300

Ladies Foil T-Shirt

D23 Foil Logo Ladies Tee

Notebook

D23 Journal

Jumbo 40oz Water Bottles

D23 Jumbo 40oz Water Bottles

License Plate Cover

D23 License Plate Frame

Long-Sleeve Shirt

D23 Long Sleeve White Tee

D23 Gold Member-Exclusive Loungefly Mini-Backpack

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Cap

D23 Mesh Hat

Short-Sleeve T-Shirt

D23 Navy Tee

Pint Tumbler

D23 Pint Tumbler

Reversible Bomber Jacket

D23 Reversible Bomber Jacket Inside
D23 Reversible Bomber Jacket

D23 Gold Member Spirit Jersey

D23 Spirirt Jersey front
D23 Spirirt Jersey back

Unisex T-Shirt

D23 Unisex 4 Logo Tee

Sweater

D23 Vintage Crew Neck Sweater

Zip-Up Hoodie

D23 Zip Up Sweatshirt

Will you be attending the Grand Central Creative Campus shopping event for D23 Gold Members? Let us know in the comments below!

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For the 20th consecutive year, The Walt Disney Company has been recognized as the top-ranked media and entertainment company on Fortune’s annual list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies,” released online today and in the magazine’s February/March issue. What’s Happening: Disney ranked No. 6 overall among the 324 listed companies from across the globe. Disney […]

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Celebrate Soulfully for Black History Month at Disneyland

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More Equipment & Scaffolds Arrive at Pacific Wharf for San Fransokyo Reimagining in Disney California Adventure

Construction work has continued along a drained waterway as crews continue to transform the soon-to-be former Pacific Wharf at Disney California Adventure into San Fransokyo from “Big Hero 6.”

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Guests walking through Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure have a birds-eye view of the first signs of the reimagining of the Pacific Wharf. The lagoon was drained earlier this month in preparation for the construction.

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Some scaffolding is sitting in the drained lagoon, allowing crews easy access to the work site between the two bridges that connect Pixar Pier and the Pacific Wharf with Paradise Gardens Park. Plenty of equipment can be seen covered in tarps until the construction crews return.

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The first signs of the reimagining of the Pacific Wharf as San Fransokyo really became noticeable last week as construction crews got to work.

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A pile of rebar can be seen on-site, used to reinforce concrete structures. Aluminum appears to be framing off the section below and perhaps helping to secure the framing in place as jersey barriers can be seen sectioning off other dig sections. Underneath the tarp, supports are used for stabilization near digging zones.

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The Pacific Wharf lagoon typically serves as an overflow, particularly when Grizzly River Run is drained for maintenance. The ride’s regularly scheduled annual refurbishment happens to be underway at the same time as the San Fransokyo construction, allowing for crews to handle both projects simultaneously. 

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Right now, the small mini-land of restaurants at Disney California Adventure is largely known as a San Francisco-themed food court. Options in the land include Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop, Lucky Fortune Cookery, Pacific Wharf Cafe, Rita’s Baja Blenders, Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill, and Pacific Wharf Distribution Co. When the construction is complete, the new version of the land will be reimagined to San Fransokyo from “Big Hero 6″ and include a Baymax meet-and-greet, food, and more.

Are you excited to see this area transform into San Fransokyo? Let us know in the comments below!

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