A Trifecta of Disney Fun

By Michael Berick

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Disney magic is popping up all around Southern California. PHOTO BY DEEN VAN MEER

There is a triple of dose of Disney excitement to be enjoyed this January. Arriving in town Jan. 10 will be “Aladdin,” which materializes at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater (6233 Hollywood Blvd.) through March 31. Created by award-winning talent, including Alan Menken (“Newsies”), Howard Ashman (“Beauty and the Beast”) and Tim Rice (“The Lion King”), this Broadway smash features songs from the beloved Disney movie as well as new tunes written for the musical. It is recommended for ages 6 and up. You can find show days, times and ticket information at www.hollywoodpantages.com 

More Disney magic can be experienced at the latest “Disney Live!” stage production, “Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic,” at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18 and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Long Beach Convention Center (300 E. Ocean Blvd.). The cast includes an all-star lineup of favorite Disney characters, including Mickey and Minnie, Snow White, Tinker Bell, Donald Duck and Goofy. The “Toy Story” gang makes a thrilling escape from Andy’s toybox, and the Fairy Godmother turns Cinderella’s rags into a lavish gown. Since the show celebrates Disney magic, don’t be surprised if the genie from “Aladdin” makes an appearance! $20-$87, www.ticketmaster.com. 

There will be some special attractions down at Disneyland this month, too. On Jan. 26, the annual Lunar New Year Celebration will kick off at California Adventure (1313 Harbor Blvd., Anaheim). Lasting 24 days (through Feb. 18), this cultural festival is highlighted by the colorful night-time water show “Hurry Home—Lunar New Year Celebration,” a Lucky Wishing Wall and the “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession.” Park-goers can also encounter the God of Good Fortune Goofy as well as Pluto, Mickey, Minnie, Mulan and Mushu, all dressed in their Lunar New Year attire. Ticket prices start at $124 adults, $118 ages 3-9. Learn more at www.Disneyland.com. 

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