Disneyland will move outside performing groups next month and add a new entertainment feature to a normally closed area of Frontierland.
The Disney Performing Arts program will host community performing groups and run education sessions in the Festival Arena, normally closed in the back of Frontierland. The program is moving after the May 1 closure of Carnation Plaza Gardens, where performances had normally run. see more pictures of Carnation Plaza Gardens by clicking on the photo.
An average of 18 groups, such as junior high string ensembles and high school choirs, perform on the plaza stage, which sits at the end of Main Street, U.S.a. near Sleeping Beauty Castle, said Kevin Rafferty Jr., a Disneyland Resort spokesman. The plaza is closing to undergo a transformation into the Fantasy Faire, a princess meet-and-greet area that will open next year.
In Frontierland, the Festival Arena also will host a new entertainment event, Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree, starting May 3. The jamboree will include music, dancing, crafts, pin trading and characters in Western wear.
The jamboree will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the summer.
The Festival Arena, behind the big Thunder Ranch area, previously hosted a show based on “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”
More recently, it has carried temporary entertainment features, including Family Fun Weekends and a sneak peek at “Pirates of the Caribbean – on Stranger Tides.” See a story about the “Pirates of the Caribbean” event last year.
Read more about big Thunder Ranch Jamboree on the Disney Parks blog.
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