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Fantasyland Theater, formerly Videopolis, is the name of a 5000 square foot outdoor amphitheater at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Located in Fantasyland, it functions as a venue for various shows and, in the evenings, as an all-ages dance club. As of 2009, the location was renamed to Fantasyland Theater.

History

Videopolis opened in 1985, a short distance to the west of It's a Small World. During the day, the theater was used for theme-park shows, but in the evening, it transformed into a dance club where music videos played. Videopolis featured 70 video monitors that displayed music videos and/or live feeds that allowed guests to watch themselves. The venue included a snack bar called "Yumz".[1]

The theater was featured in the television program of the same name on the Disney Channel.[1] Filmed live at Videopolis, the show broadcast concert performances from an array of Top 40 bands and singers including Debbie Gibson, New Kids on the Block, Tiffany, Glenn Medeiros, New Edition, Pebbles, Janet Jackson, and The Jets. The dance club concept was abandoned in 1989 after several high-profile gang-related incidents (one of which in 1987 resulted in the death of a Samoan gang member in the parking lot), and Videopolis was converted for exclusive stage-show use.

The Children's Miracle Network Telethon also made use of Videopolis from 1987 to 1995. The show's hosts included singer and The Dukes of Hazard actor John Schneider, Marie Osmond, Entertainment Tonight co-host Mary Hart, impressionist Rich Little, Olympic Gold Medalist Mary Lou Retton, NFL Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen, and The 5th Dimension's Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.[2][3]

Disneyland Paris

In Discoveryland at Disneyland Paris, stands Videopolis Theater; a large complex housing the Videopolis Theatre and the Hyperion Café counter service restaurant. It features one of the largest props in the resort: the Hyperion airship.[4]

Shows

As Videopolis

  • The Magic of Christmas (Christmas Seasons 1985 – 1988)
  • Sing'in' Dance'in' Heigh Ho (1987)
  • Circus Fantasy (1988)
  • Show Biz Is (1989)
  • One Man's Dream, celebration of Walt Disney (December 16, 1989 – April 29, 1990)[5]
  • Dick Tracy in Diamond Double-Cross (June 15, 1990 – December 31, 1990)[5]
  • Plane Crazy, with characters from TaleSpin and Disney Afternoon. (March 15, 1991 - September 1991)[5]
  • Mickey's Nutcracker (Christmas seasons 1991 & 1992)[5]
  • Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage (April 12, 1992 – April 30, 1995)[5]

As Fantasyland Theater

As Fantasyland Theatre

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 ""Chronology of Disneyland Theme Park"". "Ken Polsson".
  2. ""Princess Fantasy Faire"". "The California Source".
  3. "["http://www.wdwpublicaffairs.com/ContentDrillDown.aspx?DisplayItem=91bb2f7b-29eb-4408-92ea-5f406a7ac059" "Walt Disney World Receives Legacy Award from Children's Miracle Network]". "Walt Disney Public Affairs".
  4. "Videopolis". DLP.info.
  5. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named history
  6. "In the 'Pocahontas' Spirit : If It's Summer and Disney's Latest Animated Film Is Out, It Must Be Time for the Stage Show". Retrieved on August 10, 2015.
  7. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named strodder
  8. "New Entertainment Experiences Coming to Fantasyland at Disneyland Park in 2013". Retrieved on August 10, 2015.
  9. "New show coming to Fantasyland". Retrieved on August 10, 2015.
  10. http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2013/01/discover-the-secrets-of-mickey-and-the-magical-map-this-summer-at-disneyland-park/


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