A Disney Cast Member shared an anecdote about how he almost got fired for telling the same joke over and over again during his show.
There are many a ride and attraction at the Disney Parks that have fans coming back for more over and over again. Be it Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Park, or Disney California Adventure Park in Disneyland Resort. One attraction to write home about, in particular, is Disney’s Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular graced the stage of the Hyperion Theater in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure from 2003 to 2016.
This Broadway-style production told a shortened version of Disney’s renaissance classic, Aladdin (1992). It was a Disneyland Resort fan favorite. The show has been gone for six years, replaced with Frozen – Live at the Hyperion, but one former Disney Cast Member took to the social media platform TikTok to share stories about his time in the musical on TikTok.
Dylan White (@itsdylanwhite) played Genie for ten years. But he said one constant joke nearly got him fired.
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White told the story, letting the audience know that after Jasmine and Aladdin sang “A Whole New World,” Aladdin would tell Genie that he had finally made the Disney Princess fall in love with him. Aladdin, who had previously promised to free Genie with his final wish, grew selfish and refused to do so on this development.
White continued, “Sometimes, the audience would Boo, and I would address it…And I had a director who hated when I did that.”
The former Cast Member even shared a clip from the show. The audience boos after Aladdin says, “I’m sorry, Genie. But I might still need that final wish!” At that time, White would ad-lib, “You hear that? Those are my thoughts!”
But while the audience roared with laughter, his director was not pleased.
The director hated it because she said, “That’s not the right place for a joke.”
White defended himself, however, saying, “but at the same time, A. it’s funny, and B. it allowed me the opportunity to regain control of the audience and the show so we could continue. But she didn’t understand that, and in her words, she ‘didn’t understand comedy.'”
Given the audience’s reaction it appears the joke was popular enough, and perhaps all’s well that ends well in this case.
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