My favorite childhood Disney movies are back on the big screen for a limited time! The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Lady and the Tramp, and Cinderella will all be shown at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. I’ve written about the history El Capitan Theatre before (we saw Enchanted, Ralph Breaks the Internet, and Mary Poppins here), so you all know how enamored I am with this movie theater. Before every Princess movie in this series, there will be a special Princess meet and greet about a half hour before the movie. In true El Capitan fashion, there are bound to be secret surprises for each show!
The Little Mermaid
My family was invited to attend the opening night of the Happily Ever After movie series with The Little Mermaid. Doors opened about an hour before the show time and there is plenty to do in the theater beforehand! Downstairs was a special photo opportunity where you could take a photo on Ariel’s rock against a green screen. The finished photo with the cascading waves in the background is texted or emailed to you in seconds. You can take as many photos as you want, and you best believe I took full advantage of this! The rock photo is open both before and after the movie.
As promised, Ariel appeared about a half hour before showtime in the main lobby. The line to meet her can be long, so get in line as soon as you can. She wears the same green dress that she wears at Disneyland and the girls were so excited to meet her!
The surprises don’t end once you sit in the theater. Each movie at El Capitan starts with the gorgeous “Crystal Curtain” show. The room is illuminated with rainbow lights as the crystal curtain is revealed. Ariel came out on stage one more time to dance to some classic Little Mermaid songs with a confetti cannon finale! I was also excited to see the Dumbo and Toy Story 4 previews on the big screen as well.
Upcoming Movies and Dates
- The Little Mermaid (1/18-1/31)
- Sleeping Beauty (1/29) *60th anniversary one-night only event @ 7 PM
- Beauty and the Beast (2/1-2/10)
- Lady & The Tramp (2/11-2/18) – Valentine’s Day Dinner special at Micheli’s Restaurant
- Cinderella (2/28-3/3)
Tickets are $10-$13 and include all the special surprises. To buy tickets call 1-800-DISNEY6 or ElCapitanTheatre.com.
Recommended parking is at the Hollywood & Highland parking structure. Validated parking is $3.00 for the first four hours. Bring your parking ticket to the theatre for validation. The El Capitan Theatre only validates for this parking structure. The Hollywood & Highland parking structure is located at 1755 N Highland Ave, Hollywood, CA 90028 and the El Capitan Theatre is located across the street at 6838 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood CA 90028. The parking structure is well lit and always full of people at all hours of the night. The walk to and from the structure is very secure especially since this is a very popular tourist attraction.
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