Yester California Adventure at Yesterland

The Power of Blast!

Shows at 1:45, 3:15, 5:15, and 7:15
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Photo by Tony “WisebearAZ” Moore, 2001

Now appearing at the Hyperion Theatre

Welcome to the fake front doors of the 2,000-seat Hyperion Theatre. The real entrances are around the side.


Take a seat for The Power of Blast!—an abbreviated version of the high-energy Broadway show Blast!

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Photo by Tony “WisebearAZ” Moore, 2001

Amazing percussion

Instead of the Broadway version’s repertoire of 16 musical numbers in two acts, The Power of Blast! has five musical numbers in a single, half-hour act:

  • Boléro by Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937)
  • Battery Battle by Thom Hannum, Jeff Lee, and Paul Rennick
  • Lemontech by Jonathan Vanderkolff
  • Land of Make Believe by Chuck Mangione
  • Malagueña by Ernesto Lecuona (1896 - 1963)
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Photo by Allen Huffman, 2001

Two drummers pausing for much-deserved applause

Don’t expect an ordinary concert. These aren’t musicians who sit in chairs staring at their music stands. This is a highly choreographed extravaganza, with 40 highly skilled performers. Trumpets and trombones blare. Sabers fly above the stage. Banners swirl in the air. Drumbeats radiate energy throughout the theater.

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Photo by Allen Huffman, 2001

Dramatic lighting and costuming in the dark theater

The Power of Blast! is based on the tradition of drum and bugle corps pageantry—but this is not a traditional drum and bugle corps pageant.

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Photo by Tony “WisebearAZ” Moore, 2002

Crash! Bang! Thump!

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Photo by Tony “WisebearAZ” Moore, 2002

Lots of brass

The deceptively simple stage takes on different looks and colors throughout the show.

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Photo by Werner Weiss, 2002

Land of Make Believe

The staging of Land of Make Believe is colorful and eye-catching.

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Photo by Allen Huffman, 2001

Banners swirling

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Photo by Allen Huffman, 2001

The finale

The rousing finale, with swirling and flying flags, is Lecuona’s Malagueña.

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Photo by Allen Huffman, 2001

The end

At the end, the performers spill into the audience.

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Photo by Allen Huffman, 2001

Blast merchandise

Don’t forget to buy some Blast merchandise so you can remember the show in the future. After all, theme park shows don’t run forever.


The Power of Blast! was presented at the Hyperion Theater at Disney’s California Adventure from November 22, 2001, through September 2, 2002.

When Disney’s California Adventure opened on February 8, 2001, the official opening show at the Hyperion Theater was a song-and-dance musical, Steps in Time. Even before the park’s grand opening, the reaction from preview audiences was so negative that Disney executives quickly approved funds to rework the show. Unfortunately, the reworked show still failed to impress audiences, despite (or perhaps because of) the addition of a storyline involving a weird, mini-skirted Fairy Godmother and two little boys. Steps in Time limped along until October 14, 2001. At least the talented cast worked hard, and the theater was air-conditioned.

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Photo by Allen Huffman, 2001

Better reviews than for Steps in Time

Meanwhile, on the other side of the continent, Epcot audiences were applauding wildly for The Power of Blast! which ran at the outdoor America Gardens Theatre from June 16 through August 23, 2001.

California Adventure desperately needed a new show for the Hyperion Theater. With some tweaking for the indoor theater, The Power of Blast! moved west. Because The Power of Blast! would be in a fully enclosed theater, the dramatic lighting effects and creative staging could be even better than at Epcot.

California Adventure audiences applauded wildly. The Hyperion Theater had a hit.

Sure, it was a costly show purchased from an outside company. And, at a Disney park that was lacking enough “Disney” as far as many guests were concerned, the show had nothing to with the creative legacy of Disney or Pixar. But it was a terrific show, and it gave Disneyland Entertainment enough time to develop a new musical that would not suffer the same reaction as Steps in Time.

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Photo by Tony “WisebearAZ” Moore, 2002

Last Chance! Daily through Monday, September 2, 2002

After running more than nine months, The Power of Blast! closed to make room for Disney’s Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular. The new stage musical based on the successful 1992 Disney animated feature Aladdin opened January 16, 2003—and is still a popular feature of Disney California Adventure more than ten years later.


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