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Wednesday, 1 August 2018

A trip to the 'Disney in the West End Summer Pop-Up'

A trip to Disney in the West End summer Pop-Up

We went to check out the Disney in the West End Summer Pop-Up exhibition in Covent Garden. The exhibition which is on for the next four weeks focuses on the Aladdin and Lion King musicals which my daughter and I have seen before in the theatre. We didn't really know what to expect or how busy it would be as it wasn't possible to get tickets for any of the workshops in advance. The shop itself is quite small so the space has been well used to show off some exhibits, provide a photo opportunity and even a small stage area. We arrived at 10 which was about opening time and so it was pretty empty and the kids chose big stickers- my son choosing the Lion King and my daughter, Aladdin and we were able to get our photo shoot with the famous Aladdin's lamp. I'm not sure we were quite prepared for the four photos which are taken in quick succession! I love the print out which was free and we are waiting to see if we get the promised email copy too. It was so nice to be in a photo as I'm usually taking them!

Disney in the West End summer Pop-Up

We had a look around the small collection exhibits which included three costumes from Aladdin including some amazing intricate bead work and some costumes, masks and puppets from the Lion King. It was interesting to hear more about them later when we returned for a talk about the costumes from a member of the Disney West End educational team who was very good at involving the kids by asking them questions. 


Disney in the West End summer Pop-Up


Disney in the West End summer Pop-Up

Disney in the West End summer Pop-Up

Disney in the West End summer Pop-Up

We then headed out to Covent Garden to complete the Aladdin Treasure hunt, the kids always love a treasure hunt! There were four magic lamps to find around the Covent Garden Market Hall which was good fun and we spent time exploring Covent Garden- watching the buskers and browsing in shops likes the lovely Moomin shop whilst we were there. We eventually found all the lamps and noted down the letters to solve the anagram and we returned to the exhibition so the kids could pick up their prize, Aladdin/Lion King double sided posters. 

Disney in the West End summer Pop-Up

But where are the lamps?

There were a number of workshops throughout the day and we returned to meet the stars of the Lion King Musical, Shaun Escoffey who plays Musafa, Brown Lindiwe Mkhize who plays Rafiki and George Asprey who plays Scar. They talked briefly about being in the musical and about particularly being moved by their experiences of holding autism-friendly performances. They then signed beautiful postcards which we were provided with for the signing and posed for photos too.

Disney in the West End summer Pop-Up

Disney in the West End summer Pop-Up
The wonderful Shaun Escoffey

We enjoyed time around Leicester Square and then returned for one final workshop which my dance crazy daughter had been waiting for- singing and dancing the music of Aladdin. She and a group of about 7 other children learnt to sing and dance a routine to Arabian Nights and then performed it on the little stage. This was fun to watch and my daughter enjoyed taking part, the educational team made the kids feel relaxed and encouraged them to participate through games, the workshop was open to everyone and I joined in a bit with the singing although I wasn't brave enough to join the kids with the dancing on the stage!

Disney in the West End summer Pop-Up

The Disney West End Pop-Up is open from now until 26th August and more information about the exhibition and workshops schedule can be found at https://disneyonstage.co.uk/. Each workshop lasted about 20 minutes and all the workshops and experiences were free. We came home with the lovely mementos of our day and - which I am sure Disney would be very happy to hear me say- we all said we wanted to go and see the musicals again. As my son hasn't seen them yet but is now old enough to sit through a West End Show I feel a trip to the theatre might be on the cards sometime...


P.S. check out the 'first ever West End' Snapchat filters available at the exhibition! Yes, it is truly hilarious!




2 comments:

  1. We were just there! Don’t suppose you’d care to share the anagram answer? It’s BUCKETING Deb with rain here today and can’t find the lamps!!

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  2. Brilliant blog post, by the way!! 😁

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