Chance to Shine premiered at Disneys California Adventure in summer 2001.
The park had only opened in February of that year.
Attendance was disappointing, and park management needed to do something fast.
It takes a long time (and a lot of money) to build new attractions, but entertainment can be updated more quickly.
Goofy’s Beach Party Bash replaced Lights, Camera, Chaos! at the Hollywood Backlot Stage.
Mickey Mouse and other characters presented a new show at the park’s Bountiful Valley Farm.
Somehow, despite the focus on adding Disney characters to the park that wasnt “Disney” enough, the clever Chance to Shine show quietly debuted—with no Disney characters and no Disney movie tie-in.
The show just had talented performers, catchy music, clever lyrics, and fun interaction with the audience.
Here’s how Disney observer Sue Kruse described Chance to Shine in 2001, comparing the show to the other new shows at the time:
“The last of the shows in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot is easily the best. In fact, that understates it. Allow me to rephrase. It’s truly terrific. It’s well written, well acted, well sung, well...it’s just good, really good. Go see this show and forget the rest. See it two or three times, go get yourself half a tortilla, and then come back and see it again.”
At first, the Chance to Shine trio performed on the concrete in front of the Hollywood & Dine food court “sound stage” building.
When that eatery was locked up in an early cost-cutting move, this corner of the Hollywood Pictures Backlot became even more of a ghost town than before.
The Chance to Shine shows moved to the main Hollywood street.
Chance to Shine lasted until spring 2004.
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Photograph of Chance to Shine cast walking: 2002 by Werner Weiss.
Photograph of Chance to Shine actress in tropical costume: 2001 by Allen Huffman.
Photograph of Chance to Shine in western saloon costume: 2001 by Allen Huffman.
Photograph of Chance to Shine in space alien costume: 2001 by Allen Huffman.
Photograph of Chance to Shine cast performing on street: 2002 by Werner Weiss.
Photograph of Chance to Shine cast with Animation building: 2001 by Allen Huffman.
Photograph of Chance to Shine cast with rope: 2001 by Allen Huffman.
Photograph of Chance to Shine cast on street (wide): 2002 by Allen Huffman.
Photograph of Chance to Shine cast with arms raised: 2001by Allen Huffman.