Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” World PremEAR to be in New Orleans (Prediction)

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The curtain has risen again at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans and the prediction from my wife Carol and I is that Disney will have the world premEAR of “The Princess and the Frog” this December in New Orleans either in that beautifully-restored theater or in the Superdome (as they did for the world premEAR of “Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame”).

It would be a perfect setting for Disney to hold the world premEAR of “The Princess and the Frog” at the newly-renovated Mahalia Jackson Theater. The animated feature is set in New Orleans’ French Quarter — the Mahalia Jackson Theater is located in Louis Armstrong Park on the edge of the French Quarter. The theater is beautiful and elegant (just like the look of the movie itself) and it already has state-of-the-art digital projection and a ballet-class stage (unlike the Superdome). It would cost Disney less to have the premEAR there rather than the larger Superdome, and since the theater seats fewer people it would make managing the world premEAR event easier.

“Dreams Do Come True Down In New Orleans.”
– Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog”

Is this just a pipe dream we have, that Disney will have a world premEAR of the New Orleans-located “Princess and the Frog” animated feature?

Well, remember the great response I got from Disney CEO Bob Iger at the 2007 Disney Shareholder Meeting in New Orleans when I asked him in that very question…

When Disney is ready to spill the (red) beans about the world premEAR, I’ll let y’all know if our hunch is correct!

Here are photos by phototographer Ted Jackson from today’s New Orleans Times-Picayune about last night’s reopening of the renovated theater.

Patrons mill about outside the newly refurbished The Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts as the facility is officially dedicated and reopened Thursday, January 8, 2009. (Times-Picayune photo by Ted Jackson)

Patrons mill about outside the newly refurbished The Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts as the facility is officially dedicated and reopened Thursday, January 8, 2009.

Theater Opens

Theater Opens

The Mahalia Jackson Theater was rebuilt for $22 million with a 21st century sound system, a digital cinema screen, enhanced lighting, a new orchestra shell and a cutting-edge ballet floor.The original chandelier is set off by new LED lights in the newly refurbished lobby of The Mahalia Jackson Theater.

Theater Opens
Tricia Huff and her dog Uptown Georgia Brown stand by as the Armstrong Park archway is lit during dedication ceremonies for the newly refurbished theater.

Tricia Huff and her dog Uptown Georgia Brown stand by as the Armstrong Park archway is lit during dedication ceremonies for the newly refurbished theater.

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1 Response to “Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” World PremEAR to be in New Orleans (Prediction)”


  1. 1 Rich Koster November 17, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    So, I was wrong in my prediction! Still, “Dreams do come true in New Orleans.” 🙂


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