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Bubblefest At Discovery Cube Has More Bubbles, Lasers, Family Fun

Patch logo Patch 7/2/2021 Ashley Ludwig
a group of people on a stage: Deni Yang once again shows off his bubble prowess in this family-friendly, amazing show. © Discovery Cube Promotional Photo, courtesy Deni Yang once again shows off his bubble prowess in this family-friendly, amazing show.

NEWPORT BEACH, CA —Bubblefest is back at Discovery Cube Orange County, but following a COVID-19 year-long delay, it will look a little different when it returns Friday.

In the past, bubble artist Deni Yang featured more complicated sets with plants and lights everywhere. Yang has performed since age 3, and performs internationally off-Broadway at his Gazillion bubble show.

For Yang, what is better in a pandemic world than bubbles? Nothing could be cleaner, he says. To make the unique display he uses mostly baby shampoo, dish detergent and antibacterial soap. The importance is in the mixture: too much dishwashing liquid, it becomes too strong. "My skin would dry up and I'd have to use Vaseline constantly after the day," he says. "With baby shampoo, it's more sensitive."

The 40-minute production features world-famous bubble artist Deni Yang. The show combines music, lasers, and bubble artistry sure to make your kids laugh with delight and bring YOUR inner child out, a spokesperson for Discovery Cube says on their website. "After all, who doesn’t LOVE bubbles?"

The Discovery Cube invites all to stay for the festival filled with tons of interactive experiences like the large bubble drum stations, bubble exhibits, science demonstrations, and award-winning exhibits inside the science center.

As for the Bubble Show itself, the aesthetic of the show has changed, according to Yang.

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"Normally, we have a lot of machines and special effects equipment, but now it looks a lot cleaner," he says. "We wanted to keep it streamlined for now because we didn't know how long we were going to run the show."

How many people will they allow in the audience? That remains under question.

"Everything was changing every week with different kinds of regulations," Yang said as he was staging the annual production.

As for now, the stage is decorated with some Japanese art and other "cool canvas art," Yang said.

According to Yang, the show will feature 11 lasers and a plethora of bubbles, more than previous shows.

"If anything, we added a lot more bubbles" too, Yang said.

Due to the pandemic, there is no "kid zone" in front of the stage for children to sit on the floor and enjoy the show this time, Yang said. But the stage will be closer to the audience.

"But I haven't changed too much," Yang said.

As of this point, it is not known if his sister, Melody, will be part of the act.

"She just had a baby in January," Yang said. "She's really tempted to perform. But I'll leave it up to her. We can always make a change really quickly."

Yang thought he might stage a Christmas show last year, but then the pandemic surged again.

Now that his laser and bubble show is back on track, there are some nerves, but that is typical, Yang said.

"I think I'm going to be relieved because the normalcy is coming back," Yang said. "Every time I go to a new stage, I tend to get nervous before the first show, but once you get through that ... after the first show, the ice is broken. You go back to an interactive-and-improve mode. It becomes natural."

Yang has been entertaining audiences with his bubble and laser show for two decades, so taking time off during the pandemic was tough.

"I'm happy to see a stage," he said. "After a year and a half and so many delays, I was like, finally. Finally we're back."

Bubblefest is sure to be a highlight of your family’s summer break – don’t miss this annual sell-out event.

The show runs four times a day through July 18 at Discovery Cube OC, 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana. For more information, and to buy tickets visit: www.discoverycube.org.

City News Service, Patch Editor Ashley Ludwig contributed to this report.

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