Disney Cruise Line has revealed new details about the two theatrical productions coming to its new ship, just days after the shows were first announced during a presentation by President of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Josh D’Amaro at Destination D23.
Set to sail in summer 2022, the Disney Wish will premiere two original shows at its state-of-the-art Walt Disney Theatre: an innovative Broadway-style version of the Walt Disney Animation Studios film “The Little Mermaid” and a cruise launch celebration directed by Captain Minnie, Goofy and an all-star cast of Disney and Pixar characters. On deck, guests will enjoy a new covered pirate party culminating in an impressive fireworks display at sea.
Breathtaking Stage Shows at the Walt Disney Theater
A hallmark of the Disney Cruise Line experience is the unparalleled live entertainment at the Walt Disney Theatre. Aboard Disney Wish, this elegant 1,274-seat show palace will evoke an enchanted forest inspired by scenes from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Fantasia,” complete with an orchestra area and balconies spanning three decks. The theater will be equipped with the most advanced technology, including the most robust projection capability of any Disney ship and a Dolby Atmos 3D audio system – a first in the cruise industry – to create a transformative theatrical experience rivaling any another on land or at sea.
A Treasure to Rediscover – ‘Disney The Little Mermaid
“Disney The Little Mermaid” will be an original Broadway-style stage adaptation of Disney’s celebrated 1989 animated film, developed exclusively for Disney Wish. During this one-of-a-kind theatrical production, audiences will rediscover the iconic scenes, acclaimed music and beloved characters of “The Little Mermaid” while experiencing the story in a new and innovative way.
In this modern version, the curtain will rise on an enchanted chest as it is discovered by a group of storytellers, led by a special young woman who has the power to reveal her magic. As they dust off the myriad of “goodies like this” hidden in the trunk, storytellers will transform into Ariel, Ursula, Prince Eric, Sebastian, Flounder and more, bringing the underwater world to life before their eyes. . They will put their own contemporary spin on the timeless story of a young woman searching for independence, love and a place in the world.
The creative minds of Disney Cruise Line have joined forces with a team of Broadway’s top talent to bring this treasured tale to life through an elaborate, fanciful and resonant storytelling experience that will offer audiences a whole new way to be part of the world. of Ariel.
“Disney The Little Mermaid” will feature innovative theatrical design, dazzling special effects, artistic choreography and a reimagined script and music that will surprise and delight viewers of all ages.
- New orchestrations of favorite songs like “Part of It,” “Poor Wretched Souls” and “Under the Sea” will enchant audiences with rousing ensemble pieces and impressive production numbers.
- Unexpectedly playful stage designs and state-of-the-art video projections will transform the Walt Disney Theater into a 360-degree underwater environment.
- Contemporary and interpretive costumes will reflect the show’s unique blend of a modern setting and a mystical and fantastical story.
- Next-generation puppets will animate fantastic sea creatures and characters like Sebastian, Flounder, Scuttle, and Flotsam and Jetsam in ways never seen before.
“‘The Little Mermaid’ is a timeless story, one that transcends generations,” said Shelby Jiggetts-Tivony, vice president of creative and advanced development for Disney Live Entertainment. “Our hope is that this new stage adaptation aboard the Disney Wish continues that incredible legacy, not simply recreating the elements that make the original film so powerful, but reinterpreting it in a way that resonates with the audience sitting in the theater.” each night.”
A Celebration of Embarkation – ‘Disney Seas the Adventure’
On their first night aboard this enchanted ship, guests of the Disney Wish will embark on a musical journey into some of their favorite stories during an original show, “Disney Seas the Adventure” . When Captain Minnie hands over the helm to her dear friend Ella Goofy, he sets sail into uncharted waters on a journey to discover the captain within her.
Along the way, Goofy will meet a group of fearless, brave and brilliant Disney and Pixar friends who will encourage him to lead with his heart through exciting renditions of iconic Disney songs.
- Tiana will teach Goofy the power of hard work to make a dream come true during a spirited rendition of “I’ll Be There” from Disney Animation Studios’ “The Princess and the Frog.”
- Goofy will sail out into the big blue ocean where Crush and Squirt – the turtles from Pixar’s “Finding Nemo” – will teach him to “Go with the flow” in an energetic production of the song fans will recognize from “Finding Nemo – The Musical.” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
- In an original arrangement exclusive to this show, heroines Elsa, Moana and Merida will perform a powerful medley of “I’m Free”, “How Far I’m Going” and “Touch the Sky”, encouraging Goofy to step into the unknown.
- When Goofy loses his way and doubts take hold of him again, he will gather courage and discover that “no matter the distance” with the help of Hercules and a series of heroes from various Disney movies he can achieve his goals.
The adventure will culminate in a cavalcade of characters joining Captain Minnie and Goofy onstage for a grand send-off before leading guests out of the theater and into the Great Hall for an unforgettable send-off experience – a magical “goodbye kiss.” nights” to close the guests’ first day on board.
A Reimagined Favorite – ‘Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular’
As previously announced, the Disney Wish will also feature a reimagined adaptation of “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular,” a favorite show for guests across the fleet. This fast-paced musical comedy is based on the classic Disney Animation Studios tale in which Aladdin meets the Genie, battles the evil Jafar, and falls in love with Princess Jasmine.
Iconic scenes and songs from the film will be recreated on stage with an all-new production and theatre-filling projection design, developed exclusively for the Disney Wish. Highlights include a spirited, Las Vegas-style rendition of “A True Friend”; an impressive recreation of “An Ideal World” on a flying magic carpet; and a solo performance by Jasmine titled “To Be Free,” created for Disney Cruise Line by Grammy Award-winning composer Alan Menken.
Pirate Night with a Rock and Roll Twist
Another favorite Disney Cruise Line guest experience will return aboard Disney Wish in a whole new way with the premiere of Pirate’s Rockin’ Parlay Party, a new take on the iconic nightly celebration on deck of the fleet that will undoubtedly delight everyone alike.
On a special night of each cruise, guests of all ages can don their wildest pirate attire and head to the upper decks for an unprecedented rock and roll show at sea, complete with fireworks at sea as only Disney can do.
Hosted by Captain Redd – descendant of the famous redhead from the theme park attraction Pirates of the Caribbean – the show will feature live music, extraordinary stunts, special effects and plenty of surprises. Throughout the party, she and her band of buccaneer rockers will perform famous radio hits of the genre, as well as a bizarre rendition of the classic pirate theme “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me)”.
When Redd assembles a fearsome council of captains, including the notorious scoundrel Captain Jack Sparrow, they’ll unlock a glittering treasure that will light up the night sky: a fantastic fireworks display underscored by an original arrangement of the sensational soundtrack of the Walt Disney Studios “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies.
In true Disney Cruise Line style, the Disney Wish will offer a robust menu of first-class entertainment on every voyage. In addition to original stage shows and exciting deck parties, guests will enjoy immersive “Frozen” and Marvel-themed dining experiences; first-run movies at the ship’s two boutique theaters; Disney character experiences and programming for children of all ages; fun family activities in new locations like Luna and the Hero Zone; adult programming every night; and much more.
Maiden Voyage and Inaugural Season
The Disney Wish will sail her maiden voyage on June 9, 2022, followed by a season of three- and four-night cruises to Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, from Port Canaveral, Florida.