Over the weekend at the Destination D23 event that was held at Walt Disney World, we learned that there are two brand new Broadway-style shows coming to the Disney Wish; Disney The Little Mermaid and Disney Seas the Adventure.
Both shows will take place in the stunning Walt Disney Theatre on the Disney Wish when it sets sail in the summer of 2022.
In addition to the new theatrical shows, DCL has announced the premiere of Pirate’s Rockin’ Parlay Party, a new take on the fleet’s signature nighttime deck celebration that’s sure to delight landlubbers and freebooters alike. Guests of all ages can don their most swashbuckling pirate garb and head to the upper decks for a rollicking rock-and-roll extravaganza unlike anything on the high seas, complete with fireworks at sea like only Disney can do.
Hosted by Captain Redd — a descendent of the famous red-headed rogue from the Pirates of the Caribbean theme park attractions — the show will feature live music, remarkable stunts, special effects, and plenty of surprises. Throughout the party, she and her band of head-banging buccaneers will perform famous radio hits from the genre, plus a rockin’ rendition of the classic pirate tune 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 sparkling treasure that lights the night sky: a fantastic fireworks display underscored by an original arrangement of the sensational soundtrack from the Walt Disney Studios Pirates in the Caribbean films.
Keep reading to learn more about each of the new theatrical productions as Disney Cruise Line has described them!
On their first night aboard this enchanted ship, Disney Wish guests will embark on a musical voyage into some of their favorite stories during an original musical spectacular, Disney Seas the Adventure. When Captain Minnie hands over the helm to her dear friend Goofy, he’ll set sail into uncharted waters on a journey to discover his own inner captain.
Along the way, Goofy will encounter a bevy of bold, brave, and brilliant Disney and Pixar friends who encourage him to lead with his heart through rousing renditions of iconic Disney songs.
- Tiana will teach Goofy the power of hard work to make a dream come true during a lively performance of Almost There from Disney Animation’s The Princess and the Frog.
- Goofy will navigate to the big ocean blue where Crush and Squirt — the tubular turtles from Pixar’s Finding Nemo — show him how to Go with the Flow in a high-energy 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 Let it Go, How Far I’ll Go and Touch the Sky, emboldening Goofy to go into the unknown.
- When Goofy loses his way and self-doubt takes hold once again, he’ll gain the courage to Go the Distance with the help of Hercules and a host of heroes from a variety of Disney films.
The adventure will culminate in a cavalcade of characters joining Captain Minnie and Goofy on stage during a grand farewell before leading guests out of the theater and into the Grand Hall for an unforgettable sendoff experience – the ultimate “kiss goodnight” to close guests’ first day onboard.
Disney The Little Mermaid will be an original Broadway-style stage adaptation of the renowned 1989 Disney Animation film developed exclusively for the 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 like never before.
In this modern-day retelling, the curtain will rise on an enchanted treasure chest at the moment it is discovered by a group of storytellers, led by a special young woman who has the power to unlock its magic. As they uncover the whozits and whatzits galore hidden within the trunk, the storytellers will take on the roles of Ariel, Ursula, Prince Eric, Sebastian, Flounder, and more, bringing to life the immersive undersea world right before guests’ eyes. They’ll put their own contemporary spin on the timeless story of a young woman’s search for independence, love, and a place in the world.
The creative minds at Disney Cruise Line have joined forces with a team of top Broadway talent to bring this treasured tale to life through an elaborate, whimsical, and resonant storytelling experience that will offer audiences a brand-new way to be part of Ariel’s world.
Disney The Little Mermaid will feature innovative theatrical design, dazzling special effects, artistic choreography, and a reimagined script and score that will surprise and delight guests of all ages.
- New orchestrations of favorite songs like Part of Your World, Poor Unfortunate Souls and Under the Sea will enchant audiences with moving ensemble pieces and breathtaking production numbers.
- Unexpectedly playful scenic designs and state-of-the-art video projections will transform the Walt Disney Theatre into 360-degree undersea environment.
- Contemporary, interpretive costuming will reflect the show’s unique blending of a modern setting and a mystical, fantastical story.
- Cutting-edge puppetry will animate fantastical sea creatures and characters such as Sebastian, Flounder, Scuttle, and Flotsam and Jetsam in never-before-seen ways.
“The Little Mermaid is a timeless story, one that transcends generations,” said Shelby Jiggetts-Tivony, vice president, creative and advanced development, Disney Live Entertainment. “Our hope is that this new stage adaptation aboard the Disney Wish continues that incredible legacy, not by simply reenacting the elements that make the original film so powerful, but by reinterpreting it in a way that resonates with the audience sitting in the theater each night.”
The Disney Wish will also feature a reimagined adaptation of Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular, a guest-favorite show from across the fleet. This fast-paced musical comedy is based on the classic Disney Animation tale of Aladdin meeting the Genie, battling the evil Jafar, and falling in love with Princess Jasmine.
Iconic scenes and songs from the movie will be re-created on stage with brand-new sets and theater-filling projection design developed exclusively for the Disney Wish. Highlights include a lively, Las Vegas-style rendition of Friend Like Me; a breathtaking performance of A Whole New World atop a flying magic carpet; and a solo performance for Jasmine titled To Be Free, created for Disney Cruise Line by Grammy Award-winning composer Alan Menken.
If you’re interested in planning your next Disney Cruise Line vacation aboard the brand new Disney Wish, please reach out to us at Dreams Unlimited Travel – the official sponsor of DCL Fan – and one of our magical travel agents will be glad to assist you!