I know a lot of you are wondering what's so special about Disney's newest cruise ship, the Fantasy -- what's new about it, and what makes it different from its sister ship, the Disney Dream? Deb Koma and I are blogging about those differences as we try to recap our experiences from our three-night media preview cruise on the Fantasy.
To accommodate passengers on the 7 Night Cruise, the Disney Fantasy offers an expanded live entertainment line-up in the magnificant Walt Disney Theatre.
The Walt Disney Theater seats 1,340 people with seating in both the orchestra and balcony. While the theatre reflects the luxurious show places of old, the technology used is one of the most advanced anywhere!
The lineup of musicals presented at the Disney Fantasy Walt Disney Theatre includes “Disney
Wishes,” “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular,” “Disney’s Believe,” “A Fantasy Come
True” and “An Unforgettable Journey.”
Our preview cruise was only 3 nights so we did not see all the shows. Check back after the Maiden Voyage when Laura Gilbreath and myself can provide more comments.
Disney's Believe debuted last year when the Disney Dream came online. In this charming father-daughter story, workaholic Dr. Greenaway learns about the power of belief with the help of some magical Disney characters.
The 50-minute show includes original musical compositions as well as classic Disney music from movies like Mary Poppins, Peter Pan, and Pocahontas. Impressively staged production numbers combine music and choreography with magical special effects. I was told changes have been made to the show for the Fantasy.
Here's a behind the scenes look at Believe prior to its debut on the Disney Dream.
Disney Wishes is brand new for the Disney Fantasy written by Kristen Childs who also wrote Believe.
This 45-minute musical journey is about three best friends who discover the secret to being a grown-up is staying connected to their inner child.
The story begins as long-time best friends Kayla and Nicole along with Nicole’s twin brother
Brandon visit Disneyland to celebrate their high school graduation. Each is unsure of what the
future holds for them, so they make a wish to go on the “Ride of Our Lives” – the show’s original
Their wish evokes an enchanted world where a cavalcade of Disney characters – including
Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Lilo, Stitch, Mulan, Hercules, Pinocchio, Timon and Pumbaa –
materialize to guide the teens through their magical journey.
The thing I love most about Wishes is that it brings to light Disney characters and songs you either have not seen in quite a while or in a new "updated" fashion.
For me, the best part of the show is the song from Pinocchio entitled, "I've Got No Strings". Some might argue the best song is the Hawaiian Roller Coaster song with Lilo and Stitch, which also is performed masterfully.
I smiled watching King Louie and the Monkeys perform a high-energy swing band version of “I Wanna Be Like You” from the Jungle Book. When is the last time your saw King Louie in a show?! (Jungle Book which debuted when Animal Kingdom opened perhaps?)
The beginning of the show is a tad slow as the characters are introduced. I also feel a serious tweek is needed to the Lion King and Hercules segments. That said, I would definitely see the show if you haven't before!
The show concludes with "Breakthrough" from the Disney Channel movie Lemonade Mouth!
Here's a behind the scenes look at the development of Wishes
“Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular”
The brand new Aladdin show is based on the Aladdin show which premiered January 2003 in the Hyperion Theatre in Disney California Adventure. During this Broadway-style production, guests laugh along with the wisecracking Genie and the characters from the classic animated Disney film “Aladdin.”
This is the Do-Not-Miss block buster show on the Disney Fantasy!
Once again, Aladdin is the “street rat” of Agrabah meeting a Genie who grants him three wishes, battling the evil Jafar, and falling in love with Princess Jasmine.
Don't miss the Magic Carpet scene when technology and state-of-the-art projections send Jasmine and Aladdin to "A Whole New World".
The final two stage productions are new for the Disney Fantasy. I hope to see them in the future.
“A Fantasy Come True” Welcome Show - is a 45-minute, high-energy, multimedia musical production that follows one family’s journey as they discover the amazing experiences and enchanting surprises that await them aboard the Disney Fantasy. Ultimately, they learn the greatest experience the ship has to offer is the opportunity to make memories – together as a family – that will last a lifetime.
“An Unforgettable Journey” Farewell Show is a good-bye hug in the form of a 45-minute musical production that allows guests to reflect and savor the experience they have had onboard the Disney Fantasy. This farewell show connects the guests’ experiences to the man who started it all – Walt Disney – through audio and video clips that steep the memorable moments and distinctly Disney touches in Walt’s words and wisdom.
Let me know what you think of the new shows on the Disney Fantasy!
DISCLOSURE: As an invited media guest, AllEars' cruise expenses for the Disney Fantasy Preview Cruise were paid by the Disney company. Opinions expressed herein are solely mine.
The previous post in this blog was What's New on the Disney Fantasy? Special Water Features!.
The next post in this blog is All Aboard the Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship.