The Little Mermaid headlines entertainment in the all-new Disney Wish

PORT CANAVERAL, FL – Guests who step aboard Disney’s new cruise ship, Disney Wish, will have the chance to see a number of unique theater shows and performances.

On Thursday, the Disney Wish will set sail on its maiden voyage from Port Canaveral.

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The new ship debuts two original stage shows in its state-of-the-art Walt Disney Theater.

The elegant 1,274-seat show theater evokes an enchanted forest inspired by scenes from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Fantasia, with an orchestra and balcony seating spanning three decks. Disney said the ship’s new theater will feature incredible projection mapping capabilities and a Dolby Atmos 3D audio system, a first in the cruise industry.

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The Walt Disney Theater on Disney Wish (WKMG)

One of the new shows on board is a groundbreaking Broadway-style take on Walt Disney Animation Studios’ The Little Mermaid. During this one-of-a-kind theatrical production, audiences rediscover the iconic scenes, acclaimed music and indelible characters like never before.

Disney Wish’s The Little Mermaid (Disney Cruise Line)

“In this modern retelling, the curtain rises on an enchanted treasure chest as it is discovered by a group of storytellers led by a special young woman who has the power to unlock its magic,” Disney said in a news release. “As they reveal the abundance of who and what hidden in the trunk, storytellers step into the roles of Ariel, Ursula, Prince Eric, Sebastian, Flounder and more, bringing the fascinating underwater world to life right before guests’ eyes. These exemplary performers bring their own contemporary meaning to the timeless story of a young woman’s search for independence, love and a place in the world.”

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Disney Wish’s The Little Mermaid (Disney Cruise Line)

The new show will feature beautiful theatrical production, choreography and avant-garde puppetry.

“Our hope is that this new stage adaptation aboard Disney Wish continues that incredible legacy, not just by reproducing the elements that made the original film so powerful, but by reinterpreting it in a way that resonates with audiences sitting in theater every night,” said Shelby Jiggetts-Tivoni, vice president, creative and advanced development, Disney Live Entertainment.

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Another exciting show that is sure to bring smiles to families’ faces is Disney Seas the Adventure.

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Seas the Adventure on the Disney Wish

The new show will be offered to guests on their first night on board the ship.

“Disney Wish guests embark on a musical journey through some of their favorite stories during an original musical performance, ‘Disney Seas the Adventure.'” When Captain Minnie hands over the helm to her dear friend Goofy, he sets sail into uncharted waters on a journey to discover your own inner captain,” Disney explained.

The delightful show features a range of Disney and Pixar characters including Moana, Princess Tiana, Merida, Hercules and Crush from Finding Nemo.

Disney Wish will also feature a reimagined adaptation of Disney’s Aladdin – The Musical, a guest favorite from across the cruise line’s fleet. This fast-paced musical comedy is based on the classic Disney animated tale of Aladdin’s encounter with the Genie, his battle with the evil Jafar and his love for Princess Jasmine. Iconic scenes and songs from the film are recreated on stage with brand new sets and an auditorium-filling projection design developed exclusively for Disney Wish, Disney said.

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Disney Wish’s Pirate’s Parlay Party (McReynolds)

No Disney cruise would be complete without a pirate night, which is full of amazing entertainment and fireworks. Aboard the Disney Wish is The Pirate’s Rockin’ Parlay Party. The party kicks off with guests listening to Pirate Rockin’ Radio, which spins popular Dead or Alive hits.

“Hosted by Captain Red – a descendant of the famous red-headed con artist from the Pirates of the Caribbean theme park attractions – the show features live music, spectacular stunts, special effects and lots of surprises. During the party, she and her band of giddy pirates perform famous rock radio hits, plus a rocking rendition of the classic pirate tune “Yo Ho (A Pirate’s Life for Me),” Disney said in a news release.

The party ends with a surprise visit from Captain Jack Sparrow and a spectacular Pirates of the Caribbean fireworks finale.

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Disney Wish will also feature a number of other spaces that provide charming entertainment for families to enjoy.

Disney Wish Great Hall (WKMG)

In the Great Hall, families will find interactive entertainment that comes alive throughout. A royal greeting awaits families as they enter the glamorous space.

Cinderella and Prince Charming in Disney Wish (McReynolds)

During the sailing, families can attend a royal gathering of magnificent proportions as Disney princesses descend on the Great Hall to meet and greet guests.

Then, on the final night of each sailing, cruisers return to the Great Hall and raise their wands with the Fairy Godmother to ignite a spectacular farewell show featuring beloved characters, special effects and lively performances.

At the nearby Luna Stage, guests will find exclusive entertainment for adults, live performances and interactive programming throughout the day and night. Featuring a celestial design inspired by the Disney and Pixar short film “La Luna,” the venue is equipped with a two-story LED screen wall, a stylish stage, a full-service bar and spacious seating, creating an energetic atmosphere on the lower level.

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Disney Wish Moon (Disney Cruise Line)

If a movie night is on your bucket list, Disney Wish has two places to check out.

With 84 and 86 seats, respectively, the Wonderland and Never Land theaters offer guests more options than ever to see classic and first-run films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and others, Disney said. These theaters are the first in the cruise industry to offer Dolby Atmos 3D audio, providing the most immersive movie viewing experience on the high seas.

Disney Wish’s Wonderland Cinema (WKMG)

The ship also offers a range of physical activities for families to enjoy.

Aquamouse on Disney Wish (McReynolds)

On the upper deck is the ship’s first attraction at sea, the Aquamouse. Full of show stages, lighting, special effects and surprises, this first-of-its-kind water attraction sends guests on a fun family adventure through 760 feet of winding tubes suspended high above the upper decks. Guests can experience two different cartoons as they travel, “Scuba Scramble” or “Swiss Meltdown.”

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AquaMouse on the all-new Disney Wish

Near the back of the ship is the Hero Zone.

This new space is a futuristic sports arena where physical activity mixes with imagination, alternating between a complex family obstacle course and a freestyle sports center. Families take on action-packed physical challenges themed around some of Pixar’s most incredible characters during show-stopping races.

Disney Wish Hero Zone (WKMG)

The balcony viewing area is available for other guests to watch, cheer and admire the fearless feats performed during the epic games.


Disney Wish will set sail for the first time on July 14, followed by a season of three- and four-night cruises to Nassau, the Bahamas and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

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