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First Impressions of ‘Tangled: The Musical’ Aboard the Disney Magic

posted on January 14th, 2016 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Just a few weeks ago, “Tangled: The Musical” joined the incredible line-up of original, Broadway-style stage entertainment aboard the Disney Magic, and audiences are raving about this spectacular new production.

With enchanting music, adventure, romance, humor and that special Disney touch, this show really does have something to delight everyone in the family. But don’t take it from me … Watch the video below to hear what some of our guests had to say after seeing the show for the first time.

Have you seen “Tangled: The Musical” aboard the Disney Magic? Did you watch our exclusive live stream featuring one of the new songs? Tell us your first impressions in the comments section below.

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Top 10 Entertainment Experiences at Disney Parks in 2015

posted on December 29th, 2015 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


It’s been another unforgettable year at Disney Parks, and our Creative Entertainment team has had a blast producing amazing new entertainment experiences for you to enjoy. In fact, the team has been so busy, this year’s Top 5 had to be expanded to a Top 10!

  1. Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration – Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the original Disneyland park was far and away the biggest event of the year, bringing with it the debut of three new nighttime spectaculars: “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, “World of Color – Celebrate!” and the award-winning “Paint the Night” parade.
  1. Tangled: The Musical – This terrific stage adaptation of the tale of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, a Disney Cruise Line exclusive complete with three new songs from Composer Alan Menken, premiered on the Disney Magic in November.

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  1. Inside Out – Riley’s Emotions from the Disney•Pixar hit “Inside Out” made their Disney Parks debut last summer at Disney California Adventure park, arriving on a pre-parade float designed to look like Headquarters from the film. Later in the year, Joy and Sadness made their way to Hong Kong Disneyland, where they appeared in a limited-time character greeting experience.

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  1. More “Frozen” FunAnna, Elsa and Olaf were as popular as ever in 2015, traveling the world to bring a bit of Arendelle to Disney’s kingdoms on three continents. Unique “Frozen” entertainment experiences included sing-along celebrations, playgrounds with real snow, processionals through the parks and deck parties on Disney Cruise Line.

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  1. Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade “Dreamlights – This popular nighttime parade at Tokyo Disney Resort received an upgrade last summer, with an all-new “Tangled” float and seven other floats that were enhanced with dazzling new technological features.
  1. King Triton’s Concert – In the spring, Mermaid Lagoon Theater at Tokyo DisneySea saw the debut of this award-winning musical show that combines dynamic performances with puppetry, projections, Audio-Animatronics and special effects.

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  1. Halloween – The Halloween season was bigger than ever at Disney Parks in 2015, with new shows opening around the world. The headliner was “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” at Magic Kingdom Park, starring the inimitable Sanderson Sisters. Other shows included “It’s Good to be Bad” with the Disney Villains at Disneyland Paris, “The Villains’ World” on Mediterranean Harbor at Tokyo DisneySea and several “Lost in Ghost Town” experiences as part of Haunted Halloween at Hong Kong Disneyland.

  1. Hong Kong Disneyland 10th Anniversary – Hong Kong Disneyland also marked their 10th anniversary this year, kicking off a year-long “Happily Ever After” celebration with the newly enhanced “Disney in the Stars” fireworks spectacular and the delightful new stage show, “Mickey and the Wondrous Book.”

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  1. Sunset Showcase – An all-new entertainment venue opened this fall at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, designed to host a variety of different experiences over time. The premier engagement at Sunset Showcase is Club Disney, a super fun hangout filled with music, dancing, Disney characters and more. A special evening event, Club Villain, comes to the Sunset Showcase starting January 16, and more plans are in the works for the future.

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  1. Star Wars – The Force has awakened at Disney Parks with the openings of Star Wars Launch Bay and “Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple” at both Disneyland park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are now also thrilling to nightly performances of “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular,” an epic fireworks show featuring some of the most iconic music and audio clips from the entire “Star Wars” saga.

There’s been quite a lot happening in the world of Creative Entertainment this year, and 2016 promises to be greater still with additions like “Rivers of Light” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, an incredible new stage production of “Frozen” at Disney California Adventure park, the opening of Shanghai Disneyland and so much more.

Keep reading Disney Parks Blog all year long, and we’ll keep you up to speed on all the excitement to come. Happy new year!

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Raising the Curtain on ‘Tangled: The Musical’ Aboard the Disney Magic

posted on December 4th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Last month, guests aboard the Disney Magic experienced the magic of “Tangled” in a completely new way … as an original Disney Cruise Line stage spectacular! This amazing show—now presented during every Disney Magic sailing—retells the thrilling adventure of Rapunzel and Flynn as they face ruffians, thugs and a budding romance on an exhilarating journey of self-discovery.

Tangled: The Musical” features three brand-new songs by music legend Alan Menken, stunning costumes by a Tony Award-winning designer, Broadway-style production numbers, storybook sets, favorite characters from the film and more. Check out the video below to see some of our favorite moments from the show.

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Moms Panel Monday: Our Most Interesting Questions

posted on November 30th, 2015 by Leanne O'Regan, Director, Social Media, Disney Parks


Each week, the Disney Parks Moms Panel receives hundreds of questions from people planning their upcoming Disney vacations. Sometimes these questions can get very specific but nothing our 50 panelists can’t handle!

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For this week’s Moms Panel Monday, we asked our panelists to reflect back on some of their favorite or most interesting questions from this year.

Moms Panelist Diane, who specializes in answering Disney Cruise Line questions, loved helping a guest getting ready to sail on the Disney Magic learn whether or not she’d be able to find her favorite food – chicken wings – on the ship. Diane knew exactly how to help her. Find out here.

Jason, one of our dads on the Panel, did a lot of research to help answer a question about the countries in the “it’s a small world” attraction. Read his fun answer here.

And finally, Faith, our runDisney specialist, absolutely enjoyed answering a wardrobe question for an upcoming runDisney event. To tiara or not to tiara? Find out here.

If you’ve got a question about planning your upcoming Disney vacation, be sure to visit the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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Military Families Experience the Magic of ‘Tangled: The Musical’ on Veteran’s Day

posted on November 11th, 2015 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


Today was an exciting day for Disney Cruise Line – we premiered “Tangled: The Musical” aboard the Disney Magic while in port in Miami! And in celebration of Veteran’s Day, we worked with Blue Star Families to invite a group of military families – nearly 140 people – to be among the first to witness the magic of Tangled live firsthand!

On a day like today that reminds us to remember those who have served our country, it was truly an honor for us to be able to share the magic of Disney’s storytelling with families who have given so much.

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VIDEO: Watch A Sneak Peek Of ‘Tangled: The Musical’

posted on November 11th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


UPDATE: This live event has concluded, but feel free to enjoy the replay below. Please keep your eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future live event opportunities.

"Tangled: The Musical" Aboard the Disney Magic

It’s nearly time for the exclusive sneak peek of “Tangled: The Musical!”. We’re live streaming an original number from the show right here at 11:50 a.m. EST from the Disney Magic.

Tune in to be among the first to experience this incredible show, which features brand-new music by Academy Award-winning composer Alan Menken, stunning costumes by a Tony Award-winning designer, storybook set designs and more. You’ll even get to hear one of three songs developed exclusively for this show, “When She Returns.”

Join us at 11:50 a.m. EST, then tell us about your favorite part in the comments section!

Want more? Check out the series below:

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Watch a Scene from ‘Tangled: The Musical’ LIVE on Nov. 11 at 11:50 a.m. EST

posted on November 9th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Mark your calendars! We’re gearing up for the premiere of “Tangled: The Musical” aboard the Disney Magic, and today we’re excited to announce that Disney Parks Blog readers will get an exclusive sneak peek of the show in real time.

This Wednesday, Nov. 11, we’ll be live streaming a scene from “Tangled: The Musical” at 11:50 a.m. EST right here on the Disney Parks Blog! Tune in to be part of the first audience to experience this incredible new stage production and hear one of three brand-new songs developed exclusively for this show by legendary composer Alan Menken.

To join us, visit the Disney Parks Blog main page on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 11:50 a.m. EST. The live stream will appear in a fresh post at the top of the site.

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See the posts below for more details on the making of ‘Tangled: The Musical':

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Countdown to Showtime with ‘Tangled: The Musical': By the Numbers

posted on October 30th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


The premiere of “Tangled: The Musical” is drawing near, and I am so excited to finally see the show after years and years of asking and asking and asking … (Do you quote the movie as much as I do?)

If you’re anything like me, it may feel like you’ve been waiting 18 years for Rapunzel to return in the first-ever stage adaptation of her adventure story, so I thought I’d share some “by the numbers” trivia to hold you over until the show debuts.

So grab your frying pan, put on your best smolder and impress your friends with some fun facts about this spectacular stage production … And keep your eyes on the Disney Parks Blog for a first look at the show on November 11.

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During the “I See the Light” lake scene, audiences will be fully immersed in the moment as magical projections animate countless floating lanterns and 17 physical lanterns float above the aisles for added effect.

Tony Award-winning costume designer Paloma Young developed 125 costumes using more than 200 different types of fabrics, including one custom fabric created just for this show. The dazzling costumes are made complete with 85 pairs of shoes and 60 wigs.

Audiences will be swept up in the adventure through 15 scenes and seven locations. These include the 15-foot-tall tower, which features more than 20 glowing flowers hidden in a mural design, and the Snuggly Duckling pub, where nine lovable thugs await. More than 40 scenic elements bring these fairytale locales to life.

It takes 47 talented performers and technicians to put on this elaborate production.

And it wouldn’t be Rapunzel’s story without plenty of long, blond hair—nearly 200 feet of it!

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7 Things to Look for When You See ‘Tangled: The Musical’

posted on October 23rd, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Over the past several months, we’ve give you an all-access pass to the making of “Tangled: The Musical,” with behind-the-scenes looks into the creation of music, costumes, sets, choreography and puppetry. There is so much to look forward to when the show debuts aboard the Disney Magic, so we’ve rounded up our top seven details to look (and listen!) for when you see it for the first time:

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  1. Bavarian inspiration: Everything from set designs to costumes to choreography was inspired in some way by the sights, sounds and heritage of early German culture.
  2. Flowers: Rapunzel’s story begins with a magical flower, but many more have been “planted” in the show’s design. Look for more than 200 physical flowers—plus dozens of others that have been drawn, painted, carved and sewn—in scenic elements, costumes and even Rapunzel’s hair!
  3. Immersive moments: The creative team designed the show to totally immerse you in the story as characters interact with the audience; scenes spill over the stage and lanterns float overhead.

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  1. The guitar: Legendary composer Alan Menken’s score was inspired by folk rock music, so listen closely to hear undertones of the guitar thread throughout the show. You may even see a character strumming away!
  2. Glowing scenic elements: A magical flower, Rapunzel’s hair, floating lanterns, burning candles and glowing murals … There are definitely a lot of bright spots to see in this show!

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  1. Organic choreography: Choreographer Connor Gallagher developed each dance number to feel natural and folksy, focusing on loose movements, lower centers of gravity and personal touches by each character.
  2. Nods to the movie: Of course, this is still the story of Rapunzel’s grand adventure, so you’ll see and hear many of your favorite characters, scenes, songs and quotes.
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5 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Tangled: The Musical’

posted on October 16th, 2015 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Last week, we tested your “Tangled: The Musical” knowledge, and it looks like you’re just as excited as we are about the first-ever stage adaptation of “Tangled!” Before it debuts aboard the Disney Magic during her November 11 Bahamian cruise, we have a few more secrets to share with you about the musical’s production …

1. Legendary composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater have always wanted to write more songs for “Tangled.” Alan and Glenn wished they had written more music for the animated film, so they were thrilled with the opportunity to come back to “Tangled” and write a new opening number, a song for Flynn Rider and lyrics for the festival scene.

2. The mural in Rapunzel’s tower set piece was designed by Claire Keane, who created the original mural design for the “Tangled” film. Claire Keane, daughter of legendary Disney animator Glen Keane, re-imagined her animated mural design into a life-sized painting for the set of “Tangled: The Musical.”

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3. Every set piece for “Tangled: The Musical” was sculpted and painted by hand. Rapunzel would approve, don’t you think?

4. Rapunzel’s royal dress that appears in the show’s final scene is made of custom fabric developed especially for this show. Our Tony Award-winning costume designer, Paloma Young, wanted this piece to make a statement like only a Disney princess dress could.

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5. Speaking of costume designer Paloma Young … Her ancestors were real-life Bavarian royalty! Paloma is the great-great-granddaughter of Charles Hoegerman of Bavarian nobility. Talk about inspiration!

For more inside looks at the creation of “Tangled: The Musical,” check out our behind-the-scenes series:

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