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

Jonathan Frontado

by , Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Disney Vacation Club

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:


  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.


  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!


  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.


  • Hi Jonathan,
    As you know, the much anticipated next Star Wars movie officially opens on Dec. 18th in US theaters, though it will be shown as early as 7 PM the evening before in many select theaters. It has its exclusive premier Dec. 14th in LA, followed by general release Dec. 16th in France, and Dec. 17th in the UK, so even an embargo of critics reviews will not prevent the dissemination of spoilers. The Disney Cruise Line usually shows Disney-owned movies around midnight on the day of general release, though they began showing Pixar’s “Inside Out” many days earlier. Clayton, the cruise director on the Wonder, implied that the Star Wars movie might follow that example and have an earlier-than-public release aboard the Disney ships. Given the likely demand to see this movie, along with the seating capacity of the Walt Disney and Buena Vista theaters, can you comment on when this movie will be screened at sea? Can you tell I’m a totally disinterested fan? Thanks for any information you can provide.

  • Tangled debuts on the November 11th sailing of the Magic.

  • when is the debut of tangled?

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