The Walt Disney Theatre, located on Deck 4 forward, is an attractive venue that seats 977 guests. The big shows are put on here and they’re fairly impressive performances, though we were disappointed that there’s no live orchestra for accompaniment; it’s strictly a recorded soundtrack for performers to sing to. Although seating is tiered, there’s no balcony meaning that seats in the rear are a fair distance from the stage.
A small snack bar called Preludes is open just before showtime, selling popcorn and candy, sodas, and there’s a full bar.
The line-up of shows on our cruise started with The Golden Mickeys, a tribute to some of Disney’s best known animated films and their songs, from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs up through Mulan. The staging is attractive, the singing and dancing solid and the kids love it. Much of the same could be said for a show based on the hit movie Toy Story, which features six new songs written for Disney Cruise Line, in addition to the classic “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.” The third production on our cruise was Disney Dreams, which—surprise—is a tribute to Disney animated classics. Again, sets and performers were quality, though it helps to have a kid at your side.
Each of the one-hour stage shows were performed two or three times in the afternoon and evening on one day. On other nights there were standup acts held here—a juggler-comedian one evening, ventriloquist-comedian another.
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