Disney Cruise Line Launches a Stage Production of "Frozen"by Sherri Eisenberg | November 17, 2016
They already have "Aladdin" and "Tangled" shows and now Disney Cruise Line has launched their latest stage show, a full production of "Frozen" on Disney Wonder. We were fortunate enough to be in the audience for the final dress rehearsal, as well as one of the first performances.
Excitement was high on board on opening night: The crowd started to form in the hallway a full hour before the doors opened, as guests on the 2,400-passenger ship clamored for the 977 seats available for each of the two performances. While the cheerful families on this Galveston-based ship were usually full of smiles and easy Southern drawls, bickering and even some pushing began as passengers feared they — and more importantly, their little ones — wouldn't get a seat for the show. (It didn't help that the 8:30 p.m. showing was definitely after the regular bedtime of many of the youngest cruisers, who were being kept up late for this special occasion and were, in some cases, melting down.)
Still, passengers were right to not want to miss out. The production is, in a word, breathtaking. For those who haven't seen the movie (and have been trapped on an island for the last three years without Wi-Fi), the 2013 animated film tells the story of Norwegian princesses Elsa and Anna, whose parents are killed in a shipwreck. When Elsa is later crowned queen, it is revealed that the sisters have been hidden behind the walls of the castle throughout their childhood because Elsa has special powers — she is, quite literally, an ice queen who can magically freeze anything and anyone with a wave of her hand. It's a power she's not able to control, and during her coronation she argues with her sister, who wants to marry a prince from a neighboring town across the fjords that she just met that day. As Elsa forbids the marriage, she waves her arm and turns summer into winter before fleeing the castle. Anna sets off to find her and meets an ice harvester named Kristoff and his pet moose, Sven, who take her on a journey on their sleigh to find her sister.
Sherri Eisenberg is a New York City-based writer and editor. She is the former editorial director of ShermansCruise.