Disney Cruise Line Launches a Stage Production of "Frozen"by Sherri Eisenberg | November 17, 2016
While the ship's other shows use a combination of song, dance, costumes, and special effects, this feels like a whole new level for the cruise line. The quality of the costumes was impressive, for example, not just for a cruise line but for any performance anywhere. Designer (and Tony winner) Paloma Young turned Sven into a strapping young buck with a fur-laced coat and gave Elsa the "magical" power of transforming her coronation garb into a dazzling ice queen gown with just a swift motion of her hand.
Other "magic" on stage is created by a series of screens, which allows Elsa to wave her arms and turn everything from the walls to the ceiling into ice. Another set highlight: When Kristoff's sleigh goes off the side of the mountain and shatters, it literally breaks into pieces on stage, with set hands hidden beneath it carrying them off stage as the actors leap to the ground.
But the most impressive moment, for children and adults alike, is when Elsa literally makes the blizzard come to life and real snow begins to fall in the theater. Children raise their arms into the air and begin to dance in the aisles, trying to catch the snowflakes. In a show filled with talent and wonder, it is truly a moment of Disney magic.
Sherri Eisenberg is a New York City-based writer and editor. She is the former editorial director of ShermansCruise.