Jodi Benson surprises the cast of Disney The Little Mermaid on Opening Night performances

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Jodi Benson surprises the cast of Disney The Little Mermaid on Opening Night performances

Jodi Benson surprises the cast of Disney The Little Mermaid on Opening Night performances

Disney The Little Mermaid debuted on the new Disney Wish! “Disney The Little Mermaid” is an original Broadway-style stage adaptation of the renowned 1989 Disney Animation film, developed exclusively for the Disney Wish. During this one-of-a-kind theatrical production, audiences rediscover the iconic scenes, acclaimed music and indelible characters of “The Little Mermaid” while experiencing the story like never before.

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Jodi Benson surprises the cast of Disney The Little Mermaid on Opening Night performances

To celebrate the opening night, Jodi Benson (voice of Ariel) surprised the cast on board. Jodi shared about the experience on Facebook:

“So honored to surprise the cast of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” on their first public preview & Opening Night performances aboard The Disney Wish🧜‍♀️
Congratulations to the amazing cast, creative team & crew on a beautiful re-telling of our classic tale.
Enchanted Media Cruise was so wonderful & we absolutely loved spending time with Cayla, Chris & his amazing daughters Lauren & Riley!”

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Jodi Benson surprises the cast of Disney The Little Mermaid on Opening Night performances

In this modern-day retelling, the curtain rises on an enchanted treasure chest at the moment it is discovered by a group of storytellers, led by a special young woman who has the power to unlock its magic. As they uncover the whozits and whatzits galore hidden within the trunk, the storytellers take on the roles of Ariel, Ursula, Prince Eric, Sebastian, Flounder and more, bringing to life the immersive undersea world right before guests’ eyes. These exemplary performers put their own contemporary spin on the timeless story of a young woman’s search for independence, love and a place in the world.

The creative minds at Disney Cruise Line joined forces with a team of top Broadway talent to bring this treasured tale to life through an elaborate, whimsical and resonant storytelling experience offering audiences a brand-new way to be part of Ariel’s world.

“Disney The Little Mermaid” features innovative theatrical design, dazzling special effects, artistic choreography, and a reimagined script and score full of surprises for guests of all ages.

  • New orchestrations of favorite songs like “Part of Your World,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls” and “Under the Sea” enchant audiences with moving ensemble pieces and spellbinding production numbers.
  • Unexpectedly playful scenic designs and state-of-the-art video projections transform the Walt Disney Theatre into a 360-degree undersea environment.
  • Contemporary, interpretive costuming reflects the show’s special blend of modern setting and mystical story.
  • Cutting-edge puppetry animates fantastical sea creatures and characters such as Sebastian, Flounder, Scuttle, and Flotsam and Jetsam in never-before-seen ways.

“‘The Little Mermaid’ is a timeless story, one that transcends generations,” said Shelby Jiggetts-Tivony, vice president, creative and advanced development, Disney Live Entertainment. “Our hope is that this new stage adaptation aboard the Disney Wish continues that incredible legacy, not by simply reenacting the elements that make the original film so powerful, but by reinterpreting it in a way that resonates with the audience sitting in the theater each night.”

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Sara is a travel agent with Destinations to Travel, a Disney Earmarked agency. She lives in Alaska with her husband and 3 kids. Due to her extreme dislike of winter, she travels often to warmer destinations during the colder months. She visits the Disney parks and resorts frequently with her family and loves helping other families plan magical vacations. Contact her here for help with your vacation!
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