(12:45 p.m. EST) -- Imagine returning to your cabin at the end of the night, only to find out you're being treated to the premier of one of the most highly anticipated cruise shows ever?
That's how Disney Cruise Line unveiled its new "Beauty and the Beast" production show on Disney Dream's November 3 sailing. Two surprise showings were quietly added to the ship's daily planner for a 'soft opening' Sunday, November 5, one week earlier than its scheduled launch date. The show was officially rolled out on the following sailing.
Cruise Critic got its own first look at the show today on Disney Dream, during an exclusive reveal for press held while the ship was docked at Port Canaveral -- after getting a sneak peek at the line's production studio in July.
Inspired by Disney's 2017 live-action film, the show tells the story of Belle and the Beast through singing, dancing and high-tech video effects made possible by LED walls that create a play on the eye. Character favorites like Mrs. Potts, Lumiere and Cogsworth are brought to life by puppeteering characters.
(We won't give away details about the new show -- you have to see it yourself -- but we will say we had to pick up our jaw after the "Be Our Guest" scene).
"Beauty and the Beast" will be broadcast in Disney Dream's 1,340-passenger Walt Disney Theater on every sailing. (Generally, there will be two showings per cruise, but the number can vary by itinerary.) It runs a little more than one hour long, although, it goes by quickly.
The show joins Disney Cruise Line's already award-winning, Broadway-caliber lineup that includes "Frozen: A Musical Spectacular" on Disney Wonder, "Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular" on Disney Fantasy, "Tangled: The Musical" on Disney Magic.
--By Gina Kramer, Editor