It’s a tale as old as time, and now you can experience it live on the Disney Dream. When I was at the Disney Social Media Moms conference in February, I learned about this new show in development. It was to debut in November, and luckily, I had already booked a Very Merrytime Cruise for the day after Thanksgiving with my family.
We’ve been on the Dream several times, and had seen all of the shows on board a few times. So we were really looking forward to this new show. It absolutely didn’t disappoint – it’s one of the best shows that I’ve seen on a cruise ship!
Note: This post was updated 2/27/18 with photos taken when I was on board the ship for the 2018 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. While I did pay a conference fee, I did receive perks and discounts during my trip.
Beauty and the Beast Stage Show on the Disney Dream
Like the other shows on board the Disney Dream, the show can be seen in the Walt Disney Theatre, which is located on decks 3 and 4. Those dining in the late rotation can see the show at 6pm, while those in the early rotation can watch the show at 8:30pm.
During our cruise, the show took place on the second night, sandwiched between the Golden Mickeys (on night one) and Disney’s Believe (night three). EVERYONE on board wants to see this show, so definitely get there when the doors open 30 minutes in advance. We were waiting in line a few minutes before 8pm, and got great seats.
The show is truly fantastic. The background changes happen through projection, and you feel completely immersed in the Beauty and the Beast world. Of course, the actors are all extremely talented, and the performing is top notch. The show uses puppets for some of the characters, and the puppeteers/voice actors are great at animating their characters.
The Beauty and the Beast wolf scene is a bit scary, but none of the young kids around me seemed to be scared by it. It’s probably a similar level of scariness to that similar scene in the movie, so you can use your discretion with that. If traveling with very young kids, they may be a bit scared.
While the “Gaston” number was absolutely amazing, we were all blown away by “Be Our Guest”. It’s truly spectacular. We shared Belle’s wonderment watching the inanimate objects come alive as they welcomed her to the dining room. It’s amazing that they were able to do that on a cruise ship.
Disney has put together this video that shows some information about the show – check it out here. We already want to see the show again, and are looking forward to our next sailing on the Disney Dream when we can see it again.
Like all of the shows on the Disney Cruise ships, the show is included with your cruise.
We typically like to sit in the upper level, but all of the seats are good, unless you happen to have a very tall person in front of you.
The Disney Dream Beauty and the Beast show is shorter than the animated movie, live action movie, and Broadway show. There are some definite differences, although the plot is the same. You may notice differences, but you won’t feel like anything is missing.
The Beauty and the Beast stage show will play twice on the evening. You’ll go to the show opposite your dining time. There’s plenty of time to see the show and to have your dinner.
I’d recommend arriving at least 15-20 minutes before the show. Because many guests haven’t seen it yet, it’s still very popular.
Servers visit the theater before the show selling drinks and snacks. You can also purchase these items, including popcorn, outside the theater.