Disney's fresh, family-oriented entertainment is some of the very best at sea. On both ships, performances by Broadway-caliber entertainers in the nostalgic Walt Disney Theatre include the Cirque du Soleil-style Disney Dreams, a musical medley of Disney classics, taking the audience from Peter Pan to The Lion King; the new Villains Tonight full-scale musical production featuring the likes of Hades, Captain Hook, Scar (of The Lion King), and the Evil Queen (of Snow White fame); and the Golden Mickeys, a tribute to Disney films through the years that combines song and dance, animated film, and special effects. Depending on the ship and length of the cruise, there's also Toy Story -- The Musical, based on the original Toy Story animated film; Twice Charmed -- An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story; All Aboard: Let the Magic Begin Variety Show; and the Remember the Magic show. On both ships, the stage design allows for lots of magic, with actors flying above the boards and disappearing in and out of trap doors, but the most refreshing thing about these shows is that they have story lines -- rare almost to the point of extinction in the cruise world, which mostly presents musical revues. Besides the stage shows, there's also a wild deck party called Pirates in the Caribbean, with Captain Hook and Captain Mickey playing chase and rappelling from funnels and generally wowing the audience with stunts; the party ends with fireworks fired from the ship.
Family game shows (including a game show called On the Nose, a trivia contest called Mickey Mania, and Who Wants to Be a Mouseketeer, another trivia contest in the spirit of the millionaire quiz show) and karaoke take place in the Studio Sea family nightclub. Adults (18 and older) can take advantage of the adults-only entertainment area in the forward part of Deck 3, with its three themed nightclubs: one quiet, with piano music or soft jazz; the second a dance club; and the third, Diversions, a combination pub and sports bar, that won't win any design awards (it looks a lot like a T.G.I. Friday's or Houlihan's -- yawn). Another nightspot is the Promenade Lounge, where live music is featured daily. The Buena Vista Theatre shows movies day and evening, and since early 2009, 3-D movies are shown here and in the Walt Disney Theatre throughout the cruise. There is one pull-out-the-stops 3-D film with special effects like lasers, fog, streamers, and lighting effects shown once a cruise in the Walt Disney Theatre.
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