CONFIRMED: ‘Wishes’ Musical to Debut on Disney Fantasy

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Reporting from the new Disney Cruise Line facility in Toronto, Deb Wills of AllEarsNet has confirmed via Twitter something we reported several months ago, that a new musical titled ‘Wishes’ will debut on-board the Disney Fantasy when she sets sail early next year.

Although details have surely changed since we first reported the new show (which we first knew to be titled ‘Reflections’), here are some of the role descriptions we first shared:

Specific roles that appear to be tied to the new show include:

Kayla: female, 18+ to play 18, ethnically diverse, strong actor, principal vocalist, class valedictorian, serious and grounded, values her friendships above all, soprano, pop/Broadway style, D belt;

Brandon: male, 18+ to play 18, strong actor, principal vocalist, quirky good looks, unlikely leading man, humorous yet can ground himself when necessary, secretly in love with Kayla, brother to Nicole, tenor, pop/Broadway style, low Bb to high A;

Nicole: female, 18+ to play 18, strong actor, principal vocalist, funny sidekick, feisty with a big personality, sister to Brandon, mezzo soprano, pop/Broadway style, low F to high G mix;

‘Wishes’ is Disney Cruise Line’s newest original stage show, presented exclusively aboard the Disney Fantasy. The stage spectacular combines a heartfelt story, an enchanting score and lavish production numbers. “Wishes” is a 45 minute musical journey about three best friends who discover the secret to being a grown-up is staying connected to their inner child.

Musical Numbers and Cast of Characters for ‘Wishes’ Include:

  • “The Ride of Our Lives,” an original song featuring original characters Kayla, Brandon, Nicole and ensemble
  • “Hakuna Matata” from “The Lion King” featuring Timon, Pumbaa
  •  ”I Wanna Be Like You” from “The Jungle Book” featuring King Louie, Jungle Book Monkeys
  •  ”Zero to Hero” from “Hercules” featuring Hercules, The Muses
  •  ”Honor to Us All” from “Mulan” featuring Mulan, Aunts
  •  ”Reflection” from “Mulan” featuring Mulan
  •  ”I’ve Got a Dream” from “Tangled” featuring Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, Snugly Duckling Thugs
  •  ”I’ve Got No Strings” from “Pinocchio” featuring Pinocchio, Marionettes
  •  ”Kiss the Girl” from “The Little Mermaid” featuring Sebastian, Flounder, River Creatures
  •  ”Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride” from “Lilo and Stitch” featuring Lilo, Stitch, Surfers
  •  ”When You Wish Upon a Star” from “Pinocchio” featuring Kayla, Brandon, Nicole, Ensemble
  •  ”Breakthrough” from “Lemonade Mouth” featuring Kayla, Brandon, Nicole, ensemble and Disney characters

Fun Facts:

  • “Wishes” features the original opening song, “The Ride of our Lives.” Music by Marco Angel, Lyrics by Mike Himelstein and Dena Diamond.
  • More than 18 different puppets are used in the show, including state-of-the-art mechanical and electro-mechanical full-body puppets.
  • “Wishes” features approximately 290 costume pieces, 70 wigs, 75 hats and headpieces, and 115 pairs of shoes.
  • The show includes 12 Disney characters (Pumbaa, Timon, King Louie, Sebastian, Flounder, Lilo, Stitch, Mulan, Hercules, Pinocchio, Rapunzel, Flynn Rider) and 25 performers.
  • Two separate confetti drops blanket the audience during the show – colorful flower confetti during “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride” and shimmering confetti embossed with an image of the Blue Fairy at the conclusion of “When You Wish Upon a Star.”
  • Each performance of “Wishes” concludes with an indoor fireworks finale

Concept Art:

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