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Behind-the-Scenes of Making ‘Tangled the Musical’ for Disney Cruise Line

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It’s the weekend, and that means that here at the DIS, it is time to shake things up a bit. Do you remember when we watched Tangled, the Musical from Disney Cruise Line a few weeks ago for family movie night? (If not, you can find it here.) Well, I’ve had these videos up my sleeve ever since then, waiting for the perfect opportunity to share them. Disney has shed some light on exactly what goes into creating a musical for Disney Cruise Line and shared with us some videos showing how the spectacular production comes together.

It’s our own mini-documentary today as we take a look inside the costumes, the puppetry, the set design, and so much more for this extraordinary show. If you stick with me until the end, you’ll get a sneak peek and what we will be watching for Sunday’s Disney Movie Night!




Recreating Rapunzel’s World – ‘Tangled: The Musical’

Tangled would have to be one of the most beautiful Disney animated films ever created. The stunning scenery, along with enchanting lighting, draws you into the movie. But how will that art be transferred to a stage show set? Find out from Brad Kaye, the set designer for the production, below.


Rehearsals for ‘Tangled: The Musical’ 

The Tangled film has a never-ending motion to it that gives it a real sense of adventure. This would pose a challenge for the creators behind the musical to keep that motion running while confined to a stationary stage. Have a look at the video below to see how Director Gordon Greenburg, and Choreographer Conner Gallagher, brought the story to the stage.




The Costumes of ‘Tangled: The Musical’ 

It’s no surprise that costuming would play a huge part in the success of this fantastical adventure on stage. From Rapunzel’s signature purple attire to managing a long length of hair that could be managed in real life, there were many aspects to consider. Hear more from Paloma Young, Costume Designer for the show, about how she designed the outfits for Rapunzel and Flynn Ryder in a style to echo the traditional look of the film but also give them a more realistic feel.


Bringing Maximus to Life for ‘Tangled: The Musical’

One thing that sets Disney shows apart from the rest is their incredible use of puppetry. You might have seen it in the Finding Nemo production in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where the puppet is an extension of the actor. Jeff Conover talks about the puppetry aspect of Maximus in the next clip below.


Creating the Music for ‘Tangled: The Musical’

Do you remember the whimsical soundtrack that came with the Tangled film? It stuck with me for years and quickly became one of my favorites from any Disney movie. Creators Alan Menken, Glenn Slater, and Tim Williams were tasked with bringing that to the stage, adding new and exciting songs throughout the show to keep guests on their toes. Hear more about that process from the artists themselves.




From all that creativity and work you’ve seen above came the Tangled, the Musical stage show for Disney Cruise Line that is a highlight for many families on board the Disney Magic. If you don’t have time to watch the full show linked above, check out the highlights from the opening here:


What are we watching next? Disney Cruise Line’s Beauty and the Beast!

Later this evening, join us for a quick family movie night where we will watch the abridged version of Disney Cruise Line’s Beauty and the Beast. The presentation is not too long, so it will be perfect to watch with the family if you have younger ones that can’t sit still! Meet us back here later for all the fun!



Zoë Wood is a travel writer from Sydney, Australia. Since her first visit to Disneyland at the age of 6, she has spent her years frequently visiting Disney Parks and traveling around the world.

Join Zoë as she lets you in on all the tips, tricks, anecdotes, and embarrassments that arise from her family adventures.













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