Disney Cruise Line has unveiled additional insights into “Disney The Tale of Moana” today, set to premiere exclusively at the Walt Disney Theatre onboard the Disney Treasure in December 2024.
This groundbreaking production is a another peek at what Disney have in store for cruise fans when their newest ship launches later this year. The production draws inspiration from Pacific Islands culture, infusing the classic coming-of-age story with captivating set design and music. Representing the first-ever stage adaptation inspired by the Walt Disney Animation Studios film, the innovative show promises to transport audiences on a transformative journey across land and sea.
Puppetry Marvel: Disney Cruise Line Unveils Unprecedented Scale in ‘Disney The Tale of Moana’ Stage Production
The awe-inspiring puppetry bringing characters to life on stage is a collaborative effort led by Disney Live Entertainment’s creative director of puppetry and articulation, Jeff Conover, and master puppet designer Michael Curry, renowned for his work in Disney’s Tony Award-winning musical “The Lion King” on Broadway.
Notably, the colossal puppetry for the fiery Te Kā marks a scale previously unmatched by Disney Cruise Line. When Moana encounters Te Kā and restores the heart of Te Fiti, the giant puppet will undergo a dramatic transformation, shedding its fiery exterior to embody the gentle island goddess, Te Fiti.
Musical Spectacle Unveiled: Moana and Maui Debut ‘Warrior Face’
Disney Fans will witness Moana and Maui performing the song “Warrior Face” for the first time, as the demigod imparts crucial lessons to Moana on facing her fears before confronting Tamatoa in the Realm of the Monsters. This new addition to the stage show, alongside timeless favourites from the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack like “You’re Welcome,” “We Know The Way,” and “How Far I’ll Go,” promises an engaging musical experience.
Immersive Setting in “An Innocent Warrior”
“Disney The Tale of Moana” commences in the contemporary setting of the fictional island of Motunui, featuring a set design rich with influences from the vibrant cultures of the Pacific Islands.
The narrative unfolds through the spirit of Gramma Tala, the narrator, who introduces her granddaughter. Through dynamic dance and multilingual songs, including Tuvaluan, Tokelauan, and Samoan, the audience learns of the ocean’s selection of young Moana for a remarkable quest to restore the heart of Te Fiti.
The Walt Disney Theatre Transformation in “How Far I’ll Go”
In a pivotal scene, The Walt Disney Theatre metamorphoses from the island of Motunui into the open ocean, mirroring Moana’s journey from her home to the epic voyage she has yearned for throughout her life. The spectacle includes twinkling stars swirling overhead and a colossal, radiant manta ray emerging to soar above the audience, symbolising the spirit of Gramma Tala and guiding Moana on her mission to save her people.
“Disney The Tale of Moana” will be showcased alongside beloved productions such as “Beauty and the Beast” and “Disney Seas the Adventure” in the Walt Disney Theatre onboard the Disney Treasure.
See More About Disney Cruise Ships
Disney Cruise Ship facts: Learn more about your favourite Disney Ships to help you choose your next cruise.