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Big show unveiled for next Disney ship

A wide range of Disney characters including Mulan, Hercules, Pinocchio and Timon will take the stage in a new show the company is planning for its next cruise ship, the Disney Fantasy.

Disney on Tuesday took the wraps off Wishes, a 45-minute musical production that will be one of several big shows performed in the vessel’s 1,340-seat Walt Disney Theatre. Also playing in the theater will be another new show unveiled earlier this year, Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular, and Disney’s Believe, which debuted on the Disney Dream.

Currently under construction at a shipyard in Germany, the 2,500-passenger Disney Fantasy is scheduled to debut in March 2012. It’s a sister to the much-heralded Disney Dream, which arrived earlier this year. See photos of the Disney Dream’s most innovative features.

As with past shows on Disney ships, Wishes draws heavily on the company’s well-known animated characters. The musical tells the story of three best friends who make a wish while on a visit to Disneyland, invoking an enchanted world where Disney characters guide them through a magical journey. The production includes both made-for-the-show original songs and classic Disney tunes with a contemporary twist.

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Wishes isn’t the only new feature planned for the Disney Fantasy. The ship also will have a new nighttime entertainment district for adults called Europa and an elaborate new dinner show. See illustrations of what Disney is planning.

Like the Disney Dream, the Disney Fantasy also will feature a “water coaster” called AquaDuck that wraps around the pool deck and elaborate children’s areas. Read more about Disney plans for the ship.

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