I’ve never in my life seen my five year old daughter so disappointed as the night we attended the Frozen Deck party aboard the Disney Magic Cruise Ship. After anticipating the hype all day starting with a chocolate scavenger hunt throughout the ship hosted by Anna, a meet and greet with none other than Elsa, Anna and Olaf in the flesh, complimentary snowflake necklaces that light up and a festive Scandinavian dinner menu, we headed upstairs to Deck 10. The only thing that followed was a bunch of stringy paper confetti, and a few Disney castmembers dancing in unison on stage living out their dreams of being an original Mouseketeer the likes of Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears.
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Frozen Deck Party
Freezing the Night Away with Elsa and Anna
Disney Cruise Ships
What should have been an exciting spectacle where Elsa dazzled the crowd and her sister told jokes and both sisters interacted with the crowd, it wasn’t. Though excited mouseketeers anxiously waited for something – anything to happen, it didn’t. Disney thought they could do nothing more than throw Anna and Elsa out there in front of a crowd for a few seconds and everyone would simply pee their pants with excitement.
The “show” if you can call it that, began with the crowd watching the Disney castmembers gyrate their elbows from side to side for a good 10 minutes. Then Kristoff and Anna came out loudly exclaiming over and over that they had no idea where Elsa was! I guess this is the part of the show where they create a momentary feeling of despair, dashing every child’s hope of seeing their favorite princess, only to mask how unimpressive it will be when she actually does show up. Because of course, she did show up after a few Frozen songs. She only stuck around for as long as it took her to sing a shortened rendition of “Let it Go” and use her powers to create bubbles instead of snow. That alone had my daughter asking us for weeks why she didn’t just make real snow.
She exited before finishing the last note, and the rest of the cast followed her. Everyone else stood looking at the stage dumbstruck at the lack of showmanship and production value. All we watched was a 10 minute condensed version of the movie, most of which involved guessing where Elsa was. That was literally the entire show, and in fact, no one had wet their pants in excitement. The one thing they did do was shoot out cannons of streamer confetti that my kids enjoyed playing with more than that pathetic and wretched party.
► For Kids: If I could take back anything we did on the Disney cruise ship, it would be attending this event. If my five year old twins couldn’t enjoy it, it’s time for Disney to up the ante as opposed to regurgitating the same movie scenes and songs and creating more hype for less production.
The other part that never fails to frustrate me about Disney is that they never set aside a place for kids to get an exclusive chance to enjoy the magic. I understand there are plenty of adults who love Elsa, and want to be Elsa, but cordon off some room up front for the kids to be able to watch the show without being hoisted up on their parents shoulders having to peek around the adult fan girls bouffants.
Have you attended Disney’s Frozen Deck Party, Freezing the Night Away with Elsa and Anna? Did you freeze from excitement, boredom, or was your tongue just frozen speechless? We’d love to hear if you agree with Disney, that this was the best day of your life, or if you wish more than anything you could have that 30 minutes back to do something worthwhile. Let us know in the comments!
► Nap-Time Version: That time that Disney threw the world’s worst event, and called it a Frozen Deck Party.