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Old 12-21-2013, 10:59 AM   #31
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I'll say this, while I didn't like the Toy Story show at all I did think the costumes were cute and well done. It's probably worth seeing once. And who knows? Maybe you'll be one of the lucky few who enjoys it.

(I feel guilty saying I don't like it because I think the performers are so talented and they really do their best with the awful material.)
Exactly. The first time we saw Toy Story, the cast was absolutely spectacular! Although I felt the show itself moved very slowly and Sid was very irritating on the ears.

The only reason we saw it the second time was because there was a technical problem during the first show, causing a 10 minute delay in the middle of the show. The second time, the cast, while good, I didn't think was nearly as good as the first one we had seen. And the Sid character had really developed a very intense screeching sound that was hard to take. Again, there was a (different) technical problem delaying the show.

So, we did go to it a third time. Thankfully the show ran straight through. And Sid has now reached new heights in shrieking! So, we will not be seeing it again.
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Old 12-21-2013, 11:17 AM   #32
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I loved the Toy Story show, even Sid. I loved that song he (she) sang... "I'm the demon of destruction.. I'm the vandal of violence..." very funny
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I enjoyed Toy Story, but if you aren't planning on seeing all the shows Disney Dreams and the Golden Mickeys should not be missed. As for the Welcome Aboard show on the first night, it's fine if you are a first time cruiser, there is just too much talking by the cruise director in it.....
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I enjoyed Toy Story, but if you aren't planning on seeing all the shows Disney Dreams and the Golden Mickeys should not be missed. As for the Welcome Aboard show on the first night, it's fine if you are a first time cruiser, there is just too much talking by the cruise director in it.....


In 20+ cruises, I've never met a cruise director who wasn't in love with hearing himself talk.
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Old 12-21-2013, 01:15 PM   #35
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The All Aboard show is basically previews of coming attractions, so it's not necessary.

The staging of Toy Story and all the over-size toys is great, but we did get tired of Sid's screeching.

Scott Pepper alternates between the Magic, Wonder, and an occasional RCCL show, so he may or may not be on your cruise. DCL changes performers more often than they change the musical production numbers.
Argh. I can't stand Scott Pepper's show. He's a nice guy, but I find him BLAH.
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Old 12-21-2013, 01:50 PM   #36
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Very helpful post!!

We will be going in the Wonder on Feb 7th -anyone else going on that one??

Also - we have Main seating at 5:45 so I'm assuming we will eating and then we will see the show.... Shows start at 8pm? --- are there a lot of cranky kids in the theaters??

We will have a 7 year old and a 2 year old with us and being that late I'm not sure if the 2 year old will make it all the way though the play

How long do the plays normally last?
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In 20+ cruises, I've never met a cruise director who wasn't in love with hearing himself talk.
I believe they only hire that type of person for the job. You have to be very talkative and bubbly to get the job.
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Very helpful post!!

We will be going in the Wonder on Feb 7th -anyone else going on that one??

Also - we have Main seating at 5:45 so I'm assuming we will eating and then we will see the show.... Shows start at 8pm? --- are there a lot of cranky kids in the theaters??

We will have a 7 year old and a 2 year old with us and being that late I'm not sure if the 2 year old will make it all the way though the play

How long do the plays normally last?
The shows are usually around 45 minutes to an hour.
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The Golden Mickeys is a good show. Disney Dreams was fantastic. Definitely our favorite. We skipped Toy Story and the reviews we heard were mixed.
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Old 12-22-2013, 01:52 AM   #40
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A few things to consider here, (1) that the performers rotate regularly say every four to six months, (2) DCL updates shows regularly it's the same show but they tweak it, I have seen Golden Mickey's for example and it changes every time.

I was on the Wonder in August 2013 and all the shows were fantastic, Toy Story had some bad press here, and it was the best show I saw on that cruise.

So if posters here are saying it's not good, maybe they saw an earlier version, anything and experience has a sell by date and anyone undertaking research should take into account, when someone saw something as the cast and content may change.

In the end it's personal preference what one person may like another May not.

I would say for anyone's first time, go and make up your own mind, never miss a show because it got some limited bad press.

An example on the Magic we had a fantastic female singer who is brilliant at 'the lion king' I would go to the show just for her, we have seen her many times on the Magic and miss her if she is not on, it's the same show a different performer, the cast members make an important contribution to any show.

All our shows were a full hour we didn't have anything shorter.
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Old 12-22-2013, 05:29 AM   #41
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Our sons (9&6) chose to go to the club rather than the shows most nights on our Fantasy cruise last summer. My daughter (8) loved them all. We'll be on the 5 night Wonder in March and will probably skip the welcome aboard show.
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Old 12-22-2013, 04:43 PM   #42
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We were on a 4 night, so didn't see the Welcome Aboard. That said, we chose to see ALL of the shows. I didn't know if we'd have the opportunity again to go on DCL, so I took advantage. That said, if/when we go on DCL again, I'd skip Toy Story--not because it was a bad show but because my daughters aren't particularly fond of the movie, so really didn't care about it. I'd also skip the magic show. If my kids wanted to see Dreams or Golden Mickeys again, I'd probably go with them.
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Toy story is all in the cast. The other two are montages of Disney songs, so even if you don't like a particular performance it rotates out so quickly that it doesn't impact your experience. If woody is bad in toy story though, it's unwatchable. That said, I just got off the wonder and the Toy Story cast was the best ensemble of the week. The guy playing woody was fantastic, and it saw him wearing an "earning my ears" ribbon later so I would be he will be on your cruise as well. I love the toy story musical. I'm not sure what everyone dislikes about it- sid's number IS obnoxious but it's not the whole show. The girls playing Andy and Sid in the cast were really good, so it wasn't nearly as annoying as the last time I saw it. I would skip the all aboard show though, and whatever live entertainer you have will probably do an adult show some other time on the cruise that you will enjoy more.
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Old 12-22-2013, 06:45 PM   #44
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Interesting you say it's all about the cast. When I saw Toy Story last month I thought the cast was great. It's the show itself I didn't like. (Full disclosure, I HATE the Finding Nemo show at Animal Kingdom so it's possible I just have a defect in my Disney gene.)
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Lol, I thought about adding at the end of my post, "if you like the finding nemo show at ak, I think you will like toy story, if you don't you probably won't." But I was too lazy! Although the nemo show is better, written by the husband and wife team that did frozen, and also Book of Mormon (well the guy anyway). I think maybe a lot of people don't like Toy Story being "messed with", and I am not a huge fan of Toy Story, so maybe that's why I am ok with the musical.
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