On Sunday, October 25, 2009, Guests were treated to the very first showings of Walt Disney World’s newest show (and newest Princess), as Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee debuted in Liberty Square. This live musical production on board a riverboat at Liberty Square features the characters, music and exuberant spirit of New Orleans based upon Walt Disney Pictures’ new movie The Princess and the Frog. Tiana is the first new Disney princess since Mulan was introduced in 1998.
In what can be described as an incredibly lively, festive atmosphere filled with jazz, blues and zydeco music, Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee is really a three-act interactive show. Starting at the Diamond Horseshoe Saloon, a cast of characters that includes singers, dancers, musicians, and of course Princess Tiana, Prince Naveen and Louis makes their way in an interactive parade. The processional ends at the Liberty Square Riverboat, where the cast, as well as some lucky Guests chosen earlier, get on board to start their journey down the Rivers of America. Once on board, the music continues as the Liberty Bell, dressed in purple, green, yellow and black bunting, steams towards Harper’s Mill. There, the boat stops and the characters perform a number of songs, and even Doctor Facilier makes an appearance.
The Liberty Bell plies its way around the River until it reaches the Riverboat Landing, where the “third act” takes place, as a musical recessional parade takes the cast slowly back towards the Diamond Horseshoe.
The entire performance lasts a little more than 15 minutes and is a welcome addition to the Magic Kingdom. The lively, toe-tapping, hand-clapping music is sure to entertain Guests, if the first few performances are any indication.
Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee is a limited engagement, as the show ends on January 3, 2010. Check the Magic Kingdom Times Guide for daily performance schedules.