Thanks to Disney for inviting me to the premiere of Mickey and the Magical Map. All opinions are my own and this is truly a spectacular show!
What does it take to launch a new show? A lot of faith, trust and pixie dust.
Mickey and the Magical Map, an all new live show at Disneyland, just opened at the recently renovated Fantasyland Theater. I captured a few moments from the absolutely amazing performance above, but it’s just a teaser! You have to see the show for yourself.
The show stars Mickey Mouse as the curious and slightly mischievous apprentice to sorcerer Yen Sid. Yen Sid (“Disney” spelled backwards) first appeared in the Disney animated classic “Fantasia.”
Yen Sid sets his mapmakers to work painting an enormous map, so large that it covers the width of the Fantasyland Theatre stage. The Map has the power to take dreamers to any place imaginable. When Mickey attempts to paint the one unfinished spot on the map, his adventures begin, taking him into fantastic worlds of music, color, excitement and beloved Disney characters.
Mickey’s adventures include scenes with King Louie from “The Jungle Book,” Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from “Tangled,” Sebastian from “The Little Mermaid,” Tiana from “The Princess and the Frog,” Pocahontas, Mulan and an on-screen visit with Stitch from “Lilo and Stitch.”
“Mickey and the Magical Map” runs approximately 22 minutes and includes six Disney production numbers, featuring classic songs and an original number, “Journey to Imagination” written especially for the show. The show is scheduled to run five times per day, seven days a week, during the summer. Show schedules will adjust in the fall.
Fun Facts about Mickey and the Magical Map:
- More than 900 hopefuls auditioned for the show and the final company includes more than 50 dancers and singers.
- By opening day, on May 25, the cast for “Mickey and the Magical Map” spent more than 40 days of rehearsal and training.
- “Mickey and the Magical Map” can be seen only in the Fantasyland Theatre in Disneyland.
- The innovative Map features nearly 1 million pixels and more than 35,000 square inches of LED screen surface.
- Sections of the Map are moved on wagons that weigh more than 9,000 pounds each. The total weight of scenery installed is approximately 71,000 pounds.
- Tiana’s showboat in the finale reaches 18 feet tall, stretches 11 feet wide and weighs nearly 1,200 pounds.