I love a show. And a show at Disneyland, I love even more.
The creative team at the “happiest place on earth,” has a knack for bottling joy, happiness, classic characters, song and dance into an entertaining and enchanting elixir. Their newest not-to-be-missed theatrical event is the just opened Mickey and the Magical Map. It’s got it all. It’s got old-school Mickey, it’s got magic, it’s got magnificent music and it’s got memories, old and new.
Mickey and the Magical Map can only be seen in the newly restored and updated Fantasyland Theatre with five performances a day, seven days a week. And while your kid may be begging to go on Dumbo two, three or four more times, taking a break for this wonderful show is a must. Why? Here are five reasons:
5 Reasons You Must Go See Mickey and the Magical Map 1 of 6
The Technology 2 of 6
One of the coolest things about this Disney show is the marriage between technology and the old school hoofin' and singin' of a traditional stage show.
What you are seeing above is the "Map," a 35,000 square inch LED screen that has about 1 million pixels. The Map does magical things, 'natch, such as swallowing Mickey and even splitting in half for other surprises.
Old School and New School 3 of 6
Mickey and the Magical Map pays homage to new and old characters. Above is King Louie who performs a classic Jungle Book song in the review and then the production fast-forwards to a song from Tangled.
Old School Mickey 4 of 6
Of course Mickey was the star of the show. But not just any Mickey, this Mickey was the Fantasia era Sorcerer's Apprentice Mickey. One of Mickey's costars is Yen Sid of Fantasia fame, who appears in digital form, a great mix of old Disney with new technology.
New Item 5 5 of 6
One of the many things that Disney has is an amazing array of powerful, moving and unforgettable songs. There is one section of Mickey and the Magical Map that is completely unexpected and exceptional, a scene where Pocahontas, Mulan and Rapunzel share the stage, each singing signature songs from their films. It's lovely and very uplifting and a moment that will be forever etched into your mind.
Because Disney Puts on a GREAT Show 6 of 6
Many kids have their first experience with live theater at Disneyland or Disney World. They may not have the opportunity in their own home towns, and Disneyland is such a wonderful environment for children to be introduced to the stage show. Mickey and the Magical Map is just 22 minutes and includes six lively numbers so not only will kids not get restless during the performance, they will be engaged, entranced and entertained for every one of those 22 minutes.
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