My boys are map people. They get that from their mother. They are also big Disney fans, and they get that from both of us.
Their two worlds collide when we visit Disneyland. The minute they are in the gate they both grab a map, unfold it, which is more or less a permanent state for said map (despite numerous efforts to the contrary), and start guiding us around the park—imagine taking a vacation with the Magellan brothers.
The funny thing is that they know the various lands like the back of their respective hands, but the map of Disneyland is ever changing, much like the park itself, and while holding it adds a comfortable level of reference and scale, it also sets the course for new, bold, and grand adventure. Not bad for a piece of paper.
Needless to say, the new show at Disneyland, Mickey and the Magical Map, is going to blow their little minds. Why? Not only does Mickey use a magical map to tell a story with some of our favorite Disney characters (King Louie, Pocahontas, Mulan, Rapunzel, Flynn Rider, and Princess Tiana), but in doing so they introduce us to new worlds: Adventure Islands, Dream Village, Celebration Peaks, and Friendship Woods (let the rumors start now about this being a test for potential park additions). This map, too, is ever changing.
The show opens on May 25, 3013, just one day after Disney Parks kick off the Monstrous Summer promotion with three parks, Disneyland, California Adventure, and the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World staying open all night. Hopefully Mickey won’t be too tired for the big debut!
Set in the newly renovated Fantasyland Theatre Mickey and Magical Map is an exciting, live musical show performing five times daily that promises to become an instant classic. Here is a video showing some of the music-making magic for the show:
My family is looking forward to it. Are you?
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