I had the opportunity to interview the creators of the epically awesome Mickey and Magical Map show at Disneyland once, and they told me something not just fascinating, but quite poignant as well: most children first experience live theater by seeing a performance at Disneyland and Disney World. That means that Disney has a pretty important responsibility, being the very first exposure to live theater that could (and should) turn into a lifelong love. And Disney meets the challenge, making the theater experience magical and accessible with characters that kids know and adore.
While you are at Disneyland, you will, of course, see the parades and the fireworks. But you must do your family a favor and take the time to sit down and take a break from all the rides and enjoy one of the magical shows offered at the park. Check out these five amazing experiences that you cannot miss while at Disneyland right here:
5 Must-See Shows at Disneyland! 1 of 6
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Mickey’s Magical Map 2 of 6
It's not just Mickey's map that is "magical." The whole production of the show is just that — totally filled with joy, song, dance, and, yes, magic.
The show takes place at the Fantasyland Theater and features some amazing high-tech feats that are seamlessly integrated into old-fashioned song and dance numbers. There are some visually stunning and emotionally beautiful moments that really are unforgettable. If you need more reasons on why you should check out Mickey's Magical Map, here are five reasons right here.
Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular 3 of 6
You don't need to go all the way to New York City for a totally Broadway worthy production. Disney's Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular is top-notch entertainment with singing, dancing, jokes, genies, and of course Jasmine and Aladdin. The production has a home at the The Hyperion Theater in Disney California Adventure where magic is found in every seat.
You can read more about Disney's Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular right here.
The Royal Theatre At Fantasy Faire 4 of 6
This is one of our personal favorites. The talented crew at The Royal Theatre At Fantasy Faire do two different shows; Beauty and the Beast and Tangled and both are hilarious and heartwarming. They created an intimate setting where kids can sit front and center during the performance, based on old-school vaudevillian style. It's funny, sweet ... oh, and did I mention funny? The cast really is incredibly entertaining and the gags are great for young AND old, a magical mix that Disney does so well.
You can find out more about the The Royal Theatre At Fantasy Faire right here.
World of Color 5 of 6
There is NOTHING on Earth like this. World of Color is an amazing feat of water, visuals, and, yes, color. Taking place at night in Disney California Adventure, World of Color takes the audience on a visual, musical, and very watery journey. It is like nothing else you will ever see, a powerful journey through Disney highlights. This November, there will be a new show with a very special host — Olaf from Disney's Frozen! So if you've seen the show before, it's time to see it again.
And do yourself a favor, and pick up the Glow with the Show Ears that make it even more of an interactive and colorful experience!
You can read more about World of Color right here.
Fantasmic! 6 of 6
As night falls, the Rivers of America is transformed into a battleground between good and evil, and in the case of Fantasmic!, the battle is between The Evil Queen, and the one and only Mickey Mouse. It is a completely stunning, over-the-top and entertaining performance that is seriously not to be missed for the drama, classic characters, and the 45-foot, fire breathing dragon!
You can find out more about Fantasmic! right here.