Preview: Mickey and the Magical Map coming to Disneyland

There’s a new show coming to Disneyland. Mickey and the Magical Map will be moving into Fantasyland Theatre on May 25 this year. Last week, I got a sneak peak at the new magical experience. It’s truly amazing.

Mickey and the Magical Map(Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

Mickey and the Magical Map is a new musical that takes Mickey on a journey as the sorcerer’s apprentice. The Map is the main character. The map and Sorcerer Mickey embark on a journey through several theatrical adventures. These adventures journey through India, China, Virginia, New Orleans, Hawaii, and “Under the Sea.”

The map is the occupies the majority of the stage and is the focal point of the show. It is comprised of three video screens, each angled back at 60 degrees. This is one of Disney’s first productions that is all digital. It complements other live entertainment shows throughout the parks, such as Aladdin, World of Color, and Fantasmic.

Disney created a variety show to include as many stories as possible in a 25-minute performance. There will be appearances and songs from King Louis from The Jungle Book, Pocahontas, Mulan, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Tangled, Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog,  and Sebastian from The Little Mermaid.

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costumeThe quality of the map, stage design, and costumes, is incredible. Although the show isn’t finished, we experienced the animation and musical renditions of “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas, “Reflections” from Mulan, and “I See The Light” from Tangled. The experience from this segment was breathtaking. The map brings the music to life and really shows how integral the map is to the overall experience.

After our screening, we saw part of the rehearsal from “I Wanna Be Like You” from The Jungle Book with King Louis. The Jungle Book is a classic, but Disney wanted to put a modern spin on it. Tracy Halas, the show’s Director and Choreographer, created a piece that is hip and savvy, for a contemporary audience. This performance alone can feature up to 24 performers per day, including a live trumpet player. This will also be the first performance at Disneyland by King Louis.

Disney’s Creative Entertainment team is fascinating. They can take any experience and make it into something. They consider every detail and are always trying to find new inspiration. As Michael Jung, VP of Creative Theatrical Development, talked about his many successes at Disney, you can sense something great is just around the corner. Mickey and the Magical Map is going to be an experience we will be talking about for some time. The sneak peaks we enjoyed left us wanting for more.

Mickey and the Magical Map will open in Fantasyland Theatre on May 25th. Kids of all ages will enjoy the show, whether they are two years old, or 102 years old.

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