2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: Mickey's PhilharMagic at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Theme Park Insider readers have voted Mickey's PhilharMagic
at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom into the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament
as the top seed in the Best Movie or Animated Show bracket.
Even though the title is "Mickey's" PhilharMagic, Donald Duck's the star of this 12-minute 3-D musical review, which plays in the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland Theater. As the show begins, Donald's unpacking the instruments for Mickey's orchestra when he decides to try on the Big Cheese's famous sorcerer's hat from Fantasia.
And then, everyone say it with me now, things go horribly wrong.
The instruments spring to life, Donald loses control and soon we're flying through a musical medley of famous songs and scenes from top Disney animated films. Eventually, of course, Mickey returns to retrieve his hat and save the day. And Donald? Well, he gets his with a tuba blast into the theater's back wall.
Directed by "Oliver and Company" and "The Prince and the Pauper" director George Scribner, Mickey's PhilharMagic debuted in 2003. The portrayed for the first time on screen computer-animated versions of many Disney characters. Disney's Imagineers used archival recordings for much of the dialogue in the film, with character's original voice actors returning to supply much of the remaining dialogue.
Mickey's PhilharMagic also plays at Hong Kong Disneyland, with plans for the show to arrive in Tokyo Disneyland next year. Rumors are flying that once Captain EO finishes its run at Disneyland that the show might finally make its way to California, too.
So... is Mickey's PhilarMagic the best theme park movie in America? We'll soon find out. Voting begins in the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament one week from today.
It has my vote! :) This is a multiple visit attraction for us whenever we are at MK. My whole family loves it.
It has my vote too!
This is a great show that does just about everything right. The screen is huge! The 3D is fantastic and the in theater effects are excellent. The Donald is at his classic best, throwing temper tantrums, finding himself a fish out of water (and in water at times) and being subdued by pretty girls. I laugh out loud every time I see this show. Throw in scenes from classic Disney movies with a "Donald showing up" twist, as well as their award winning songs into the mix and this attraction is a MUST SEE top attraction for any Disney Theme Park fan. Way too much fun to pass up! One of the true classics WDI has produced this last decade.
Okay, it's a fun show.
I completely agree, Robert, and was just starting to post a "greatest hits"-esque comparison of the attraction but you've beaten me to it.
Here are my predictions:
Anyone know of anywhere to download/purchase the sound track?
Philharmagic plays like a huge love letter to Disney fans, which isn't such a bad thing considering it is in Disney World, at The Magic Kingdom, right in the middle of Fantasyland. The show doesn't really raise the bar technically, but what it does do is takes many successful elements of 4D attractions and executes them flawlessly into a nostalgic, fun, all around enjoyable attraction that the whole family can experience.
Disney has made a living off of taking existing ideas and making them better. And with Philharmagic, Disney has developed arguably the best 3D feature in the business. It is breezy, whimsical, fast, fun, entertaining, and completely accessible to all ages. It may not be the most innovative, or most original, but when you are evaluating "The Best", it is certainly a bona fide contender.
Now seeing the whole roster, I do not think that this can go the distance!
Mickey's PhilharMagic is easily the best 3D/4D movie around. Yes it is essentially a greatest hits package, but personally, I love seeing a history of Disney animation presented in such dazzling 3D. And seeing Donald right in front of you in the theatre is an unforgettable experience.
From the smell of the banquet during the Beauty and the Beast scene, to the air blowing on your face as you "chase" the magic carpet through the streets, to the mist spraying in your face during the Sorcerer's Apprentice scene... the entire time you are fully engulfed within, what I believe, is the the best Theme Park Movie ever made. This is why it gets my vote
I don't see where the rumors that this will replace Captain EO are coming from. Disneyland's Magic Eye Theater is far too small to fit this show and its massive screens. I'd rather Disney produce more original attractions rather than cloning attractions from other parks anyway. They should make us want to visit both Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
Mickey's PhilharMagic is a power house and deserving of its number 1 seed. I'm a huge Terminator 2 fan and that 3-D show gives an overall better package than PhilharMagic, with the pre-show and live actors. The final should be this show and T2:3-D, both are great and whoever wins will be deserving. Carousel of Progress and Tike Room are good but I think their age will cost them the title.
This is a tough bracket. Its Tough to be a Bug and Carousel of Progress are two of my favorites as well.
Mickey's PhilharMagic is like an old friend. Sure it's dated but it is a classic and we always make a point of going to it once or twice per visit. Disney could do an update and include scenes and smells from the newest princess movie. Just a thought though. It's unique and truly Disney as is.
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