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Show Review - Mickey and the Magical Map at Disneyland

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Published: May 24, 2013 at 2:24 AM

Disneyland has a brand new stage show, opening on May 25th at the Fantasyland Theatre.

In Mickey and the Magical Map, our hero, a mischievous Mickey Mouse, gets into a spot of trouble when he tries to be more than just an apprentice. The sorcerer has been working on a magical painting of a special map that will take dreamers to wherever they can imagine and it’s almost finished. Mickey decides that he can just fill in that one last spot and that’s when he starts his magical journey.

Mickey and Yensid
Mickey and the Sorcerer – Yen Sid

Mickey and the Magical Map takes the audience through a series of Disney films. First we meet King Louie from The Jungle Book. Next was a trio of princesses: Pocahontas, Mulan and Rapunzel. From there we are whisked under the sea with Sebastian. We come back to shore for an animated song and dance from Lilo & Stitch. Then Princess Tiana and her riverboat close the show.

Pocahontas

Tiana

The story structure is similar to Mickey’s Philharmagic across the country at Magic Kingdom, but unlike that attraction, this is a live show. Don’t worry, it’s still in 3D. Rounding out the cast of Disney characters is an ensemble chorus of singers and dancers and a live trumpet player who joins Louis and Tiana.

MMM is a nice addition to the Disneyland park, giving guests an opportunity to see a live show during the day. The only other daytime main stage show currently running is Aladdin at DCA. With this show, Disney also brings a diverse cast, showcasing four princesses of different ethnicities. Whereas Aladdin could have a small audience based on their taste, MMM reaches out to a greater range of viewers.

The Magical Map is the great technology winner of the show, with 35,000 square inches of LED screen surface. The choreography of live action and animation were perfectly in sync, especially as Mickey descends into the painting. To get the best view of the entire map, don’t sit in the front section. Be sure to grab a seat on one of the many rear benches. The close seats are slight obstructed due to the design of the map’s platforms. You won’t miss any of the live performance, but the map won’t line up perfectly between its sections.

The Map
Mickey and the Sorcerer – Yen Sid

Magical Map isn’t intended to be nighttime spectacular. If you’re looking for effects and fireworks, you’ll need to wait until the sun goes down in Anaheim. This show is just a wonderful mix of some of the greatest hits from Disney history.

Magical Map is shown in the newly renovated Fantasyland Theatre. Prior to this show, this area was used as the Princess Fantasy Faire for a Disney Princess meet and greet. You can now meet the princesses over at the new Fantasy Faire, open now and located just to the left of the Sleeping Beauty’s Castle on the old location of the Carnation Plaza. You can also see the tales of Belle and Rapunzel at the Royal Theatre in Fantasy Faire.

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Readers' Opinions

From James Rao on May 24, 2013 at 3:24 AM
Nice to see the old theater being put to good use. Furthermore, the show appears to be innovative, yet familiar (meant as a compliment). I am looking forward to seeing it later this year....

Thanks for the review!

From 167.167.40.2 on May 24, 2013 at 12:55 PM
Nice review! Hoping to check it out within the next week or so.

Also nice to see Jungle Book characters get some permanent air time at the park!

And it's cool that the 4 princesses are all diverse, didn't even pick up on that till the end!

From Manny Barron on May 24, 2013 at 4:10 PM
Nice review, I'll be sure to check the show out next month.

Good to see Disney using that theater for an actual show now.

From Rob Pastor on May 24, 2013 at 4:31 PM
Would love to see that show at WDW. Sounds excellent.
From 72.77.187.53 on May 24, 2013 at 9:01 PM
I agree with Rob about wishing it was at WDW, would've considered it a nice replacement to either the Voyage of the Little Mermaid show or the Beauty and the Beast show at Hollywood Studios.

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