Mickey's PhilharMagic reviews
Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Mickey's PhilharMagic, a 4d movie in Fantasyland at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
Written by Robert Niles
Even though the title is "Mickey's" PhilharMagic, Donald Duck is the star of this 12-minute 3D movie musical review, which plays in the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland Theater. As the movie begins, Donald is unpacking the instruments for Mickey's orchestra, when he decides to try on the Big Cheese's famous sorcerer's hat from the movie Fantasia. 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 and represents the first time that Disney created computer-animated versions of many of its classic characters, including Mickey and Donald. Disney used archival recordings for much of the dialogue in the film, with some of the characters' original voice actors returning to supply the remaining dialogue.
This is probably my favorite show at any themepark. We took my 2 year old niece and she LOVED it! I think at times it is overlooked, so if you get one of those bonus fastpasses for this attraction when you go to get another fastpass in Fantasyland, make sure to use it. The standby line is usually not too bad, either. It is probably the most enjoyable way you will find to get out of the heat! - Michelle Morgan
One of my favorite 4D films with amazing animation and effects but it really needs an upgrade (HD, Dolby/ReadD 3D). After Star Tours and Transformers, the ghosting in the 3D was really obvious and distracting. - Aaron McMahon
One of the few attractions that reminded me of how great a Disney attraction can be. - Jeff Krinock
Mickey's PhilharMagic is easily one of the best 3-D shows for theme park goers, although they must be fans of Disney's animated films to enjoy it. To a park guest who is not a fan of the 80's and 90's animated films or Donald Duck, they would probably find better fun elsewhere. To fans, however, this show is simply amazing. This attraction is a 3-D musical and shows 3-D animated musical sequences from movies such as the Lion King, Aladdin, and the Little Mermaid. This is a chance for fans of those films and others to see the conversion from hand-drawn to computer animation in these classics. The change is well done, and very entertaining. All of this is accompanied by classic Donald Duck slapstick humor. While visiting the Magic Kingdom, be sure to check this out. 9 out of 10. - Joshua Bixler
Not that great of a ride. Wish the would have gutted this one instead of Snow White. 4/10 - Mike Brilhart
Always enjoyable. Always great effects. Always magical. 9/10 - David L.
This 4D show takes you to a night at the opera with Mickey, when Donald arrives and messes everything up. The queue takes you through what feels like a real and elegant theater lounge. The theater itself feels nothing less elegant, the details are amazing. Yet, the surroundings are nothing compared to the show you're about to witness. I won't give away too much of what will happen, but this is Disney Magic at its best. The funny plot takes you through most of your favorite Disney movies, while the jokes make you laugh and the songs give you goosebumps. The special effects are both entertaining, unexcpeted and jaw dropping at the same time. You do not want to miss this, attractions like these is why you go to a Disney park after all. - Chris W.
As a fan of Disney songs (everyone has a favorite!), without a doubt I love it. This is the best 3D show at any theme park. 9/10 - Dominick D
Love the show. Great music and visuals. Last year I would have given it an outstanding rating.But this year we saw it three times from different vantage points and the 3D effect seemed out of sync a bit. So I've lowered the rating to commendable. - Rob Pastor
Fantastic visuals and effects! And it stars Donald F. Duck! - Matt Kutylo
It's okay. Some nice effects here and there, but overall just a long Disney music video. - Sean Huckel
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