How much Disney do people want in a Disney theme park experience?
Obviously, if it's happening in a Disney theme park, it's "Disney." But do people want a mix of original or outside characters and stories along with traditional Disney IP, such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse? That question has become hot-button for many Disney theme park fans in the Unites States, as the company moves to reinvent Walt Disney World's Epcot from its original focus on non-fiction themes toward the use of more Disney IP, including Frozen, Ratatouille and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Now, Disney's begged the question again, with an announcement of a new live show at Tokyo DisneySea. Disney's fourth most-visited theme park in the world will close its Out of the Shadow Land musical on March 31 next year, replacing it with a new production starring Mickey Mouse and friends. Out of the Shadow Land was an original, 25-minute show that told the story of a shy girl who had to develop the self-confidence to escape the evil land in which she had been lost.
The new show, Song of Mirage, will open in summer 2019 and follows Mickey Mouse, Minnie, Donald and Goofy as they search for the mythical city of Rio Dorado. There's a magical staff, projection mapping of mysterious lands, and, of course, a lesson in the power of imagination.
Not to mention Disney's most famous and enduring characters, instead of unfamiliar characters that could have appeared in a stage production anywhere else.
Now, is that a good thing? It's up to theme park fans to decide with their attendance. The new show will play in the Hangar Stage in Tokyo DisneySea's Lost River Delta.Tweet
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