Disneyland this evening previewed its "Get Your Ears On - A Mickey and Minnie Celebration" for a small group of invited reporters, including yours truly.
The highlight was two rehearsal performances of Mickey's Mix Magic, the new EDM-flavored projection show that will play on Main Street USA and the Small World facade nightly, starting Friday. We were not allowed to record the show, but Disney distributed a highlight video for us to share:
It's too bad that Disney didn't allow us to video the show, as the short clip above doesn't do it close to justice. The full show runs about 12 minutes and includes EDM-styled remixed of music from The Aristocats, The Jungle Book, Aladdin, The Haunted Mansion, Coco, and — there's no escaping it — Frozen, in addition to the new theme, "It's a Good Time," by Ali Dee and the Deekompressors.
The show does best when it embraces its EDM beats and tries something different. I wish that Disney went further with the concept, actually. The show needed that great drop that never came. But it's amazing to see lasers shooting from the castle down Main Street, especially on a foggy or rainy night, when the air has that extra medium for the lasers to really come alive.
But for the best of the projections, head to the Small World plaza, where you can see the animation much more clearly than you can on the more diverse facades of Main Street, which tend to swallow projections. Still, I did not know that I needed an EDM remix of "Everybody Wants to Be a Cat" in my life, but I am glad to discover that I have that now.
Earlier in the evening, Disney representatives showed off some of the new food specials that will be available for sale throughout the resort for the celebration.
And we got a look at some of the "Get Your Ears On" souvenirs, as well.
Yes, she did say that Disney would be selling spirit jerseys for dogs soon. Um... I got nothing.
In between the food and merch reveals and the Mix Magic show, we got a sneak peek at the new float that will lead off the return of Mickey's Soundsational Parade, which returns to Disneyland on Tuesday, January 25. We were not allowed to take photos of that, either, but it's a 19-foot tall Mickey Mouse playing a drum and cymbal, in the same "paper cut-out" style as much of the rest of the parade. Goofy will pull that float to start the parade, replacing the gong from the original production. Chip 'n' Dale will follow with a 12-foot "birthday cake" float to celebrate the 90th birthday of Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
Here's a look at the original performance of Mickey's Soundsational Parade:
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