Mickey and the Magical Map, a new live stage show at Disneyland!
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Mickey and the Magical Map, a new live stage show at Disneyland!

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Mickey and the Magical Map, a new live stage show at Disneyland!

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The flashing lights! The sounds of MAGIC! Mickey Mouse time! Welcome to the new live show at Disneyland… Mickey and the Magical Map!

mickey{photos compliments of Disneyland}

Close your eyes and imagine being transported through a “journey to imagination”. Walt Disney once said “Disneyland will never be complete as long as there is imagination left in the world” and this show exemplifies the spirit of all that Walk Disney wanted his visitors to experience.

Mickey and the Magical Map celebrates Mickey’s journey as he discovers the mysteries within the magical map. The magic continues as 8 well loved Disney productions and characters come to life in this musical production. Mickey quickly learns that anything is possible if you put your heart into it. Featuring The Jungle Book, Pocohontas, Mulan, Mickey, Tangled, The Little Mermaid, Lilo & Stitch and The Princess and the Frog… all ages will enjoy this show.

 I had the pleasure of meeting and speaking with some of the creators of Mickey and the Magical Map, including Kevin Eld, Vice President Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment. I was amazed at the depth of details that went into the development of the show. With a responsibility to Walt Disney’s vision and to each guest that visits Disneyland the development team created a show that invites the characters and the visitors to live in the moment for the whole 22 minutes running time. The show is relevant beyond the  spoken words. There is no language barrier with dancing and music. People of all languages and ages can enjoy and become lost in the story line. The most amazing aspect to me is the seamless integration of technology and the use of the innovative LED screen. Mickey moves from live action to on screen with the blink of an eye and this draws in the tech savy generation and holds their attention!

I was surprised but not shocked to learn that live shows at the Disney Resorts are often the first and sometimes only live perform shows that their guests will ever experience. It is understandable that years and thousands {if not more} hours go into the planning and creating of these magical masterpieces. I would imagine that so many of today’s top directors, actors and visionaries were once inspired by a Disney live performance from their youth!

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My family was invited to watch the debut performance of Mickey and the Magical Map. Disneyland spoiled us with the royal treatment and we made memories we will cherish for a lifetime. That’s kinda the Disney way of doing everything. They make a family day trip or overnight vacation even more special. This show was no exception. It was captivating and very entertaining. The princesses were the 3 year old’s favorite part, and the older two loved it just as much.

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The show takes place in the newly refurbished Fantasyland Theatre that used to be “Videopolis” which was a huge dance floor! It now seats about 1,800 guests. There are different sections with lots of seating at the top by the entrance/exits which are perfect for those traveling with younger children. My little one is pretty good about enjoying movies and live performances now, but it wasn’t too long ago that she would get antsy and we would have to leave early. At 22 minutes long it’s the perfect length for younger kids too!

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This summer you can attend a showing of Mickey and the Magical Map 7 days a week. There are 5 shows a day and plenty of seating! Be sure to pick up a show schedule as you enter Disneyland and get there a bit early to get your seat. I would highly recommend visiting Disneyland for this show.

Disclosure: Thank you again to Disneyland Resort for inviting us to this special media event to experience this amazing new live performance show. We loved it!

4 Comments

  • monica anderson says:

    Love the Disney page Going to take my granddaughter and want to know everything I can take her

    • Heather says:

      Awesome! I’ll be posting even more inside tips tomorrow! Be sure to check back then :-) Your granddaughter is going to have so much fun… so excited for you both!

  • Christina M says:

    How fun!! We are going to Disneyland in about a week & a half!! We’ll have to make sure to catch this show :)

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