Disneyland in California has opened a new live show in its Fantasyland Theatre: “Mickey and the Magical Map.”
Created by Disney Creative Entertainment, the show chronicles the adventures of Mickey Mouse and a cast of Disney characters as they uncover the magical powers of a sorcerer’s map. The show is aimed at children of all ages and combines live outdoor performances with theatrical technology in the newly refurbished Fantasyland Theatre, the resort reports.
The show is scheduled for five daily performances this summer.
“We’re very excited to welcome guests to the Disneyland Resort this summer to enjoy all the entertainment and attractions that make this a world-class, family vacation destination,” said Michael Colglazier, president of the Disneyland Resort. “We’re particularly thrilled to debut our captivating new show ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ and to invite guests to experience Fantasy Faire, a new themed area with Disney Princess encounters and two live shows based on favorite princess stories.”
“Each new show we create is a chance to push storytelling in a new direction,” said Michael Jung, theatrical development executive, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment. “At Disney, we love the challenge of continuously looking at our classic tales and most recent stories to see how we can bring live entertainment and excitement to today’s audiences.”
In the show Mickey reprises his role as the sorcerer’s apprentice. Sorcerer Yen Sid directs his Mapmakers, a singing-dancing ensemble cast, to paint a wondrous map capable of taking dreamers to any place imaginable. The map is so large it spans the entire stage of the outdoor Fantasyland Theatre, the resort says.
Apprentice Mickey lets his curiosity get the better of him and he stumbles upon the map’s magical powers, which take him, along with the audience, on a journey in the company of the Mapmakers. The journey is set to an original song, “Journey of the Imagination,” and music from classic Disney films, including songs by King Louie from “The Jungle Book” (“I Wan’na Be Like You”), Pocahontas (“Just Around the Riverbend”), Mulan (“Reflection”), Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from “Tangled,” (“I See The Light”) Princess Tiana from “The Princess and the Frog” (“Dig a Little Deeper”), and Sebastian from “The Little Mermaid” (“Under the Sea”). Also included is the song "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride" from “Lilo and Stitch.”
“Mickey and the Magical Map” has writing by Carolyn Gardner and is directed by Tracy Halas. The production designer is Steve Bass; the creative director is Sylvia Hase; the music is produced by Bruce Healey, supervised and arranged by Timothy Williams and supervised by Matt Walker. The show producer is Ray Coble.