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Discover the Secrets of ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ This Summer at Disneyland Park

posted on January 4th, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

Back in August, we told you our Creative Entertainment team was developing a spectacular live entertainment experience for the Fantasyland Theatre at Disneyland park. Today, I’m thrilled to share with you some more details about this amazing new show, “Mickey and the Magical Map.”


The wise sorcerer Yen Sid tells of a wondrous map – one unlike any other – with the power to take dreamers to any place imaginable. But when young apprentice Mickey Mouse attempts to paint the map’s one unfinished spot, he stumbles into a fantastic adventure through worlds of music, color and beloved characters, as he discovers the mystery of the map’s magic!

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“Mickey and the Magical Map” debuts in summer 2013 at Disneyland park. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog in the coming months for more on the show, as well as additional details about the all-new Fantasy Faire, opening this spring.

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Jon from CA on January 4th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Yen Sid is actually one word. Yensid.


Shawn Slater on January 4th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Jon – According to “Disney A to Z” by Disney Legend and Archives founder Dave Smith, the name of the sorcerer character from Fantasia is actually Yen Sid (two words). It’s that same character who will make an appearance in this show. Many know it as the name “Disney” spelled backward, and in fact, when Walt Disney was given a story credit on the film “Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N,” his name appeared as Retlaw Yensid (one word).


Tyler from WA on January 4th, 2013 at 1:17 pm

please tell me this has Oswald in it too, this sounds so much like the concept of Epic Mickey


Shawn Slater on January 4th, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Tyler – I can see where you might find correlations to Epic Mickey, but the story of “Mickey and the Magical Map” is really quite different. Although we’re not ready to reveal all the places Mickey will go and all the characters he’ll meet on his journey, I can tell you Oswald the Lucky Rabbit will not be one of them.


brook from CA on January 4th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Wow I have been waiting to hear what is coming to the fantasyland theater. This sounds really neat. Can not wait for more information we will be going in May . . . is that summer?


Shawn Slater on January 4th, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Brook – I don’t know when in May you’re planning to visit, but the show probably won’t be ready until late May or early June. You’ll definitely get to see the new Fantasy Faire, though!


brett from CA on January 4th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

yay i cant wait thank you for bringing the theater back is it the same stage that dick tracy played there. is it the same outdoor theater or is indoor theater now


Shawn Slater on January 4th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Brett – You got it! In the early ’90s, when the theater was known as Videopolis, it played host to “Dick Tracy Starring in Diamond Double Cross.” Many other shows have also played there over the years. Fantasyland Theatre is still an open-air venue, but it’s covered with a large, tent-like structure over the audience.


Danielle from FL on January 4th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Sounds fantastic and a great branch of the Fantasmic & Epic Mickey tree.


Fred from CA on January 4th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Very cool!

I’m looking forward to seeing this. It will be great to have the theater back to having a show.


Shawn Slater on January 6th, 2013 at 9:29 am

Fred – I agree. It’s a Win-Win this year with the openings of both Fantasy Faire and “Mickey and the Magical Map!”


Jon from CA on January 4th, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Interesting… It’s one word on the new Fantasia vinylmation set. Guess everyone should fact check like you do! :)


Thomas on January 4th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Although it sounds like a great concept for the show and no doubt I am very much looking forward to this show, I had heard from some insiders that they weren’t going to do a revue type show but rather something similar to Aladdin or the old Snow White show that use to be there. Either way, I’m very happy they’ve returned the venue into a theatre.


Shawn Slater on January 6th, 2013 at 9:31 am

Thomas – I guess it just goes to show… Disney Parks Blog is your best source of information for what’s coming to the parks. 😉 We’ll have even more to share soon…


Alison on January 4th, 2013 at 11:20 pm

The concept art looks fantastic! It reminds me of the caliber of show you would see onboard the Disney Cruise Line. Now if I can just find a way to live closer to Disneyland instead of WDW, so I can see it!! I thought the same as Tyler too, Epic Mickey. Too bad Oswald won’t be in it.


Shawn Slater on January 6th, 2013 at 9:32 am

Alison – Aren’t the shows on Disney Cruise Line fantastic?! At least Disneyland is just a plane ride away!


Adam on January 5th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Wonderful. I can’t wait to see this. We’ll be coming in June so it looks like we should get to. I’ve missed the Fantasyland Theater shows since Snow White ended its run. The concept art looks amazing and the story sounds intriguing. Excited to see where the story takes us. Thanks for the news and look forward to seeing it.


Shawn Slater on January 6th, 2013 at 9:34 am

Adam – We love catching “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” at Disney California Adventure, and it’ll be great to have a great, theatrical show like that over at Disneyland, too.


Mary on January 5th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

It looks awesome! I hope it is open by the time we go in mid April!


Shawn Slater on January 6th, 2013 at 9:36 am

Mary – The show opens this summer, so it unfortunately will not be ready for your April visit. The new Fantasy Faire will be open by then, and “Mickey and the Magical Map” will give you another reason to return in the future!


John on January 5th, 2013 at 2:42 pm

I’m confused, where is the theater in Fantasyland located?


Shawn Slater on January 6th, 2013 at 9:37 am

John – At Disneyland Park, Fantasyland Theatre is a large outdoor venue located at the back of Fantasyland, to the west of “it’s a small world” near the entrance to Mickey’s Toontown. It was most recently home to Princess Fantasy Faire.


Jeanette on January 5th, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Any chance there will be a soft opening say….Memorial Day Week? That is when we will be there. Would love to see this!


Shawn Slater on January 6th, 2013 at 9:39 am

Jeanette – We’re still a bit far out to pinpoint an exact opening date for the show, so keep checking here on the Disney Parks Blog.


Fred from CA on January 6th, 2013 at 12:30 am

The Fantasyland theater is located next to Toontown.


Philip on January 6th, 2013 at 5:56 am

Speaking of Oswald, please bring him to the parks for meet-and-greets soon. He’s been rumored to come out to the parks for years and hope that this year will mark his official Disney Parks debut.

And while you’re at it, have Oswald’s girlfriend Ortensia come to the parks as well.


kathy on January 6th, 2013 at 10:40 am

This is in Anaheim, Ca?


Shawn Slater on January 6th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Kathy – Yes. This is for the original Disneyland Park in Anaheim.


Laura from CA on January 6th, 2013 at 3:32 pm

So excited that the theater will have shows again. I remember the Snow White show so well. So excited to see the new princesses’ home too– love the creativity.


Christopher on January 6th, 2013 at 9:21 pm


Imagineering has once again given me– a Walt Disney World passholder– more reason to visit Disneyland, U.S.A!! I LOVE how you are always ADDING to Disneyland, not replacing, and am SUPER EXCITED for the day when I can finally visit the place where everything started, as well as see what is sure to be a SPECTACULAR show!!!


Eric on January 7th, 2013 at 12:12 am

Super excited, can’t wait for this.


Fred from CA on January 7th, 2013 at 2:22 am

That’s true :) Last year, Disney California Adventure was the main focus and with the very awesome Cars Land and Buena Vista Street, and its good to know that in 2013 the original Disneyland will get some new additions as well.


Fred from CA on January 7th, 2013 at 3:43 am

…and thanks for the response. :)