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Go on an Adventure with Mickey Mouse and the Mapmakers When ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ Comes to Disneyland Park This Summer

posted on February 1st, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


The all-new, live stage production, “Mickey and the Magical Map,” debuts this summer at Disneyland park, and today I’m excited to be able to tell you a little more about the show and what you can expect to see when it opens!

The show begins with the timeless character of Yen Sid, the wise sorcerer from Disney’s classic “Fantasia,” who appears within his mysterious workshop to tell us of a wondrous map with the power to take dreamers to any place imaginable. Yen Sid sets his mapmakers to work painting the enormous map – a map so large it covers the entire breadth of the stage.

This is when our hero Mickey Mouse enters, full of curiosity, and dreams of being more than just an apprentice. He’s a bit of a rascal and doesn’t realize what he’s about to get into. When Mickey picks up a brush to paint the map’s one unfinished spot, he soon discovers this is no ordinary map. That’s when his adventures really begin!

Mickey and the Magical Map’ Coming to Disneyland Park This Summer Mickey and the Magical Map’ Coming to Disneyland Park This Summer

The mapmakers are an ensemble of male and female performers who excel at singing, dancing and acrobatics. They wield enormous, magical paint brushes as they follow Mickey on his journey, helping bring to life fantastic worlds of music, color and beloved characters.

“Each new show we create is a chance to push storytelling in a new direction,” said Michael Jung, Vice President of Theatrical Development. “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.”

“Mickey and the Magical Map” will be presented in the newly-refurbished Fantasyland Theatre, a venue that merges the tradition of live outdoor performances with the latest in theatrical technology. This is Disney storytelling at its most thrilling, brought to life in the very heart of the most magical of lands, Fantasyland.

Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog in the coming weeks and months, as we’ll have even more to share about the extraordinary new show, “Mickey and the Magical Map.”

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Matthew from TX on February 1st, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Do you have a specific date set or do you know when you will have one?

 

Shawn Slater on February 1st, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Matthew – The show will open in early summer. We’ll be sure to post the exact date here on the Disney Parks Blog, as soon as we know it!

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brett from CA on February 1st, 2013 at 4:02 pm

OMG wow i love it the costumes are so greate. can we see a rehearsal clip or any video clip ? will tarzan be in the show or who will be in the show

 

Shawn Slater on February 1st, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Brett – It’s still a bit early in the process for video. In fact, they’re just holding auditions for the show a little later this month, and it will go into rehearsal once everyone has been cast. We’ll be sharing much more about the show, including some of the other characters Mickey will meet, as we get closer to the opening.

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Dannie on February 1st, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Yen Sid = Disney backwards! This sounds like great fun.

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Daniel on February 1st, 2013 at 4:16 pm

I just cannot wait to see this!!! Is this the theatre where they had the Princess meet and greet?

 

Shawn Slater on February 1st, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Daniel – Yes. Until August 2012, this location was home to Princess Fantasy Faire. The Disney Princesses are currently appearing along the Royal Walk in Fantasyland and anticipating the March 12 opening of the all-new Fantasy Faire near Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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Eric from MA on February 1st, 2013 at 4:29 pm

@Dennie – Yen Sid was the official name of the Sorcerer, from Fantasia.
(Which raises the question: Why is Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey allowed to be the symbol of “Disney magic”, when he keeps getting it wrong and out of control?) ;)

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Lauren on February 1st, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Can’t wait to see the show. Hope it’s opened by the time I go to Disneyland in August. I have a question–Once the Fantasyland Theatre re-opens with this show, with the food service area that sold those amazing baked potatoes and corn on the cob located right next to it re-open as well (or is it already open again; I haven’t been to Disneyland since last year)? Thanks.

 

Shawn Slater on February 1st, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Lauren – “Mickey and the Magical Map” will be open this summer, definitely in time for your August trip! I can also tell you the Troubadour Tavern is expected to reopen with the Fantasyland Theatre. No word yet on their menu, but those great baked potatoes are available now at Harbour Galley near Critter Country!

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Loren from CA on February 1st, 2013 at 7:12 pm

I cannot wait for this show! I start tearing up just looking at the concept art piece featuring Rapunzel, Flynn, Pocahontas and Mulan. I can’t imagine this show not being as amazing as it looks!!!

 

Shawn Slater on February 1st, 2013 at 8:13 pm

Loren – I agree! It’s shaping up to be pretty great.

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Julia on February 1st, 2013 at 7:51 pm

This looks fantastic!

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Fred from CA on February 1st, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Shawn-
Thanks for this peek into the show! Its going to be awesome to have a show at the Fantasyland Theatre again.

There will certainly be a lot of excitement at Disneyland this summer!

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Aaron on February 2nd, 2013 at 12:55 am

Wow! This will be as good as Animazement!

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Tyler from WA on February 2nd, 2013 at 1:16 pm

just saying… this is a cross between Epic Mickey (especially being Yensid’s map and Mickey using magical paint) and Fantasmic lol

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