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Creating Costumes for ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park

posted on May 22nd, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment

We’re just a few days away from the premiere of “Mickey and the Magical Map,” the spectacular new musical production being staged in the Fantasyland Theatre at Disneyland park.

One of the cool things about the show is the design of the costumes for the Mapmakers, Yen Sid’s apprentices who are well versed in the ways of the sorcerer’s amazing map. I spoke with Senior Costume Designer Matt Davidson, who shared some of his inspiration behind the designs.

“The costumes needed to have a modern infusion of style and edginess, while still retaining an antique quality that comes with Fantasyland and its older, European roots,” said Matt. “I have always liked the inventiveness of Steampunk, which for those who may not know, comes from the Jules Verne, H.G. Wells world of futuristic-styled technology being possible in the Victorian era. The aesthetic uses lots of copper, antique brass, leather and rivets. It’s kind of a warm, hand-crafted look that fit perfectly.”

Here’s a look at some of those designs, as Matt and Costumer Chris Bermudez were fitting the show’s cast for a recent dress rehearsal. You’ll be able to see the costumes in action, of course, once “Mickey and the Magical Map” opens May 25!

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Kathryn on May 22nd, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Speaking as someone who would like to be a designer someday, this was really cool to see. I also love the Steampunk idea!


Shawn Slater on May 23rd, 2013 at 9:46 am

Kathryn – Just like MIckey (and our designers), if you work hard and follow your dreams, you can make those dreams come true. Good luck, and enjoy the show!


brett from CA on May 23rd, 2013 at 1:13 am

OMG wow i cant wait for the stage show i have a question for you will disney parks do other 24 hours again in the future i cant go =-( i am so sad i really want to do it


Shawn Slater on May 23rd, 2013 at 9:33 am

Brett – At this time, tomorrow’s Disney Parks Monstrous Summer All-Nighter is the only 24-hour event we have planned. If another one comes up in the future, though, you’ll be sure to hear about it right here on the Disney Parks Blog!


Larry on May 23rd, 2013 at 10:13 am

Shawn, I’ve been waiting for a new show it seems like years. I have always enjoyed taking a break from the day, grabbing a cool drink and watching great entertainment. The costumes looks great and the premise of the show has me excited to see it. Will be up on Sunday. Thanks for reopening the Theater.


Robby on May 23rd, 2013 at 11:42 am

We’re not going to be there until May of next year, please tell me this is going to stay around. I’m a geographer, so I have a soft spot for anything map related.


Shawn Slater on May 23rd, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Robby – Entertainment is always subject to change, but the plan is for “Mickey and the Magical Map” to play for some time to come.