“Mickey and the Magical Map” is now open in the Fantasyland Theatre at Disneyland park, and thousands of guests have already fallen under its spell. The new show features live performers, beloved Disney characters and a huge magical map – all interacting with each other to bring to life the story of Mickey Mouse’s journey to become one of Yen Sid’s mapmakers. Almost as magical are the stories of what has happened behind the scenes to create this amazing show. Here are some of my favorite highlights:
- More than 900 hopefuls auditioned for the show, and the final company includes more than 50 dancers and singers.
- The magical map is created by nearly 1 million pixels and more than 35,000 square inches of LED screen surface.
- The six sections of the map are moved on wagons that weigh more than 9,000 pounds each.
- The total weight of the scenery for the show is approximately 71,000 pounds.
- Tiana’s showboat in the finale scene reaches 18 feet tall, stretches 11 feet wide and weighs nearly 1,200 pounds.
- More than six miles of cable run between the lighting, show control, audio and video systems.