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Making Music for ‘Mickey and the Magical Map’ at Disneyland Park

Shawn Slater

by , Senior Communications Manager, Disney Live Entertainment

We’re just one month away from the May 25 opening of the new live show spectacular, “Mickey and the Magical Map,” in the Fantasyland Theatre at Disneyland park! I’ve mentioned before that “Mickey and the Magical Map” is a musical extravaganza, and today I’m thrilled to offer you a little taste of what you’ll hear in the show.

Creative Entertainment Executive Producer Doug McIntyre and Music Director Bruce Healey recently oversaw the recording of the show’s soundtrack, with a full orchestra on a Hollywood scoring stage. Have a listen!

In addition to a sumptuous, motion picture-quality score and classic Disney tunes, I can also tell you “Mickey and the Magical Map” will feature an original song written just for this show. The song, entitled “Journey to Imagination,” is inspired by Mickey’s journey in the show. It’s about letting go and believing in the world of dreams and imagination.

Composers Adam Watts and Andy Dodd, whose credits include everything from Disney productions like “High School Musical” to writing for artists like Kelly Clarkson and Jesse McCartney, wrote the music and lyrics for “Journey to Imagination,” with orchestration by Timothy Williams.

“We’ve written numerous songs for various Disney TV and film projects,” said Adam and Andy. “’Journey To Imagination’ was particularly unique and special in that it was an opportunity to work on a song specifically for a feature at the park that includes so many classic songs and characters. Being Southern-California natives, we grew up loving Disneyland, and to be a part of it on the creative side is truly an honor. It’s exciting to know that people from all over the world will hear our song in the show every single day. We thoroughly enjoyed the process, as well as working with such a talented team.”

I can’t wait to hear the song performed live and see all the magical things that happen onstage! What are you most excited for in “Mickey and the Magical Map”? Let us know in the comments!


  • Just from watching this video, I KNOW this show will make me cry! Can not Wait!

  • I love Disneyland music!

  • Shawn– That’s a tough one. From the ’90s, I fondly remember the Disney Afternoon show Plane Crazy, and I loved Mickey’s Nutcracker and the Beauty and the Beast stage shows (back when the venue was known as the Videopolis Stage).
    In more recent years, I also enjoyed Animazment and Snow White An Enchanting Musical.

    • Fred – Good list! Animazement has probably been my favorite, and I also have fond memories of Plane Crazy, since Disney Afternoon Avenue was there the first time I visited Disneyland. I have a feeling, though, that we’re all about to have a new favorite show!

  • Will the show be open during the entire 24 hour all night party?

    • Michael – “Mickey and the Magical Map” actually opens May 25, the day following our Monstrous Summer All-Nighter.

  • I’m really looking forward to this show. It will be great to have a show at the Fantasyland Theatre again.

    • Fred – I agree! What has been your favorite Fantasyland Theatre production from the past?

  • Crossing my fingers that maybe, just maybe, there will be a passholder preview the weekend of May 5th!

    • Dolores – The show doesn’t open until May 25, so I’m afraid things won’t quite be ready the weekend of the 5th. Sounds like a good reason to plan the next trip, though, right?!

  • Thanks for sharing this! Disney music is one of my favorite things. I hope this show will be great!

    • Aaron – I think you’ll really love this show. We caught a rehearsal recently, and it was breathtaking!

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