Disney Doodle: Bandleader Mickey Listens to Tunes at Mickey’s Philharmagic

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

The 1935 short “The Band Concert” is one of my all-time favorite Disney short films. And today, it’s the inspiration for this week’s Disney Doodle.

In the short, Mickey takes on the role of bandleader, directing a concert band for a lovely performance in a local park. Mickey must guide the group through the show when ice cream vendor-turned flutist Donald Duck inserts himself into the show. Then a nosy bumblebee turns up to pester Donald and ends up wreaking havoc on Mickey and the rest of the band members. When a tornado unexpectedly sweeps through the park, “the show must go on!” with Mickey at the baton.

According to artist Ashley Taylor, if Bandleader Mickey ever had the chance to visit the Walt Disney World Resort, he may wish to take his turn directing music over at Mickey’s PhilharMagic at Magic Kingdom Park

“Mickey’s Band Concert has performed throughout all kinds of unexpected situations,” Ashley said. “It’s easy to imagine them being able to handle performing at Mickey’s PhilharMagic.”


  • The Silly Symphony Swings at DCA features Bandleader Mickey and his band. It’s just a short walk across the park to the former Muppet Theatre, where Mickey’s PhilharMagic is currently showing.

  • Mickey’s fans would love to see him direct at Mickey’s PhilharMagic at Disney California Adventure in Disneyland Resort, too!

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