Since its debut in 2013, Mickey and the Magical Map has been delighting audiences of all ages. The live-musical show takes place in The Fantasyland Theater, a newly renovated part of Disneyland containing hundreds of seats in a comfortable outdoor location. I have had the pleasure of viewing the show on three separate occasions, and I must say, it is a lot of fun!
Mickey and the Magical Map takes you on an adventure through different lands as you follow Mickey on his journey to become a map-maker. The show contains both impressive theater technology and traditional theatrical methods. The character of Mickey Mouse transforms from both an animated character on the big screen, to an actual living character right before you. The stage is set up with trap doors, which helps Mickey transform from real-life to animation (a technique which seems like pure magic in the eyes of a child!)
One of my favorite parts of Mickey and the Magical Map is that it showcases some of the less popular Disney characters. Each section of the show revolves around a different character and story line, as Mickey travels through different lands on the magical map. In doing so, characters such as Mulan, Rapunzel, and Pocahontas make appearances and even perform classic songs from their films. The cast members who portray these characters are exceedingly talented and can belt the tunes with Broadway-like gusto. Other notable characters that make an appearance include: King Louie from The Jungle Book, Lilo and Stich, Sebastian from The Little Mermaid, and Tiana from The Princess and the Frog.
Although I do love the any classic Disney song, Mickey and the Magical Map also contains a variety of brand new music, catchy enough to stay in your head all day long! Apart from the music, the choreography behind Mickey and the Magical Map is very well put together. All of the dancers are always in sync, talented, and genuinely seem to be having a great time!
I would recommend arriving at least 10-15 minutes before the show begins in order to grab an ideal sitting spot, as it does fill completely up. The shows runs approximately 20 minutes long, which, in my opinion is just long enough for your little ones not to get too antsy. Mickey and the Magical Map is perfect for all ages, and even ends with confetti filled bang! Overall, seeing this show is a great use of your Disneyland visit and I would highly recommend taking the time to see this delightful piece of work!