Mickey and the Magical Map Review | Disneyland

February 24, 2016

Mickey and the Magical Map
I had such a blast writing my Yak & Yeti Review (stay tuned, because I have a TON of Disney Restaurant Reviews coming soon) earlier this month, that I’ve decided to start sharing more Disney reviews/posts here on the blog. One of my goals this year is to incorporate more Disney on the blog, so I thought there’s no better time than the present. Like I said in my Yak & Yeti Review, Disney is not your typical “theme park” (I actually don’t even consider it to be a theme park). Disney is SO much more than just rides. What makes a visit to the Disney Parks so magical is the Disney atmosphere itself and that atmosphere consists of rides, parades, shows, fireworks, shopping and of course, FOOD! Today, I’ll be talking about one of my favorite shows at Disneyland: Mickey and the Magical Map! Mickey and the Magical Map is a 22-minute live musical show that first debuted at Disneyland back in 2013. While this is NO Fantasmic and it doesn’t even come close to Disney World’s Beauty and the Beast stage show (which is located in Hollywood Studios), the singing, dancing and amazing performers definitely bring a certain charm to Mickey and the Magical Map. While the overall storyline of Mickey and the Magical map is so-so, it’s the unique song selections and homage to otherwise overlooked Disney films that makes it a must see in my opinion.Disneyland Fantasyland TheatreMickey and the Magical MapMickey and the Magical Map
I would definitely suggest arriving at the Fantasyland Theatre at least 30-45 minutes prior to the show. Mickey and the Magical Map performances often fill up fast and I personally prefer to get seats closer to the stage. Mickey and the Magical MapDisneyland Mickey and the Magical MapMickey and the Magical Map Mickey and the Magical Map Mickey
Mickey and the Magical Map tells the story of sorcerer Yen Sid and his apprentice Mickey Mouse. Mickey dreams of one day becoming an official map painter but when he tries to paint a mysterious black ink blot, he’s suddenly taken on a musical journey through the magical map. Mickey and the Magical Map Jungle Book
Like I said earlier, the storyline is so-so but it’s the musical numbers that really keeps me coming back! When Mickey first enters the magical map, he’s transported into The Jungle Book as King Louie performs “I Wan’na Be Like You.”Mickey and the Magical Map King LouieMickey and the Magical Map The Jungle Book
Next comes my FAVORITE part of the entire show, a princess medley from three of my favorite princesses: Pocahontas, Mulan and Rapunzel.Mickey and the Magical Map Pocahontas
When Pocahontas steps on stage to perform “Just Around the River Bend,” I can’t help but be filled with emotion (Pocahontas was the first Disney film I vividly remember seeing in theaters when I was just three years old!). I mean, how often does Pocahontas get any attention? I LOVE that they included such an underrated (and awesome) princess in this show!Mickey and the Magical Map PocahontasMickey and the Magical MapMickey and the Magical Map Mulan Reflection
Mulan continues the princess medley with a gorgeous rendition of “Reflection.” I LOVE Mulan so much and to see her and Pocahontas share a stage is truly magical!Mickey and the Magical Map MulanMickey and the Magical Map Tangled
Rounding out the princess medley is Rapunzel and Flynn Rider with “I See the Light” (I seriously don’t understand how this song isn’t as popular as “Let it Go,” it’s such a GORGEOUS song and scene!).Mickey and the Magical Map Princess
Three of my favorite princesses on one stage? Talk about perfection! Just when you think things couldn’t get any better, Sebastian comes along and takes us all “Under the Sea.”Mickey and the Magical Map SebastianMickey and the Magical Map Under the SeaMickey and the Magical Map The Little Mermaid
While I wouldn’t consider Lilo & Stitch to be an underrated Disney film (who doesn’t love Lilo & Stitch?!), the music in the film definitely is (raise your hand if you know all the words to “He Mele No Lilo!”.) Lilo & Stitch is one of my favorite films and it will ALWAYS have a special place in my heart (my mom’s name is Lilo after all!). Mickey and the Magical Map Stitch
“Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride” never fails to put a smile on my face!Mickey and the Magical Map StitchMickey and the Magical Map SongsMickey and the Magical Map Hawaiian Roller Coaster RideMickey and the Magical Map Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride
Mickey and the Magical Map concludes with “Dig a Little Deeper” from The Princess & the Frog (another highly underrated Disney film). Talk about a showstopper! Mickey and the Magical Map Finale SongMickey and the Magical Map FinaleMickey and the Magical Map Princess TianaMickey and the Magical Map PerformanceMickey and the Magical Map Tiana Mickey and the Magical Map Disneyland Mickey and the Magical Map Tiana
All in all, Mickey and the Magical Map is a fun, 22-minute musical journey into some of Disney’s, for a lack of a better term, forgotten classics (seriously, it’s about time we let Pocahontas, Mulan and Tiana have their moment in the spotlight!)

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