Comments for Preview: “Mickey and the Magical Map” brings inventive twists to classic Disney, impressive even in Disneyland rehearsal


  1. Matt

    “The first segment shown was the opening number. It features an original song called “Journey of the Imagination””

    Can you hear that Disney? That’s the sound of my money going to Universal.

    1. Teddy Leo

      Thank god he is going to Universal so Disney doesn’t have to deal with him.

      1. Mitchell

        All Disney Cast Members are all rejoicing.

        I don’t like the look of this either, but I know it’s not directed at me. They have to have shows and rides that are directed directly at little kids. You’re not going to like EVERYTHING in the park.
        Anyway, it’s just a show, it won’t be ’round forever.

        1. Teddy Leo

          totally agree

    2. Fred

      Yet another cynical, unclever comment on the Internet…

    3. Kevin

      I would argue Disney’s characters have more traction and potential when it comes to opportunities in design. However, I would agree, Disney reliance on animation mapping, may be its downfall as much as it is its saving grace.

      I think Disney, needs to take a few pages from universal’s designers for the Wizarding World, and really need to find ways to become more seamlessly integrated. I have know imagineers that were blown away by the detail and integration of technology in the expansion. And many could not figure out how they did it. The enchantment Disney was known for is starting to decrease while universal has been quoted that the harry potter world was almost an underachievement in design due to early risk factors. If universal actually starts doing things the right way, it has the potential to overcast Disney in spatial experiences. The fact that universal refuses to increase the size on its upcoming HP expansion, highlights the fact that their designers are becoming story concentric. Disney is currently moving the other direction-they are looking for maximal return on investment. Why else does a project screen take up majority of a theatrical set? And it seems like it is in every new attraction Disney comes out with. Where is the magic, or the mystery? When I see a giant screen on a stage, that’s very disappointing as an entertainment designer, myself. More thought has to be put into spaces and not entertainment or you might as well just give a kid a wii so he go play a ‘Epic Mickey II’. Now tell me Disney how did that do, again?

    4. Kitty

      It’s always so sad to see people judge a final product based on a tiny preview. There’s so much more to the show than the introduction so why not see how the rest of the show turns out? Maybe it’s not for you, but maybe its not supposed to be for you.

  2. Chaz

    I’m not going to lie: This attraction doesn’t excite me the many other recent Imagineering projects have, but I’ll still give this show a chance. It sounds as though we’ll be seeing old Disney characters mixed with new Disney characters, which is something I enjoy. We’ll just have to wait and see I guess.

    1. Teddy Leo

      Doesn’t Disney creative entertainment design the shows not Imagineering?

      1. Chaz

        Maybe. I always though Imagineering handled every project in the Disney Parks. I could be wrong though.

        1. Kevin

          They are the same department. Creative Entertainment is an arm of Imagineering. But, depending on whether it is a thing Creative Entertainment wants to do or whether it is a park attraction determines the involvement of both groups. There are creative entertainment jobs that work directly with Imagineering project teams and are imagineers.

  3. Mike

    I personally love this so far. It’s still in the production phase so of course it’s a little rough. The choreography in “I Wanna Be Like You” is sick, and I think the set and music is wonderful. Really looking forward to this coming together.

  4. Marc Morini

    I have to say it is kind of cool to see Yen Sid actually appear in the park even if it is just show, though he dose look a bit unfinished. King Louie on the other hand….LOOKS FREAKING AWESOME! Laddies and Gentlemen the King of the Swingers is back!

  5. Fred

    I don’t understand what is wrong with how Yen Sid looks. How can you possibly describe him as “rough”? Saying that he looks “rough” doesn’t make sense in any meaning of the word. From what the video shows, the animation is smooth and fluid.

    Also, from what the sneak peek video has, I fail to see what is wrong with the music.

    1. Apocalypse Pooh

      It’s not “the look” so much as it is the animation. The motion, the acting — very stiff, like a plastic puppet. Disney and Pixar have done better.

  6. Lizzie

    I totally agree about the entertainment in the parks! I was struck by DCA’s new additions when I went about two weeks ago! Surprise entertainment around every corner now! Really exciting, especially for a performer like myself!

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