Backstage with “Mickey and the Magical Map” costuming and music as Disneyland prepares new stage show

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This week Disneyland will debut the newest stage show to hit the Fantasyland Theatre featuring Mickey Mouse and a cast of beloved Disney characters. It’s called “Mickey and the Magical Map” and it will take guests on a series of musical adventures through the magical powers of a sorcerer Yen Sid’s map when it debuts on May 25.

“Mickey and the Magical Map” presents Mickey in his timeless role as the sorcerer’s apprentice as Yen Sid directs his Mapmakers, a singing-dancing ensemble cast that paints a giant map on stage, serving as the show’s backdrop.

In addition to featuring songs from “The Jungle Book,” “Pocahontas,” “Mulan,” “Tangled,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Lilo and Stitch,” the show adds an original song, “Journey of the Imagination.”

“Mickey and the Magical Map” is produced by Ray Coble with music produced by Bruce Healey, supervised and arranged by Timothy Williams and supervised by Matt Walker.

A few weeks ago, we offered a first look at the newly redesigned Fantasyland Theatre and a preview of “Mickey and the Magical Map.”

Now, in the first video below, Coble offers a behind-the-scenes look at the recording of the orchestral music featured in the show as well as a trip backstage as Disneyland assembles the Mapmakers’ costumes and brings it all together through a rehearsal performance of ““I Wan’na Be Like You” featuring King Louie. Then see a few clips from an on-stage dress rehearsal leading up to this week’s official debut.

Video: Making-of “Mickey and the Magical Map”

Video: “Mickey and the Magical Map” dress rehearsal preview

“Each new show we create is a chance to push storytelling in a new direction,” said Michael Jung, Theatrical Development Executive, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment. “At Disney, we love the challenge of continuously looking at our classic tales and most recent stories to see how we can bring live entertainment and excitement to today’s audiences.”

Fantasyland Theatre, a classic Disneyland venue, was inspired by the original Fantasyland Theater (former spelling) which showed Disney cartoons and Mouseketeer footage from 1955 to 1964. The current theatre debuted in 1985 as Videopolis, a dance location, which quickly drew crowds for stage productions including “One Man’s Dream,” “Dick Tracy Starring in Diamond Double Cross,” “Mickey’s Nutcracker,” and one of Disney’s first stage productions of “Beauty and the Beast.”

In 1995, the venue was renamed Fantasyland Theatre with the debut of “The Spirit of Pocahontas.” “Animazement – The Musical” enjoyed a popular three-year run and “Snow White—An Enchanting Musical” played for two years. The theatre was then converted to an area where guests could meet Disney Princesses.

Come back to Inside the Magic this Thursday, May 23 for a first look at the debut of “Mickey and the Magical Map” in a special preview performance.


  1. Kitty

    Hey Ricky, is Thurs a press showing or for public. I’m dreading the 24hr crowd on Friday so id love to watch it on Thurs.

    1. Ricky Brigante

      That preview performance will not be open to the public.

  2. JT

    Are You Allowed To Record The Show During The Special Previews Starting Tommorw

  3. Chaz

    That was a fun behind the scenes look, though I still wish there had been a little more dialogue in the middle.

    I’m still not dying to see this show, but I would be happy to be pleasantly surprised. The King Louie costume, however, I find VERY impressive.

    1. Ricky Brigante

      The middle of the video was left without words on purpose to draw your attention to the music. All of the music you hear in this video is from the show, even during the costuming parts.

      We’ll also have much more from the show later this week when it debuts.

  4. Dustin

    This looks like a well put together show. Disneyland really did need a show like this. It’s a nice way to break up the day from ride after ride at Disneyland…. plus snack time on a churro :)…mmmmmmm churro aaaahhhhhhhhhh (as Homer Simpson would say it). That’ll be fifteen dollars…. oh god oh god oh god oh god….okay

  5. Mark

    I really liked this behind the scenes video. The show looks good and I am always intrigued with anything behind the scenes.

  6. Daniel

    That was awesome, super fan of yours. Looking forward to D23 EXPO

  7. Cassandra

    Dude when are you going to post the preview performance. I have been waiting forever and I want to see it.

    1. Ricky Brigante

      The performance was at 6:45p PT tonight, so it only ended a couple hours ago. Our reporters are still at Disneyland and will work on getting the video online as soon as possible.

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