The thing I like most about this show is that it includes Pocahontas and Mulan. Most people might think this is weird because they were chosen over princesses like Belle and Cinderella. I like it though because I think they are the forgotten Princesses and I’m happy to see them getting the spotlight again. It also helps that Pocahontas is my favorite Disney Princess, haha
Yes, it was really refreshing to see Disney get a little more creative than simply using segments from Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, and Aladdin like they usually do. They’re all wonderful Disney properties, but they’re not the only good things to come from Disney animation and it’s nice to see that the people Disney realize they have a wide range of movies they can spotlight.
You know, I wasn’t really that excited for this show, but after seeing the full performance online, I’m starting to think Disneyland is right to think that this show will be a hit and I hope it does play for a long time so I can have plenty of chances to see it live.
By the way, did anyone else love the tribute to Walt Disney in Yen Sid’s quote?
I saw the show this week and LOVED it. But even though I think the songs were great, I kinda have to disagree with your claim that they made “creative” choices here.
Pocahantas – Same song as in World of Color Under the Sea – World of Color, Soundsational, Ariel Ride Lilo and Stitch – The played the Lilo song without actually having the characters come out Rapunzel – Same song as in Soundsational, World of Color, Fantasy Faire Theater Tiana – Often heard around the park (I loved when she used to come out for a live set) King Louie – Fantasmic
Again, i’m not slamming them because sticking with whats familiar is how you please the widest range of people. I just disagree with your claim that Disney somehow got creative in their song choices.
yea and the ONLY oringanal song in there is journey into imagination and that one is HORRIBLE they use recycled songs because they were hits and creative ones these days are horrible
To me, the fact that their “princess segment” did not feature Cinderella or Ariel represents a HUGE leap in creativity for Disney.
And I did say “a little more creative.” I wasn’t saying Disney was being revolutionary, just that it was a pleasant surprise to see lesser known movies (lesser known in comparison to “The Lion King”, of course) like Mulan and Pocahontas get the same kind of attention as “The Little Mermaid” in a show, especially since this show had only five or six real segments in as opposed to twenty like in “World of Color.”
The innovative map was the only thing original about this show – Disneyland’s past stage shows have been much better including One Man’s Dream and Animazement – The “Under the Sea” production number in Animazement was far superior to this version with many unique costumes and special effects – Why are the dancers in this show wearing the same costume in every number – Why not change for individual number? Rather dull and unexciting!!!
but it’s the first show to have soccerer mickey that’s totally orignal
A friend of mine in the entertainment business who also saw the show thought just as I that the map screen concept was quite spectacular – However, she agreed that the costumes were somewhat blah -She thought that they had a design similar to a show with “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” theme rather than this kind of production and wondered also why they would be used through the entire show (instead of having different costumes for each production number)- What happened to that budget???
Not that anyone asked, but we saw it on a Preview day and here’s my opinion on the show. (Spoiler: I loved it, but it’s far from perfect)
Pros: + Vocal performances were spectacular + Princess Medley was beautiful + King Louie’s lips! Those talking masks keep getting better and better + So much fun. Its just a cute and entertaining show
Cons: – Opening song: Unlike World of Color which perfectly sets the mood for the event, this song felt a bit “Sea World” in its cheesiness. I was half-expecting a speech about nature followed by Shamu splashing on the screen)
– The Auditorium: The stage is clever but the auditorium has the same problem it always had. It’s flat and there’s no incline so if a guy in front of you is over 5″ tall then youre staring at their head the whole time. And with the populararity of the smartphones and (ugh, iPads), then you often see 100 iphones in your eye-level
– Not enough characters: I was so excited to hear Lilo and Stitch play, but then no Lilo and Stich characters came out. Same for hearing a Little Mermaid song and no Ariel. It just felt like they were missing.
– Bad viewing angles: On one performance I had to sit on the side in front. And from there the whole screen concept just didnt work because the platform dividers were in the way. IMO, you MUST sit in the center section.
– Mickey in the Map: I’m not sure why they chose to use the live action Mickey vs an animated one when he goes into the map, but it just didnt look good. The motion capture wasnt smooth and it looked cheap.
Neutral: – Half Shirtless guy: Nothing wrong with half-shirtless dancers but it just was weird – Bubble dancers: Not sure why I expected a trick but it was disappointing that a guy halfway in a bubble just turned out to be a guy halfway in a bubble.
Anyway, overall I feel the show is fantastic. It may not be as widely appealing as Fantasmic or World of Color, but for those who like Disney music then its definitely worth seeing. Just get a good seat.
i agree about the mickey in the map is a con of the show but i guess they did it to make sure it wont get TO cheesey
You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually something that I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!
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