Mickey's PhilharMagic

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Mickey's PhilharMagic
Tokyo Disneyland Mickeys Philhar Magic.jpg
Entrance at Tokyo Disneyland
Magic Kingdom
AreaFantasyland
(Castle Courtyard)
StatusOperating
Opening dateOctober 8, 2003
ReplacedLegend of The Lion King
Hong Kong Disneyland
AreaFantasyland
StatusOperating
Opening dateSeptember 12, 2005
Tokyo Disneyland
AreaFantasyland
StatusOperating
Opening dateJanuary 24, 2011
ReplacedMickey Mouse Revue
Disneyland Park (Paris)
AreaDiscoveryland
StatusOperating
Opening dateOctober 1, 2018
ReplacedStar Wars: Path of the Jedi
Disney California Adventure
AreaHollywood Land
StatusOperating
Opening dateApril 26, 2019
ReplacedFor the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
Muppet*Vision 3D
General statistics
Attraction type4-D film
DesignerWalt Disney Imagineering
Walt Disney Feature Animation
ModelMovie theater
ThemeAnimated Disney films
Duration12 minutes
DirectorGeorge Scribner
Creative ConsultantsAlex Mann
Rick Schneider-Calabash
SponsorKodak (2003–12)
Japan Airlines (Tokyo)
Air France (Paris)
FastPass+ available
Disabled access Wheelchair accessible
Closed captioning available

Mickey's PhilharMagic is a 4D film attraction found at several Disney theme parks around the world, including Magic Kingdom theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort, Hong Kong Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Park (Paris), and Disney California Adventure. The film was directed by George Scribner, who also directed Disney's 1988 animated film Oliver & Company. Mickey's PhilharMagic is a 12-minute-long show featuring 3D effects, scents, and water, as well as a number of characters from Disney movies.[1] It is shown on the largest purpose-built 3D screen ever made, at 150 feet wide.

The versions of the film at Disney California Adventure and Disneyland Paris were updated in 2021 with an additional scene based on Pixar's Coco, with the same update scheduled to come to Magic Kingdom in late 2021.[2]

Locations[edit]

At Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Mickey's PhilharMagic is located adjacent to Peter Pan's Flight and the Fantasy Faire shop in Fantasyland. This is the fourth attraction to utilize this show building. The theatre originally hosted the Mickey Mouse Revue. Later, it was the home to the 3-D film Magic Journeys, after it left Epcot's Journey into Imagination pavilion to make way for Captain EO. Most recently, it was home to the stage presentation Legend of The Lion King.

At Hong Kong Disneyland, Mickey's PhilharMagic takes place of the Fantasyland Concert Hall, which is located adjacent to Royal Banquet Hall in Fantasyland.

At Tokyo Disneyland, it takes the place of the Mickey Mouse Revue, which was originally located at Walt Disney World before moving to Tokyo Disneyland as one of its original attractions.[3]

At Disneyland Paris, it takes the place of Discoveryland Theatre, taking over from previous attractions like the Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience! and Captain EO.

At Disney California Adventure, it takes place at Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land, taking over from previous attractions like the For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration and Muppet*Vision 3D.[4]

Songs[edit]

• “Be Our Guest” from Beauty and the Beast

• "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" from Fantasia

• “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid

• “I Just Can't Wait to Be King” from The Lion King

• “Un Poco Loco” from Coco (California and Paris only)

• “You Can Fly!” from Peter Pan

• “A Whole New World” from Aladdin

• “The Mickey Mouse Club March” from The Mickey Mouse Club

Development[edit]

The attraction is unique in being one of a very select number of attractions in the Disney theme parks in which Walt Disney Imagineering has collaborated with another division of The Walt Disney Company – in this instance, it was Walt Disney Animation Studios. This same partnership developed the Fantasmic! shows at Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios. Between the two companies, some of Disney's top talent worked together. Including Disney veteran Alex Mann, who was instrumental in developing and scripting the final story.[5] Legendary Disney animator Glen Keane re-animated Ariel from The Little Mermaid in 3D, returning after animating her in 2D in the original film. Nik Ranieri, supervising animator of Lumière in Beauty and the Beast, also returned to animate that character in 3D. Most of Donald Duck's dialogue is actually archival recordings by his original voice actor, Clarence Nash.[6] Tony Anselmo, Donald's current voice actor, recorded only five new lines for the character in this attraction (such as the scene where Donald hums to the tune of the song "Be Our Guest" from Disney's Beauty and the Beast) and a few more for the Coco segment.

On July 1, 2021, it was announced a new scene would be added to the film featuring "Un Poco Loco" from Pixar's Coco. The new segment was added to Disney California Adventure and Disneyland Paris on July 17, 2021, and will be added to Magic Kingdom later in the year to coincide with Walt Disney World's The World's Most Magical Celebration.[7]

Plot synopsis[edit]

Outside the Queue Area[edit]

As the theater doors open, Mickey Mouse is performing with his PhilharMagic Orchestra at the Fantasyland Concert Hall (Orlando, Hong Kong, and Tokyo), Discoveryland Theatre (Paris), and Sunset Showcase Theater (Anaheim).

Inside the Queue Area[edit]

There are posters advertising the Concert Hall's past productions and performers, such as Hades from Hercules, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Genie from Aladdin, Wheezy from Toy Story 2, Willie the Whale from Make Mine Music, The Three Caballeros, The Big Bad Wolf and The Three Little Pigs.

The Theater's Lobby[edit]

Upon entering the theater's lobby, guests pick up their "opera glasses" (3D glasses). During their wait, guests hear orchestral music from Fantasia, Fantasia 2000, and other Disney animated films.

Fantasyland Concert Hall (Orlando, Hong Kong, and Tokyo)/Discoveryland Theater (Paris)/Sunset Showcase Theater (Anaheim)[edit]

Goofy, the Concert Hall's stage manager, admits the guests into the main theater, where final preparations for the performance are underway. After accidentally disturbing a cat, Goofy lugs in an electrical cord and gets electrocuted. Minnie Mouse then tells the guests to put on their "opera glasses" after reminding them that, as a courtesy to the attraction, there should not be eating, drinking, smoking or flash photography during the show. After this instruction, Minnie then realizes that Donald Duck has gone missing and goes to tell Mickey. Goofy then raises the curtains (despite Mickey protesting that they aren't ready yet) to reveal that the stage is empty, except for a conductor's podium and Donald, who is sleeping in a box. Mickey races onto the stage in a hurry, quickly telling Donald to unpack the instruments. Mickey places his famous Sorcerer's hat on the podium, then dashes off the stage, ordering Donald, "Don't forget the orchestra. And don't touch my hat!"

After Donald unpacks all the instruments, including a grand piano, from the small box, he is tempted to try on the Sorcerer's Hat himself. He does so, disobeying Mickey's orders, which causes the magical instruments to come to life and play an extremely unpleasant melody. Donald tells the instruments to "stop it" and the instruments stop, except for a small flute. However, when Donald bullies the flute, the other instruments rise up against him, creating a whirlwind of magic and music as the "Mickey Mouse March" plays. Donald loses the hat in the storm and passes through scenes from different Disney animated features while trying to retrieve the hat.

After the whirlwind passes, Donald finds himself in the dark, which takes us to Beauty and the Beast with Lumière, who begins to sing "Be Our Guest". Guests can smell the food, triggering hidden smell cannons in the theater, and when the bottles pop, they feel a quick blast of wind in their faces surrounded by cakes, which triggers hidden air cannons in the back of the seats. The dark comes back for a second. When the light returns, we find ourselves in Fantasia. The music from The Sorcerer's Apprentice plays, as the Magic Brooms enter the room, splashing water on Donald and washing away the dirty dishes left behind from the previous scene. The audience also gets blasted with water. A broom smaller than Donald comes in, carrying a big bucket. Donald snatches the bucket away and laughs, but only gives it back when a gigantic broom comes in. The giant broom spills water on Donald, taking us to The Little Mermaid, where Ariel is singing "Part of Your World". At the end of the song, an electric eel shocks Donald while he tries to kiss Ariel. Next, we fade to The Lion King, where Simba is singing "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" amidst a menagerie of jungle animals rendered in the 3D paper cut-out style. Zazu also appears in this segment. After this scene, the orange feathers burst out to Coco, where Miguel is singing "Un Poco Loco" alongside Héctor while skeletons dance to the music. During the concert, Dante places the hat on Donald's head, who then starts to dance with Miguel and Héctor, but Pepita then steals the hat while Donald holds onto her tail. Then, we go into Peter Pan, where the chorus sings "You Can Fly". Peter Pan and Tinker Bell sprinkle pixie dust on Donald, giving him the ability to fly. Finally, we go into Aladdin, where Aladdin and Jasmine are singing "A Whole New World" while flying through the night sky on Carpet. Donald follows them on a magic carpet of his own. He eventually retrieves the hat again by Jasmine placing it on his head. Unfortunately, the hat gets knocked off of Donald's head by Iago, and Donald jumps after it.

Donald falls back into the magical whirlwind from earlier. Donald gets sucked inside, finding himself back onstage, still in the whirlwind. Mickey returns, puts on the hat, and uses its powers to restore order. As Mickey finally conducts the orchestra, playing a reprise of the "Mickey Mouse March", the flute that Donald bullied earlier knocks Donald into a tuba. As a fitting end, the tuba launches Donald across the theater and into its back wall. Mickey takes a bow and signs off as the curtains close. Donald's rear, appearing as an animatronic, is shown stuck in the back wall before eventually falling through the hole. This is not shown in the Paris version. Instead, extended applause is heard and Minnie thanks the guests for coming to the show.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Rafferty, Kevin P. (2019). "Mickey's Philharmagic". Magic Journey: My Fantastical Walt Disney Imagineering Career. Disney Books Group. ISBN 9781368045148.
  2. ^ Rafferty, Jr., Kevin (July 1, 2021). "Disney and Pixar's 'Coco' Coming to 'Mickey's PhilharMagic' on July 17". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved July 1, 2021.
  3. ^ "New Attraction at Tokyo Disneyland Park" (PDF). Oriental Land Company. November 5, 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 19, 2009. Retrieved November 5, 2008.
  4. ^ Ramirez, Michael (March 28, 2019). "'Mickey's PhilharMagic' Premiering in April at Disney California Adventure Park". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  5. ^ Alex Mann IMDB, https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2090267/?ref_=fn_al_nm_2
  6. ^ Kevin Rafferty. "With a Little Help from His Friends". Tales from the Laughing Place #15. pp. 5–11.
  7. ^ Rafferty, Jr., Kevin (July 1, 2021). "Disney and Pixar's 'Coco' Coming to 'Mickey's PhilharMagic' on July 17". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved July 1, 2021.

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