Disneyland Paris’ Mickey and the Magician, the IAAPA Best Theatrical Production award-winning new stage show at Animagique Theater in Toon Studio at Walt Disney Studios Park.
Mickey is poised to become the hero of a brand new story. Far from his recent roles of master of ceremonies, this new show will take him back to where Disney magic all began. He is embarking on a unique experience where magic fuels dreams. Mickey will learn valuable lessons from iconic Disney Magicians leading him to his dream of becoming a Magician. But these lessons are full of surprises because, although enthusiastic by nature, Mickey is terribly clumsy.
A new adventure for Mickey Mouse
Go back in time to Paris, at the turn of the 19th century and enter a great Magician’s atelier, where the assistant is no other than a certain Mickey Mouse! Night has fallen, Tinker Bell has spread a little stardust, and when he is given the task of cleaning up the atelier before sunrise, the young apprentice gets distracted! Nothing turns out as expected with Mickey finding himself accidentally transported to the most magical worlds of Disney films. He becomes the hero in this incredible show where illusion is key and the audience find themselves plunged into a world of magic and delight.
A magical story
To illustrate this return to where the magic all began, the creators of “Mickey and the Magician” draw inspiration from the great illusionist Georges Méliès and the famous magician Robert-Houdin. This is not a traditional magic show; the illusions will form the basis of this brand new story. Disneyland Paris has called on the acclaimed magician Paul Kieve to create these illusions, “It’s hard to think of the word ‘Disney’ without also thinking of the word ‘Magic’. I became fascinated with magic when I was 10 years old and was always inventing ideas in my head. One of the great things about working on ‘Mickey and the Magician’ is that I can bring some of these ideas into reality!” said Paul Kieve.
Stars from Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin and Frozen all lend a hand
Every object has a story and the Magician’s secret attic is cluttered with amazing artefacts, curious props, and mysterious objects: a hat, a candlestick, a zoetrope, a lamp and a crystal ball among other things. Distracted from his task, Mickey stirs the magic within each object. He then embarks upon an extraordinary journey strewn with breath-taking illusions magical moments, and crosses paths with iconic Disney magicians.
The Fairy Godmother from Cinderella unveils her famous spell, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo. Rafiki, the mandrill and great mystic from The Lion King will remind him of the meaning of “The Circle of Life”. The Genie from Aladdin performs an eccentric number for him to the tune of the famous song “Friend Like Me”. Lumière, the French candlestick from Beauty and the Beast has a surprise in store for him with his new enchanted version of “Be Our Guest”. Finally, Elsa from Frozen will show him how to “Let It Go”!
He will learn from each in turn as they share amazing magical moments with him, to help him discover the true meaning of the word “magic”.
The magic of the music
The unforgettable songs that helped to make each of these major films such a success have been specially re-orchestrated, with music recordings just coming to a close at London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios. Joel McNeely, the composer of the music for the show, also created the music for Disneyland Paris’ nighttime spectacular Disney Dreams! The unforgettable songs will play a central role in this new must-see show, where Mickey and the Magician promises the audience great music featuring completely unexpected sounds.
For example, “Be Our Guest”, the star song from Beauty and the Beast, will feature the sounds of the circus; while “Friend like Me”, sung by the Genie from Aladdin, takes on a Broadway style integrating tricks and tap dancing. The show also features a brand new surprise song.