It has been a few years since the Fantasyland Theatre at Disneyland in Anaheim has hosted a musical theatre show, and the new addition does not disappoint. Filled with fun, magic, heart and impressive special effects, this show is a must-see if you are visiting Disneyland Resort.
Yensid (and yes, that is “Disney” spelled backwards), the sorcerer from Disney’s original Fantasia film, has a magnificent workshop with an impressive map that he has yet to finish. Mickey Mouse stars as the sorcerer’s apprentice, and he craves to join Yensid and the other sorcerers in painting a magical world. When left alone, Mickey attempts to paint the one black spot to prove himself, only to discover that “spot” is a character in its own right, who takes Mickey on a journey through the map and its many worlds.
The show is very well done. All of the performers have high energy and dance and sing beautifully on stage, delighting audiences with their skills and enthusiasm. The choreography is exceptionally well-executed and is strong enough to be shown on a stage on Broadway. The animated characters are a true delight, and perhaps The Jungle Book will see a new surge in popularity due to the excellent “I Wanna Be Like You” number in the show with King Louie being loved so much by the crowd. The live musician on stage with him doesn’t hurt, either! It can be said that it felt like there was a particular character missing from the “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride” segment – here’s hoping that he will be added into the show in the future!
The map in this show is very much a character in this show as well. The technology and implementation are very clever, and it is nice to see Disney taking stage technology to the next level in the realm of spectaculars. The setup allows for many surprises during the show yet easy maneuverability for the performers, and was an excellent choice on the creators’ part. It also indicates a greater possibility for altering the show in any way they would like in the future, as the map shows many recognizable places that we do not visit, but theoretically could in the future. The map also nicely embraces color, along with the bright costumes and props, making this a very fun show to watch.
If you are visiting Disneyland, be sure to check out this show! It is exciting and delivers a very nice message that the whole family will enjoy. And you never know – Disney could technically alter the show rather quickly, so you will want to see it in its original incarnation!