The first time I saw the show Mickey and the Magician at Disneyland Paris was on May 12th, 2018, right after I started working at Disneyland Paris. As a result, I went back to Animagique Theater the next day. In fact, on May 14th – my birthday – I was also there to see it again. In the meantime, I’ve lost count of the dozens of times after that.
This musical is undeniably one of the must-see entertainment experiences at Disneyland Paris. The story follows Mickey Mouse on his adventure to become a sorcerer’s apprentice while meeting iconic characters from the Disney classics.
The magic happens in an enchanted studio of a Sorcerer (in French, le Magicien), as soon as he leaves Mickey alone with the audience. With surprising special effects, memorable songs, and contagious choreography, this illusions show will undoubtedly make you dream in an unprecedented way!
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Brief History of Mickey and the Magician at Disneyland Paris
When it debuted on July 2nd, 2016, the musical Mickey and the Magician at Disneyland Paris was not only immediate success but was also voted one of the best shows of the year by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA); that is, in the 2016 edition of the IAAPA Brass Ring Awards, it won the award for “Best Theater Production: Annual Assistance of More than Three Million”.
Mickey and the Magician at Disneyland Paris settled itself at the Animagique Theater (or Studio 3), thus replacing the show Animagique (on the scene since the opening of the Studios in 2002!). Since then, it has been recreated every year, between the months of February and September, when it is interspersed by the Christmas musical “Mickey’s Christmas Big Band”.
In order to live this magnificent experience, all you need is a ticket to Walt Disney Studios Park. Therefore, there are about 4-5 sessions per day, between 10:30 am and 5:30 pm. The musical is bilingual (French and English) and lasts 30 minutes, although this is also the waiting time you should consider, to guarantee a seat in the auditorium.
1. “Let the Magic Shine”
It’s there to be found
It is deep inside
And all around
It’s a gift that only you can bring
It’s a song that your heart wants to sing
So take a breath
And take a star
And don’t you be afraid!”
This is the beginning of the song that is played to the public in the first place. It’s called “Let The Magic Shine”, the main song of the show, which is not only an original composition but also a reprise at the end of the show.
In this story that takes place in the city of Paris, in the middle of the 19th century, the Sorcerer gave Mickey Mouse the task of cleaning his enchanted studio, before the Moon disappears from the sky. The reward for his achievement will be to practice magic, but the temptation seems irresistible.
Thus, Mickey remains alone in the studio, where he finds a Magic Hat, which he calls the Hat That Talks (in French, le Chapeau Qui Parle).
In the first big scene of the show, Mickey Mouse meets the Fairy Godmother, one of the most certainly cherished characters in the animated movie “Cinderella” (1950). The two sing and dance to their musical theme “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo” (in French), while little magic tricks and illusions are happening.
Soon after, the own Cinderella joins them – on her way to her Royal Ball – and the song “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” (in English) is heard, another hit from this classic. As expected, the Moon starts to fade and Mickey hasn’t cleaned anything yet.
3. “Be Our Guest”
Indeed, the protagonist begins to dust and comes across Lumière, the famous French chandelier from the movie “Beauty and the Beast” (1991). Despite being frightened by him at the beginning, Mickey Mouse wants to participate in his banquet, which is joined by ten formidable dancers!
To the sound of “Be Our Guest” (in English), get ready to praise, applaud and celebrate this lively party, as well as the next scene (much more intimate) with Beauty and the Beast when they dance to their homonymous song “Beauty and the Beast” (in French).
4. “Circle of Life”
The moment the Magic Hat tells Mickey Mouse to go back to work, the latter gets distracted by the broom and is caught off guard by the Sorcerer‘s warning. Then, when activating one of the antiques, Mickey ends up summoning Rafiki, the mandrel of the animated movie “The Lion King” (1994).
When Rafiki awakens the savannah with the first notes of “Circle of Life” (in English), exotic animals of all species invade the stage (and the audience!), unexpectedly. Just to exemplify, giraffes, gazelles, ostriches, and many others share a choreography that recalls the original version of the Broadway musical.
This segment also contains an instrumental excerpt from the theme “Busa”, belonging to the album “Rhythm of the Pride Lands” (1995), an audio sequel of the original soundtrack.
5. “Friend Like Me”
Mickey Mouse, in order to rub a spot off the Magic Lamp – which he accidentally dropped – calls the Genie by mistake. Out of the classic “Aladdin” (1992), the song “Friend Like Me” (in English) will make you want to dance, especially tap!
The instrumental with the dancers in the middle of the music is one of my favorite moments of Mickey and the Magician at Disneyland Paris because all the rhythm, color, and fun felt by the cast make the moment absolutely fantastic.
6. “Let It Go”
The show’s last adventure reveals, first of all, Olaf, or “the most esteemed snowman in the world”. That way, he and Mickey talk about magic (and warm hugs), to the sound of an instrumental version of his song In Summer.
However, Queen Elsa approaches them and prepares for one of the highlights of the musical. Directly from the movie “Frozen” (2013), the protagonist sings a sublime interpretation of “Let It Go” (in English) since this is one of the best-known songs from Walt Disney Studios.
Don’t miss the best part of Elsa‘s transformation, that is, the magic trick of her dress, inspired by what happens in the cartoon! It’s one of the most impressive effects of Mickey and the Magician at Disneyland Paris!
7. “Let the Magic Shine (Reprise)”
Finally, Mickey returns to the studio and tries to make magic, without success. As soon as the Sorcerer appears, the main character feels desolate for not having kept his promise. But the two end up joining forces and tidying everything with magic and enchantment.
In conclusion, Mickey Mouse keeps his promise and becomes a vrai magicien as a reward. In this way, all the friends he made during this adventure return to the stage to sing a reprise of “Let the Magic Shine” and to thank with bows and nods.
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