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    Re: Mickey's Not-So-Magical Map ...Ugh!

    I thought the show was good, but like others, I found the story/plot lacking. I think the actual performances by the cast were really good, it was just a disjointed show. I didn't really connect with the whole map thing and found myself thinking they should have done something more like "mickey falls into a map and travels to strange lands" story than what they have.

    Seeing it with the AP crowd at the preview was a definite bonus as the crowd went crazy each time a song or character came out. I loved King Louie, but wasn't impressed with the princesses (I don't think the songs blended well and there was really no point). Under the sea was fun, I loved the bubble guys and thought Sebastian was fine (reminded me of the Finding Nemo puppets in Pixar Play Parade). Hawaiian rollercoaster ride was nice, but I wanted hula dancers or Stitch for sure. The ending with Tiana was the biggest WTF for me though, it really didn't make any sense.

    I really think the show is well executed performance wise, but really needs to have a cohesive story. This show reminds me why Fantasmic is always better than WOC, because the story is strong. I felt that this show and WOC are great, but the story is really weak and just a thin excuse for showing a bunch of different scenes and songs.


    But, regardless of all this, I love having a stage show back where it belongs and only have hopes for future shows.

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    Re: Mickey's Not-So-Magical Map ...Ugh!

    I saw the show on Sunday, and I loved it! There hasn't been anything like this at Disneyland in a long time. I am not sure what all the complaining is about... I saw some comments about re-using songs... I would certainly expect to hear classic Disney songs at a Disney show. The opening number is fun and Mickey is awesome through the show.

    Now I am sure I can find some adjustments I think would be better... but I don't think they would ever make a show that is perfect to everyone.

    Overall it's a nice show to watch and relax for a bit. Plus, there are some great singers and dancers in this show!
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    Re: Mickey's Not-So-Magical Map ...Ugh!

    I haven't seen it live and likely won't until we either get AP's again or get signed in. Consequently, I'm relying on a couple of very good quality youtube recordings and overall I enjoyed it. Was it great, no, but it didn't feel nearly as bad as some here are making it out to be. I'm confident that as with any Disney stage show, you will see tweaks as it goes along based on guest feeback.

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    Re: Mickey's Not-So-Magical Map ...Ugh!

    Wow, the reviews are all across the "map" here!

    To all the negative reviewers, I wonder when you guys became so cynical and critical to this type of entertainment? This show is exactly what I expected and it's loads better than Animazement was and that stayed for like 3 years!

    No, this show is not perfect but it's got a lot of energy and great performances... and I was entertained. It's a great way for FAMILIES to rest their feet and be entertained.... very much the same way I was when I was a kid watching DickTracy or Tail Spin's Plane Crazy shows.

    Here's what I loved:
    -New blinking and moving mouth Louie

    -the performances are great and especially the trumpet player added the needed energy

    -the map story has potential to change with time, going to different animated stories and locales. If you look closely at the map, there's a bunch of different familiar spots including Agrabah and a place with villains.


    What I found questionable or need improvement... or overall nitpicks
    -CGI Yen Sid. This speaks to the bigger problem of Disney abandoning hand drawn animation because 2D and 3D are NOT interchangeable. They are completely unique to each other and frankly, 2D just feels more natural.

    -"Under the Sea" - like many of you said, it is over-used.

    -The sequence of songs is a little questionable as well.. I felt the ballads of Pocahontas, Mulan, and Rapunzel were very strong as was Jungle Book... it then drops to the overdone Under the Sea and super mellow Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride.

    -Lack of characters in Little Mermaid or Lilo & Stitch segments.

    -"Dig a little Deeper" is a great song, but when it's sung by Tiana... I don't think it works as well. The lyrics are "It don't matter what you look like, etc" but.... EVERYONE ON STAGE IS FRIGGIN' ATTRACTIVE AS HELL. So, Disney... it DOES matter what you look like and I don't think having hot people rub that in is good.

    -The last minute moral of the story was a bit abrasive. It's a good message but I think the execution is a little too obvious.


    Aside from all that, it's got potential of being a greater show. The marks about CG are my own and doesn't actually make the show "worse"... it's just a feeling.

    I for one am happy with it more than not and glad that we have something worth checking out for a change.


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    Re: Mickey's Not-So-Magical Map ...Ugh!

    Quote Originally Posted by MonteJ View Post
    First of all, it's great to have a show back in the Fantasyland Theater - and the new Magical Map show is far better than the dreadful Snow White show... But ...(an this is a really BIG "but") with the new show it's as if the princesses never left the theater. Now they're just singing & dancing recycled songs in a musical review. Disney entertainment seriously needs to hire someone with a little testosterone and create something besides princess shows. This show has great technology - but it feels so redundant. The new songs are totally forgettable and the story is totally an after-thought to the musical review stuff. Honestly, does Disney give a rip about boys - or has it become a place that only caters to princess-wannabes?

    By the way, I loved the old Beauty & the Beast show because it actually told a story and had heart. Other than the tech, there is very little in this show that Disney hasn't already done to death. They spent a ton of money on a mediocre, recycled, musical revue. Hmmmmm.

    I must be a princess wannabe and/or a girl. Jaja. All my friends and I loved the show. Nothing is ever perfect, rarely anyways. We all had our favorite parts. A lot of ppl liked the King Louie part. But a few of us, me included, LOVED the Pocahontas/mulan/tangled scene. It was my favorite part. Love the music, loved the sort of mash up of the three and I remember looking over at my friend and we both teared up. Sooooooo... In conclusion.... All these reviews are subjective. Obviously. I am very happy with the show and excited to see how it evolves. With the screen being the main character in this show, it will be cool to see how they swap portions out and switch it up for holidays. However, my guess is that the princesses are here to stay. And with that, I'm more than ok. Besides, there's enough material in there for a mans man or a boys boy to enjoy.

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    Re: Mickey's Not-So-Magical Map ...Ugh!

    i saw the show and enjoyed it for what it is. It made me feel young again but like many others i don't understand why Disney keeps using the same songs over and over again.

    i loved that they had the king Louie segment and the lilo and stitch segment but why did we need to hear the princess segment, under the sea and the dig a little deeper segment. Disney owns thousands of characters and songs that they could use.

    the one song that would have been great is everyone wants to be a cat especially since they had a trumpet player. they could have introduced the characters to a new generation and even sold merchandise of them

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    Re: Mickey's Not-So-Magical Map ...Ugh!

    Quote Originally Posted by Baloo View Post
    the one song that would have been great is everyone wants to be a cat especially since they had a trumpet player. they could have introduced the characters to a new generation and even sold merchandise of them
    Pretty sure I'm not alone but "everyone wants to be a cat" is not even in my long list of favorite Disney songs.

    It doesn't even reach the list of Disney songs I would casually want to listen to. Likewise that movie is pretty low on my list of Disney animated films as well.


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    Re: Mickey's Not-So-Magical Map ...Ugh!

    they should just have built a E ticket ride instead. a waste of space. i have yet to see the show but soon.!!!

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    Re: Mickey's Not-So-Magical Map ...Ugh!

    I saw the show today. I have to say the jungle book sequence was the highlight of the show. Unfortunately, it's the first segment in the musical. The performers did a great job but I have to say the weakest segment was the last segment, Princess and the frog. The music from that movie simply is not strong enough. I also agree with comments earlier that everything seems to be high-energy. There was no sentiment. It would've been nice to do one or two songs which had some emotional feeling to them. The technology of the map seem to be totally irrelevant. I was more intrigued with the articulated Mickey and King Louis and I was with the map. In summary, there was a great deal of great work by the performers, who did a great job. The problem was the overall flow of the show. The best thing about it is the first three segments, and then it goes downhill.
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    Re: Mickey's Not-So-Magical Map ...Ugh!

    Quote Originally Posted by Coheteboy View Post
    EVERYONE ON STAGE IS FRIGGIN' ATTRACTIVE AS HELL. So, Disney... it DOES matter what you look like and I don't think having hot people rub that in is good.
    Being attractive and being athletic are two very different things. Disney needs people who can put on 4-5 shows a day. Dancing for 20 minutes straight isn't an easy task my friend.


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    Re: Mickey's Not-So-Magical Map ...Ugh!

    Quote Originally Posted by k_peek_2000 View Post
    Being attractive and being athletic are two very different things. Disney needs people who can put on 4-5 shows a day. Dancing for 20 minutes straight isn't an easy task my friend.
    I agree, but they were pretty fine .


    I haven't seen the show live (and as an entertainer, I know that shows are 100% better live), so below is my opinion based off of a YouTube presentation of the show.

    At first I wasn't too pleased with the theme of the show. Like others, I really wanted something more concentrated on a specific Disney film although I knew that it was most likely going to be a review. After seeing the show on YouTube (don't you love the internet?) I can say that the "Magical Map" theme actually wasn't that sour of an idea, however, I don't feel it was presented in a way that reached its full potential.

    WHAT I LIKED
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    1. I did like how they were able to add some beats to some of the classics (even though in my opinion, they were fine the way they were). For this show, they didn't overdo it which pleased me.

    2. The choreography didn't make me cringe and I saw a lot of creativity in the choreography so I applaud the choreographer for bringing some visually nifty movement to the table. I'm sure the dancers have a blast every show.

    3. The vocalists were surprisingly quite good. I remember not being too fond of the singing used previously in Disney's other stage shows (most specifically the HSM trio of shows).

    4. The set didn't kill me and sometimes I actually thought the LED screen complimented the onstage performances (pretty much only during the Jungle Book sequence).

    5. The performers looked like they were having a blast which is always great to see. That might change over time, but as of now, they look like they're having lots of fun up on the stage.

    6. The energy level really was great! I especially loved King Louie friend during the first performance - that performer definitely had fantastic movements!

    WHAT I WASN'T TOO FOND OF:
    1. I felt the theme of the show kind of dropped during every musical number. To me it felt like: "MICKEY AND THE MAGICA- *Jungle Book" I WONDER WHAT DOES THE MAP DOES *Princess Trio* GUESS WHAT I FOUND THE MYSTERY OF THE MA-" *Finale*". It felt like there wasn't really any purpose for every musical number. The transitions between discovering the map + the musical numbers seemed to quick for me. Does that make any sense?

    2. The theme song for the show just felt a little weak to me. I also felt it came to quickly at the top of the show. Maybe I'm the only one who feels this way, though. I am a tad bit crazy!

    3. I felt sometimes the choreography was trying to be too much at times. I liked a lot of the choreography, just some of it got to be too much at times.

    4. I also felt like there were just a few too many dancers on stage at once sometimes. The stage just felt a little bit too crowded a lot of the times. And with all of the costumes being the same for the dancers, it felt like I was just watching 20 dancing clones half the show.

    5. To extend off the previous, I also felt that each dancer's costumes/wigs looked to similar that I didn't feel like each performer was their own original performer. Y'know?

    6. The LED screens in live performances just need to go. I feel meh about the use of them at all, but sometimes I feel they can ADD to the performances. However, I feel they should at times ADD to the performance, not be the MAIN FOCUS.

    7. Am I the only one who absolutely did NOT like the Princess Trio? I didn't feel the songs fit together and the last note (in my opinion) was cringe worthy. Animazement's really hit the spot for me and each singer didn't have to sing new/added lines/parts from the other songs in the trio. In the new Princess Trio, we have them all singing "I See the Light" at one part of the song? Say whaaat? However, I thought each vocalist was FANTASTIC!

    8. I think there wasn't enough emotions in the show. The show to me felt very HIGH ENERGY ALL THE TIME WHOHOOOO I WANNA BE LIKE YOU UNDER THE SEA. YEAAAAH! CONFETTI WHOOOP YEAH! The best example I can give of a show that successfully conveys ALL the emotions (while remaining extraordinarily high energy and captivating) is World of Color. The show is able to literally bring you to tears, make you gasp in pure amazing, and transport you to various Disney films with an overall theme tied in.

    Overall, I rate the show 2.5 out of 5 stars, but give the performers and designers ten million thumbs up for the work they put into the show . After having produced/performed in a full circus show this past December, I know how hard it is to put together such a large show and I give them all kuddos for the countless hours, sweat, and tears they put into the show.

    However, I do feel sometimes Disney is scared that they will lose their audience if everything isn't super hyper happy energetic 24/7 with LED screens and video projections, where in reality, people get bored of that and what something new and innovative.

    Just my two cents .


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    I can't believe hardly anyone is discussing that DOT! That annoying, not cute, waste of time and energy in terms of creating something brand new... DOT! I mean out of endless possibilities why a dot? Why?!?!

    All mickey had to do was paint a scene on the map to bring it to life thus bringing the characters into our world.... you know, through song and dance of course. No need for a dot. I mean everyone else can sing and dance but a dot can't sing and dance?

    Maybe give the dot some life as it changes into a character at the end, either a brand new colorful original Disney character or into a different iconic Disney character at the end, always different ending for multiple audiences.

    The dot just bothers me. When I watch this show in person I'll just look elsewhere on the stage and notice the details overlooking the dot. It's okay if people here want to defend the dot and it's "true message". I'm not buying what that dot is selling.

    Lastly just keep that dot away from World Of Color! We don't need cameos with the dot in other shows either. Oh my gawd that dot! LOL.
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    Re: Mickey's Not-So-Magical Map ...Ugh!

    Today, I saw the show. Overall I liked it and it was well worth watching. However, like others have said, it works as a few Disney Musical numbers preformed very well. The Map portion was OK but had little or nothing to do with the rest of the show. The Hawaiian number needed to have Lilo and the Under the Sea could have been elimited (Or, much better without the "AWKWARD" puppet).

    Dancers were Great...




    The Princess Medley performers were wonderful.....




    King Louie.....


    I am not a fan of Princess Tiana, but this performer was Captivating....



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    Re: Mickey's Not-So-Magical Map ...Ugh!

    Quote Originally Posted by Micoofy Duck View Post
    Lastly just keep that dot away from World Of Color! We don't need cameos with the dot in other shows either. Oh my gawd that dot! LOL.
    I am pretty sure the dot was somewhat inspired by the short lived Little Squirt character from WOC.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Coheteboy View Post
    Pretty sure I'm not alone but "everyone wants to be a cat" is not even in my long list of favorite Disney songs.

    It doesn't even reach the list of Disney songs I would casually want to listen to. Likewise that movie is pretty low on my list of Disney animated films as well.
    its not one of my favorites either i just find it to be a catchy song when i hear it and i was imagining it on a stage with lots of musical instruments.

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