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

    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.

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

    Thanks for the review. It almost seems like Disney is trying to theme DLP as a "girl's place" (a plethora of princesses) and DCA as a "boy's place" (Cars Land).
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    Re: Mickey's Not-So-Magical Map ...Ugh!

    Wait, did you see the show live in person yet? Seeing it live is way better than what you see on YouTube.

    I attended the Media party/preview last night and thought the show was Very Good. This is my first time seeing a Live show at Disneyland at least the show is 3 minutes shorter than World of Color

    The minor problems I have with the show is where the hell is Lilo & Stich for that Hawaiian scene? and where Ariel for Under the Sea?

    Overall, this is a fun show that will keep me coming back for more.

    Update: added a video

    Here's a video I shot during an Annual Passholder preview. Listen to how excited AP crowd was to see the show. When I went during Media day, there wasn't that much excitement from the crowd.

    In this video, I zoom in a bit to give you guys a closeup perspective of the show.



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

    I might be among those who enjoy the fact that Fantasyland caters to the Disney Princesses, and after all, the new stage show is in Fantasyland after all. Disney Princesses are a $4 billion dollar a year industry for merchandising alone for the Disney Corporation, so they know that people want them.

    I haven't seen the new show yet, but can't wait to. I was worried it would be overly Mickey themed (think along the lines of Fantasmic). I was sad when Snow White left and am still hoping for Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast as a stage show. Fantasyland is a very "girly place" in terms of everything....Bippity Boppity Boo Boutique, Snow White Ride, Sleeping Beauty's Castle walk thru, Princess Royal Theater, etc. It sounds like the new show fits right in with Fantasyland and I'm excited to see it.

    I think Disneyland makes Fantasyland as much about the princesses as possible because every little girl dreams of growing up and becoming a princess. Fantasyland is all about that, since the very essence of Disneyland, Sleeping Beauty's Castle is the gateway to Fantasyland.

    Other parts of Disneyland are more "boyish" in theme in terms of entertainment. The whole Mickey Mouse, dragon slaying stuff of Fantasmic is "all boy" in my opinion even though the princesses are in it. Jedi Training Academy and most of Tomorrowland (Captain EO, Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters, etc) while they cater to everyone are mostly boy themed.

    That being said, I think all of the testosterone went into the creation of DCA (which is why Ariel is so out of place and belongs at Disneyland so badly). Carsland, Aladdin, Newsies, everything about DCA screams boy.

    I think the real issue that everyone is having is that Disneyland is staying traditional..with the classic characters and the princesses that started it all, and DCA isn't afraid to cross new boundaries. There needs to be a happy medium, and I don't think one has been found yet.

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

    I just saw it on youtube. Overall, I thought it looked very good. I loved the music, the singing, the special effects, and the choreography. The opening song was my favorite in the show. However, there were a few things I didn't like. First, the CGI Yen Sid could have been done much better to make him look less like plastic, and the Sebastian puppet looked a bit awkward to me. Also, I felt the theme could have been more original. Seriously, I was a bit annoyed that it was another show about "imagination." But then again, I am happy that this area has a new show finally and not a princess meet n' greet. Good job Disney.

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

    I just saw the show and I really liked it. I didn't think it was overly girlie, yes, there were princess parts, but there were equally non princess parts, like Under the Sea, Lilo and Stitch (why could they not have at least one of them on stage????), jungle book, and the Mickey parts. I thought it was balanced, the crowd really seemed to enjoy it, and I am anxious to see it again. Will I make an effort to see it every time, no, but it could easily be a monthly thing, like Aladdin

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

    I too saw it on YouTube and will most likely see it when I'm there this August.

    Um... WORST SHOW EVER. In my simple humble opinion.

    (Update: I actually love the show, gave it a small new review on page 6. A villain can change. )

    The uses of songs that are already in use elsewhere in the parks is overkill. The dot is a waste of a character, the imagineers had millions of options and they come up with a dot to give life to? What, are they going to sell a stuffed black dot so kids can sleep with it at night?!?! Most likely.

    The heavy use of the screen was not needed. What was needed was ensemble performances like a Big Band performance of Aristocats' Everybody Wants To Be A Cat or bring to life Tangled's Kingdom Dance number. have FAITH in other songs Disney!

    Or even a ballad of "You'll Be In My Heart", another song to bring many to tears.



    I am also well aware that when I see it in person in August I may have a different opinion but I'm sure it'll be the same. This is a show I won't mind missing if I run out of time to see it.

    SeaWorld Antarctica came up with a hell of a song for their new attraction. It's incredible. I wish Disney made a new song for this show that could match SeaWorld's.

    I just hope that this show is interchangeable like World Of Color. New performances and updates to the show.

    So that's my unflattering YouTube only viewing review.
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    Re: Mickey's Not-So-Magical Map ...Ugh!

    ORDDU: I think Disneyland actually has a nice balance of catering to both the male and the female tastes. To say it focuses too much on what girls like is to see what one expects to see instead of what is really there. It also shows a bias against females.

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

    Honestly, does Disney give a rip about boys - or has it become a place that only caters to princess-wannabes?
    I think I can help you out:

    Indiana Jones, Roger Rabbit, It's a Small World, Dumbo, The Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Nemo Subs, Star Tours, Autopia, Enchanted Tiki Room, The Matterhorn, Peter Pan, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Fantasmic, Innoventions, Jedi training, Tom Sawyer's Island, Thunder Mountain Railroad, Buzz Light Year, Captain Eo...

    Other than a couple of stage shows and let's see, one dark ride, girls don't come close to ruling the the Magic Kingdom. And even in those stage shows, you never get a princess without a prince waiting in the wings to give her life meaning.

    I think your point about a musical review disguised as a musical is a good one. And frankly, I'd love to see Disney fan-girls have more to aspire to than being princesses waiting to be rescued (Merida's a step in the right direction).

    But let's face it, boys get plenty of love from Disney.


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

    I saw it Wednesday, and I didn't care for it. But then, I'm not a big musical fan.


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

    Being a musical lover myself, I have to show the show is just "meh" at best. It doesn't really do anything to create a story. In fact there really isn't a story. Yes there is a backstory, but during the duration of the show nothing really happens. I think the concept would have worked much better as a World of Color show than a stage musical because it is really a mishmash of Disney melodies with no common correlation or anything really linking one to another.

    Honestly, does Disney give a rip about boys - or has it become a place that only caters to princess-wannabes?
    They do still market towards boys. Why else would they spend $600,000,000 on Cars Land?


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

    Only seen it through Youtube, but the show does seem to be flat. There's not much to it, its something I'd watch once and then never again. The Tangled, Mulan and Pocahontas trio seems to be trying to be the Pocahontas, Hercules and Hunchback trio from Animazement but it just doesn't seem to work as well.

    While I'm watching it I can't help but compare it to Animazement and it really fails in comparison. Even just having the dancers change costumes to fit each scene would be an improvement.

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

    Drawn to the Animazement was just ok. I enjoyed the King Louie number with the fantastic trumpet player. The Sebastian puppet was really awkward, something about where it was harnessed on the performer just had me cringing and really distracted from the number. Other than that, it really wasn't very memorable for me. I'm glad I got to see it, but I don't think I'll be going back anytime soon.
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    Re: Mickey's Not-So-Magical Map ...Ugh!

    I really only enjoyed the end when Yen Sid says that the map will never be completed as long as there is imagination left in the world, that was a great little tribute. As a whole, the show is a one trick pony, and honestly, video tech is being over used in the industry, it's getting old and boring.
    Oh well, at least it's something in the old theatre, and thank goodness for that.

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

    Haven't seen it, so I can't comment on that. But at least being a show, it will be relatively easy for them to make changes, and eventually replace the whole thing with another show that hopefully those who are less than thrilled with this will enjoy.

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