Grab your “opera glasses”! It’s time to get a seat at Mickey’s PhilharMagic, the entertaining extravaganza located in the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland. Shown on a 150 ft. high 3-D screen in a beautiful theater, this show is sprinkled with pixie dust from start to finish. Featuring everyone’s favorite Disney animated films, our beloved Disney pals, and lots of laughs, this attraction is a fan favorite for guests of all ages. Here are a few reasons why Mickey’s PhilharMagic is truly a Must-Do on every trip.
1. Rest and Relaxation
At 12 minutes long, this show is a great opportunity to rest your feet and cool off from a warm Florida day in the air-conditioned theater, all while having a great time.
2. Favorite Disney Moments
The show starts off with appearances by Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, but as the show goes on, many of our other favorite Disney characters and songs come to life. Sing along with Lumiere to “Be Our Guest”, feel what happens when the walking brooms emerge from “the Sorcerer’s Apprentice’, and listen to Ariel sing “Part of Your World’ from “The Little Mermaid”. Next up is Simba from “The Lion King”, and then guests find themselves soaring with Peter Pan. Take a magic carpet ride with Aladdin and Jasmine and try to stop yourself from singing “A Whole New World’.
3. An Experience for the Senses
Not only do guests watch the show and listen to the fantastic music from Disney animated films, but special 3-D effects are presented as well. My favorite parts are the fun scents and water effects “sprinkled’ throughout the performance! Make sure you catch Donald Duck’s amusing exit at the end of the show.
4. A Global Favorite
Walt Disney World guests aren’t the only ones that are able to experience this attraction. Guests at Tokyo Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland get to have fun at Mickey’s PhilharMagic too!
The backstory behind this attraction is that guests are attending a performance of the PhilharMagic Orchestra at a concert hall. Check out the posters in the lobby advertising past performers, like the Three Caballeros, Wheezy from Toy Story 2, and Ariel from the Little Mermaid. While guests wait for the performance to begin, you hear music from Fantasia and other Disney films.
Do you remember seeing another show in this spot in the past? Maybe you’re thinking of the Mickey Mouse Revue, the original attraction from 1971 to 1980, which showcased Mickey as the conductor and his famous pals. A few other shows took up residence here, including “The Legend of the Lion King”. Mickey’s PhilharMagic opened in 2003 and has been putting smiles on guests’ faces ever since.
Not surprisingly, the Mickey’s PhilharMagic theater exits into a gift shop, and I love how the concert hall theming continues here as well. Check out the musical motifs all around the store. If you’re a die-hard Donald Duck fan, this is a great place to shop for souvenirs.
FastPass is available to this attraction, but it usually isn’t necessary and there isn’t a reserved section of seating. The theater can seat almost 490 guests, and there’s isn’t a bad seat in the house.
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