- Type of show: illusion, dance and singing
- Location of the show: Walt Disney Studios, Studio 3
- Date of First performance: 2nd July 2016
- Capacity: 1,044 people
- Duration: 30 minutes
Good to know…
- Mickey and the Magician is the first show performed in sign language! Indeed an interpreter stands next to the stage and translates the entire show for people with hearing loss.
- It replaces the old show, Animagique, which had been performed since the opening of the park in 2002. In fact, the room in which the show is performed was called Animagique Theatre, before being renamed Studio 3.
The brass instruments play 5 chords, light beams sweep the room, the operation is repeated once and at the sound of the violins, and finally the curtains of the Animagique Theatre Stage open.
Let’s now enter a magician’s workshop whilst enjoying a splendid view over the rooftops of a sleeping Paris. The melancholic and creative atmosphere of the dressing room lets the imagination of the master of the place run wild. Numerous objects of all kinds are enthroned in this one in an organised disorder: a medieval armour, a dressmaker’s mannequin, a Victorian armchair…
After a quick tour of the premises, with a magic wand, the magician, with the help of a Tinkerbell Fairy twirling around the room, makes different parts of the stage sparkle, as if they had a surprise in store for us!
Knock! Knock! Knock! Who is coming to the workshop door? It’s time for Mickey to enter the stage with the magician’s permission. It’s a Mickey dressed like a typical Parisian boy, bucket, brooms and feather duster in hand, who arrives in the house and is excited to start practicing the art of magic! An overflowing enthusiasm quickly channelled by his future model! The mouse won’t be able to practice spells and divination until the room is spotless! Moreover, this will have to be done before the moon disappears from the sky! Which Mickey promises! “But beware,” he replies, “a real magician always keeps his promises! “With a subtle gesture, the enchanter opens the doors of the stairs without touching them and disappears into them!
No sooner has he started working than Mickey is distracted by a hat on a pedestal table! A hat, yes, but a hat that talks! A hat that talks, and finds it hard to believe that our friend is the new greatest magician in the world!
After a few incantations, and seeing that the top hat continues to stand up to him, Mickey gets back to work and starts to unravel a sheet on the red Victorian chair. Amazement! When he lowers the piece of cloth, Godmother the Good Fairy appears on the seat! It seems that these appearances play tricks on his memory! She can’t find her Magic Wand!
Once the wand is found and a small mistake of person on Mickey, she decides to take him under her wing and give him her favourite magic formula: “Salagadou la menchika bou la Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo”. A few jolts later, the dressmaker’s mannequin gets dressed in a dress, then after 2 birds pass by and a curtain is drawn to hide it, the object turns into Cinderella! The singing and dancing resume but as midnight approaches, it’s time to take the Princess to the ball! It’s time for Cinderella to take her place in her beautiful golden carriage, and for the Good Fairy to give her last advice to the future magician: don’t forget that magic is in him!
How time flies, a quarter of moon has already disappeared! It’s high time to get back to work! Feather duster in hand, our Hero is dusting off an antique chest of drawers where a chandelier is placed, barely hidden by a blanket that soon falls down. Lumière! The character of Beauty and the Beast is also pressed for time: the banquet must be prepared!
In a few seconds a whole horde of servants with their hands full of different dishes and plates invade the space, with an incredibly long banquet table. Thus a remake of the scene from the 1991 cartoon is played. The waiters doe somersaults after somersaults to the 4 corners of the ballroom, the props appear and disappear just as quickly, you’d think you were in the brigade of a big restaurant! Everything follows one another perfectly, the dishes cross without ever clashing, then suddenly all this little world fades away to make way for real magic: the magic of Love! An imposing Beast appears accompanied by Beauty, more ravishing than ever. A few waltz steps later, Lumière teaches Mickey that true magic lives in our hearts!
A piece of the moon disappears again while Mickey dances with his broom and the Magician inquires about the progress of the cleaning while standing behind the door! The mouse goes back to work and while he starts spinning a zootrope, good old Rafiki appears behind a veil!
As a few birds and felines invade the stage, the clever monkey starts singing the Lion King anthem! And then the animals appear from all sides! From the left and the right, but also in the 4 corners of the hall, giraffes, rhinos, cheetahs, ostriches come to dance and seek touches from the audience! Life fills the theatre.
Rafiki tells the house mouse that he knows the way and can show it to him! We can run away from him or we can learn everything! As the savannah animals resume their choreography, the mandrill rises on its mountain that appears at the bottom of the stage to continue to sing the Story of Life. Slowly the animals gather at the bottom of the mountain to end in a transcendent reverence!
After a last piece of advice from Rafiki, who urges Mickey to follow his path and believe in his destiny, the various protagonists return to their savannah.
Mickey, dreaming in front of so much beauty, starts a game of riddles with the magic hat, but when the moon loses one of its quarters again, Mickey goes back to his business. He sets out to clean a lamp, which he accidentally drops! Rubbing it to avoid any stains, it starts smoking and delivers a genie, THE Genie!
The new best friend is relieved to get out of his golden prison and decides to show him his secrets to become a magician! Accompanied by the oriental cartoon tune, the deity performs a series of magic tricks until a flying package is brought to the stage. A few hand movements are enough to make it whirl and discover the dancer who was hiding inside. Time for the Blue Genie to tell Mickey that real magic is the one that makes people happy that it’s show time! A whole troupe of dancers dressed in the most beautiful oriental textiles invade the stage and begin a spellbinding tap dance choreography ending with a tableau worthy of the greatest productions of Broadway’s golden age. One last reminder of his advice and the genius disappears even faster than it appeared!
The moon is getting thinner again! Mickey doesn’t have much time left to do his chores, so he gets back to it immediately, dusting off a few snow globes in a corner and, when he grabs one of them, a cute snowman appears: Olaf! Once the introductions are made, Olaf wonders which he prefers: magic or summer? Of course it’s magic! It’s thanks to his friend’s magic that he’s alive. But who’s his friend? It’s Queen Elsa!
Right before we sing Let it Go! accompanied by impressive smoke effects, and a spectacularly fast dress change, she gives Mickey her advice: “We all have magic in us, we just need to have the courage to share it with those we love! »
The apprentice magician, carried away by the song, starts to do magic! And it works! The broom begins to move. Followed by the armour, the mummy, the beams of the workshop… Everything gets carried away, disorder fills the room, the sticks do as they please, the zootrope never stops revolving, the doors slam… And unfortunately the last piece of moon disappears! Which marks the return of the master of the house. The magician finds a Mickey distraught by the mischief he has caused instead of tidying up the room and by not being able to keep his promise.
The magician seems moved by the mouse’s sadness, and gives him the greatest advice: remember the precepts of all his friends, but especially the first one that was given to him: “A true magician always keeps his promises”. It is high time for Mickey to keep his promises.
The enchanter holds out his wand to Mickey, and the mouse, feverishly, begins a movement towards the armour, which slowly straightens. He turns to the mummy, who calmly slides into his coffin, and becomes more confident. Then, little by little, the whole room comes to life, the beams come back to their place, the garlands come back to life… the workshop regains all its splendour!
Is Mickey ready to become a real magician? The magician guides him behind the hat still on his table, puts his hands over it and the top hat starts to rise to the sound of “Let the magic shine” until our friend can grab it and put it on his head! It’s done! Mickey is a real magician!
All of Mickey’s encounters take the stage for a splendid group scene where, accompanied by all the dancers, they remind him one last time of their suggestions one by one.
It is now time for the master to leave, after a final hug, he heads to the back of the stage, is covered with a sheet and rises into the sky. When Mickey pulls on it, the magician has disappeared and finds himself sitting on the moon that has returned above the Parisian sky!
A final thank you is given by the new magician while a jet of multicoloured cotillions sprays the room and the audience!
Under the applause of the audience, the music resumes, the characters and dancers greet the audience and the curtain is drawn on this wonderful adventure!