Disneyland Paris premiered its newest show ‘Mickey and the Magician’ at the Walt Disney Studios Park this weekend. Housed in the 1,100-seat Animagique Theater in the Toon Studio section of the park, the show is the replacement for the very popular and much loved Animagique which ran for fourteen years.
The duel language Franco-English show which runs for approximately thirty minutes features Mickey Mouse as an apprentice magician who causes some magical mayhem one evening after he is set the task of tidying up the magicians attic workshop before sunrise.
With the help of a magical hat Mickey is transported into the worlds of the classic Disney films Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin and Frozen. With appearances from such characters as Lumière, Beast, Genie and Olaf & Elsa along the way.
The show features the songs Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo (The Magic Song) from Cinderella, Be Our Guest and Tale As Old Time from Beauty and the Beast, Circle Of Life from The Lion King, Friend Like Me from Aladdin and Let It Go from Frozen, which were all specially re-orchestrated at London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios by Joel McNeely, who also created the music for Disneyland Paris’ nighttime spectacular Disney Dreams!
For the Disney character fans, appearing on stage with Mickey Mouse in the show are the Fairy Godmother and Cinderella, Lumière, Belle and The Beast. Rafiki, Genie, Olaf and Elsa and the magical broom from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.
The Mickey and the Magician show has been created and produced by Associate Show Directors Katy Harris and Louisa Kriouche. Kriouche started at Disneyland Paris in 1996 and worked in the Characters & Parades team until 1999.
After spending a year at Epcot in the Walt Disney World Resort, Louisa returned to France and joined the Ciné Folies acting troupe for the opening of the Walt Disney Studios Park, from there she went one to become a master of ceremonies at many of the park’s stages. In 2008 Kriouche became an Artistic Director at Disneyland Paris and since October last year she joined Katy Harris as Associate Director of Mickey and the Magician.
Louisa Kriouche said “The idea for Mickey and the Magician came from Katy Harris who had wanted to combine the world of magic and illusion in a show at Disneyland Paris for a long time. For this show, the resort have called upon specialist talent from outside of Disney, choreographer Tatiana Seguin and the famous illusionist Paul Kieve”.
To illustrate this return to where the magic all began, the creators of Mickey and the Magician draw inspiration from the great illusionist Georges Méliès and the famous magician Robert-Houdin.
Disneyland Paris has called on the acclaimed magician Paul Kieve to create the illusions in the show. “It’s hard to think of the word ‘Disney’ without also thinking of the word ‘Magic’. I became fascinated with magic when I was 10 years old and was always inventing ideas in my head. One of the great things about working on ‘Mickey and the Magician’ is that I can bring some of these ideas into reality!” said Paul Kieve.
Mickey and the Magician is an amazing magical show, and one families of all ages will thoroughly enjoy.
The Franco-English Mickey and the Magician show is being presented in the Animagique Theater in the Walt Disney Studios Park daily at 10:30 / 11:35 / 12:40 / 15:10 / 16:15.
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