Disneyland’s new Mickey’s Mix Magic present makes a direct attraction to Disney followers younger and previous with a fireworks-free nighttime spectacular crammed with building-wrapping animation that may ship followers to a new space of the Anaheim theme park in quest of one of the best viewing location.
Mickey’s Mix Magic swaps Disneyland’s acquainted ightly fireworks present for a laser, lighting and projection present set to a new musical rating. The projection present will rework the buildings alongside Major Road U.S.A. and the façade of It’s a Small World right into a canvas painted with animated scenes set to music.
“Hopefully you’ll be dancing in the streets,” stated Steven Davison, government artistic director for parades and spectaculars at Disney parks. “It’s a family dance party. It’s really about fun. Let’s bring out the kids and dance to the music. It’s really something for everybody.”
Mickey’s Mix Magic dance celebration begins Friday, Jan. 18, with DJ Mickey spinning electro-swing home music takes of acquainted Disney tunes in addition to a new theme track, “It’s a Good Time.” Fireworks can be added to the projection present on choose nights, which is predicted to be on busy holidays and weekends.
Disneyland invited members of the media to a preview of Mickey’s Mix Magic on Wednesday night time in between rain showers. The media preview included a presentation of the 10-minute Mickey’s Mix Magic present seen from Most important Road USA with fireworks adopted by one other model of the present seen from the the Small World plaza with out fireworks.
Davison believes it’s time to combine issues up at Disneyland with Mickey’s Mix Magic.
“Guests get used to things. They’re like, ‘OK, I’m ready for fireworks,’” Davison stated in the course of the media preview. “Let’s do something new. We’ve always done this. Now let’s do something different and see how it works. Or not. If not, we can switch it out. It’s fun. Keep them guessing. Disneyland will always be evolving.”
Mickey’s Mix Magic presents a intelligent conceit that concurrently appeals to youthful and older generations: An digital dance music spinning DJ Mickey paying homage to a 1928 model of himself from his “Steamboat Willie” days.
The projection present employs greater than two dozen video projectors and almost 100 rooftop-mounted lighting all through the park. The present options unique animation of Disney characters amid kaleidoscopic patterns projected on the storefronts alongside Fundamental Road USA and the Small World façade.
The nighttime spectacular consists of songs from “The Jungle Book” (“I Wanna Be Like You”), “The Aristocats” (“Ev’rybody Wants To Be A Cat”), “Aladdin” (“Friend Like Me”), the Haunted Mansion attraction (“Grim Grinning Ghosts”), “Coco” (“Un Poco Loco”) and “Frozen” (“Let It Go”).
Mickey’s Mix Magic begins with spotlights sweeping throughout the night time sky, lasers capturing from Sleeping Magnificence Fort and pretend snow falling on Most important Road USA because the “It’s a Good Time” theme music performs.
All through the present, colourful graphics paint the partitions of the Foremost Road USA buildings with dancing monkeys, piano-playing cats, spinning diamonds, twirling snowflakes and glowing sugar skulls.
Every track sequence lasts a few minute with appearances by the film characters from the featured songs, together with Miguel Rivera from “Coco,” the the large blue genie from “Aladdin” and Elsa from “Frozen.” The bookended theme track segments supply possibilities firstly and finish of the present for different Disney characters comparable to Repair-It Felix, Pinocchio and Cogsworth to make temporary appearances.
I liked the Haunted Mansion sequence that featured trendy inventive takes on the acquainted characters from the basic Disneyland attraction.
The enjoyable Coco passage painted the partitions in a fiesta of colours with dancing mariachis and pulsating guitars.
The Frozen phase made the most effective use of the amped-up EDM soundtrack with an entire reinvention of the acquainted “Let It Go” that may compel even probably the most cussed curmudgeon to dance to the beat.
It’s unfair to evaluate a new present nonetheless in test-and-adjust mode, however I can supply a couple of early observations.
Whereas many Disneyland guests are accustomed to watching nightly fireworks exhibits in entrance of the citadel, the Small World plaza would be the higher place to benefit from the projection-only model of Mickey’s Mix Magic.
The graphics are crisper, clearer and extra colourful on the Small World facade. The story is simpler to comply with and recognize. And the sweeping and extensive Small World facade offers a extra dramatic canvas for the visuals to play out.
The Mickey’s Mix Magic preview present we noticed on Principal Road USA included fireworks. It was troublesome to give attention to the animated projections on the Victorian-style buildings with bombastic fireworks exploding over the citadel.
I targeted my consideration on the two-story Victorian-style Carnation Cafe in the midst of the doorway promenade. The visuals appeared pale and muted. The acquainted Disney characters have been troublesome to make out. The musical soundtrack competed with the continual bombs bursting in air.
Most important Road USA didn’t appear as darkish because the Small World plaza in the course of the twin preview exhibits. The audio sounded higher in entrance of Small World. Disney technicians might ultimately modify the brightness and audio over time. Or the sunshine and sound may be inherently totally different within the two places. We may have to wait and see because the present evolves over the primary few weeks.
I’m wanting ahead to seeing how the Essential Road USA present seems to be with out fireworks. There’s no denying Fundamental Road USA will all the time be one of the best place to watch fireworks — whatever the present or Disney’s want to unfold out the crowds to different corners of the park.
The Most important Road location additionally boasts two particular results that have been absent at Small World through the media preview: Lasers and snow. The alien inexperienced lasers emanating from the fort appeared otherworldly as they hit the soapy snowflakes. It seemed like a scene out of a sci-fi film because the robotic sentinels scan the falling ashes for indicators of life after a cataclysmic explosion.
The new present can be difficult by the upcoming downtime for the Fantasmic and the water screens on the Rivers of America that usually function a secondary stage for the projection mapping imagery employed throughout nighttime spectaculars. Fantasmic’s seasonal rehabilitation runs from Jan. 21 till March.
Guests could have two new recent views to watch Mickey’s Mix Magic as soon as work is completed on Fantasmic and Sleeping Magnificence Fort, Davison stated.
“It’s different throughout the park,” Davison stated. “You have this Main Street experience. You have a castle experience. You have a Small World experience. And when Fantasmic comes up, you’ll have a whole Fantasmic experience out there. It’s going to rock.”
Disney faces two huge questions with Mickey’s Mix Magic. Will followers need to watch a nighttime present with out fireworks? Can followers recognize a nighttime present with out the citadel?
The reply to the primary query is an emphatic sure. The mesmerizing Mickey’s Mix Magic is a coloricious piece of toe-tapping eye sweet that may please Disney followers younger and previous.
The second query is extra difficult. The gang of media varieties and Disneyland staff gathered on Foremost Road USA on Wednesday night time naturally stood dealing with the fort earlier than Mickey’s Mix Magic started. As if attracted by an invisible magnetic drive. Will probably be fascinating to hear the response from avid Disneyland followers when the citadel is darkish, muted or uninvolved throughout fireworks-free exhibits.
“Everyone is used to standing there on Main Street and focusing on the show,” Davison stated. “Now the show happens all around you.”
Disney plans to check projection mapping on the fort as soon as it’s coated with development scaffolding and ornamental scrim. A Mickey’s Mix Magic program has already been created for the citadel visuals as soon as the Disneyland landmark returns in all its glory this spring.
“We’re going to keep building on it,” Davison stated of the new present. “You’re going to see the first wave of it. We’re going to see how it goes. We’re going to keep playing and making it a bigger and bigger and bigger celebration. As long as the park wants to keep playing in the sandbox.”