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Mickey Mouse Revue

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The Mickey Mouse Revue
Magic Kingdom - Mickey Mouse Music Revue poster.jpg
Mickey Mouse Revue at Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom
AreaFantasyland
StatusClosed
Opening dateOctober 1, 1971
Closing dateSeptember 14, 1980
Replaced byMagic Journeys (1987 – 1993)
Legend of the Lion King (1994 – 2002)
Mickey's PhilharMagic (2003 – present)
Tokyo Disneyland
AreaFantasyland
StatusClosed
Opening dateApril 15, 1983
Closing dateMay 25, 2009
Replaced byMickey's PhilharMagic (2011 – present)
General statistics
Attraction typeShow
ThemeThe Wonderful World of Disney

The Mickey Mouse Revue was an indoor audio-animatronic stage show in the Fantasyland areas of the Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland theme parks. It was one of the three original opening day attractions in the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland in 1971, and after closing in 1980, it was moved to Tokyo Disneyland for that park's opening in 1983.[1]

The basic premise of the show was a musical concert, in which Mickey Mouse conducted an orchestra made up of various Disney characters.

Attraction

Pre-show

Before the concert, guests are loaded into a theater featuring an eight-minute film detailing the history of Mickey's illustrious career and the use of sound in his films, from his debut in Steamboat Willie to his role in the feature Fantasia. The film ends with footage of Mickey and his friends dancing at Disneyland, as Mickey then tells the guests that it is time for the main show.

Concert

After a cast member recites the theater's safety spiel, the house curtains open to reveal maestro Mickey Mouse and an orchestra made up of various Disney characters. After Mickey gives his count-off, the orchestra performs a medley of Disney songs; they are "Heigh-Ho", "Whistle While You Work", "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee". After they finish, they are lowered into the orchestra pit as the theater falls into darkness.

A spotlight is projected onto the side curtains, depicting a shadow of the Big Bad Wolf sneaking into the set. Afterward, a side curtain opens to reveal a scene from Three Little Pigs that takes place in Pratical Pig's brick house, in which the pigs play and sing "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?"

The next act depicts scenes from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; the first has Snow White singing "I'm Wishing" to a group of forest animals, while the second features the Seven Dwarfs performing "The Silly Song" in their cottage.

On the far right of the stage, a scene from Alice in Wonderland appears, depicting Alice singing "All in the Golden Afternoon" along with a garden of live flowers as they sway in time with the song.

In the following act, The Three Caballeros appear to sing their theme song, with Donald Duck on maracas, Jose Carioca on guitar, and Panchito firing his pistols. Throughout their act, the trio disappears and reappears in various spots around the theater.

On the far left of the stage, a scene from Cinderella shows up, and the Fairy Godmother sings "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" while she magically transforms Cinderella's rags into a sparkling ballgown. After the scene fades out, a spotlight is produced on the side curtains, depicting Cinderella and her Prince Charming waltzing to "So This is Love".

For the grand finale, Br'er Rabbit, Br'er Fox and Br'er Bear appear to sing "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah (It's a Small World (The Grand Finale) for Tokyo Disneyland (2000 -2009))", while Mickey and the orchestra rise from their pit. As they play, characters from the previous acts reappear to join in the song, and the side curtains part to reveal a bright, sunny field as a rainbow gleams over the horizon (The tokyo disneyland facade of It's a Small World for tokkyo disneyland only) (for tokyo disneyland the dolls of It's a Small World comes out and does their own dances in the near end of the proformence). Once the performance concludes, the performers solemnly wrap up by singing the "Mickey Mouse Alma Mater", while the lights fade (and the dolls of Its a small world leave left and right for tokyo disneyland)) until there is only a spotlight shining on Mickey, who turns his direction to the audience, and takes a bow as all the other characters vanish from the show.

Mickey thanks the audience for watching the show and bids farewell. The house curtains close, and the cast member recites another spiel as the guests exit the theater.

History

The preshow area at Mickey Mouse Revue in Tokyo Disneyland
The preshow area at Mickey Mouse Revue in Tokyo Disneyland

In a 1962 interview, Walt Disney talked about his new audio-animatronic technology in The Enchanted Tiki Room and untitled haunted house attraction. He said that he had similar plans for "all the Disney characters". Contributing Disney Imagineers were John Hench, Bill Justice, and Wathel Rogers.[2]

The original theater at Walt Disney World sat 500 park guests, but the pre-show area only had room for 300, a planning mistake.

The animatronic Mickey currently resides in the Walt Disney Archives, and was put on display at the D23 Expo in 2011.

The animatronics of Donald, Jose and Panchito were put on display at D23's Destination D: Walt Disney World 40th event. In 2015, the figures were redressed and placed into the finale of Epcot's Gran Fiesta Tour attraction following a refurbishment in December of that year.

Cast

Songs

See also

References

  1. ^ Geryak, Cole (August 24, 2017). "Disney Extinct Attractions: Mickey Mouse Revue". The Laughing Place. Retrieved 17 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Widen Your World". Archived from the original on 2008-09-25.
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