Location: First attraction on the left as you enter Fantasyland through the castle.
Date Opened: 10/8/2003
# of Ride Units: 1 theater
Ride Capacity: 496 seats (including 10 wheelchair/ECV spaces)
Restraint Method: None
Ticket Rating: D Ticket
Ride Photo: No
Open/Close: Opens and closes with the park. The final show begins 20 minutes before the park closes. This attraction is open during both morning and evening Extra Magic Hours.
Wait Times: Crowding on high attendance days is sufficient that you may have to wait through two showings before finally getting in (more than 40 minutes). FastPass is available, but if the line looks short, it is a judgment call on which to use.
Length of Ride: 11 minutes
Single Rider: No
Queue Description: Once you get beyond the outer-most portion of the queue, it is themed to be the lobby of a concert hall. Not too much of interest here, though there are some interesting murals and parody concert posters. It is air conditioned, however, and a nice escape from the heat.
Health Restriction: None
Ride Access: ECVs and wheelchairs can navigate the queue and theater without issue; wheelchair/ECV seating is limited to 10 pre show, however.
Wheelchair Transfer: Not necessary.
Service Animals: Yes
Audio: Assistive listening and hand-held captioning devices are available from Guest Services for this attraction.
Weight and Size Issues: There is plenty of legroom between seat rows. While the seats themselves are larger than your normal theater seats, they may be uncomfortable for some.
Height Restriction: None
Child Swap: No
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History and Trivia
- At this location: This location has been like that storefront in your neighborhood that has been six different pizza parlors over the years. Mickey's Philharmgic is no less than the fourth show to be presented in this location.
When the park opened in 1971 the theater housed Mickey Mouse Revue, a musical revue show starring animatronic versions of most of the classic Disney characters. This was one of the few completely unique attractions designed for the opening of the Magic Kingdom. The show closed in 1980 and was transported to Tokyo Disneyland in time for that park's opening in 1983. The show still plays there today.
After the closing of Mickey Mouse Revue, the location was renamed Fantasyland Theater was frequently closed, but showed animated shorts when open. In 1986 Captain EO moved into Epcot and displaced an existing 3D film called Magic Journeys, which was moved into the Fantasyland Theater at Magic Kingdom. This 70mm 3D film looked at exotic locations through a child's eyes and didn't really fit with the Fantasyland theme. While at Magic Kingdom, it was preceded by a 3D Donald Duck short called Working for Peanuts. The run was relatively short, and the show closed in December 1993 to make room for a competely new show: Legend of the Lion King
Opening July 8, 1994, Legend of the Lion King used complex puppets, precursors to the Broadway version of The Lion King to perform several of the musical numbers from the movie. Legend of the Lion King lasted until February 23, 2002, when it closed to make way for Mickey's Philharmagic.
- The Attraction's History: No significant changes have been made since the show opened in 2003.
- Other Trivia:
- The screen: At 150 feet wide by 28 feet tall, the screen for Mickey's PhilharMagic is the largest seamless projection screen in the world.
- Donald Duck: Most of Donald Duck's lines are pieced together from old film voiced by Clarence Nash rather than Tony Anselmo, the current voice of Donald.
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