Opened: October 3, 2003.
Fantasyland almost directly behind Cinderella Castle.
Extra Magic Hours: Morning, Evening.
Show Length: 12 minutes.
Type: 3D Theater show.
Similar To: Muppet Vision 3D.
Scary Factor: Low. The 3D effects may disturb the very young, but there’s nothing in here that’s supposed to frighten. If they do, try taking the 3D glasses off.
What to Expect: Mickey’s PhilharMagic takes place in a large, comfortable, air-conditioned theater that seats about 500 people. The enormous screen in the front of the theater measures about 150-feet across and was the largest of its kind when it was constructed (there’s now a similar show at Hong Kong Disneyland). This is Disney’s newest 3D show and by far their most clever and entertaining. There are also several “4D” effects throughout the show to make it an even more immersive experience. As you might expect, Mickey’s PhilharMagic stars Mickey Mouse with special appearances by Donald, Ariel, Aladdin, Simba, Lumiere and many other classic Disney characters. Unlike It’s Tough to be a Bug, there is nothing here that should scare youngsters.
When To Go: Visit in the afternoon or whenever you need a break from the crowds and heat.
Where to Sit: This is another show where Disney cast members will try to get guests to continue to the end of their rows.
Because shows are usually 25 to 50% full, they usually aren’t quite as emphatic as other shows. Let 15 to 25 people in front of you in a row at least halfway back from the screen. This will put you close to the center and allow an easy view of the entire screen.
FastPass+: Yes, very low priority. There is no reserved section and FP+ just gets you into the same lobby waiting area as everybody else. On the busiest days of the year, it might be worth using a late FP+ if everything else is unavailable.
What You Miss Using FastPass+: Nothing.
Total Average Experience Time with FastPass+: 15 to 25 minutes depending on how you time the show.
4th FastPass+ Availability:
Expect to Wait: Up to 15 minutes for the next show to begin.
Exit: Exiting the theater is easy. Simply continue walking to the doors at the end of your row. You’ll exit with Peter Pan’s Flight to your left and it’s a small world in front of you.
A Lot of Talent Went Into This One: Sir Timothy Miles Bindon Rice, who wrote the lyrics for Aladdin and The Lion King returned to arrange the music for Mickey’s PhilharMagic with the help of composer Alan Menken, who has won Oscars for his work on The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and Pocahontas. Original animators were used to pen the scenes whenever possible.
Commentary: Hands down, this is the best 3D show at Disney World and one of the most overlooked attractions at the Magic Kingdom. It’s a delightful show and one that all visitors should enjoy. Although the novelty of 3D has waned a bit with the emergence of so many 3D films, Mickey’s PhilharMagic is still an amazing achievement and succeeds because of the quality of the writing, music, and animation. This is a must-do attraction, so make sure you don’t overlook it like so many other people.