So how did you do on our magical quiz about Mickey’s PhilharMagic?
1. Mickey’s PhilharMagic was not the first attraction to be housed in the theater. How many
previous attractions were found at this location?
A. 3: Before Mickey’s PhilharMagic opened on October 8, 2003, the theater location had been home to three other attractions: Mickey Mouse Revue (October 1, 1971-September 14, 1980), Magic Journeys (December 1987-December 1993), and Legend of the Lion King (July 1994-February 2002).
2. Who was the director of Mickey’s PhilharMagic?
B. George Scribner: A Disney director veteran, George Scribner directed the animated film
Oliver and Company and the animated short The Prince and the Pauper before directing
Mickey’s PhilharMagic. The name Glen Keane may sound familiar since he was the original
animator of Ariel and returned to animate Ariel in 3D for the attraction. This was the first
time Keane animated in 3D.
3. Originally, Donald Duck was not the intended main character for Mickey’s PhilharMagic. Which animated character was supposed to be featured?
B. Tinkerbell: Tinkerbell was planned to be our magical guide across the Disney animation
universe, however, Michael Eisner vetoed her role stating that Tinkerbell was too sweet of
4. True or False: The screen used for Mickey’s PhilharMagic is the largest seamless projection
screen in the world.
True: the specially made screen for Mickey’s PhilharMagic is 150 feet long and 28 feet high.
5. True or False: Several scenes in Mickey’s PhilharMagic feature hand drawn animation.
False: Despite Mickey’s PhilharMagic being a creative partnership between Walt Disney
Imagineering and Walt Disney Feature Animation, the entire film was created via computer.
No hand drawings or hand draw animation is in the final film. (An interesting side note — the city of Agrabah scene was the largest 3D environment the Walt Disney Feature Animation team ever created).
Thanks for joining us for this fun journey through this magical attraction. We can’t wait to see what the refurbishment adds to this great film!
My name in Erin Stough. I’m an avid bookworm and Hogwarts student wannabe. My first trip to “the World” was in third grade and I’ve been hooked since. My love for obscure Walt Disney World trivia, back stories (especially about the resort properties), and details led to my writing for the WDW Radio blog since early 2016. I became a proud Disney Vacation Club member in 2004 and my husband and I discovered (and fell in love with) the Disney Cruise Line in 2013. When my nose is not buried in a book, I love listening to new arrangements of classic Disney songs, watching Disney live action movies from the 60’s and early 70’s, and spending time with family.