Rumors are swirling around that Disney is planning to bring their popular “Mickey and the Magician” show over from Disneyland Paris when it (the show not the park) closes in September. Orlando Weekly gave three possible locations, all in DHS as that had the most amount of wasted space (and the only usable space for the show at MK being turned back into a parking lot).
Animation Courtyard: I don’t see them closing “Disney Jr Live on Stage” (which they say is being “refurbished” later this year), but they could conceivably close “The Little Mermaid” show (surprised they didn’t do that years ago) thinking the dark ride in MK was enough. Also, since the backstage area of “Mermaid” is big enough to accommodate large props and several human actors, this is the most likely of the suggested places.
Hollywood Blvd: Another suggestion, which they immediately dismissed, was to move the Frozen show out of the Hyperion Theatre to an undefined new location. Not going to happen, the show is far too popular for that. If the criminally underused theater that used to house “Sounds Dangerous with Drew Carey” and is now a Star Wars clip show was larger, I might put the M&TM show in there.
Sunset Blvd: The OW writer suggested they could enclose the Theater of the Stars venue to protect the screens used in the show from rain. Another idea is the opposite of what they did last year – house the M&TM show in Sunset Blvd during the morning/mid-afternoon (they can market it like “Fantasmic” for kids who can’t stay up late enough to see “Fantasmic”) and the B&TB show in the late afternoon to evening. The problem with this idea is it draws more people to that part of the park while “Fantasmic” is showing making the already crowded area more congested.
Two additional venues they hadn’t listed:
Animation Courtyard: Yes, I already listed two possible locations there, BUT there is a hidden theater at the back of Star Wars Launch bay (said theater coincidently houses another Star Wars clip show) that could easily be expanded once it comes time to retheme the area come 2019 (the article gave no timetable for the show’s move).
Fantasyland: This is the most obvious choice thematically for the show, but where would they put it?
If only there was a show with a similar theme (a character being sucked into the worlds of other Disney cartoons) that was modestly crowded, despite its central location, that could easily be switched out without a lot of fanfare.