Great Illusions and Cast
The show has been clearly designed towards younger children with short attention spans. The humans, Brad (Brad Ross) and Benny (Alex Gonzales), tend towards the zany, wacky and over-the-top personas of Saturday morning television hosts. If you dont have young kids, these energetic performances can become a bit irritating. I recommend the show to kids ages six through ten. At the morning show that I attended, there was a crowd filled with restless, young children-those under five.
The show features the usual cast of Disney characters: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy, as well as Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Jasmine, Belle and Snow White. A running theme is Bennys attempt to learn and perform magic. As Minnie says to Benny, Never give up...everyone has magic inside of them. And as you would expect--this is a Disney production--Benny does rise to the task.
Magic in the Air
"Disney Live! presents Mickey's Magic Show" generally serves the goods in a slick, professional production. Families with young children should enjoy the show. Magic fans will appreciate the various illusions; adaptation of magic standards to Disney stories; set design and lighting effects, but may find the hosts obnoxious.
Strangely, that strong emotional involvement that one feels at the theme parks is just not here. If I want to experience real Disney magic, for my money, I'll take the theme park any day over the show.
-Wayne N. Kawamoto