Flashback Friday: Disney Live! – Mickey’s Magic Show (Wales Millennium Centre, August 2012)

Disney have created a variety of family orientated live shows over the decades, all of which have given families many great memories.

In August 2012, Andy Howells took his three young children to review Mickey’s Magic Show at Wales Millennium Centre. Here is the review of the show from August 9.

A scene from the Alice in Wonderland sequence of Disney Live’s Mickey’s Magic Show which played Wales Millennium Centre in August 2012


As if by magic, Disney Live! Returned to the Wales Millennium Centre on Wednesday afternoon, delivering over 90 minutes of music, mayhem and fun in Mickey’s Magic show.

The world’s most famous Mouse, Mickey and his friends Minnie Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck stepped onto the stage as the audience gasped with delight, bringing smiles to children and adults of all ages. The characters themselves are like they have just stepped off the cinema screen and don’t disappoint.

The show itself is not only a celebration of the magical world of Disney recreating moments from films such as Aladdin, Alice In Wonderland, Snow White and Cinderella, but also an eye-popping display of optical illusions.

A scene from the Alice in Wonderland sequence of Disney Live’s Cinderella which played Wales Millennium Centre in August 2012

Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Minnie are aided by real magician Brad and trainee magician Benny who impress the audience with an assorted wonderment of magic tricks between sketches, including sawing girl dancers in half, levitation and the fastest escape in the world. The tricks even mesmerised a hardened cynic like me, as I couldn’t quite believe what I was witnessing.

It is often said that the hardest critics to impress are children, but I have to say my three (aged between 5 and 9) were blown away with the whole presentation, asking them all what was their favourite part of the show was, they replied “All of It!”

Children of all ages (and that includes the adults) really should try and catch this wonderful show.

The Howells children with their Mickey’s Magic Show goodies Photo: Andy Howells
  • Flashback Friday was written and edited by Andy Howells

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