As many of you know, I was hired to work at DISNEYLAND within the last few months. Last summer I was added to a wonderful cast a part of Mickey and the Magical Map. This is a new production that premiered in Fantasyland Theatre in May of 2013. Although I was not a part of the original cast, they brought in five of us later on to be incorporated into the show. Let me just say, this job has been the biggest blessing. Not only to I get to work at the happiest place on earth – I’m dancing and doing what I love, in the midst of some seriously incredible people. Today marks our ONE THOUSANDTH show! Wow. Calls for a celebration 😉
The story behind the show.
Here at Fantasyland, we have all types of performers: dancers, singers, musicians and even princesses! My role as a dancer is otherwise known as a ‘Mapmaker.’ We spend each day painting the map and showing Mickey through the journey to imagination. Basically we have a secret we are hiding. I won’t tell you what it is, if you haven’t seen the show… Although I can promise you it will be an adventure worth waiting for! Throughout the performance we take Mickey on a ride, where eventually he is reminded of the importance behind dreaming and creating.
All of us begin in our workshop (with Mickey as an apprentice) and soon end up in…
The Jungle Book, with King Louie.
Inside the Princess Medley with Pocahontas, Mulan and Repunzel.
Under the Sea with Sebastian.
On a Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride with our newest addition Stitch!
And eventually we dance the night away with Princess Tiana.
I feel so fortunate to be able to perform with all of these amazing people! While I am surrounded by some of the most talented people, each and every one of them is quite genuine and dear to me. Even though I only met everyone a few months ago, I now consider them, some of my closest friends! How lucky am I? We spend many long days together and we still are constantly trying to get together outside of a general workday. Basically they are like my second family.
Have you seen our stage? Oh boy is it AMAZING! We are located across from It’s a Small World underneath this giant tent like structure. Formerly Pocahontas and Snow White were housed here, so we’ve got some serious history going on. If you haven’t yet, you must come see it! There is a large, gorgeous map on stage, palm trees, bubbles, and massive surfboards! At night it is a very magical place. The lights alone are quite magnificent, I must say.
How a typical day goes.
As AGVA (American Guild of Variety Artists) performers, our call time is usually around 10:30 or 11 a.m. We normally have five-day weeks, although this changes during the busier seasons. Also, we perform in FIVE shows per day: three before lunch and two after. Usually the shows begin around noon, 1:30, 2:45, 4:45 and 6 o’clock. These times may vary depending on the time of year, but normally they are pretty close to this. Sometimes Mickey is greeting his friends (or hanging out with Minnie Mouse) so we’ll change it up every so often 😉
All in all, I am VERY thankful to be a part of this cast and show! I simply cannot express how much I appreciate being employed by such a wonderful company. Not to mention the fact that I have always been fortunate enough to make money doing something that I love. From teaching, to dancing for the Utah Jazz, and now Disney! Consistently I have been able to pay my bills by dancing my way through life! WOW. I couldn’t ask for anything better! Plus I am constantly experiencing new things, by being hired for various gigs here and there. One of the most important things to me about all of these jobs is that they have involved children. Interacting with kids and really being able to enrich their lives, is one of the biggest accomplishments. Ultimately these young spirits remind us how we should always keep that kind of play and creativity in our lives. Needless to say, I am thankful and happy.
Thanks for listening!
Love, Sydney S.