When Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire was announced earlier this year, reactions were mixed. While there was some excitement for this upcoming show, many fans expressed disappointment at the closing of Dream Along with Mickey, which delighted fans with its classic characters and “Dreams Come True” storyline for over a decade.
However, now that Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire has debuted at the Magic Kingdom, we're happy to say that any fears about this show not living up to its predecessor are unfounded. In fact, we'd say that this is actually the best castle forecourt show yet. And here's why:
1. The show is very different…and that’s OK
Dream Along with Mickey, as well as plenty of other theme park shows, essentially boil down to a single line plot: good defeats evil. It’s a tale as old as time (you’ll forgive the expression), and it is familiar enough to be accessible to guests of all ages. However, Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire dispenses with this familiar plot contrivance, and instead opts for an even simpler storyline: Mickey is planning a big party, and all his friends are invited!
If this sounds familiar to you, it’s essentially the same setup as Festival of the Lion King, and it works just as well. Mickey and Minnie (as well as Daisy, Donald and Goofy) introduce favorite characters from recent Disney animated favorites Princess and the Frog, Tangled, and Frozen, a favorite song is sung from each film, and then there’s a grand finale. The set up and storyline might not be groundbreaking, but it’s exactly what you might want (and expect) from a castle forecourt show, which definitely isn't a bad thing.
While some might lament the fact that there are no villains in this show, the removal of the “good vs. evil” storyline actually gives the individual characters more time to shine, as there are no plot machinations to move through and Mickey, Minnie and all their pals can focus more on singing, dancing and celebrating.
2. It’s the US debut of Mickey and Minnie’s brand new look
Earlier this year we got an advance look at the evolution of Mickey and Minnie’s in-park character design, thanks to the promotion for Shanghai Disneyland’s opening day. And while we knew these new looks were going to eventually make their way to Walt Disney World, we were surprised to find out that we were getting these new looks much earlier than anticipated. Though Mickey and Minnie are still sporting their classic looks in meet and greets around Walt Disney World and during parades, if you want to see the future of what this character will look like, Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire will give you your first peek!
3. The costumes are fantastic
And speaking of new looks, the costumes in this new show are simply amazing. While some characters feature classic looks (Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Flynn Rider, and Rapunzel all wear their most popular getups), Tiana and Naveen in particular have stunning new looks that have not been seen at Walt Disney World before.
However, the real highlight is the costumes for Mickey and his pals. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Daisy each wear multiple outfits during the show, changing their costume depending on the musical number. For instance, Goofy wears a Mardi Gras-inspired getup during the Princess and the Frog section, while Donald looks like a Viking during a routine with the denizens of Tangled’s Snuggly Duckling. The varied costumes are delightful and definitely help make this show even more of a visual treat.