Edited by Ariel Landrum


If you haven't heard yet, Mickey Mouse turned 90 on November 18, 2018. Disney and other companies that sell Disney merch are cashing in on the milestone; from Funko Pop brand toys re-releasing the multiple looks of Mickey, to Ray-Ban trying to reel customers in with Mickey posters outside their stores. The man, Walt Disney, who created this magical place for all to enjoy, proclaimed  “I hope we never lose sight of one thing— that it was all started by a mouse.”

To commemorate such an auspicious birthday, the park is celebrating with what they are calling “Get Your Ears On - A Mickey and Minnie Celebration”. Quite a mouthful compared to smaller phrases like “Pixar Fest” and “Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration”. Patrons for over a decade have grown used to mind blowing firework shows with added upgrades each year. Everyone’s expectations for their shows have always been surpassed, up until Friday, January 18th, 2019.

Though Disneyland often finds ways to commemorate certain milestones, I still haven’t found one that has topped Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration. Though I’ve never been disappointed with a fireworks show, I unfortunately can’t say the same about “Mickey’s Mix Magic Fireworks Spectacular”, the fireworks show that takes place in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle to highlight the event.

I hope we never lose sight of one thing—that it was all started by a mouse.
— Walt Disney

After watching the firework show, meant to honor Mickey Mouse, I feel like Disneyland did lose sight that it started with a mouse. First, there was a lack of firework explosions, something that any and every firework show needs in order to wow an audience. Second, the show had minimal pauses between songs to allow guests to adjust to the change of the tone of the show. Lastly, there were very few of those tone changes; only a consistent beat throughout the show, accompanied by LED lights and lasers with the same tempo.

Maybe it was my own personal expectations that were let down, but it seemed like all the hullabaloo didn’t revolve around Mickey. I felt that they should have highlighted Mickey throughout the years. It would have been more impressive to start with Steamboat Willie, and then transition into every evolution of the mouse, both in animation style and in movies. They also didn’t make much of an effort in including his partner, Minnie, despite highlighting her name in the event.

I'm hoping the lack of fireworks, and quieter-than-most audio was due to the park not being in peak season anymore. It should also be noted that it was the first day of the gimmick, so possibly after some fan feedback they will tweak the show.

Disneyland firework shows traditionally have the potential of hitting true fans right in the feels but for this annual passholder of 10 plus years, this was not one of them. I know if they want to pull my heartstrings, they will need to make some real changes.

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For more information on the event visit Disney.go