The Golden Mickeys is a musical revue-style stage show presented in the style of an awards ceremony with characters from Disney films being nominated for awards including heroism, symphony, villains, friendship, and romance. The show originated on the Disney Cruise Line as a replacement for Morty the Magician's show. The show was first introduced in September 2003 aboard the Disney Wonder. Later in the fall of 2004, the show was brought to the Disney Dream while in dry dock. The show is performed in the premiere theater on the ship, the Walt Disney Theater on Deck 4. In 2011, symphony and romance had some new scenes to replaced the old scenes.
The show made its land debut in Hong Kong Disneyland, its presented in the style of an awards ceremony with characters from Disney films being nominated for awards including friendship, heroism, adventure, and romance. This version of the show is closed on July 26, 2015 to make way for "Mickey and the Wondrous Book" which began on November 17, 2015.
The show also includes aerial acrobatics, martial arts, puppetry and fireworks.
One particularly fun aspect of this show is the pre-show area outside of the Walt Disney Theater. As guests enter the hallway towards the Theater, they walk down the red carpet with paparazzi on both sides furiously snapping photos of the "celebrities" (the attendees). Outside the theater doors, "Rona Rivers" (originated by Crystal Monee Hall) conducts interviews with some of the "celebrities" (folks coming to watch the show) as they come up the red carpet to enter the theater, all the while a live video feed of the "celebrity interviews" is being shown on the two large screens in the front of the theater. Most people break out the fancy clothes to attend this event on the ship. It is truly an "event" and one of the highlights of the Disney Cruise Line experience.
Additional original cast members included Mark Baratelli, Jeremiah James, Joshua Carlson, Danny Calvert, Tony Wichowski, Erik McEwen, Emma Green and Michele Kaye. The Golden Mickeys was directed by Diane Paulus (who also directed The Donkey Show in New York City) and choreographed by Maria Torres (who also co-choreographed the 2007 film Enchanted).
An alternate version was performed at Storybook Theater in Fantasyland at Hong Kong Disneyland. The show is narrated in Cantonese, with simplified Chinese and English subtitles. All of the songs are performed in English. Here, the show begins with a performance of the title song, including a dance performance based around cast members preparing costumes and taking press photos of arriving celebrities. “Live” film footage of Disney characters arriving by limousine and entering the theater along a red carpet is then projected on screens located on the two sides of the stage before the characters enter through the theater aisle.