MouseInfo had the chance recently to get dolled up for a dazzling evening taping for Mickey’s 90th Spectacular. That’s right, the big cheese, the one who started it all, is celebrating the big NINE ZERO this year and Disney helped him put together a stellar line up of entertainment to ring in the iconic anniversary year.
Not even Walt Disney himself could have guessed when he officially debuted the precocious duo of mice (Minnie is celebrating her 90th anniversary, too) on November 18, 1928 that it would spawn an endearing character and mascot that is recognized the world over nearly a century later!
Taped at the fabulous Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Mickey’s 90th Spectacular included musical performances, star appearances, and even featurettes going into the history and legacy of everyone’s favorite mouse. Sitting in the audience was so very special and yes we totally teared up when Mickey and Minnie started dancing together on a rainbow-lit stage covered in low level fog as Tori Kelly sang “Colors of the Wind.” It sounds over-the-top BECAUSE IT WAS. But, hey, it’s a NINETIETH ANNIVERSARY, you’re allowed to indulge.
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The evening performances and appearances went from energetic and upbeat (the opening with the aerial drummers was an amazing sight to see in person) to the touching and sweet (no YOU’RE still crying from that “Colors of the Wind” segment) to simply dazzling (Leslie Odom Jr. with a gorgeous rendition of “When You Wish Upon A Star”).
Skylar Astin (“Pitch Perfect” franchise, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Kelsea Ballerini, actress, activist and mom Kristen Bell (Disney’s “Frozen”), actor Miles Brown (ABC’s “black-ish,” “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors”), Anna Camp (“Pitch Perfect” franchise, the upcoming feature film “The Wedding Year”), actress and Hollywood Records/Republic Records recording artist Sofia Carson (Disney’s “Descendants,” Freeform’s upcoming “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionist”), Josh Gad (Disney’s “Frozen”), two-time Emmy® Award-winning actor Tony Hale (“Veep,” “Arrested Development”), actress Sarah Hyland (ABC’s “Modern Family”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (ABC’s “The Goldbergs,” “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween,” “Bridesmaids”), Emmy Award® nominated actor and producer John Stamos (“Fuller House,” “Grandfathered,” “Full House”) and Sage Steele (host of ESPN’s “SportsCenter”), as well as special musical performances by Luis Fonsi, Josh Groban, Tori Kelly, NCT 127, Leslie Odom Jr., Meghan Trainor and Zac Brown Band. The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger to make a special appearance during the evening’s festivities.
See it for Yourself
There’s a lot to look forward this weekend when Mickey’s 90th Spectacular airs on ABC on Sunday, November 4, 2018.