Fastpass to Meet Mickey at Walt Disney World

Posted Feb 22nd 2011 01:30 PMUpdated Jun 27th 2011 10:47 AM

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Mickey Mouse is joining the ranks of Fastpass attractions at Magic Kingdom such as Space Mountain. For the first time this spring, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida is going to let guests use a timed pass to meet the iconic mouse.

The change will happen when Mickey moves into a new permanent meet-and-greet location in Town Square. Disney did not disclose an exact date.

Magic Kingdom guests will be able to obtain a Disney Fastpass ticket specifying a one-hour window when they can meet Mickey for hugs, photos and autographs.

Disney says it's the first time it has made the computerized Fastpass service available for a character meet-and-greet at any Disney theme park.

Currently, guests can do the highly popular visit with Mickey Mouse in Tomorrowland, to the right of Space Mountain. Mickey's Toontown Fair, where the character previously met with fans, closed last week to make way for an expansion of Fantasyland.

The new meet-and-greet-location, Town Square Theater, occupies the current Exposition Hall area, which is just inside the Magic Kingdom park entrance. Disney says an extensive redo of the space is already underway.


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"This isn't just remodeling Expo Hall; it is completely re-imagining this entire venue as a beautiful Victorian-era theater and the new home for Mickey Mouse," says Jon Georges, Walt Disney Imagineering director and show producer.

The theater will have a marquee with gold-leaf trim and inside the décor includes a mosaic floor, fancy curtains with gold leaf tie-backs and brass chandeliers. There will also be "highly themed" retail shops.

Visitors will queue "backstage," where Mickey will greet them in a space done up like a rehearsal room with posters, steamer trunks and stage props.

The new theater will also host meet-and-greets with Disney Princesses while the Fantasyland construction is underway. The expanded Fantasyland is expected to open in stages beginning in 2012. Meet-and-greet experiences with the Disney Princesses are currently at the Adventureland Verandah.


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Mark

Gee......... I thought we were going to observe Mickey & Minnie!!!!!!!!!!!

February 22 2011 at 11:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jim

i cant believe how many people complain about the price of a smile on our kids faces. i've been to disneyland about 50 times since i was a child. my son is 11 now and hes been 3 times. i live my childhood thru him now and every time i return to the park him and i enjoy ourselves.unfortunately i dont live in california anymore so i dont go as much as i would like. the fast pass on mickeys house i can understand because its a one on one photo op with mickey but if the people that walk the characters thru out the park could teach the foriegners to line up that would be good because mickey is everywhere throughout the park!

February 22 2011 at 11:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
esteban

SO next comes the raising of the park prices another $20.00.. Just wait old greed will come soon.

February 22 2011 at 7:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ray

I love taking my kids to Disney, but those lines are a big turn off. 2 hour wait to go on it's a small world is a killer. The fast pass does not help much. Plus the park tickets are not cheep, you also get hit with the expensive water bottles trying to keep yourself from fainting from the heat. I'm not taking my kids out of school to go on a Disney vacatiion. Next year I'm trying a Disney cruise, I hope this can rekindle the Disney magic.

February 22 2011 at 4:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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scottandmaryr@aol.com

If you don't want the crowds, then go to Universal Studios and stay at one of their three onsite hotels.You can use your room key card and go to the front of the lines as often as you like.I won't go back to Disney until they start doing the same thing for people staying at their group of top hotels.

February 22 2011 at 5:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
disneyfool

Nice going Disney, instead expanding the footprint of the park, which is what is causing all the crowds and jam-ups to begin with, put a bunch of new stuff in the old places, which will in turn make the jam-ups far worse then they are now!

February 22 2011 at 4:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Alfred Schrader

I couldn't get the carbon footprint. All I can afford is a carbon toe print.

Disney World really is an incredible place. It takes a week or more to see all of it, and then some...Alfie-

February 22 2011 at 7:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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