A Fastpass to Mickey
Posted 22 February 2011 - 12:57 PM
Disney's FASTPASS to debut at the new Town Square Theater this spring.
When Mickey meet-and-greets move into a permanent new location in Town Square, Magic Kingdom guests will be able obtain a Disney's FASTPASS ticket specifying a one-hour window when they can return to see the popular character for hugs, photos and autographs - without waiting in the standby queue. It will mark the first time the complimentary, computerized service is available for a character meet-and-greet at any Disney park.
Town Square Theater is located inside the current Exposition Hall area just inside the park entrance. Imagineers already are working to transform the space for the new experience.
"This isn't just remodeling Expo Hall; it is completely reimagining this entire venue as a beautiful Victorian-era theater and the new home for Mickey Mouse," said Jon Georges of Walt Disney Imagineering.
"Mickey and Main Street, U.S.A. are great examples of pure Americana that complement each other very well," said Concept Designer Jason Grandt. "We drew a lot of inspiration from classic Mickey-animated shorts such as ‘The Nifty Nineties' and ‘Mickey's Grand Opera.' Many of the scenes in these shorts look like they take place right on Main Street."
Guests arrive at a building befitting Mickey Mouse's stardom - with a grand-Victorian-theater elevation, including a marquee that glistens with gold-leaf trim and sparkles with lights. Inside, there's a mosaic floor, lush curtains with gold rope tie-backs and polished-brass chandeliers. Imagineers are creating new elements and surprises for Magic Kingdom guests, including an interactive queue - with an extra touch of Disney magic - and highly themed retail shops.
The queue takes guests "backstage," where Mickey is waiting to greet them in a rehearsal-room environment amid posters, steamer trunks and stage props.
In addition, during the New Fantasyland construction, royalty will be visiting as the Disney princesses will be in Town Square Theater to meet and greet their loyal subjects.
Currently, guests can visit Mickey Mouse in Tomorrowland, at a location to the right of Space Mountain. Meet-and-greet experiences with the Disney princesses currently are taking place at Adventureland Verandah.
Posted 22 February 2011 - 08:27 PM
Posted 23 February 2011 - 11:48 AM
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Posted 23 February 2011 - 02:20 PM
I tend to agree. I dont have a problem with it at all.
Posted 28 February 2011 - 06:04 PM
No one's going to be happy all the time, I suppose.
Posted 28 February 2011 - 11:13 PM
I am not a huge fan of the character M&G. If my kids want to see characters, I do one of two things:
1. I pay the bucks & do a character meal, at least that way I get to stuff my face while we wait to see them.
2. Go to the Studios on a non Fantasmic Night.. last time we were there the Animation area was chuck full of characters w/couple min waits.