On April 1, the new Magician Mickey Mouse and Princess meet-and-greet areas opened up in the newly renovated Town Square Theater (formerly Exposition Hall). See the press release here.
This sign points guests to the new meet-and-greet:
Wait times for the Princesses and Mickey are posted outside:
There are separate queues for the Princesses and Mickey:
The inside sign shows which Princesses are greeting guests in the theater that day:
There are separate lines for stand-bys and FastPass holders:
Posters like this one line Mickey's queue:
The queue is very nice and spacious:
The story of the Mickey meet-and-greet is that you are his guest at a backstage meet-and-greet before his magic show. You go through the theater office to get to the meet-and-greet area:
Mickey has his own letter box:
I have to be honest and say I wasn't wowed by what I had seen... until I stepped into the actual meet and greet area and noticed the details they had worked into the room. It was a treat to see. I won't show you every little detail because I had so much fun finding them. Fans of 'The Sword in the Stone' and 'Mary Poppins' will spot several references to the movies throughout the area. When I looked through my pictures, I saw several things I didn't notice earlier.
The rehearsal schedule is posted near the door:
This hat rests on top of the trunk. Be sure to listen for his "nibbling" noises. I only heard them because I was the last person in the group they let in so it got quiet when I was looking at everything.
There is a poster for Mickey's show:
Mickey has been quite the traveler. Here are a couple of the stickers on his trunk:
Right before you see Mickey, you see this banner on the wall:
I was expecting just Mickey so seeing Minnie was a pleasant surprise. I did not hear whether Minnie will always be with him or if it will be an occasional appearance:
Details of Mickey's costume trunk:
Mickey's sorcerer hat:
The meet-and-greet exits at the new store. The details in the store are just as awesome as the details in the meet-and-greet.
While I met Mickey and Minnie, my mom had grabbed a FastPass for us to meet the Princesses. The queue was very plain:
Princess Aurora, Belle and Cinderella were greeting guests. Their backdrops were lovely:
When we left the Princess area, we noticed this 'box':
The FastPass distribution it located to the left of Tony's- walk all the way down you'll see it tucked behind the hat shop:
The machines have hats on them that let you know which machine is for which character(s):
I thought the new meet-and-greet area was very well done and creative. I enjoyed looking at the details. It was not very crowded when I was there but I expect it will be as more guests become aware of it.
The Princess area is not their permanent home - they will move to Fantasyland when their areas in the expansion is complete. Snow White is greeting guests outside of Tony's.
Have a great day!
The previous post in this blog was Walt Disney Pavilion Opening Ceremony - Florida Hospital for Children.
The next post in this blog is Disney World: What's New, What's Next April 1-2, 2011.