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Mickey Mouse to conjure up permanent meet ‘n’ greet at Fantasy Festival Stage

Tuesday, 26th July 2011 at 22:57

And then, as if by magic, there we three. So far we know that the 20th Anniversary next year will bring Jack Sparrow to Pirates of the Caribbean and a new, world-exclusive nighttime show likely featuring fountains and fireworks at Sleeping Beauty Castle. But how about a brand new addition for the mouse that started it all? Yes, from next year Mickey Mouse himself is set to get his own permanent meet ‘n’ greet location within Fantasy Festival Stage!

The theatre has sat at the back of Fantasyland, connected to the Railroad Station, with only very limited use for more than a decade now. Whilst it began life in 1992 as a key venue hosting the classic C’est Magique musical revue, since 2006 only occasional seasonal performances of the show Winnie the Pooh and Friends, Too have occupied the small stage. Taking over this under-utilised space, which is never going to be good for grand stage shows, whilst giving the mouse his own dedicated spot actually sounds like a logical and wise proposition. Why the magic puns? Because if you’re a follower of Disney Parks worldwide, you’ll know all about the new “Backstage Magic with Mickey Mouse” meet ‘n’ greet that recently opened on Main Street at Florida’s Magic Kingdom (photos via Disney Parks Blog).

Backstage Magic with Mickey Mouse
Backstage Magic with Mickey Mouse

This new attraction, which even comes with its own Fastpass service, leads visitors through a fabulously-themed queue space littered with props and in-jokes — even a crate marked “Marne-la-Vallée – Paris” — with the storyline that you’re meeting Mickey Mouse, now a magician, backstage…

While the idea is somewhat tenuously planted into Main Street (and was unpopular with some, at least before its debut revealed the great detail), you couldn’t have a more perfect set-up for the location in Paris. Not just a real theatre, not just in the very fitting British quarter of the land, but in Fantasyland, where the characters truly belong. There’s little clue yet whether the European version will have such an extravagant set-up, or its own Fastpass tickets, but the two projects are certainly related and we should look forward to this new, more “magical” backstage encounter with the Mouse from next year.

In fact, it may well be our fourth new addition for the 20th and our second new permanent meet ‘n’ greet, as we mustn’t forget the Princess Pavilion that slowly continues its delayed construction across the land, in the former post-show area of “it’s a small world”. More news on that one soon…

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  • Mandas Disney Blog  23 hours ago

    What a great idea for the Fantasy Festival Stage! Can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with for the night-time show! :D

  • Thomas  5 hours ago

    As long as they do it tastefully, I don’t have a problem with this at all. There is clearly a huge market for these things; they may as well invest in it a little. And the theater was sitting empty anyway.

    The magician’s theme has been very well executed in the US. We can only hope that we will see that level of quality. Thematically, it could work. We’re in England, it’s a theater. They could basically transplant the whole set-up. Ah well, as long as Entertainment sticks to the characters and stays away from decorating…

  • Owen  1 hour ago

    This could be a success. It could be a disaster. I hope that with some planning and some thought this will be good to the park. Will be better than stading out in the rain. Possibly if they want to go a bit further than WDW and to minimise queues elsewhere in the park have the characters together (Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald).

  • Actually, WDW have several places over all four parks where you can meet the fab5 in an air-conditioned building and the queues are normally pretty short. I prefer such interactions as you’re getting the perfect souvineir photo without the pushing/shoving or other people in your photo.

  • This sounds a great idea, especially with having a Fastpass option. We have queued to see Mickey indoors in the Magic Kingdom in WDW, and also happened to spot him by accident inside a building in ( MGM as was ) Studios wearing his Sorcerers Apprentice clothes, with no one else there.
    I have very fond memories and some great video and photos of the original show on this stage, which our boys loved. It had some very good musical numbers and costumes, and many of the Characters included.
    The song ‘ I’m walking right down the middle of Main Street USA….’ really stuck in your head, and still does. Happy days….

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