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Backstage Magic with Mickey sign

The new Town Square Theater has opened at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom for the first time, allowing guests to experience "Backstage Magic with Mickey".

The new meet-and-greet area will officially open on Friday, April 1 but "soft openings" have already begun. Located close to the Magic Kingdom's entrance, the Town Square Theater is the new permanent meet-and-greet location for Mickey and Minnie Mouse. It will also act as the temporary home for Disney Princesses while work continues on expanding the park's Fantasyland area.

Thew new experience enables guests to head "backstage" to meet Magician Mickey in his rehearsal room, queuing through a lavish lobby area. The theater itself is themed as a turn-of-the-century small-town theater, in keeping with the overall theme of Main Street, USA. In addition to the meet-and-greets, it also hosts the new Box Office Gifts merchandise shop.

Guests enter the building through the lobby, from which queues will branch off into various different character meet-and-greet areas. The queue for meeting Mickey features special interactive posters depicting Mickey's magic acts, based on the style of legendary magicians such as Houdini. Two short videos of the interactive posters in action can be seen below, courtesy of WDWMagic.com:

Mickey himself greets guests "backstage" in the theater, in a rehearsal room lined with more posters, steamer trunks and stage props. Currently, Mickey and Minnie are standard "mute" Disney characters, with the company yet to widely roll out the "talking Mickey" technology that has been seen on trial at Disneyland.

A full video of the Backstage Magic with Mickey experience can be seen below, courtesy of Orlando Attractions Magazine:

Walt Disney World has introduced the FASTPASS system for meet-and-greets at the Town Square Theater, enabling guests to skip the regular line. The move marks the first time that FASTPASS has been used for character encounters at a Disney park, with the system previously being restricted to rides and shows. As with other FASTPASS attractions, guests are able to pick up a pass that is stamped with a one-hour time window. They are then able to return between the specified times to meet Mickey or the Princesses, without waiting in the "standby" line.

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