Talking Mickey

A talking version of Mickey Mouse is now meeting-and-greeting guests at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. What questions are YOU going to ask him?

It's not often you get the chance to grill a big cheese at a major multinational corporation. And at Disney, they don't come bigger than Mickey Mouse himself. For years, he has stayed mute when greeting guests at the company's theme parks. Perhaps anxious not to give away too much about future projects. Or perhaps because his mouth was sewn together. Whatever...now, finally, he is opening up to the public on a regular basis.

If you want to meet the talking Mickey, you can do so at the Town Square Theatre on the Magic Kingdom's Main Street USA. Here's an official video of him in action:

Here are 4 questions I might consider asking Mickey next time I see him:

1. Is NextGen worth the money?

Disney has invested hundreds of millions in rolling out personalization technology across the Walt Disney World resort, enabling features such as the FastPass+ ride reservation system. Neighbouring Universal Orlando, meanwhile, has spent a similar amount of money on installing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and multiple other new attractions. Is Mickey playing the long game, and does he believe that a better overall guest experience will ultimately win out over a few blockbuster rides?

2. When is Star Wars Land coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios?

We all know it's likely to happen. But when will we hear more about Star Wars Land?

3. When is Disney going to fix Walt Disney Studios, Paris?

OK...so CinéMagique is great, the Tower of Terror is as good as ever and Crush's Coaster is a nice little indoor coaster. But, seriously, Walt Disney Studios is so inferior to all of Disney's other parks that it's beyond a joke. Ratatouille is a start. But when are we going to get a Disney California Adventure-style overhaul of the entire park?

4. How do you maintain your youthful looks?

Mickey made his debut in 1928's Steamboat Willie , so he's celebrating his 85th birthday this year. But I don't see a single wrinkle on that mousy face of his. Heavy moisturiser, perhaps?

And yes...it's really a Cast Member in a costume, with some clever technology being used to enable Mickey to talk. Expect to see a lot more steps like this from Disney, as it rolls out its NextGen upgrades and personalizes the theme park experience.

What would you like to ask Mickey? Let us know in the comments!


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