Though much of the fun of a trip at Walt Disney World is hitting the highlights like Space Mountain, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Dinosaur, and Spaceship Earth, a lot of guests enjoy some of the smaller, more off-the-beaten-path experiences that are offered around Walt Disney World. However, it looks like some of these fun little experiences have been closed down in recent days, including one that had been a long time coming, but still a little sad to see come to pass...

1. Talking Mickey is now gone from Walt Disney World

Mickey in Magic Kingdom

Image: Disney

Though it had been rumored for several months now, it looks like the talking Mickey Mouse character who formerly met guests daily on Main Street USA at the Magic Kingdom has gone away for good, with his last day interacting with guests taking place on May 12, 2018. Mickey is still in his "Magician" attire, and is sporting a bit of a new look now, but now he only can pantomime with guests instead of actually talking to them. 

This reversal is definitely a strange one as Disney debuted the technology that allows guests to “talk” to Mickey back in 2013, and this version of Mickey Mouse subsequently became a guest favorite, especially among younger guests who enjoyed the interactivity with the world’s most famous mouse.

No official reason for the ending of this unique character meet and greet has been given, but unconfirmed reports implied that Disney was looking for ways to cut costs at the resort, which is why this experience was discontinued. Unfortunately, cost issues would also explain why, after five years, the talking Mickey concept never made it to any other Disney parks. 

And sadly, this isn't the only unique experience that has recently been discontinued...


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