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Town Square Theater Soft-Opens to Guests!

Posted on March 31, 2011

Town Square Theater on Main Street U.S.A. at the Magic Kingdom held some soft openings yesterday to welcome the very first guests to the new homes of Mickey Mouse and the Disney Princesses. We have a ton of photos from WDWNT Reporters Robert Ashburn and Taylor Martina to share with you. Keep in mind that they both made several trips through the lines at the new location, so these photos are presented in the order they were taken. Basically, you will see that we go in circles from entrance, to meet and greet, to entrance over and over again. We would have attempted to sort all of these photos together in order, but we really wanted to get this information out to you as soon as possible. Without any further ado, here is an in-depth look at Town Square Theater:

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Wait times sign for Mickey inside. Don’t expect to see this wait very often…

Banner over the doorway

We meet Mickey in the theater offices

These moving pictures offer guest entertainment, but no word on if they will actually interact with guests

Mickey’s mail-slot

The first of hundreds of inside-Disney references point to Fantasia among a number of other things

One of Mickey’s trunks have a Club 33 sticker!

More great references!

This moving rabbit is right out of the short Presto

The desk has references to Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and Mary Poppins, just to name a few

References to Presto, The Band Concert, Steamboat Willie, and more! It just doesn’t end!

Magic trunk

Mickey’s trunk/closet

Blueprints for “The Saw of Dread”

This schedule references Fantasia and The Three Little Pigs

The birdhouse from Mickey’s Toontown Fair is back in the shop at the exit

Even Curtain Call Collectibles has amazing details

An Imagineering tribute on “The Saw of Destiny”

Let’s go see the Princesses!

The sign can easily be changed with a picture of whatever princesses are appearing

The queue area is massive, but beautiful

The Princess side has more temporary trivia running as this will not always be their home

Some very temporary backdrops are in the meet and greet area

Expect more of Mickey’s offices here after the Princesses move to Fairytale Hall in late 2012

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The new marquee looks nice at night

Inside the main lobby

Guests now enter Tony’s from the center rather than near the front door

Box Office Gifts offers Photopass and a few pieces of random merchandise

The split in the meet and greets

Mickey’s trunks have stickers from Disney locations around the world

Another look at the bulletin board

The Sorcerer’s Hat and Madame Leota’s Crystal Ball up on the shelf

Magician Mickey just isn’t ready to perform yet, so the classic standard Mickey and Minnie greeted guests

A Sword in the Stone reference!

The magic wands light up for some reason…

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice robe

The desk again

A Ludvig Von Drake reference? Look it up kids…

An amazing disappearing bird! Wasn’t cool since Journey Into Imagination…

The hand from The Haunted Mansion projection makes a cameo! Ok, it’s just a hand…

The shop features many of the props pictured in the moving posters

A closer look at the Imagineering tribute

The princesses face “The Saw of Dread”!

The registers really fit the theme

Back outside to the wet floor…

Mickey plays card tricks with guests

Can’t help but feel Tower of Terror with this one

Chip and Dale have fun with Mickey and the ball in a cup trick

Lots of queue

A reference to a Tokyo Disneyland Resort Hotel… now we’re getting obscure…

Grand Floridian Resort & Spa sticker and a sticker representing the train station most use to arrive at Disneyland Resort Paris

This room is backwards!

“Feed the birds…”

It’s like when Disneyland Paris ran Tempil of Peril backwards! OK, not quite. Let’s just say Mickey has so many offices that some face a different direction…

A picture drawn by WDI Concept Designer Jason Grandt

MAgic flowers

A great gag!

Backwards!

Curtain Call Collectibles is very well themed, but the merchandise is fairly generic at the moment

You can just go shop if you would like…

Sign pointing guests inside

The wait for Princesses was a lot longer than Mickey, but they are supposedly running at a smaller capacity in less rooms

The FASTPASS area could not be any further off of Main Street, it is practically backstage

Tony’s waiting area is actually quite different now, there used to be a diving wall here

Still has the TV playing Lady and the Tramp thankfully

That new queue sees it’s first filling!

YIKES!

As we saw, you can see “The Cage of Mystery” inside Mickey’s office

Poor Donald…

The Princess side, again, is very temporary

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit gets some love

Nana? Really? That’s a dog…

If you answered A, C, or D, go home!

The walls in the Princess queue are bare so they can be easily transformed once they move out next year

Aww, a hidden Cinderella Castle!

Stay tuned for continuing video and photo coverage of the Town Square Theater as we approach it’s official opening on April 1st!

Topics: Photo Reports, The Magic Kingdom | 3 Comments »

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Philip-Kippel/100001367105242 Philip Kippel

    Expect more of Mickey’s offices here after the Princesses move to Fairytale Hall in late 2012.

    I don’t think so.

    A rumor I read on another forum is that when the Princesses are finally able to go back home to Fantasyland, their current room in the Town Square Theater might be converted into the “theater stage” section of the place, holding meet-and-greets with other characters from the Mickey & Friends franchise (Donald, Daisy, Goofy, Pluto, Chip & Dale, Clarabelle, Horace, Oswald, etc.), which would be an excellent idea.

    Besides, some of the posters in the Town Square Theater’s queue area depicts some of Mickey’s pals in them (ie: Oswald the Disappearing Rabbit, etc.).

    Hope this rumor comes true.

  • http://www.facebook.com/WDWNT Tom Corless

    It’s possible, plans change. The shape of both sides is almost identical, but based on how short they have gotten the line Mickey, that may not be the plan any longer.

  • Barbara Chagas

    Great post! Thank you so much for the pictures!
    I love noticing details like these…
    I have a Disney blog too and will soon be mentioning this post there, if you don’t mind.
    Come visit:
    http://www.disneybuterflies.blogspot.com
    I’m a brazilian former cast member, so it’s in mostly in portuguese, but all the posts have an english version at the bottom.