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Backstage Magic with Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater – New Meet & Greet at the Magic Kingdom – Photos & Video

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We went to the Magic Kingdom in hopes of getting into the soft-opening today of the new Backstage Magic with Mickey Mouse meet and greet – and it was open all day!  The newly renamed Town Square Theater (formerly Exposition Hall) is the setting for this new attraction (below, left) that also includes a meet-and-greet with the Disney Princesses. The lobby is beautiful with tile that includes “1901“, the birth year of Walt Disney (below, right).

Our first visit was with Mickey and Minnie, in their backstage area that is used between Mickey’s magic performances. We never waited more than 10 minutes for Mickey (below, left), it was very slow today as this meet-and-greet won’t be on the schedule until Friday’s official opening. We visited them 4 times, and twice there was no wait (below, right).

In the queue, there are pieces of artwork – some that are reminiscent to the Enchanted Artwork on the Disney Dream (below left and right). There is a difference, though.  The artwork on the Disney Dream have sensors and activate as guests approach. These pieces (the ones that do come to life) are randomly set off.

In the backstage area that Mickey and Minnie meet guests at, there is a wardrobe and trunk – each that have stickers on them (below left and right). Besides the Club 33 and Castaway Cay stickers, there is a Grand Floridian sticker, one of Mira Costa, and more to represent all the locations that have Disney Theme Parks!

We were very fortunate that it was very slow today for the meet-and-greet!  The first few times we met Mickey and Minnie, we just had one or two minutes to get photos of them as well as everything else in the room! The fourth time, we had nearly 10 minutes, and took many photos of Mickey and Minnie around the room (below, left) as well as other details. Don’t expect 10 minutes (we were very lucky), it’s good to learn where some of the tributes and details are so that you can see them in the couple of minutes you’ll likely have there.

Mickey’s wardrobe features his outfit, including magic wands and shoes (below, left). Can you see the hidden Mickey in his case of Magic tricks? (below, right)

This is a detail we’d not likely have figured out ourselves quickly (below, left). The items on the shelf represent the Walt Disney World Parks. From left to right: Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and the Magic Kingdom. The Crystal Ball has Madam Leota’s name on it. The letter (below, right) is from J. Thaddeus Toad Motors, LTD and signed by Angus MacBadger.

Two more references for Disney fans include “Tuppence” on the bag (below, left), referring to Walt’s favorite song, “Feed the Birds” from the film Mary Poppins. The bird on the right is named Joyce, a tribute to longtime Imagineer Joyce Carlson (below, right). It also is reminiscent of the bird in Journey into Imagination – you pass it, and the bird disappears.


The bottle on the left says “Madam Mim’s Potion and Spells” (below, left). And the parrot cane belongs to Mary Poppins!  (below, right)

Mickey checks on the disappearing rabbits (below, left), and Mickey and Minnie wave goodbye as we finally leave! We actually tried to say goodbye a few times but they kept wanting to show us more… it was amazing and can be seen in the video below! (below, right)

The shop is very well themed, one of the first things you see is The Saw of Dread (below, left). And there is even a tribute to Mickey’s house from the former Mickey’s Toontown Fair (below, right).

The Tank of Terror (below, left) refers back to one of the pieces of artwork in the lobby. And each of the three named magic tricks in the shop have a “WED Illusioneering” nameplate (below, right).

Video #1 – Mickey Mouse and Minnie – Town Square Meet & Greet 3/30/11 Opening Day – Surprise Room Tour! – We met Mickey and Minnie in their new home for this soft opening at the Town Square Theater (officially it opens on Friday). We went when it was very slow, and ended up with a tour from Mickey and Minnie themselves! There are so many wonderful tributes, but don’t expect to see most of them when you visit – this will give you an idea though on where to look.

The Disney Princesses meet and greet took a little longer to get into – about 20 minutes, but I expect it will be much longer soon. There is trivia in the queue (below, left).  Three princesses greeted us, including Princess Aurora (below, right).

Belle poses for a photo (below, left), with a mural with Cinderella Castle behind her. We then visited with Cinderella (below, right). These are both wonderful meet-and-greet opportunities, detail rich and should be extremely popular.

Video #2 – Disney Princesses Town Square Theater Meet & Greet 3/31/11 Opening Day Magic Kingdom – We met the Disney’s Princesses during the soft opening of the new meet and greet at the Town Square Theater at the Magic Kingdom!

For many more great photos, please check out MouseSteps latest update HERE!

All New Releases – Adventureland Classics and Liberty Square Classics:

Jeff Lange Remembers: Adventureland Classics

Take a trip back in time to experience classic Walt Disney World “Adventureland” attractions. This third volume in the series features the following: Adventureland Tour (1992-1997), Jungle Cruise (1993), Enchanted Tiki Birds Tropical Serenade (1992), Pirates of the Caribbean (original version including Barker Bird 1992), Pirates of the Caribbean (1997) and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Fantasyland Classics

Jeff Lange Remembers: Liberty Square Classics

Take a trip back in time to experience classic Walt Disney World “Liberty Square” attractions. This third volume in the series features the following: The Hall of Presidents (Original Version – 1993), Mike Fink Keel Boats (opening day attraction – 1992), Haunted Mansion (original version – 1992), Haunted Mansion Bonus Ride (my final recording of the original version with some special surprises – 2006)!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Tomorrowland Classics

Epcot Flower & Garden Festival 2010:

Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2010

Celebrate spring at one of Disney’s most anticipated events of the year: The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2010.

Experience these unique panoramic displays throughout Epcot’s Future World and all around World Showcase!

Running Time: 64 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 09, Jeff Lange Experiences: Epcot’s Flower & Garden Festival 2008

Epcot Center Historical DVDs – Available Now:

For fans of classic Epcot Center, I present my Epcot Center Historical Collection!

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Holiday Treat 2010 DVD – Available Now:

Jeff Lange’s Holiday Treat 2010 (Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2010)

Seasons Greetings from Jeff Lange! Celebrate the holidays with this new DVD featuring the 2010 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World.

Features yearly favorites such as: “Cinderella’s Holiday Wish (Castle Lighting)“, “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade“, “Holiday Wishes Fireworks – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season“, “Celebrate the Season Show“, Very Merry Party Scenes, and much more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Halloween Time at Disneyland (Mickey’s Halloween Party 2010)

Jeff Lange’s Disneyland Trick or Treat (Mickey’s Halloween Party 2010)

Jeff Lange presents this all-new DVD from the 2010 Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland!

Featuring: Spooky Halloween Party Scenes, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Mickey’s Costume Party Cavalcade, Space Mountain: Ghost Galaxy, Halloween Screams – A Villainous Surprise in the Skies Fireworks, Haunted Mansion Holiday and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Halloween Titles (Including Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties 2003-2010) – Click HERE

More Halloween Fun (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party’s 2003 – 2010 Available)

Jeff Lange’s Trick or Treat 7 (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2010)

Jeff Lange presents this all-new DVD from the 2010 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World!

Featuring: Alice & Mad Hatters Treat Party, TheHeadless Horseman, Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks, Villains Mix and Mingle, Not So Scary Party Scenes, Haunted Mansion at Midnight and more!

Running Time: 66 min

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Also available: Trick or Treat vol 1 – 6 (Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties 2003-2009) – Click HERE

Magic Kingdom Summertime 2010:

Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Summertime 2010 (Featuring SpectroMagic, Summer Nightastic! Fireworks Show, Main Street Electrical Parade and more!)

Jeff Lange brings the grandeur of Spectromagic, the brilliance of the Main Street Electrical Parade, and the dazzling display of the Summer Nightastic! Fireworks Show to your door with Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Summertime 2010.

Featurers: SpectroMagic (Final showing of the season 06/05/10), Summer Nightastic! Fireworks Show (Premiere 06/06/10), Main Street Electrical Parade (Premiere 06/06/10) plus, BONUS: “Top of the World” Fireworks Viewing (2010)!

Running Time: 66 Min

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Vintage Disney-MGM Studios:

Jeff Lange Remembers: Disney-MGM Studios Classics – Vol 1

Jeff Lange takes you on a trip back in time to experience the early years of the Disney-MGM Studios. This first volume in a series features the following vintage footage:

Studios Entrance Scenes (1989-1992), Here Come The Muppets (1991), Soundstage Restaurant (1992), The Studio Showcase (1992), Star Today Ceremony (1992), The Great Movie Ride (1991) and more!

Running Time: 66 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange’s Disney-MGM Studios Parade Classics – 20th Anniversary Collectors Edition DVD

Wishes Fireworks – All Versions!

Jeff Lange’s Magic Kingdom Wishes DVD

Jeff Lange takes you to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom to experience the best of all the “Wishes” nighttime fireworks spectaculars!

Features: Wishes - A Magical Gathering of Disney Dreams, Happy HalloWishes Fireworks, Holiday Wishes – Celebrate The Spirit of the Season plus Bonus: Magic, Music & Mayhem Fireworks!

Running Time: 61 Min

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Walt Disney World Vintage Footage:

Jeff Lange DVD Presents: Bob Welbaum’s Walt Disney World 1986 DVD

Jeff Lange turns back the clock to 1986, where you will experience Walt Disney World through the eyes of Disneyana documentarian Bob Welbaum. This incredible vintage footage includes select narration from Mr. Welbaum, who shot this video before recording was commonplace.

Walt Disney World 1986 contains clips from the following: Walt Disney World Resorts, Original Disney Shopping Village, Epcot Center, Discovery Island, Magic Kingdom, Seven Seas Lagoon and much more!

Running Time: 65 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Fantasyland Classics and Jeff Lange Remembers: Tomorrowland Classics

Disneyland Vintage Footage (5 Volumes Available):

Jeff Lange Remembers Disneyland Classics Vol 5

Jeff Lange takes you on a trip back in time to experience classic Disneyland attractions. This fifth volume in the series features the following:

Aladdin’s Royal Caravan (1993), Disneyland Railroad(1992) including the burning settlers cabin, Big Thunder Ranch and more, Beauty and the Beast Show (1993),Pinocchio’s Daring Journey (1993), Alice in Wonderland (1993) andFantasy in the Sky Fireworks (1993)!

Running Time: 66 Min

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Also available: Jeff Lange Remembers: Disneyland Classics Volume 1 – 4.

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