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Robert Niles
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Talking Mickey debuts at Walt Disney World

Published: November 1, 2011 at 5:00 PM

The Talking Mickey character that debuted at Disneyland last year finally has made his way east, to Town Square Theater at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

Word on the [Main] Street (at least out here on the west coast) is that the Talking Mickey actually requires two cast members, one in the suit and another in an audio/video booth to do the voice. (Think Turtle Talk With Crush but with a walking Mickey character, I'm told.) This limits Talking Mickey to established indoor meet and greet locations, such as Toontown at Disneyland or a defined D23 meet area (the only other places we've seen him until this week in Orlando). That means Talking Mickey costs a lot more on tech and labor costs for the company to put out there than a "regular" Mickey.

But if that makes a visit with Mickey a more popular attraction for Disney guests and would-be Disney guests, Talking Mickey would be more than worth the extra investment.

Now we sit back and wait for the inevitable YouTube of Mickey verbally smacking down some hecklers....

Replies (11)

Dominick D

Published: November 1, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Now I wanna go to MK! Meh, Ill be there sometime soon :P
Joshua Counsil

Published: November 1, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Terrifying. Kill it with fire.
Carlo Guardascione

Published: November 1, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Nobody does it better than Disney.
Anthony Murphy
Writer

Published: November 1, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Awesome!
Nick Markham

Published: November 2, 2011 at 6:14 AM

How does the cast member in the suit know what the other one in the audio booth is going to say and coordinate their actions to the speech? Is there a delay they can hear?
Amanda Jenkins
Writer

Published: November 2, 2011 at 10:14 AM

Now I can understand the need for a fastpass for this visit with this Mickey Mouse.
Robert Niles
Editor

Published: November 2, 2011 at 1:25 PM

Nick, I've had a couple of people try to explain this process to me, and, frankly, I still don't understand it.
74.214.118.90

Published: November 2, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Looks awesome and promising. It would be even better if the same technology can be applied to other characters (i.e. Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Daisy, etc.)
Carrie Hood

Published: November 2, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Okay, am I the only person who finds this entirely creepy?
TH Creative
Writer

Published: November 3, 2011 at 3:33 AM

Another example of Disney's commitment to interactivity at its theme parks. Whether it is a thoughtful word from a cast member at a popcorn cart, a guest being pulled from an audience to participate in one of the shows or a chat between Mickey and a child, the interaction that immerses the guest into the "show" is why Walt Disney World is the gold standard for themed entertainment.
Anthony Murphy
Writer

Published: November 5, 2011 at 2:53 PM

I am so THERE!

I think this will be a hit with adults too. Hearing Mickey say your name, that is priceless!

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