This article details the specifics of meeting Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater inside the Magic Kingdom. This is the home of Mickey the Magician’s character meet-and-greet at Walt Disney World.
Meeting Mickey Mouse at the Magic Kingdom is a must-do for most during their family vacations! Our favorite mouse meets daily inside the park’s entrance at Town Square Theater. Typically, Mickey meets from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. However, when the park closes earlier, his meet-and-greet is generally in line with the park’s hours of operation.
Below, we’ll discuss a few quick facts about meeting Mickey Mouse and walk you through our last visit, including wait times. Wait times for this meet-and-greet can be long, given Mickey’s popularity.
|Town Square Theater (Main Street USA)
|Yes, with Genie+
|No photographers, but a box on the wall
takes photos of guests.
|Posted Wait Time:
|25 minutes (at 2:48 p.m.)
|Our Actual Wait Time:
|29 minutes (met Mickey at 3:17 p.m.)
|Yes, have your autograph book out and ready!
|January 20, 2024
When you enter the park, Town Square Theater is inside the entrance on the immediate right. This location was formerly home to two character meets. Tinkerbell, who met next to Mickey Mouse, has not returned. Currently, the location is solely used for Mickey’s character meet-and-greet. However, Tinkerbell’s sign is still posted in some areas.
Wait times for Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater are posted at the theater’s entrance.
A standby queue and Lightning Lane are available for this character meet-and-greet. Guests who purchase Genie+ can use this as one of their selections based on availability.
The queue for Mickey Mouse’s meet-and-greet begins inside the theater past the foyer. Thankfully, this character meet-and-greet is in an air-conditioned space. So, it’s not the worst place to wait in line during the heat of the day or in inclement weather.
On the day of this visit, the posted wait was 25 minutes when I got in line at 2:48 p.m.
A few electronic signs feature Mickey the Magnificent performing magic tricks while you wait.
While you wait, you’ll make your way into a series of smaller, private rooms where only a few guests are waiting. Occasionally, a cast member will open the door and ask for the next party. Not to spoil the magic, but Mickey meets guests simultaneously in several rooms. Fortunately, you’ll be none-the-wiser as you’re ushered into the next private meeting area.
Here are a few more elements from the queue:
It was 3:17 p.m. when we met Mickey Mouse. So overall, it was a 29-minute wait, which was pretty much in line with the posted 25-minute wait. We meet with characters often and find that wait times are usually consistent, giving or taking 5-10 minutes. There is no time limit for anyone to meet with the characters. So, in some situations, parties might take longer than average. Other times, you’ll see a family wait for an hour and take less than a minute to get their photo taken.
Mickey’s dressing room is the final waiting area, where you’ll meet Mickey. It’s filled with fun props and several magicians’ accessories.
A trunk contains cards, spell books, and other magic tricks.
Here is the built-in photo box that will take your photos. Unfortunately, this machine took the place of a PhotoPass photographer. It was a disappointment when these boxes were installed.
Anyway, this display of props is fun. Mickey has a bottomless hat; one has doves, and another is missing. Indeed, it’s the rabbit hat.
Then, of course, Mickey Mouse is waiting to greet you with a big grin and open arms.
When it’s your turn, Mickey will greet you first. Cast members ask that you have autograph books and pens out and ready. Mickey will sign his autograph before posing with you for photos.
He’s the best!
Mickey Mouse gives hugs, signs his autograph, and poses for photos. However, he is not a talking character. Here is a photo of his autograph.
If you don’t have the Memory Maker, you’ll want cameras or cell phones ready to capture a few photos. Of course, you can always ask the cast member attending the meet-and-greet if they can assist.
From my experience, the best time to meet Mickey Mouse is immediately after the Festival of Fantasy Parade. Many guests are drawn away from attractions and character meets during this time, so waits usually drop significantly.
You could find a place to watch the parade near the entrance of Town Square Theater. Then, as soon as it passes, head inside to meet Mickey. Wait times should be minimal.
This same strategy works for the evening fireworks if the park stays open afterward. However, you’ll want to be near the theater’s entrance after the fireworks conclude to avoid the crowds trying to exit.
With that said, any time to meet Mickey Mouse is a good time. He’s genuinely one of a kind. If you’re hoping to meet characters at Disney World, we have a list that links to every character meet available per park:
- Magic Kingdom Characters Guide
- Epcot Characters Guide
- Characters at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Animal Kingdom Character Meet-and-Greets
Or you might enjoy these individual meet-and-greets:
- Meet Disney Princesses at Epcot
- Meet Belle at Disney World (Every Location)
- Winnie the Pooh Character Meet at Disney World
- Meet Mickey and Minnie at Adventurer’s Outpost
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