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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Toontown Character Meet and Greets Being Relocated

Toontown in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World will see its last guests on Friday, February 11, 2011. Due to the Fantasyland Expansion, Toontown is closing and the character meet and greets typically found in the Judge’s Tent or Toontown Hall of Fame are being relocated.




Mickey and Minnie’s meet and greet is moving to Tomorrowland near Space Mountain.



The Disney Princesses are being relocated to the Adventureland Verandah, just to the right as guests cross the bridge into Adventureland.



This is the relocation that has me the most puzzled as I’m wondering how three Disney Princesses will work out here with a usually long queue, Photopass photographers, etc. I had heard that the Princesses were going to be located in the back of Exposition Hall on Town Square at the Magic Kingdom. Rumor on the web is that Exposition Hall isn’t ready for them yet. Hmmm. . . that portion of Exposition Hall was under renovation when we were there in mid-November.



Anyway, look for the Princesses to be relocated again sometime in the future. Eventually the Princesses will have their own areas in the Fantasyland Expansion.



The Disney Fairies are being relocated to EPCOT, near Innoventions East and Mouse Gear. In March, during the Flower and Garden Festival, there was a Disney Fairy Garden near this location, so I’m wondering if this will be the new backdrop for the Fairies. We’ll know more on February 12.



I had originally heard that the Fairies were headed to Hollywood Studios, but alas, that is no longer the case.



What will be interesting is how the mamas and papas will handle the wish for their darlings to meet both the Princesses and the Fairies, as this wish used to be accommodated at the Magic Kingdom, and within relatively close proximity to each other. If it were me, I would book a character meal at Akershus in Norway at EPCOT—click here to read more. The only princess you are apt not to find in EPCOT is Cinderella as she rarely leaves the Magic Kingdom.



But who knows, with these changes happening, we may see more traffic at EPCOT to meet characters, especially with the convenience of EPCOT’s Characters spot—click here to read more --and the abundance of Disney Characters throughout World Showcase. We met 11 characters around World Showcase during our last visit to EPCOT.



For us, meeting and greeting Disney characters is an essential part of any visit to Walt Disney World. We wish everyone happy hunting for their favorite Disney character!

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