Talking Mickey leaving Town Square theater

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  1. rteetz

    rteetz Rumors and News Moderator Moderator

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    Come May 2018 talking Mickey will be no more. He is leaving and being replaced by regular Mickey. This is a cost saving move.
     
  2. Skywise

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    How much money can they possibly be saving?! Iger can't squeeze that much more money out of the parks.
     
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  4. mom2rtk

    mom2rtk Bring Back MARIE!

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    Gotta maintain that 24% margin in the parks.
     
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  5. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    "Talking Mickey" is actually a huge expense compared to the amount of "return" per number of guests.
    The venture takes a multitude of CMs with specialty training to operate each "Talker."

    Whether they decide to continue TM or not, I always thought that it was kind of foolish to spend that kind of personnel budget on such a limited attraction.
     
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  6. vallygirl0221

    vallygirl0221 Mouseketeer

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    I am so saddened by this news it was truly one of the most magical experiences I have had at Disney, I understand the money but what about the magic
     
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  7. My3SweetSuns

    My3SweetSuns No. I don’t want to build a snowman.

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    Are lines usually long to see him? Trying to decide if I should try to squeeze in a visit when we go in Feb.
     
  8. hiroMYhero

    hiroMYhero I'm satisfied with my care... Moderator

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    Agree with Robo. For each meet & greet room in TST, there’s a minimum of 9 CMs involved to keep that non-stop meet running. That number doesn’t include the entertainment Coordinators, Managers, and operation CMs.
     
  9. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    And, let's not forget, (just using the posts on this board) for every "We LOVED him!" reaction, there were at least as many "He was CREEPY!" opinions.
     
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    disneygirlsng Mouseketeer

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    I'd say so. Often 45-60 minutes or more. Can be shorter during slower times of course.
     
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  11. rteetz

    rteetz Rumors and News Moderator Moderator

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    The heads are also incredibly heavy for Cast to wear.

    This is kind of a dumb cost cutting move though. He’s incredibly popular.
     
  12. DaisyDuck001

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    Sad to read this news. All this time I'd hoped Talking Donald would be added next.

    You could get an FP for that.
     
  13. hiroMYhero

    hiroMYhero I'm satisfied with my care... Moderator

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    FP is available but there is never a guarantee Mickey will be talking when you meet him.
     
  14. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    What other attraction takes that many CMs and also accommodates so few guests per hour?

    And, all of those CMs are still on the clock even when the Glitches pop up and Mickey goes mute.
     
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    I'm so sorry to hear that. I finally went to this in December, and it was so fun! Even though I was by myself, Mickey gave me a lot of attention and did a magic trick for me! He gave every guest personal attention. Now I know why the lines were always so long!
     
  16. rteetz

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    Oh I know but Disney was once a company where that didn’t matter. It was about the guest experience not ROI. There are other areas they could have cut first. People go crazy for meet and greets.
     
  17. HopperFan

    HopperFan "It's a bug-eat-bug world out there, princess."

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    Or "Sorry Mickey has a sore throat today" to which I say "He sure gets sick a lot " .................... :rolleyes:

    My adult kids thought he was creepy and kinda ruined it for them.

    I found the "canned" responses disappointing.

    I'm fine with this.
     
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  18. Disneylover99

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    We met him once. We found him really creepy. We definitely prefer non talking Mickey.
     
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    I was wondering if this could be the cause. People using a FP or waiting in line to meet talking Mickey only to be disappointed or upset that he's not talking.
     
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  20. anomamatt

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    Yup. My personal rate of Mickey having lost his voice is 30%. Still, talking Mickey was special and will be missed. Was always our first stop in MK. I’m disappointed in Disney.
     
  21. HopperFan

    HopperFan "It's a bug-eat-bug world out there, princess."

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    What would be nice as well is to have a traditional Mickey available in the Magic Kingdom. He's Safari Mickey at AK, Sorcerer Mickey at DHS and you have to go to Epcot for traditional ... which seems kinda silly .... the park many with young ones don't go to. I get it's fun for them to have fancy clothes but some kids just want to meet them with outfits they know.

    ME. Used FP+ for whole family for their first visit with him. Sore throat. I complained outside, complained to a supervisor who was INCREDIBLY RUDE to me. No, nothing is ever guaranteed and I get that it doesn't say that outside .... but we are using a FP+ because he talks. After that we never used a FP+ again, hit it when it was shorter times as we headed in or out of park.

    Lucky you, we are at about 50/50.
     
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