Disney park guests may be used to hearing Mickey’s globally recognizable voice during stage shows, parades, and cartoons but guests at the Disneyland Resort this week were in for quite a surprise during some experimental meet and greet sessions. Mickey interacted in ways that Disney Park guests have never experienced before; he talked to them & responded to conversation!
This was part of a process we call “playtesting” as it gives us a chance to develop new concepts with our guests long before they end up in the Parks. “We’re always looking for innovative ways to let guests interact with our beloved characters,” says Disney Imagineer and head of Advanced Development Scott Trowbridge. “And we have many more surprises up our sleeves.”
Unfortunately there are no solid dates, times, or locations published where guests can be involved in “playtesting” with talking Mickey Mouse, or when the character will debut for all park guests to interact with. Although, the wildly popular You Tube videos of the experience were said to have taken place inside Mickey’s colorful house in Toontown.