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Flashback Friday - Exposition Hall at the Magic Kingdom
DisneyDan  Friday, August 7, 2015 9:33:39 AM
Hello everyone,

This week's belated Throwback Thursday, which is now a Flashback Friday, is about the Magic Kingdom's former Exposition Hall.

Exposition Hall, or Expo Hall as it was more commonly known, is the building that is now known as Town Square Theater. Before Mickey Mouse and Tinker Bell took up residence, the building was home to a cinema, a small exhibit and fun photo locations.
Expo Hall was a great place to chill out, away from the crowds and intense Florida heat. The continuously playing cartoons on the main screen were a nice respite from the outside world. There were also various photo locations that were fun to take pictures with, and characters would often show up, seemingly randomly, at these locations, too! It was always one of those places that was hidden in plain sight - it was hardly ever crowded, but there were enough people there and things going on, that it was a fun indoor location that we loved to visit.
It was also a place where special events could take place, such as the Tinker Bell movie annual passholder preview, back in September 2008. The Fairies of Pixie Hollow made their debut appearance at the Disney Parks, right there in Expo Hall! We were very fortunate enough to be able to attend the event, where as well as meeting all five fairies, we also met the director, producer and screenwriter of the film.

Let's take a look inside, and take a look at some of our adventures there.

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A Tribute to Expo Hall
disneydan  Monday, May 30, 2011 11:42:34 PM
Earlier last month Exposition Hall (aka Expo Hall) closed it's doors for a major overhaul and reopened a little while later as Town Square Theater.
Since park opening in 1971 Expo Hall has provided inquisitive Guests with the opportunity to sit out of the intense Florida heat and watch some classic Disney cartoons on the big screen. Hidden away behind the photo centre and not well known, it was one last hidden gem in the park.  [ Read More... ]
Character News and Updates From Around the Web - Town Square Theater open for business, and Magical Moments shows begin at DLP!
DisneyDan  Thursday, March 31, 2011 11:46:41 AM

Hi all,

Yesterday insidethemagic posted some new pictures form the new Mickey and Princess meet and greet rooms at the new Town Square Theater in the Magic Kingdom. The brand new locations have been open on “soft opening” test runs.  [ Read More... ]

Character News and Updates From Around the Web - Magical Moments arrives in DLP and Angel to stay!
DisneyDan  Wednesday, March 30, 2011 11:50:57 AM

Hi all,

I have some news form Disneyland Paris today regarding the new Magical Moments Festival.

They have been out in full force installing the new photolocations, and so far include Aladdin, Lion King/Jungle Book, Rapunzel and Alice in Wonderland. I found these pictures posted to a blog, and I have to say that the Aladdin one looks neat, the Alice one is ok, but the Rapunzel one looks simply awful (you can click the images to see them larger). The Rapunzel one is just stuck right in the middle of the walkway and is completely out of touch with its surroundings. I really think it is a bad set up.  [ Read More... ]

Character News and Updates From Around the Web - No Magician Mickey, DLP hub show extended, Events in Paris, NYC and Dubai and more!
DisneyDan  Tuesday, March 29, 2011 12:12:36 PM

Hi all,

The Disney Parks Blog the other day made a post about the opening of the new Mickey meet ‘n’ greet in Town Square. In the post they mentioned magician Mickey, to which I, and the rest of the Disney community took as meaning he will have an actual magician’s outfit. But it has now come to light that this is not the case, and it will be just regular Mickey. The “magician” part simply implied, well, that Mickey can do magic I suppose. The post doesn’t make it too clear and caused quite a lot of confusion, but sadly regular Mickey will be greeting Guests. We will be there in just over two weeks to check this out for ourselves. The new area does look neat, and today Stitch Kingdom shared two (albeit blurry) images taken by someone on the inside!  [ Read More... ]

Character News and Updates From Around the Web - Magical Moments videos, Mickey and Princesses arrive in Expo Hall, Cars 2 and Pirates at Disneyland, and much more!
DisneyDan  Sunday, March 27, 2011 12:10:58 PM

Hi all,

Friday night saw a special preview event at Disneyland Paris for the new Magical Moments Festival, due to start in less than weeks at the Resort. The event consisted of special previews of the brand new hub show, and the Disney Dance Express (the latest incarnation of the Character Express/Casey Jr).  [ Read More... ]

Magician Mickey moves in!
DisneyDan  Thursday, March 24, 2011 1:28:04 PM

Hi all,

The Disney Parks Blog today announced that when the brand new, near-completed Expo Hall meet 'n' greet location opens, Mickey will be greeting his fans in a magicians outfit! I have to say we are quite excited about this, and hope that the new area is completed for our trip in three weeks time!

The princesses will also be moving into Expo Hall until the new Fantasyland is at a stage where they can go back up there. What will become of the extra queue area once they move out of Expo Hall is also unknown. Hopefully WDI have something up their sleeves so that it does not become yet another redundant area of the park! (Especially since the Mickey meet will be permanent and so cool looking, we don't want disused areas making the place look untidy!)

As the comment replies from Staff explain, there is currently no idea of how the FastPass system for the meets will work.

Sadly there isn't anything else character related to report this week, but I'll keep you posted as always.


Character News and Updates From Around the Web - Merlin in DLP and Mickey's new home in WDW!
DisneyDan  Wednesday, March 9, 2011 12:46:15 PM

Hi all,

This week I heard from a friend that Merlin made an unprecedented appearance in Disneyland Park in Disneyland Paris. For the first time in many years during regular hours (besides ticketed events), Merlin was found in the Castle Courtyard trying to find the new King of England in the much pined for Sword in the Stone Ceremony!  [ Read More... ]

Character News and Updates From Around the Web - Big DLP update from our trip, Expo Hall at WDW and more!
DisneyDan  Friday, February 25, 2011 2:23:10 PM

Hi all,

Those of you who follow us on Facebook will know that we have been in Disneyland Paris for the past five days, where we tried to make some posts from there “live” from the parks. For the first time we used the “check-in” feature on our Facebook page to update our followers of our activities, and also managed to upload two pictures of characters also – one of Rabbit and the other of Super Star Goofy. I have to say that it worked to some success, and we hope to provide more live updates in the future while we are in the parks.  [ Read More... ]

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