Sneak-Peak-Sunday: Pete’s Silly Sideshow

When the Magic Kingdom’s temporary yet permanent Toon-Town-Fair-Starland-Birthdayland closed, Mickey Mouse and friends lost their home and meet and greet areas, and with the announcement of the new expanded Fantasyland, it seemed as though the “Fab 5” (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy, and sometimes Pluto) still didn’t have a home at the Magic Kingdom. Finally…..finally, we’ve gotten our classic characters back in the former Toon Town area. Concept art and details have come out for a tent in Fantasyland’s Storybook Circus mini-land that will provide a meet and greet area for some classic characters in a unique way.

Pete’s Silly Sideshow will be opening this holiday season with the next phase of Fantasyland, which will complete the Storybook Circus area, filling out a big gap in the area that used to be Mickey’s Toon Town Fair. Storybook Circus has already made great strides in becoming one of the more interesting and exciting areas of the Magic Kingdom park to small children, with the Dumbo attraction being moved to the area, the Barnstormer kid’s coaster staying, and the addition of the Casey Jones water play area. To top that off, everyone’s favorite Disney toons return to their former area under the new tent, which also makes the area appealing to classic Disney fans as well.

Pete’s will have a walk in queue where you can pick which characters you’d like to meet, Minnie, Daisy, Donald, and Goofy. Much like the former fair atmosphere, the circus theme has allowed for Disney to get creative with the outfits these characters will be wearing. Minnie “Magnifique” will be a spoof of the animal trainers in the circus. Daisy “Fortuna” will be the fortune teller of the troupe. “The Astounding” Donaldo is a take on the magicians and illusionist of the carnivals long past. Finally, “The Great” Goofini is the stunt man of the crew, which ties in to the Barnstormer attraction just outside the tent.

Unfortunately Mickey Mouse does not make an appearance here as the ringmaster, but will continue to keep his home on Main Street U.S.A. at the Town Square Theater. It is unsure if he will eventually be moved in with the rest of the classic Disney gang, but for now there are no plans for the circus tent to become Mickey’s home. On the same subject, Pete has also not been announced to be a character in the meet and greet. If he will join, it will be the first time that Pete has ever had a real presence and home at any Disney park.

What do you think of Pete’s Silly Sideshow meet and greet? Would you like to see Mickey or Pete join the cast in their new home or do you prefer Mickey on Main Street? Is this something you will be checking out when it opens this winter? Leave your comments and let us know.

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Posted on August 12, 2012, in Articles and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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