PHOTOS: Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration Brings Instagram-Worthy Immersive Exhibits to Disneyland Resort
Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration is finally here! This all-new, must-see experience celebrating 90 years of Mickey Mouse is now welcoming guests in Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort. And this exhibit is sure to be a hit with it’s colorful, interactive rooms. The exhibit is themed and picturesque from the second you walk through the entrance to the waiting area, then on to the 7 immersive rooms. Each room is filled with plenty of Instagram-worthy photo ops and Hidden Minnies.
Tickets for Pop-Up Disney! must be purchased online in advance and they start at $30 per person ($38 for weekends and evenings). Each ticket comes with 5 hours of complimentary parking in the Downtown Disney parking lot. The exhibit is open daily from 10 AM to 9 PM and the retail store, where guests can purchase merchandise, it open from 10 AM to 11 PM. Guests do not need a ticket to shop at the merchandise store. This exhibit is available for a limited time, with no official end date, so be sure to check it out as soon as you can.
Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration
Once inside, guests will check in at the yellow desk and receive a card that indicates which group they’ll be placed in before exploring the exhibit. Even this check-in area is decorated from top to bottom in all things Mickey Mouse. We’ve never seen a more festive staircase.
As you head into the waiting room, there is a sign posted with a set of rules and tips that will ensure your experience is a fun one.
The waiting room offers the first look at what’s in store for guests throughout the immersive exhibit. Right as we walked in we were reminded of the cause for such a splendid celebration: Mickey Mouse.
There are plenty of comfy seating areas for guests to enjoy as they wait to proceed to the exhibit. The Mickey-shaped rugs were a cute touch.
If sitting on a couch isn’t your thing, you can listen to some tunes instead. There are stations set up with Mickey-themed Beats by Dre headphones and a Pop-Up Disney! playlist filled with Disney music. The playlist is available on Apple Music if you want to listen at home.
This a fun wall for photos, if you’re anxious to get started with the photo ops.
And the waiting room wouldn’t be complete without Mickey ottomans set up in front of a tv. The tv flashes different Mickey cartoons and advertisements for the exhibit.
You’ll find a map that lays out the exhibit on one of the walls in the waiting room. Once your group is called, you’ll meet a Cast Member next to this wall and hand over your cards. Then you’ll proceed onto the 7 immersive rooms! And here is where the real fun begins.
Mickey and Minnie’s Love
The theme of this first room centers around Minnie’s love for Mickey. You can take your photo with a giant Minnie Bow or snap a selfie in front of the walls.
Thanks to a handy tip from a Cast Member, we found out that the sequins in the giant heart ruffle if you blow on them.
One of the cutest walls has to be the one decorated with portraits of Mickey and Minnie. Their love has spanned 90 years, which is definitely something to celebrate.
It All Started With A Mouse
Speaking of 90 years, Mickey is celebrating his 90th year. He’s come a long way since he was first created and this second room celebrates those younger days.
The wheel in this Steamboat Willie photo op moves, so you can pretend to captain the boat like Mickey.
Most of the walls in this room are decorated with scenes from classic Mickey cartoons.
Mickey and Minnie may have changed their look several times throughout the last 90 years, but they’re still the same couple we’ve always loved.
Three words: Mickey Plush Wall. This wall is filled with countless Mickey Mouse plushes and yes, it’s as silly as it sounds. It’s definitely one of the more eccentric parts of the exhibit, but it was very popular with our group.
Where would Mickey be 90 years later without his friends? This third room celebrates his famous pals.
A statue of Mickey by his pal Daisy Duck.
Of course, Minnie Mouse would be responsible for this heart-themed photo op dedicated to Mickey.
Can you imagine Mickey as an angry duck like Donald?
Chip and Dale’s acorn statue of Mickey is pretty unique and one of the more creative dedications in this room.
And then there’s Pluto, showing his love for Mickey with a collection of dog treats.
Abstract graffiti art is not what we would have expected from Goofy, but this sure is an interesting take on Mickey Mouse.
And of course, this room celebrating Mickey and friends wouldn’t be complete without a giant mural. We’re suckers for this painting of them holding hands. Check out Chip and Dale in Goofy’s hand!
You’ll notice that each room has a little art that previews what guests will find in the next room. We love this transition artwork of Sorcerer Mickey.
Sorcerer Mickey’s Magic
If we had to pick a favorite, this fourth room would be it. It truly was magical and cameras cannot do it justice. We felt instantly transported into Fantasia as we made our way through the blacklight tunnel.
The star of the room––literally–was this painting of Sorcerer Mickey. It glittered and gleamed as if Mickey really was releasing magic from his fingertip. They’re difficult to photograph, let alone see, but on the walls are constellations in the shape of characters from Fantasia. But our favorite painting had to be this large one of Chernabog. The colors and the blacklights really did him justice.
Mickey Around The World
This fifth room is decorated with postcards from Mickey and Minnie’s travels around the world. We appreciated the concept of this room because Mickey really has sparked joy in the hearts of people across the world.
And there are two nooks within this room for guests to pose in, each celebrating cultures from around the world.
We’re not exactly sure why the name Forever Mickey was given to this room. Perhaps it’s because the mirror images of Mickey go on forever? Either way, this sixth room was another favorite of ours, and the best after Sorcerer Mickey’s Magic. The walls are lined with Mickey Ear Hats and the lights change colors. The lights reflecting on the mirrored walls and Mickey Statue is truly a gorgeous sight. This was a fun room that was difficult to leave.
Mickey at Disneyland
The seventh and final room pays homage to Mickey’s years at Disneyland. The walls are painted with Mickey-shaped snacks found at Disney Parks. And the paintings slowly transform into 3D snacks.
Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be inside a Mickey Balloon? Well, now you can pose for a photo in one. The giant balloon photo op was one of the more fun and colorful photo ops throughout the entire exhibit.
Before you leave, you’ll be mesmerized by this screen that flashes artwork of Mickey as “It’s A Good Time” plays in the background.
Mickey wouldn’t let you leave without proper send off. It’s never goodbye here at the Disneyland Resort, it’s always See Ya Real Soon!
This exhibit is 7 rooms of Mickey-themed entertainment from top to bottom. What we appreciated about this experience most were the Cast Members. In each room, they made sure all the guests had taken all the photos and videos they wanted before moving to the next room. They were also helpful in pointing out where guests can find Hidden Minnies. Unfortunately, selfie sticks are not allowed inside the venue. However, the Cast Members were happy to assist with taking photos of guests.
This experience was a little bit of a whirlwind at times because there was so much to see and so many people were trying to get the perfect photo at the same time. But if you find yourself wanting to visit the Disneyland Resort without being able to enter the theme parks, this exhibit is a great way to pass the time and still get your Disney fix. Whether you decide to experience Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration alone, with family, or with friends, you’ll definitely walk away with countless amazing photos.