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2014 - A Character Filled Year in Review
DisneyDan  Wednesday, December 31, 2014 11:05:51 AM
Hello everyone,

Well, 2014 is nearly said and done, and 2015 draws ever nearer! It’s been a fantastic year here at Character Central, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank each one of our fans for supporting us for another year of laughter and magic.

In 2014 we had so many adventures, it would be impossible to claim any one of them was our favourite. From starting the year with the Einsteins at Disneyland Paris, Easter with the Aristocats, meeting Oswald for the first time in Tokyo DisneySea, to Christmas at Walt Disney World, it has been simply incredible. If I tried to share every magical moment we had in 2014 I’d not only be here for a week embedding the photos, but you would also get bored! So, this year, instead of my epic "post ever single character we saw" review, I thought I would share with everyone a selection of our favourite character moments from the year (just characters, because if I shared other photos and moments too, again, I’d be here forever!). Having said that, a "selection" from the incredible amount of things we've done means that this post is still really long, so just be warned if you have a slow internet connection!

Let’s start the year on New Year’s Day at Disneyland Paris, where four bright young children made a surprise appearance at the ever-random and wondrous Invention Brunch!

Inventions New Year's Day Brunch featuring the Little Einsteins

Inventions New Year's Day Brunch featuring the Little Einsteins

New Year's Day Brunch at Inventions, feat. the Little Einsteins

New Year's Day Brunch at Inventions, feat. the Little Einsteins

Inventions New Year's Day Brunch featuring the Little Einsteins

New Year's Day Brunch at Inventions, feat. the Little Einsteins

Inventions New Year's Day Brunch featuring the Little Einsteins

Then it was back to Disneyland Paris in February for Valentine’s Day! We attended the Neverland Brunch at Inventions and there was a special Valentine's dinner at the Disneyland Hotel.

Neverland Brunch

Neverland Brunch

Neverland Brunch

Neverland Brunch

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Dinner at Cafe Mickey

Meeting Minnie and Duffy

Suzy and Perla

Meeting Pinocchio and Geppetto

Meeting Eeyore and Tigger

Goofy and Pluto

Meeting Rafiki and Timon

Rafiki

Pluto

Meeting Captain Jack Sparrow

Meeting Buzz Lightyear

Meeting Lilo and Stitch

Meeting Chip 'n' Dale

Meeting Mickey and Minnie in special outfits for Valentine's Day

Meeting Donald and Daisy in special outfits for Valentine's Day

Meeting Mickey Mouse

Meeting Stitch

Meeting Darth Vader

Meeting Goofy

Valentine's Day Magical Moment

Valentine's Magical Moment

Valentine's Day dinner at California Grill

Valentine's Dinner at California Grill

Valentine's Dinner at California Grill

Valentine's Day dinner at California Grill

Fun with Ranger Goofy

Meeting Goofy

Anastasi and Drizella cause havoc in Fantasyland

Meeting Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Mr Smee

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum

The Mad Hatter

Meeting Mickey Mouse

Meeting Donald Duck

Meeting Mickey Mouse

Mulan

Remy and Emile

Disney Junior Live on Stage!

Disney Junior

Gaston

Mary Poppins and Bert

Daisy Duck

Mushu

Cruella and The Queen

In April we visited Disneyland Paris again, this time for their Easter and Spring offerings. I absolutely fell in love with their new spring cavalcade! We were also there for Spider-Man’s debut and were the first in line to meet him!

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Meeting Rapunzel

Meeting Russell

Meeting Spider-Man

Meeting Minnie and Duffy

Easter Sunday Brunch

Easter Sunday Brunch

Easter Sunday Brunch

Easter Sunday Brunch

Easter Sunday Brunch

Easter Sunday Brunch

Easter Sunday Brunch

Easter Sunday Brunch

Easter Egg Hunt

Meeting Goofy

Good Morning Walt Disney Studios

Good Morning Walt Disney Studios

Mary and Bert

Easter Monday Brunch

Easter Monday Brunch

Easter Monday Brunch

Easter Monday Brunch

Easter Monday Brunch

Easter Monday Brunch

Meeting Woody

Easter Egg Hunt

In May we went to Tokyo and enjoyed all of their spring entertainment, and got to meet Oswald the Lucky Rabbit for the first time!

Stormtrooper

Green Army Man

Kitchen Beat

Bernard and Bianca

ShellieMay

Duffy

Character fun in Toon Town

Character fun in Toon Town

The Diamond Horseshoe Roundup

Esmeralda

Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights

Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights

Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights

Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights

Breakfast at the Crystal Palace

Breakfast at the Crystal Palace

Breakfast at the Crystal Palace

Breakfast at the Crystal Palace

Breakfast at the Crystal Palace

Character fun

Daisy Duck

Thumper

Miss Bunny

Goofy

Character fun in Lost River Delta

Character fun in Lost River Delta

Stitch and Angel

Jafar

The Legend of Mythica

The Legend of Mythica

Mickey and Minnie's Polynesian Paradise

Mickey and Minnie's Polynesian Paradise

Mickey and Minnie's Polynesian Paradise

Meet Chip 'n' Dale

Dinner at Chef Mickey

Dinner at Chef Mickey

Dinner at Chef Mickey

Dinner at Chef Mickey

Meeting Oswald the Lucky Rabbit for the first time!

My Friend Duffy

Tweedle Dee and Dum

Mickey Mouse

Fantasmic!

Fantasmic!

Fifer Pig

Fiddler Pig

Minnie Mouse

The Characters leave World Bazaar

The Characters leave World Bazaar

Mickey and Company

Mickey and Company

Mickey and Company

Lido Isle Welcome to Spring

Lido Isle Welcome to Spring

Lido Isle Welcome to Spring

Dale

Chip

Pluto

Donald

Goofy

Scrooge McDuck

Springtime Surprise

Springtime Surprise

Meeting Donald Duck

Incredibles

Easter in New York

Easter in New York

Easter in New York

Easter in New York

Easter in New York

Hippity-Hoppity Springtime

Hippity-Hoppity Springtime

Hippity-Hoppity Springtime

Hippity-Hoppity Springtime

Hippity-Hoppity Springtime

Hippity-Hoppity Springtime

Hippity-Hoppity Springtime

Happiness is Here

Happiness is Here

Happiness is Here

Happiness is Here

Happiness is Here

Happiness is Here

Happiness is Here

Happiness is Here

Happiness is Here

Happiness is Here

Happiness is Here

Happiness is Here

Happiness is Here

Happiness is Here

Happiness is Here

Happiness is Here

Happiness is Here

Happiness is Here

Happiness is Here

Happiness is Here

Happiness is Here

The following month, June, I went back to Disneyland Paris for the end of their spring season.

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Dinner at Inventions

Breakfast at the Golden Forest Lounge

Launchpad McQuack

Minnie and Duffy dressed for Spring

Meeting Spider-Man

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Buzz Lightyear

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Genie

Royalty walks past

Breakfast in the Golden Forest Lounge

Breakfast in the Golden Forest Lounge

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Russell

Inventions Sports Brunch

Inventions Sports Brunch

Inventions Sports Brunch

Inventions Sports Brunch

Inventions Sports Brunch

We had thought that by the summer we might be able to get back to one of the US resorts, but alas, life happens, and so we returned again to Disneyland Paris!

Meeting Winnie the Pooh

King Louie

Meeting Baloo

Disney Magic on Parade!

Disney Magic on Parade!

Disney Magic on Parade!

Disney Magic on Parade!

Disney Magic on Parade!

Disney Magic on Parade!

Chip 'n' Dale

Meeting Minnie Mouse

Mickey Mouse

Goofy

Meeting Captain Hook and Mr Smee

Meeting Peter and Wendy

Inventions Brunch - "Magic" theme

Inventions Brunch - "Magic" theme

Inventions Brunch - "Magic" theme

Inventions Brunch - "Magic" theme

Inventions Brunch - "Magic" theme

Inventions Brunch - "Magic" theme

Inventions Brunch - "Magic" theme

Inventions Brunch - "Magic" theme

Meeting Buzz Lightyear

The Incredibles Hit the Road

The Incredibles Hit the Road

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars: Meet Your Disney Character Friends

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars: Meet Your Disney Character Friends

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars: Meet Your Disney Character Friends

Meeting Woody

Disney Magic on Parade!

Character fun in Adventureland

Character fun in Adventureland

Character fun in Frontierland

Character fun in Frontierland

Character fun in Frontierland

Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars: Meet Your Disney Character Friends

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars: Meet Your Disney Character Friends

Stars 'n' Cars greeting

Inventions Brunch - Cinema Theme

Inventions Brunch - Cinema Theme

Inventions Brunch - Cinema Theme

Inventions Brunch - Cinema theme

Inventions Brunch - Cinema Theme

Inventions Brunch - Cinema Theme

Meeting the Seven Dwarfs

Meeting the Seven Dwarfs

Meeting the Seven Dwarfs

Meeting the Seven Dwarfs

Meeting the Seven Dwarfs

Meeting the Seven Dwarfs

Meeting the Seven Dwarfs

Meeting the Seven Dwarfs

Magical Moment

Disney Magic on Parade!

For the same personal reasons that prevented us from visiting the US resorts in August, we were still unable to visit in September, like we had really hoped, so guess what? Yes, you guessed it! Back to Disneyland Paris! (We do go somewhere different after this though...)

Meeting Chip and Dale

Character fun in Adventureland

Baloo and King Louie

Character fun in Adventureland

Character fun in Adventureland

Disney’s Stars’n’Cars: Meet Your Disney Character Friends

Disney’s Stars’n’Cars: Meet Your Disney Character Friends

Disney’s Stars’n’Cars: Meet Your Disney Character Friends

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars: Meet Your Disney Character Friends

Disney’s Stars’n’Cars: Meet Your Disney Character Friends

Disney’s Stars’n’Cars: Meet Your Disney Character Friends

Disney’s Stars’n’Cars: Meet Your Disney Character Friends

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars: Meet Your Disney Character Friends

The Incredibles Hit the Road

The Incredibles Hit the Road

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars: Meet Your Disney Character Friends

Disney’s Stars’n’Cars: Meet Your Disney Character Friends

Disney’s Stars’n’Cars: Meet Your Disney Character Friends

Character fun in Frontierland

Meeting Stitch

Meeting Rafiki and Timon

Meeting Rapunzel

Meeting Chip 'n' Dale

Meeting Belle and Gaston

Goofy and Pluto

Anastasia

Meting Drizella

Lady Tremaine

Fun with Peter and Wendy

Oriental Brunch at Inventions

Oriental Brunch at Inventions

Oriental Brunch at Inventions

Oriental Brunch at Inventions

Oriental Brunch at Inventions

Inventions Brunch - Aladdin theme

Inventions Brunch - Aladdin theme

Oriental Brunch at Inventions

Magical Moment

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Meeting Spider-Man

Meeting Woody and Buzz

Meeting Mary Poppins and Mr Penguin

Meeting Suzy and Perla

Meeting Rabbit and Tigger

Meeting Stitch

Finally, after months of delays, we were able to get back to Walt Disney World at the start of December! We attended not one, but three Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties and much more!

Meeting Princess Tiana

Meeting Mickey Mouse

Meeting Tinker Bell

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade

Meeting Elsa

Meeting Anna

Dream Along with Mickey

A Frozen Holiday Wish

Disney Jr Play 'n' Dine

Play N Dine at Hollywood and Vine

Disney Jr Play 'n' Dine

Disney Jr Play 'n' Dine

Meeting Minnie Mouse

Meeting Mickey Mouse

Meeting Hiro and Baymax

Meeting Phineas and Ferb

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

Meeting Santa Goofy

Meeting Donald Duck

Meeting Mater and McQueen

Daisy Duck

Donald Duck

Meeting Goofy and Pluto

King Louie and Baloo

Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Chip and Dale

Meeting Pocahontas

DinoLand Dance-a-Palooza

DinoLand Dance-a-Palooza

Meeting Donald, Daisy and Scrooge

Meeting Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Holiday Hootenanny!

Meeting Peter Pan and Wendy Darling

Club Tinsel

Club Tinsel

A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas!

Celebrate the Season

Meeting Chip and Dale

Meeting Goofy

Meeting Minnie Mouse

Meeting Mickey Mouse

Pere Noel

Meeting Donald Duck

Duffy the Disney Bear

Meeting Santa and Mrs Claus

Helga and the Nutcracker

La Befana

Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party

Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It! Street Party

Meeting Stitch

Peter Pan

Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Meeting Cinderella and Prince Charming

Meeting Rapunzel and Flynn Rider

Mickey Mouse

Mary Poppins, Bert and Mr Penguin

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip

Snow White and the Prince

Holiday Hootenanny!

Aladdin and Abu

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Father Christmas

Meeting Tarzan

Our final Disney experience of 2014 was to attend Disney On Ice’s Frozen show. I have to say, these shows have really improved over the years, and despite not being fans of the Frozen over-hype, this show was pretty good!

Disney On Ice - Frozen

Disney On Ice - Frozen

Disney On Ice - Frozen

Disney On Ice - Frozen

Disney On Ice - Frozen

Disney On Ice - Frozen

Disney On Ice - Frozen

Disney On Ice - Frozen

Disney On Ice - Frozen

Disney On Ice - Frozen

Disney On Ice - Frozen

Disney On Ice - Frozen

Disney On Ice - Frozen

Disney On Ice - Frozen

Disney On Ice - Frozen

Disney On Ice - Frozen

Disney On Ice - Frozen

Disney On Ice - Frozen

Disney On Ice - Frozen

Disney On Ice - Frozen

The New Year brings many more new and exciting experiences for us. We start the new year in Disneyland in California, and have several more trips planned for there, Walt Disney World, a summer trip to Disneyland Paris and finally a Christmas trip to Tokyo Disney Resort and Hong Kong Disneyland! It’ll be a busy year again, but it’s set to be just as magical, if not more!

Happy New Year everyone, from Dan and Jon!

Meeting Chip, Dale and Goofy

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Want to discover the magic of all the Disney Parks worldwide without leaving your seat?! Then be sure to check out my “Grand Circle Tour”, which is currently touring Main Street, Adventureland and Frontierland, here on the Character Central Blog! See below for links.

  • Part 1 - Main Street USA
  • Part 2 - Adventureland
  • Part 3 - Frontierland

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