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Advent Calendar - 16th December
DisneyDan  Monday, December 16, 2013 1:44:34 PM
Today is the 16th December, which means it is time to open the next door of our Character Central advent calendar!

Click to find out who is behind today's door!

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Happy Father's Day!
DisneyDan  Sunday, June 16, 2013 4:51:25 AM
Today, Sunday 16th June, is Father's Day in many countries around the world.
In the magical worlds of Disney there are many characters who are a dad, or who have been seen as a dad, or performed fatherly duties.
Let us thank them all, and celebrate with our own dads, in this special photo cavalcade.

First up, it's the original Disney dad, Goofy! Although he often embarrasses his son Max, they make quite the pair, and are more alike than Max cares to admit.

Roger Rabbit's Toontown Dream

DLR DDE Closing Ceremony

King Triton has seven daughters, the most famous of which is of course Ariel. Despite Triton's concerns about the human world, he loves his daughter so much that he allows her to become human, and marry Prince Eric.

WDW Dec 2009 - SpectroMagic Parade

Disney on Ice Princesses and Heroes

Ariel

The King wanted his son Prince Charming, to find his true love, and so threw a ball in his honour. The plan worked, and Charming found Cinderella!

DCL Mar 2012 - Dreams - An Enchanted Classic

The Sultan of Agrabah was maybe not as easy on his daughter Jasmine, and was quite happy for her to marry his evil advisor, Jafar. In the end though he saw the spark of true love between Aladdin and Jasmine, and was happy for them to marry.

Aladdin's Dream of Adventures Dinner

Mr Incredible is a real hero to his son Dash. Literally, he is a superhero and full time dad!

PIXAR Pals featuring Heroes in Training Squad

Crush is a totally rad dad, and lets Squirt ride in and out of the EAC all on his own!

WDW April 2011 - Finding Nemo - The Musical

Dr Doofenshmirtz is father to Vanessa. Although an unlikely role model, he does love his daughter, and they get along... in their own way!

Mar 2012 - Disney's Phineas and Ferb Live: The Best LIVE Tour Ever!

Gosalyn Mallard's father is Drake Mallard, AKA Darkwing Duck (but don't tell anyone!).

Dream of Glory with DARKWING DUCK!!

Next is the kindly Italian toy maker, Geppetto. Geppetto carved his son, Pinocchio, out of wood, and wished upon a star for him to become a real boy.

DLP Aug 2011 - Characters come out to meet their fans in Fantasyland

Disneyland July 2012 - Saying hi to Geppetto

Carl Fredricksen didn't have a ny children of his own, but when Russell accidentally ends up in his house traveling to South America, their share a bond that is truly unique and special.

DLP June 2011 - Disney's Dine with the PIXAR Stars

Emperor Zurg claims to be Buzz Lightyear's father, but that is unconfirmed, and something which I am sure we will never get from Buzz himself! Definitely not a role model, nor a good influence!

Disney On Ice - Toy Story 3

The Little Green Men had only ever known The Claw as their guide. Choosing candidates to go off with humans for a new life, for better or worse. When Mr Potato Head came along, they found stability, and through his grumpy facade, a potato that actually cares.

Disneyland Aug 2009 - Pixar Play Parade

Dr Jumba Jookiba is the mad scientist who created Stitch (Experiment 626), and Sttch's other 625 "cousins". Though technically they are genetic experiments, Jumba is now one of their guardians, exiled on Earth. When they are in trouble, he tries to fix them using Earth's limited technological resources.

Jumba at Stitch's Hawaiian Paradise Party

Kerchak was the leader of the gorillas, when Kala brought Tarzan to him. Although a reluctant fatherly figure, Kerchak taught Tarzan how to be a strong leader, and excellent warrior.

On the Wild Side event

Despite his flaws, Frollo looked after Quasimodo in the bell tower of Notre Dame for many years, teaching him, and bringing him what he needed.

DDE May 2013 - Walt Disney World Farewell Event

Jango Fett cloned himself, and raised his "son" Boba to follow in his footsteps.

DDE May 2013 - Meeting the Stars of Star Wars

Finally, Darth Vader, otherwise known as Anakin Skywalker. Although he turned to the Dark Side for many years, there was still good in him. When confronted with the choice of redeeming himself to save his children, or continuing down his path of power and destruction, he ultimately chose his own death in order to save his son and daughter.

DLP Halloween 2012 - Meeting Darth Vader

So, there we have it! Have a very Disney Father's Day from us here at Character Central!

Dan.
Advent Calendar - 22nd December!
DisneyDan  Saturday, December 22, 2012 8:04:09 AM
Today is the 22nd of December, so it is time to open the next door of our special Character Central Advent Calendar!

Ok, here we go!...

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Advent Calendar - 9th December!
DisneyDan  Sunday, December 9, 2012 12:35:17 PM
Today is the 9th of December, so it is time to open the ninth magical door of our Character Central Advent Calendar!

Here we go!...

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New Fantasyland Opening Date Announced, Character Changes at the Magic Kingdom, Character Dining Changes at DLP and more!
DisneyDan  Thursday, August 9, 2012 1:08:14 PM
Hi all,

I was going through some old emails and I noticed one I had sent to myself before the California trip regarding some news... But of course I had forgot to report it! LOL!
Anyway, there is some new news this evening, so I thought I would report this old news and new news altogether :)

The Disney Parks Blog finally announced when the New Fantasyland would fully open (minus the Fairytale Hall and Mine Coaster - they are both coming a lot later) on December 6th this year! This means that the new character features should be open by then too, including the new Enchanted Tales with Belle (replacement for Storytime with Belle), Pete's Silly Side Show (which I reported on earlier this week, and includes some cool new outfits for the VIPs!), Ariel's Grotto (which will see the return of Ariel in her true Mermaid form!) and also some new character appearances! We have heard that Gaston and Beast will start greeting guests in the New Fantasyland, as of course it will be heavily themed towards their home village.
We have also heard "someone" will move from EPCOT to Magic Kingdom. My theory is that this is Beast. He is a difficult character to cast, and thus having him two places would be awkward. So, although I could be wrong, the EPCOT character that is moving, in my opinion, will probably be Beast.
On top of that, because of the fact Donald and Goofy will now appear in the new Circus area in new outfits, they will no longer both meet in Frontierland. I have heard that Chip and Dale will be leaving Tomorrowland and will appear in Frontierland instead. This will leave Stitch and Buzz in Tomorrowland.
Overall this means we are gaining Gaston to the regualr character line-up at the Magic Kingdom.

For Mickey's Not So Scary in the Magic Kingdom, Panchito on our forum reported that Phineas and Ferb may appear in Town Square. Their addition could mean the loss of Rafiki and Timon in Adventureland.

At Disney's Hollywood Studios, Agent P is now strongly rumoured to start appearing in the Fall. If we hear more we'll report it!

Over at Disneyland Paris, you may recall that I had mentioned a while ago that Duffy had been sidelined in favour of more popular characters during quieter hours. Well, now it appears that he has been taken off the times guides altogether. The new one for this week completes omits his location on Main Street. We still hear he will be around for Halloween Season though in a special costume.
Also at DLP, a while ago I had heard that the Cowboy Cookout was returning to a regular restaurant from the start of November. User Frollo on our Forum now reports that he has heard this will be from the start of October. So, say goodbye to the the most peculiar tea party in the Wild West! (For those of you who aren't aware, Cowboy Cookout was an amazing counter service restaurant at DLP in Frontierland. About 3 years ago they stopped the regualr operation of the venue and added a "Tea Party with Disney Characters". A tea party with Woody, Jessie and the VIPs in their Western gear, in Frontierland. It was a n odd concept, but one which was very well received, reasonably priced, and offered good food).
I actually look forward to it returning as a counter service restaurant, despite being a huge character fan. It is more fitting that such a grand restaurant fulfil it's true potential.

That isn't all this week's news - check my post from two days ago, too, for some other relevant things!

Ok, I think that's all for now. Please remember that everything is rumour or speculation until confirmed by Disney. We try to be as accurate as possible, but s with everything, things can change!

Dan.
Star Wars Weekends, Merida, Mickey, Goofy and more!
DisneyDan  Friday, May 25, 2012 1:11:19 PM
Hi all,
Sorry it has been a while again, but we have been ever busy, and to be honest, there hasn't been too much character news out there!

But, nonetheless I thought I'd just mention a few things that have happened in recent days.

At Disneyland Paris, the new Meet Mickey opened in Fantasyland at the former Fantasy Festival Stage location.
We don't have any of our own pictures to share right now, but from what I have seen of the inside, it is really neat! I think that they did a much better job of it than Town Square Theatre in the Magic Kingdom, that's for sure!

Disneyland Paris also released the new Winter brochure for this year, and it provides some small (very small) details about what to expect this Halloween and Christmas seasons.
Characters in themed outfits seem to be returning to both celebrations, and at Halloween the Villains too.
As we already knew, but now confirmed, the MNSSHPs are not returning (sadly), but the Soiree will.
At Christmas, Mickey's Winter Wonderland will return, and the description uses a plural - shows - so we expect that the Tree Lighting will return, and a new, reworked Castle Lighting (seeing that Central Plaza Stage has now gone).
Find a out a few more details, including dates, on our forum here (Christmas) and here (Halloween).

Over in Walt Disney World, Star Wars weekend began last week, and have, as always, been featuring all the best loved characters from the movies. I haven't heard of anything exceptional this year, or anyone new, but if I do I'll of course post it here.

Staying with the US Parks, both WDW and Disneyland launched Princess Merida from PIXAR's Brave last week.
Merida now meets at the Fairytale Garden in the Magic Kingdom, and near "it's a small world" in Disneyland.

Finally, last week I had posted a Happy Birthday Goofy post... I had done this because, according to numerous sources - including the Disney Parks Blog itself! - that it was indeed Goofy's Birthday. Now, according to Disney, it is Goofy's Birthday today!
I have double checked against various different sources, and most places seem to agree it is today, but some places still record it as the 12th of May!
Well, anyway, what ever the actual date (and my suspicion it is indeed today), we'll wish Goofy Happy Birthday again! Check out last week's post for a photo filled tribute to our favourite goof in action at the Parks and Resorts!

Ok, that's all for now,

Dan.
Happy Belated Birthday Goofy!
DisneyDan  Wednesday, May 16, 2012 11:41:21 AM
Hi all! I have been very busy this last week, and so have missed some key dates, including Goofy's Birthday!
Goofy first made his starring debut in the Mickey Mouse short, Mickey's Revue on the 12th May 1932.
So here is a belated photo tribute to that loveable but clumsy dog!

Meeting Goofy and Max

Meeting Cowboy Goofy

Meeting Goofy

Meeting Sports Goofy

Scarecrow Goofy and his CM

Meeting Goofy

Meeting Goofy

Meeting Goofy

Happy Belated birthday Goofy!

Dan.
Character Central Advent Calendar - 7th December
DisneyDan  Wednesday, December 7, 2011 11:13:47 AM

Today is the 7th of December, and so it is time to open the seventh door on our Character Central Advent Calendar!

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Character News and Updates From Around the Web - Loads of Phineas and Ferb News! UP comes to DCA, New Dreamlights Floats and much more!
DisneyDan  Monday, July 11, 2011 12:50:48 PM

Hi all,

Today we begin in Disneyland Paris. The summer season started three days ago, which meant the return of Disney's FantIllusion, their night time parade. Maleficent has been given a slight makeover, and now appears as face character. She had previously been a masked character in the parade. What was strange is that FantIllusion was the only place she appeared like that! Returning her to her regular self is definitely an improvement. Sadly I do not have any picutres to share, but if I come across any I will be sure to post them here.  [ Read More... ]

Happy 79th Birthday Goofy!
DisneyDan  Wednesday, May 25, 2011 11:12:42 AM
Today is Goofy's 79th Birthday! So join me in a photographic tribute to the loveable but clumsy Mr George Geef!  [ Read More... ]
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