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Happy 86th Birthday Mickey and Minnie Mouse!
DisneyDan  Tuesday, November 18, 2014 10:52:21 AM
Hello everyone,

Today is the 86th birthday of the two most famous mice in the world, Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

On 18th November 1928, Walt Disney's Steamboat Willie debuted to the public, and stars were born.

Without Mickey and Minnie, we wouldn't have the Disney company that we have today. For that we are eternally grateful to Walt Disney, and of course Mickey and Minnie, and look forward to many more decades of fun and laughter with them.

Happy 86th Birthday Mickey and Minnie!

In our usual style, here's a photo cavalcade of some of the magical adventures we've had with Mickey and Minnie at the Disney Parks and Resorts over the years.

Disney's Hotel New York New Year's Eve Character Dinner

Mickey and Minnie Mouse

End of Summer Party at the Pier

Meeting Mickey and Minnie

Inventions Brunch - "Magic" theme

Mickey and Minnie's Polynesian Paradise

Mickey and Company at the Diamond Horseshoe

Springtime Surprise

Valentine's Magical Moment

Valentine's Day Magical Moment

Happy Birthday Mickey and Minnie!

Dan.
Happy 43rd Birthday Walt Disney World Resort!
DisneyDan  Wednesday, October 1, 2014 8:53:28 AM
Today is the 43rd anniversary of the grand opening of the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, and the 32nd anniversary of EPCOT!

For 43 years Walt Disney World has enchanted millions of guests from all over the world with its incredible attractions, amazing entertainment and excellent service and facilities.

In our usual style, here's a cavalcade of photos of our magical experiences at Walt Disney World over the years. I have deliberately left out character images for today, since I really wanted to celebrate the beauty of the parks, and the work of the dreamers who believed they could build this magical place.

Happy 43rd birthday Walt Disney World, here's to many, many more!

Wandering around EPCOT

Wandering thru Italy

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Taking the boat to Fort Wilderness

Walt Disney - One Man's Dream

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Cinderella Castle

Checking out the new Tangled bathrooms area

Chilling at the Polynesian

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Wandering around the Studios

Wandering around Dinoland USA

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Exploring Mexico

Disney's Yacht Club Resort

Kilimanjaro Safaris

On the Wild Side event

Exploring Fantasyland

Fantasmic!

Wandering around Future World

Wishes Nighttime Spectacular

Wandering thru Fantasyland

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Taking the boat to Fort Wilderness

Tower of Terror

Expedition Everest

Wandering around World Showcase

The Dapper Dans

Rivers of America

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Wandering around Discovery Island

Wandering around World Showcase

The Crystal Palace

Exploring Fantasyland

Wandering thru the new Storybook Circus area

Kilimanjaro Safaris

WDW April 2009 - Roy And Minnie

Walt Disney - One Man's Dream

WDW Sept 2008 - Heading towards the castle

Dan.
Happy 27th Birthday DuckTales and Rescue Rangers!
DisneyDan  Thursday, September 18, 2014 12:19:03 PM
Hello everyone,

On this day, 18th September, in 1987 Disney premiered two of its most popular television shows of all time - DuckTales and Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers.

Let's celebrate in our usual Character Central style with some of our favourite DuckTakes and Rescue Rangers character photos from the Disney Parks!

Happy Birthday Gadget, Launchpad and all the other stars that debuted that day!

Dan.

DLP Dec 2010 - Meeting Gadget!

Launchpad McQuack

Scrooge McDuck

Walt Disney World Disney Dreamers Everywhere Closing Ceremony

DDE May 2013 - Disneyland Opening Event
Happy 84th Birthday Pluto!
DisneyDan  Friday, September 5, 2014 11:26:03 AM
Hello everyone,

Today, 5th September, is Pluto's 84th birthday! First appearing in the Mickey Mouse short "The Chain Gang" in 1930, Pluto was first seen tracking Mickey down after he escaped from prison! Since then though, Pluto has become Mickey's faithful companion and one of his best friends.

Let's celebrate in our usual Character Central way, with a cavalcade of photos from our adventures with Pluto over the years at the Disney Parks!

Happy 84th Birthday Pluto!

Dan.

In case you missed it earlier, today is also Oswald the Lucky Rabbit's birthday! You can check out my dedicated Oswald post, here.

DDE May 2013 - Disneyland Closing Event

DLP Aug 2014 - Magic Brunch

Pluto

Valentine's Day dinner at California Grill

DDE May 2013 - Breakfast in the Castle Lounge

Fun at the Christmas Brunch

HKDL July 2011 - Meeting Pluto
Happy 13th Anniversary Tokyo DisneySea!
DisneyDan  Thursday, September 4, 2014 7:08:36 AM
Today, 4th September, is the 13th anniversary of the grand opening of Tokyo DisneySea at Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan.

Extravagant, incredibly detailed, beautifully themed and elaborately decorated, Tokyo DisneySea set a new bar in theme park design, becoming an instant hit with not just the Japanese, but world over. Last year alone, Tokyo DisneySea attracted over 14 million visitors, making it the 4th most visited theme park in the world.

Its seven themed ports offer an incredible array of attractions, stores, dining venues and experiences that are all amazing in their own individual ways. We have been fortunate enough to visit Tokyo DisneySea numerous times over the years, most recently in May of this year, which of course means we have taken many, many photos there!

In my usual style, I want to share with you a selection of our photos from our various trips (below).

Happy 13th anniversary Tokyo DisneySea!

Dan.

DDE May 2013 - Taking a ride on the DisneySea Transit Steamer Line

Exploring Mediterranean Harbor

DDE May 2013 - Wandering through American Waterfront

Swimming thru Mermaid Lagoon

Wandering thru Arabian Coast

DDE May 2013 - 20000 Leagues Under the Sea

Wandering around Port Discovery

Storyteller's Statue

Tokyo May 2014 - Taking a break in Magellan's Lounge

DDE May 2013 - Exploring American Waterfront

TDR Oct 2012 - Meeting Mickey and Minnie

Taking a break at the Teddy Roosevelt Lounge

Taking a trip on the Venetian Gondolas

Wandering thru Lost River Delta

TDR Oct 2012 - Mysterious Island

TDR Oct 2012 - Wandering past American Waterfront

Mermaid Lagoon

S.S. Columbia

DDE May 2013 - 20000 Leagues Under the Sea

Swimming thru Mermaid Lagoon

Tokyo May 2014 - Arabian Coast

TDR Oct 2012 - Mermaid Lagoon

TDR Oct 2012 - Mediterranean Harbor

DDE May 2013 - Sindbad's Storybook Voyage

Tokyo May 2014 - Exploring Lost River Delta

DDE May 2013 - Exploring Mediterranean Harbor
Happy 50th Anniversary Mary Poppins!
DisneyDan  Wednesday, August 27, 2014 4:34:01 PM
Today is the 50th anniversary of the premier of Walt Disney's Mary Poppins at the Grauman's Theater in Hollywood.

In our usual Character Central style, let's celebrate with a cavalcade of photos of Mary Poppins, Bert and Mr Penguin at the Disney Parks around the world!

Mary and Bert

Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade

Happiness is Here

Disney's Spring Promenade

Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights

Meeting Mary Poppins and Mr Penguin

Disney's Spring Promenade

Happy 50th Birthday Mary Poppins, Bert and Mr Penguin!

Dan.
Happy 59th Birthday Disneyland!
DisneyDan  Thursday, July 17, 2014 11:52:47 AM
Hello everyone,

Today (17th July) is the 59th anniversary of the grand opening of the original Disney theme park, Disneyland in Anaheim, California!

For a change, for my photo tribute, I thought I'd share with you non-character pictures. Let's celebrate and enjoy the beauty of the park itself!

Happy 59th Birthday Disneyland!

The Matterhorn

Wandering thru Adventureland

Enchanted Tiki Room

Wandering up Main Street

Christmas in New Orleans Square

Pirates of the Caribbean

Down by the Rivers of America

Tomorrowland by night

Exploring the new Fantasy Faire

Main Street by night

Main Street by night

Main Street by night

Main Street by night

"it's a small world"

Wandering thru Tomorrowland

Wandering around New Orleans Square

Wandering around Frontierland

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Wandering down Main Street

Main Street by night

Dan.
Happy 12th Birthday Lilo and Stitch!
DisneyDan  Saturday, June 21, 2014 11:32:54 AM
Hello everyone,

Today is the 12th anniversary of the general release of Disney's Lilo and Stitch. Although I would normally go by premiere date for birthdays, I was out of the country on Monday (16th) when it was theirs. Therefore their general release date is considered their secondary birthday!

Without further delay here are a cavalcade of pictures of the stars of the film, Stitch, Lilo, Captain Gantu and Dr Jumba Jookiba!

Happy 12th Birthday Lilo and Stitch!

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Captain Gantu at Stitch's Hawaiian Paradise Party

Stitch

Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade

Fantasmic!

Stitch

Having fun with the Characters at Stitch's Hawaiian Paradise Party

Happiness is Here Parade

Surf's Up! Breakfast with Mickey & Friends

The Golden Mickeys

Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights

Disney's Halloween Street "Welcome to Spookyville"

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Dan.
Happy 80th Birthday Donald Duck!
DisneyDan  Monday, June 9, 2014 10:23:24 AM
Today is Donald Duck's 80th birthday!

Starring in more roles than his best pal Mickey, Donald Fauntleroy Duck is hot tempered but ever loveable. His very human, and often hilarious, frustration with the more irritating side of life has provided entertainment to his fans since his debut in the Silly Symphonies in 1934. Donald Duck’s ever suffering love interest is Daisy Duck, who along with her short temper, make the perfect match.
A very keen traveller, Donald is also friends with Jose and Panchito whom he met on his exploits to South America.
While something very small can make him flip, Donald's down to earth approach to life means he is adored by generations of fans world over.

Happy 80th Birthday Donald Duck!

In our usual Character Central style, here's a cavalcade of photos from some of our favourite moments with Donald at the parks.

Meeting Donald Duck

Easter Monday Brunch

Meeting Donald and Daisy Duck

Character fun at Pete's Silly Sideshow

My Friend Duffy

Easter Sunday Brunch

Dinner at Chef Mickey

Kitchen Beat

Disney's Spring Promenade

Mickey's Halloween Celebration

Meeting Halloween Donald and Daisy

Christmas Cavalcade

Mickey's Winter Wonderland

Disney's Hotel New York New Year's Eve Character Dinner

Meeting Donald Duck

Meeting Donald Duck

Meeting the Three Caballeros

Meeting Donald and Daisy

Dan.
Happy 30th Anniversary to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
DisneyDan  Friday, May 2, 2014 2:12:18 PM
Hello everyone,

Note: Some of you may wonder why I am posting this on the Character Central blog. Well, actually we pride ourselves in being the definitive source for all theme park characters around the world. Our database here at Character Central includes characters from the Universal theme parks, Hershey Park and Alton Towers, amongst others. It just so happens that most of our travels take us to the Disney Parks, and that tends to be where most of the characters we meet appear. Our name isn't Disney Character Central, it is Character Central. So with that taken care of let's get down to the subject at hand!

As you may be aware by now, my most favourite characters of all time and my childhood heroes are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. First appearing in their comic book debut in May 1984 (they were previewed at comic book convention in New Hampshire on 5th May, to be precise!), the TMNT have gone on to become one of the most successful brands of all time. As well as the original, long running comic, they have spanned three separate animated TV series (1987-1996, 2003-2009 and 2012-present), a live action series (1997-1998), four live action films (1990, 1991, 1993 and 2014), two animated films (2007 and 2009), endless merchandise and further comic book series taking the TMNT to new and exciting heights.

Part of my TMNT collection!

In the early 1990's the Disney-MGM Studios (now Disney's Hollywood Studios - which celebrated its 25th anniversary yesterday) featured a show starring the TMNT and their friend April O'Neil (see, there was a Disney link here!), something which I would have given a limb to see as a kid! A while ago I found a book at work which had some photos of the old show, which I took some photos of on my old phone. Sadly, I no longer have access to the book, and the images aren't the greatest quality, but I thought I would share anyway.

Turtles at Disney-MGM Studios c.1992

Turtles at Disney-MGM Studios c.1992

Turtles at Disney-MGM Studios c.1992

When Nickelodeon bought the TMNT in 2009 they revitalised the brand and in 2012 launched the third incarnation of the Turtles in the new and current series seen on their network. One of the best things that Nickelodeon did was to launch the TMNT as characters at their Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando, Florida. Jon and I have been there and attended the special meal held by the TMNT, and it was one of the most exciting moments of my life - coming face to face with my heroes! You can read all about our wonderful experience at the Nick Suites, here. Some of my most favourite photos from that trip are below.

Antonio's Pizza-Rama Dinner with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Antonio's Pizza-Rama Dinner with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Antonio's Pizza-Rama Dinner with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Antonio's Pizza-Rama Dinner with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Antonio's Pizza-Rama Dinner with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Antonio's Pizza-Rama Dinner with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Antonio's Pizza-Rama Dinner with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Antonio's Pizza-Rama Dinner with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Antonio's Pizza-Rama Dinner with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Antonio's Pizza-Rama Dinner with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Antonio's Pizza-Rama Dinner with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Last year the TMNT started appearing at other locations around the world, including a theme park in Germany, the Mall of America in Minnesota, and various theme park locations across the UK. In November last year they made an appearance at a local toy store, and I of course just had to be there!

Meeting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Meeting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

This year the Nickelodeon series will enter its third season, and with no sign of slowing down - especially with a new movie on the way - we have a lot to look forward to with the TMNT.

Happy 30th Anniversary to the Heroes in a Half Shell, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Dan.

Why not visit our dedicated pages for each individual Turtles here at Character Central!

Donatello

Michelangelo

Leonardo

Raphael

Antonio's Pizza-Rama Dinner with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
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