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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!
Happy 25th Anniversary Disney's Hollywood Studios!
DisneyDan  Thursday, May 1, 2014 10:40:44 AM
Today is the 25th anniversary of the grand opening of Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Originally named the Disney-MGM Studios, the park has seen many new additions over the years, including characters!

So let's take a character filled tour of the Studios as we wish it a very Happy 25th Birthday!

Meeting Ewok Chip and Dale!

Fantasmic!

Meeting Buzz and Woody

Jedi Training Academy

Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage

Wandering around near Echo Lake

The Great Movie Ride

Tower of Terror

The Citizens of Hollywood

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectaular

Star Wars Event

Meeting Shelby Mayer

Betty Shambles

Fountain

Legends of the Force Motorcade and Celebrity Welcome

Meeting Ralph and Vanellope

Happy 25th Birthday Disney's Hollywood Studios!

A Belated Happy 16th Bitthday to Disney's Animal Kingdom

Last week saw the 16th anniversary of the opening of Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World. Sadly Jon and I were not available to post anything, but, better late than never, right?! So, here's a few pictures from our fun times at Animal Kingdom in celebration of its 16 years.

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Kilimanjaro Safaris

Pangani Forest Exploration Trail

Maharajah Jungle Trek

Maharajah Jungle Trek

The Tree of Life

Dan.
Happy 22nd Birthday Disneyland Paris!
DisneyDan  Saturday, April 12, 2014 3:32:01 PM
Hello everyone,

Today is the 22nd anniversary of the grand opening of Disneyland Paris' main theme park!

Often described as the most beautiful of all the Magic Kingdom style parks, it features the gorgeous Sleeping Beauty Castle, and incredible detail in every land, attraction, boutique and restaurant. Parc Disneyland at Disneyland Paris is simply stunning.

So, in our usual tribute style, I'm going to post some of Character Central' pictures below, for your enjoyment!

Happy 22nd Birthday Disneyland Paris!

20 Years of Magic! event

20 Years of Magic! event

Wandering up Main Street before opening!

Main Street USA

Busy traffic day on Main Street

Plaza Gardens Restaurant

Wandering up Main Street before opening!

View towards Sleeping Beauty Castle

Wandering thru Fantasyland

Sleeping Beauty Castle Gallery

The Dragon's Lair

DLP April 2012 - Visiting the Dragon's Lair

View over Fantasyland from the Castle Balcony

Auberge de Cendrillon

Wandering thru Fantasyland

Wandering thru Fantasyland

Au Chalet de la Marionnette

Sir Mickey's

View towards Pizzeria Bella Notte

Spring has arrived at "it's a small world"

Wandering thru Fantasyland

Wandering thru Fantasyland

Wandering thru Fantasyland

The W. F. Cody passes thru Fantasyland

Toad Hall Restaurant

Alice's Curious Labyrinth

Alice's Curious Labyrinth

View from the Queen of Hearts Castle in Alice's Curious Labyrinth

View from the Queen of Hearts Castle in Alice's Curious Labyrinth

View from the Queen of Hearts Castle in Alice's Curious Labyrinth

Le Pays des Contes de Fees

Le Pays des Contes de Fees

DLP June 2012 - Wandering through Fantasyland

DLP April 2012 - Riding Peter Pan's Flight

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Frontierland

DLP Halloween 2012 - Wandering through Frontierland

DLP Aug 2011 - Wandering through Frontierland

DLP Feb 2011 - Cowboy Cookout BBQ

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Frontierland

DLP Feb 2013 - Exploring Frontierland

Pueblo Trading Post on a very autumnal day

Exploring Fort Comstock - Legends of the Wild West

DLP Halloween 2009 - The Silver Spur Steakhouse

Down by the Rivers of the Far West

Down by the Rivers of the Far West

Getting dinner at The Lucky Nugget Saloon

DLP June 2012 - Exploring Fort Comstock

DLP June 2012 - Riding Pirates of the Caribbean

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Adventureland

Restaurant Hakuna Matata

DLP April 2012 - Exploring Adventure Isle

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Adventureland

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Adventureland

DLP Feb 2009 - Exploring Adventureland

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Adventureland

DLP June 2012 - Wandering through Adventureland

DLP June 2012 - Wandering through Adventureland

DLP Feb 2009 - Exploring Adventureland

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Adventureland

DLP April 2012 - Exploring Adventureland

DLP April 2012 - Exploring Adventureland

DLP June 2012 - Exploring Adventureland

DLP June 2012 - Exploring Adventureland

DLP April 2012 - Exploring Adventureland

DLP April 2012 - Exploring Adventureland

DLP April 2012 - Exploring Adventureland

DLP June 2012 - Wandering through Discoveryland

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Discoveryland

DLP June 2012 - Wandering through Discoveryland

Exploring Discoveryland

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Discoveryland

Annual Passport Office

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Discoveryland

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Discoveryland

DLRP Feb 2009 - Space Mountain: Mission 2

DLP Halloween 2012 - Wandering through Discoveryland

DLP June 2011 - Wandering through Discoveryland

DLP Feb 2009 - X-Wing on Space Mountain Attack Run

The Hyperion

DLP April 2012 - Cafe Hyperion

DLP April 2012 - Cafe Hyperion

DLRP Feb 2009 - Attack of the Kraken

DLP Spring 2010 - Wandering around Discoveryland

Horse-Drawn Street Car

Halloween in Frontierland

Christmas on Main Street USA

Exploring Sleeping Beauty Castle

Buzz Lightyear oversees the action at Constellations

DLP Halloween 2012 - Disney Dreams!

DLP April 2012 - Disney Dreams!

DLP Feb 2013 - Disney Dreams!

DLP April 2012 - Disney Dreams!

Of course, let's not forget that Disneyland paris features it's second park the Walt Disney Studios, plus seven themed hotels, Golf Disneyland, Lake Disney and Disney Village!

Happy 22nd Birthday Disneyland Paris!

Dan.
Happy 71st Birthday Chip 'n' Dale!
DisneyDan  Wednesday, April 2, 2014 11:28:58 AM
Today is the 71st birthday of the adorable furry duo, Chip and Dale! First appearing on this day in 1943, they were seen causing Pluto trouble in "Private Pluto" - something which they have continued to do ever since! With their distinctive high pitched voices, hysterical laughter and obsession for acorns, they have won the hearts of millions world over.

At the Disney Parks and Resorts they can always be found greeting guests, starring in the parades and shows, and generally causing mischief where ever they go. We love meeting Chip 'n' Dale, and they are amongst our absolute favourite Disney pals to play with at the parks.

Thanks for all the fun and memories, and here's to many more years of cheeky laughter and fun!

Happy 71st Birthday Chip 'n' Dale!

In our usual style, here's a photo cavalcade of some of the fun times we've had with them at the parks over the years.

Meeting Ewok Chip and Dale!

Grizzly Gulch Chip n Dale

Rainy Day Express

Neverland Brunch

Meeting Chip 'n' Dale

DDE Grand Finale - Gala Dinner Show Character Greetings

Roger Rabbit's Toon Town Dream Breakfast

Meeting Chip and Dale

Meeting Chip and Dale

The Legend of Mythica

Meeting Chip and Dale

Meeting Chip and Dale

End of Summer Party at the Pier

Disney Magic on Parade!

Walt Disney World Disney Dreamers Everywhere Closing Ceremony

Dan.
Happy 12th Birthday Walt Disney Studios Park!
DisneyDan  Sunday, March 16, 2014 7:27:59 AM
Today, 12th March 2014, is the 12th anniversary of the grand opening of Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris.

A lot has changed over the last 12 years, and the park has continued to grow into its own identity; a park filled with great shows, thrilling attractions and of course our favourite Disney character friends.

The park is not without its flaws though, and while many often claim that is lacks the attraction count of the other parks it does have 14 permanent attractions, 2 long running "permanent" shows, a parade, character greetings, and of course shops and restaurants. Of those 14 attractions and 2 shows, 5 are completely unique to Walt Disney Studios, and many of the others have a definite Parisian twist or alterations to them to make them "distinctly Disneyland Paris".

Later this year the park will be opening a brand new attraction, again that will be completely unique, which will utilise new technologies. "Ratatouille: L'Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy" will whisk guests into the world of Remy and Emile from Disney-PIXAR's Ratatouille, shrinking them down to size in a magnificent Parisian adventure! As well as the attraction, the park will gain a brand new restaurant and a new store, too.

DLP Dec 2013 - Checking on the progress of Ratatouille

We very much look forward to the next 12 years as the Walt Disney Studios continues to grow. It'll bring more depth and more storytelling to its lands, binding together the magical worlds of Disney and the wonders of movie world.

For this photo tribute, I have deliberately left out many character photos, as we nearly always post characters shots to the blog anyway. I thought the park deserved some attention for its 12th birthday, and so nearly everything you see below are non-character photos, but of course, I have thrown a few character ones in for good measure!

Christmas at the Studios

Studio Tram Tour

Wandering thru the Studios

Lunch at Restaurant des Stars

Statue

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Wandering thru the Studios

Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop

Wandering thru the Studios

Wandering thru the Studios

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Wandering thru the Studios

Café des Cascadeurs

Cars Race Rally

Barrel of Monkeys

Flying Carpets Over Agrabah

Front Lot

Cars Race Rally

DLP Feb 2013 - Wandering through Toy Story Playland

Cars Race Rally

Studio Photo

Moteurs... Action! Stunt Show Spectacular

DLP Dec 2010 - Eating at Restaurant des Stars

Arriving in Production Courtyard

Tower of Terror

Front Lot

Cars Race Rally

Heading into Toy Story Playland

Wandering thru Toy Story Playland

DLP Feb 2011 - Animagique

Armageddon Special Effects

DLP Dec 2013 - Cinémagique

DLP Feb 2013 - Wandering through Toy Story Playland

DLP Feb 2010 - Watching Animagique

DLP Feb 2010 - Walking around Walt Disney Studios

Wandering thru Toy Story Playland

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

Arriving in Production Courtyard

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Studio 1

DLP April 2012 - Cars Quatre Roues Rallye

Walt Disney Studios Park

DLP Feb 2013 - Wandering through Toon Studio

DLP April 2012 - Cars Quatre Roues Rallye

DLP April 2012 - Wandering around Walt Disney Studios

DLP Feb 2009 - Toon Studio

Remy and Emile

DLP Dec 2013 - Christmas in Walt Disney Studios

DLP Feb 2013 - Wandering through Toy Story Playland

DLP Feb 2013 - Wandering through Backlot

Meeting Buzz Lightyear

DLP Feb 2013 - Wandering through Backlot

DLP April 2012 - Wandering around Walt Disney Studios

Mickey Mouse

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Studio 1

DLP June 2011 - Drawn to Animation

Stars 'n' Cars Parade

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Studio 1

DLP Feb 2010 - Watching Animagique

DLP June 2011 - Lunch in Studio 1

Walt Disney Studios by night

Meeting Lilo and Stitch

Wandering thru Front Lot

DLP Feb 2013 - Walt Disney Studios

Donald Duck

Cruella and The Queen

Mary Poppins and Bert

DLP Feb 2013 - Lunch at Restaurant des Stars

Happy 12th Anniversary Walt Disney Studios Park!

Here's to the future!

Dan.

If you're considering a trip to Disneyland Paris, you can check prices and availability on the official Disneyland Paris website. They have some great offers right now, including up to 30% off hotel and and park tickets, and half board meal plan!
Happy 61st Anniversary Peter Pan!
DisneyDan  Wednesday, February 5, 2014 11:13:07 AM
Today, 5th February, is the 61st anniversary of the premiere of Walt Disney's classic, Peter Pan. Debuting at the Roxy Theatre in New York City in 1953, it is the studio's 14th animated feature film.

Peter Pan, his Lost Boys, the Darling children and the pirates have gone on to become some of the most iconic characters ever produced by Walt Disney. They feature in many parades, shows and attractions round the world, as well as still greeting their fans.

Just as time stands still in Neverland, time has been good to Peter Pan and friends, allowing them to continue to have adventures for the past six decades, bringing joy and happiness to millions across the world, with their two simple beliefs that you should never grow up and if you think of all the joy you'll find when you leave your worries behind, you really can fly.

Youthful and timeless, and not looking a day older than their debut in 1953, Peter Pan, Wendy and all their friends will continue to bring adventure to those who believe for many more years to come.

Happy 61st Anniversary Peter Pan and friends!

Here's a selection of pictures from our travels through Neverland with Peter and the gang over the years.

Peter Pan and the Christmas Celebration

Step into a Storybook event

Following the Leader with Peter Pan

Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure

Christmas Cavalcade

Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights

One Man's Dream II - The Magic Lives On

Wendy Darling, Peter Pan and John Darling

WDW Sept 2008 - Dream Along With Mickey

Having fun with Peter Pan and Captain Hook

One Man's Dream II - The Magic Lives On

Meeting Tinker Bell

John and Wendy pose after Following the Leader with Peter Pan

Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure

WDW Sept 2012 - Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade

WDW April 2011 - Dreams Along with Mickey

Dan.
Happy 55th Anniversary Sleeping Beauty!
DisneyDan  Wednesday, January 29, 2014 11:41:08 AM
Today, 29th January 2014, is the 55th anniversary of the release of Walt Disney's beloved masterpiece, Sleeping Beauty.

Despite the fact that the film was not released until 1959, Walt Disney opened Disneyland in 1955 with Sleeping Beauty Castle as it's central icon, an icon which has since been duplicated in Hong Kong Disneyland (2005), and vastly improved upon at Disneyland Paris (1992).

In our usual Character Central style, let's celebrate with a cavalcade of photos from the Disney Parks around the world.

Happy 55th Birthday Sleeping Beauty!

Disneyland Fun

Wandering up Main Street

Disney Magic on Parade!

Sleeping Beauty Castle

One Man's Dream II - The Magic Lives On

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Lunch at Auberge de Cendrillon

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Disney Magic on Parade!

Dream Along with Mickey

Flights of Fantasy Parade

Disney Magic on Parade!

One Man's Dream II - The Magic Lives On

Wandering up Main Street before opening!

One Man's Dream II - The Magic Lives On

Dan.
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