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Disneyland Thanksgiving Banquet, November 2017 - A Photo Report
DisneyDan  Friday, March 16, 2018 3:10:34 PM
Hello everyone,

In my continued effort to catch up on my reports, today I am going to share with you my photos from our amazing experience at the Disneyland Resort Thanksgiving Banquet.

The Thanksgiving Banquet was held on Thanksgiving day, November 2017, at the Disneyland Hotel. The Banquet was held in one of the main ballrooms, and required pre-booking at least 60 days in advance.

The main reason for us wanting to attend this experience is because in previous years they have had some really neat characters. While we didn't get anyone super rare at this one, there was a really good number of characters in attendance, including many of our favourites.

The food was pretty good, and was buffet style. We did have a server who brought drinks and saw to any requests we had. The buffet food was pretty good, and while there wasn't anything amazing for vegetarians, there was enough for us to eat.

For the money we paid (and while I don't recall the exact cost right now, it was certainly less than $100 per person), it was exceptionally good value. The sheer number of characters and the amount of time we spent there (at least four hours!), and the quality and quantity of the food, made it well worth it. Regular character meals can easily cost upwards of $60 per person these days, and the fact there were
18 characters at this meal made it phenomenally good value.

My only complaint is that the character lines were long (you lined up, as opposed to them coming to you), and they rotated without guarantee who you would get - hence why we spent four hours there! It took us three attempts of standing in line to get Horace, which was a little frustrating. However, the backgrounds were really nice, and well themed for Thanksgiving/fall.

Since it was several months ago now, I won't say anything more - so please enjoy these photos!
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DVC Moonlight Magic, January 2018 - A Photo Report
DisneyDan  Friday, March 9, 2018 11:12:02 AM
Hello everyone,

Over three weekends in January and February DVC held another special Moonlight Magic event at the Magic Kingdom. I thought you would all like to see some photos from the characters we met at the event. The three hour event included some awesome long lost pals such as Little John, Koda and Kenai, the hyenas, and Herbie, plus more regular characters in special costumes, such as Chip 'n' Dale in their Rescue Ranger gear, Tiana and Naveen in their Royal Friendship Faire outfits, Donald and Daisy dressed for the Wild West, and Goofy and Pluto in their Mission Space suits.

Let's take a look!
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Walt Disney World Character Greetings - Adventurers Outpost
DisneyDan  Sunday, August 27, 2017 8:16:00 AM
Hello everyone,

Continuing our tour of the character greeting locations at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, today we are going to step inside the Adventurers Outpost on Discovery Island, at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Let's start by taking a look around the outside of the building.

DDE May 2013 - Wandering around Discovery Island

Meeting Mickey and Minnie

Meeting Mickey and Minnie

Meeting Mickey and Minnie

Once inside you, before you reach Mickey and Minnie, you get to see some pictures and details of their adventures around the world.

Meeting Mickey and Minnie

Meeting Mickey and Minnie

Meeting Mickey and Minnie

Meeting Mickey and Minnie

Meeting Mickey and Minnie

Meeting Mickey and Minnie

Finally, you get to meet Mickey and Minnie themselves! They are dressed in their finest adventuring-wear, too!

Meeting Mickey and Minnie

Meeting Mickey and Minnie Mouse

At Christmas time you can even catch them sporting their cute Christmas sweaters, ready to ring in the holiday season.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Meeting Mickey and Minnie

Look out for more in-depth looks at Walt Disney World character greetings coming to the blog soon!

Have a great day everyone,

Dan.
Walt Disney World Character Greetings - Mickey and Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams
DisneyDan  Saturday, August 26, 2017 9:02:47 AM
Hello everyone,

In this new blog series I am going to take a look at some of the meet 'n' greets that you can experience at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Today I thought it would be fun to start with Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Their current location is called "Mickey and Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams", which is located on Commissary Lane.

Meeting Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Meeting Mickey and Minnie Mouse

As you proceed down the hallway inside, you can see some fun posters from animated features starring Mickey, Minnie and their friends.

Meeting Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Meeting Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Meeting Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Meeting Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Meeting Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Meeting Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Finally, you get to meet Mickey and Minnie themselves, starting with Minnie Mouse in her dressing room.

Meeting Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Meeting Mickey and Minnie Mouse

And then Mickey, donning his sorcerer robes, on set at The Sorcerer's Apprentice!

Meeting Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Meeting Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Have a great day everyone,

Dan.
Happy 88th Birthday Mickey and Minnie Mouse!
DisneyDan  Friday, November 18, 2016 7:21:54 AM
Hello everyone,

Today is the 88th birthday of the most famous, most adorable and most popular mice in the world - Mickey and Minnie Mouse! Debuting on this day in 1928, in Walt Disney's classic short, "Steamboat Willie", Mickey and Minnie Mouse are the world's sweethearts, and have captured the hearts and imaginations of every generation since.

Happy 88th Birthday, Mickey and Minnie Mouse!























































Have a great day everyone,

Dan.
Shanghai Disney Resort, September 2016 Trip Report - Part Five
DisneyDan  Thursday, September 29, 2016 10:57:38 AM
Hello everyone,

In this fifth installment of my Shanghai Disney Resort trip report, we are going to explore Enchanted Storybook Castle. In case you missed any of the previous parts, I have provided the links for you, below:

Shanghai, September 2016 Trip Report on Two Lost Boys
I shared my experience travelling to Shanghai, arriving at the airport, getting to the resort, and then visiting the Disney Store in the city.

Shanghai Disney Resort, September 2016 Trip Report - Part One on Character Central
In part one of my main Disney report I shared with you all of our experiences at the two Shanghai Disney Resort hotels, Disneytown, and character dining at Lumiere's Kitchen.

Shanghai Disney Resort, September 2016 Trip Report - Part Two on Character Central
In this report I took an in-depth look at Mickey Avenue, with over 230 photos of all the details on the little entrance street to the park.

Shanghai Disney Resort, September 2016 Trip Report - Part Three on Character Central
In this report I took an in-depth look at the Gardens of Imagination, Mickey's Storybook Express parade, the Golden Fairytale Fanfare castle show and the Ignite the Dream nighttime spectacular, with over 210 photos of all the details.

Shanghai Disney Resort, September 2016 Trip Report - Part Four on Character Central
In this report I shared with you the futuristic world of Tomorrowland, with over 150 photos.

Set in the heart of Shanghai Disneyland, Enchanted Storybook Castle watches over the park with a grandeur and majesty unlike anything before it. Enchanted Storybook Castle is nothing short of gigantic, and when seen in person, is spectacularly stunning in every aspect. Enchanted Storybook Castle breaks from tradition and does not exclusively belong to any one princess, but instead celebrates the stories of all the Disney Princesses.

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Shanghai Disney Resort, September 2016 Trip Report - Part Two
DisneyDan  Tuesday, September 20, 2016 4:05:10 PM
Hello everyone,

In part one of this report on the Character Central blog, I shared with you our adventures around Shanghai Disney Resort, outside of the main theme park. I told you about the Disney hotels, Disneytown and other relevant areas. Over on the Two Lost Boys blog, I gave my account of arriving in Shanghai and visiting the Disney Store in the city. Now, in this part, we are going to step through the main gates of the park and discover the magic and wonder of Mickey Avenue!

There are a LOT of photos in this post, and I will be covering every last detail, including all the stores and restaurants, inside and out, character greetings and any other relevant information regarding Mickey Avenue.

So, let's kick off with the view you will see when arriving at the front entrance - a vast gray concourse, with security entrance lines, and the Steamboat Willie fountain.

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NEWS - Shanghai Disney Resort reveals characters and entertainment, and June 16th opening date! (UPDATED 14/01)
DisneyDan  Wednesday, January 13, 2016 10:37:19 AM
Hello everyone,

Today the full Shanghai Disney Resort website went live for the first time, complete with park information, hotel information (with prices coming soon, apparently) and character and entertainment listings!

Yesterday Disney announced that the resort would open on June 16th this year, and so launching the official website today was a smart move.

So, let's take a look at what character offerings and entertainment we can expect at this brand new park!

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Character Central Advent Calendar - 8th December
DisneyDan  Tuesday, December 8, 2015 5:58:43 PM
Hello everyone,

Today is the 8th December, so it's time to see who is behind today's door on our special Character Central Advent Calendar!

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Happy 87th Birthday Mickey and Minnie Mouse!
DisneyDan  Wednesday, November 18, 2015 8:08:04 AM
Hello everyone,

Today is the 87th 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 87th Birthday Mickey and Minnie!

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