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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.
Halloween updates from Paris and California
DisneyDan  Wednesday, October 5, 2011 12:23:00 PM

Hi all,

Loren posted his Mickey's Halloween Party report to the Forum, so be sure to check that out. As always it contains some really great pictures and useful information for those attending.

I also made a Forum post earlier about the Halloween Season at Disneyland Paris. It was more suited to the Forum as it contained a lot of pictures, rather than specific information. Be sure to check it out as it also has a lot of useful pictures for those who are going to be there this Halloween Season.

On some unrelated news, our friends at Characters Photos Blog on Facebook were in the city of Paris today for a special event attended by none other than Phineas and Ferb! I believe this is the first time they have ever featured anywhere in Europe. Phineas and Ferb is really popular here like it is in the US, so I hope that they come to Disneyland Paris, but I haven't heard anything on that front yet, sadly. But now they have arrived here, maybe they'll stay?...

Finally, Loren clarified the news regarding the Winnie the Pooh meet 'n' greet area in DL. It is being refurbished, and he posted a link here to the update, which includes some photos.

Ok, that's all for now,

Dan.

Character News and Updates From Around the Web - Random Character appearances in DLP, The Platy-Bus Tour, Buffalo Bill Parade
DisneyDan  Thursday, July 14, 2011 2:42:18 PM

Hi all,

I discovered that this week for some reason the stars of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show at Disneyland Paris have been doing a parade through Disney Village at about 6pm every day. Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley and their friends have all been there daily, riding real horses through the streets of the Village. I found this picture, but I did see more from a contact that I cannot post here. I can only assume this is a marketing thing - one of several attempts recently to try to boost numbers at the ailing show. Jon and I both personally like the show, having seen it twice now, but it has been there for many years, and I am sure most people would love to see a new show. But of course as always, it comes down to money. And with the 20th fast approaching, I'm sure DLP have more important things to worry about than Buffalo Bill.  [ Read More... ]

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... ]

Character News and Updates From Around the Web - UP, Phineas and Ferb in DCA, Nephews in Paris, and October happenings in WDW
DisneyDan  Sunday, June 26, 2011 5:53:33 AM

Hi all,

It has been a while since I updated properly here, but as you all know we have been away on a mega trip to DLP and DL CA!

As I stated earlier in the week, we have been working hard to get as much new content from the trip up as possible, but it takes time.

There hasn't been too much news since we went away, but here is a round-up of what I have heard.  [ Read More... ]

Character News and Updates From Around the Web - Phineas and Ferb finally arrive, new Disney Live show coming and much more!
DisneyDan  Monday, May 30, 2011 12:32:57 PM
Hi all,

It has been a fairly quiet week on the character front, but I have some small pieces of info for you.
At the Walt Disney World Resort, Phineas and Ferb finally made their much anticipated debut at their new photolocation in Hollywood Studios. Jon found this video online, and you can see photos from Inside the Magic here. Don’t forget that Phineas and Ferb are due to start meeting very soon in California Adventure too – and Jon and I are going to be there in just two weeks, so we’ll have the latest up to date pictures right after they debut!  [ Read More... ]
Phineas and Ferb Live tickets now on sale!
DisneyDan  Friday, May 13, 2011 10:16:39 AM

Hi all,

Today is the day that many fans have anticipated for a long time! The pre-sale tickets for the brand new Disney Live show Phineas and Ferb Live! have gone on sale.

To register for the pre-sale you can register at the brand new Phineas and Ferb Live! website here.

A lot of people are experiencing problems booking though because they needed the email with the pre-sale code in it to be able to get their tickets - and a lot of people haven't gotten the email. Well, as Jon and I discovered, if you call them on the number I have listed below and say you didn't get your email they can give you a code!

The number to call is: (within the US) 703-749-5523 or 703-448-3639

We are seeing the show in Melbourne, Florida next March.

Ok, that's all for now. Good luck everyone!

Dan.

Meeting Phineas and Ferb!!

Character News and Updates From Around the Web - Toyko Summer and Halloween Cancelled! Phineas and Ferb pushed back AGAIN! and much more!
DisneyDan  Monday, May 9, 2011 10:11:46 AM

Hi all,

The big news this weekend of course was the premier of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides at the Disneyland Resort in California. As I already pointed out yesterday, Loren was there right on the front line, and made a forum post about it here, including up close pictures of all the stars! Be sure to check it out! His report also includes some character updates.  [ Read More... ]

Character News and Updates From Around the Web - Cars, Pooh and Phineas & Ferb in WDW, Walt Disney Studios 9th Birthday, and much more!
DisneyDan  Wednesday, March 16, 2011 12:52:57 PM

Hi all,

This week has seen a bit more character news than recently, but still nothing major, but here we go anyway!  [ Read More... ]

Character News and Updates From Around the Web - Phineas and Ferb in WDW and Soundsational delayed again!
DisneyDan  Thursday, February 10, 2011 11:53:33 AM

Hi all,

Two small updates for you. Earlier today Jon posted on our forums that WDW have just announced that they will be debuting Phineas and Ferb in Disney's Hollywood Studios from May in a "play and greet", near The Muppets.  [ Read More... ]

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