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Walt Disney World Photo Trip Report, June-July 2015 - Frozen Summer Fun, 4th of July and more!
DisneyDan  Friday, July 10, 2015 5:22:54 PM
Hello everyone,

Last week Jon and I were in Walt Disney World again, where we checked out all the Frozen Summer Fun offerings, and celebrated the 4th of July.

I'll start with Animal Kingdom, since we only went there for a few short hours to get some updated character photos. We stopped by to meet Daisy Duck, Tarzan, Pocahontas, Chip 'n' Dale, Baloo and King Louie.

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Walt Disney World Photo Trip Report, May 2015 - Part 2: Character Fun at the Parks
DisneyDan  Thursday, June 11, 2015 10:17:24 AM
Hello everyone,

This is the second part of my Walt Disney World trip report for May 2015. Part one covered the Four Season character breakfast, the 24 hour event at the Magic Kingdom and Star Wars Weekends. In this part we'll be covering everything else from around the parks.

This report is very photo-heavy, so be sure to have a good connection before continuing.

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Walt Disney World Photo Trip Report, May 2015 - Part 1: Star Wars Weekends
DisneyDan  Wednesday, June 10, 2015 11:15:22 AM
Hello everyone,

At the end of May we spent ten days at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, where we attended (part of) the 24 hour event and two Star Wars Weekends. In this first part of my photo trip report, I'm going to cover the 24 hour event, the Four Seasons breakfast and Star War Weekends. The second part of this report will cover everything else.

This report is very photo-heavy, so be sure you have a good connection before clicking to continue.

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Disneyland Resort Photo Trip Report, January 2015 - including "Frozen Fun" and "Disney Viva Navidad"
DisneyDan  Friday, January 9, 2015 7:13:03 PM
Hello everyone,

Last weekend we were in Disneyland to see the end of their holiday offerings and the start of Frozen Fun.

This post is photo heavy so be warned if you have a slow connection speed!

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Christmas at Walt Disney World Photo Trip Report, Part Four - Parades, shows and more characters!
DisneyDan  Tuesday, December 30, 2014 10:16:27 AM
Hello everyone,

In this fourth and final part of my Walt Disney World trip report I'll be sharing with you everything else we experienced that was not Christmas related. To read the first three parts again or if you haven't read them at all), here are the links:

  • Part 1 - The Magic Kingdom, including Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
  • Part 2 - Epcot, including Holidays Around the World
  • Part 3 - Disney's Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom

    Let's start in the Magic Kingdom with the characters we met.

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  • Christmas at Walt Disney World Photo Trip Report, Part Three - Christmas at Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios
    DisneyDan  Monday, December 22, 2014 12:34:09 PM
    Hello everyone,

    This is the third part of my Walt Disney World Christmas trip report. In case you missed parts one and two, here are the links:

  • Part 1 - The Magic Kingdom
  • Part 2 - Epcot

    In this part I am going to share the festive fun we had at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios.

    Let’s start with Animal Kingdom.

    At the main entrance, the beautiful Christmas Tree welcomed us.

    Christmas Tree

    On Discovery Island we met Mickey and Minnie in their Christmas attire, and Daisy was greeting in her safari wear, with some small little holiday additions - some holly and a candy cane striped scarf and ribbons.

    Daisy Duck

    Mickey and Minnie Mouse

    Up at Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Chip and Dale were inside the building due to the rain, but they were wearing winter scarves and hats. They were so cute!

    Chip and Dale

    In Asia, King Louie and Baloo were wearing winter scarves, and had a great backdrop with Christmas Trees and garlands with bananas on them!

    King Louie and Baloo

    In DinoLand USA, Santa Goofy and his trusty helper, Pluto (who has bells on his collar) had a nice setup with their own Christmas Trees, too. Donald Duck was at his location near Dinosaur, and while his outfit was his regular one, he had a festive addition to his hat, and a candy cane striped scarf.

    Pluto and Santa Goofy

    Donald Duck

    It was really nice to see so many characters wearing Christmas outfits at Animal Kingdom - I just wish that there were as many at the Magic Kingdom (during regular hours), too!

    Now let’s move onto Hollywood Studios.

    Phineas and Ferb were at their regular location wearing Christmas hats and scarves (the same ones they wore at the Club Tinsel dance party at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, which we saw in part one of this report).

    Meeting Phineas and Ferb

    Santa Goofy was greeting fans on the Streets of America, and while he wears the same outfit as he over at Animal Kingdom, it was nice to meet him with a different festive backdrop.

    Meeting Santa Goofy

    Hollywood Studios has some nice Christmas decorations, too, including a large tree at the main entrance.

    Christmas at the Muppets

    Christmas Tree

    Of course, the highlight for me for Hollywood Studios, and one of the top things from the whole trip was seeing the Osborne Lights. I love the Osborne Lights, and was so happy to finally get to see them again having spent several Christmases at the other Disney Parks around the world. The lights are nothing short of spectacular. The colours, the way they dance to the music - they are simply awesome. No amount of photos can ever do them justice, but I’ll try nonetheless!

    The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

    The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

    The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

    The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

    The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

    The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

    The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

    The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

    The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

    The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

    The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

    The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

    The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

    I took some short video clips on my phone, which I’ll post below, but just be aware that the quality might not be the best!





    So, this report along with the previous two parts, we have now covered everything festive that we experienced during our recent Walt Disney World trip. I think I’ll probably try to make a final part to just share with everyone the other things that we did during our trip that were not Christmas related, but that might not come until next week.

    Have a great Christmas everyone!

    Dan.

    ***

    Want to discover the magic of all the Disney Parks worldwide without leaving your seat?! Then be sure to check out my “Grand Circle Tour”, which is currently touring Main Street, Adventureland and Frontierland, here on the Character Central Blog! See below for links.

  • Part 1 - Main Street USA
  • Part 2 - Adventureland
  • Part 3 - Frontierland
  • Christmas at Walt Disney World Photo Trip Report, Part Two - Christmas at Epcot including "Holidays Around the World"
    DisneyDan  Friday, December 19, 2014 11:59:09 AM
    Hello everyone,

    In this second part to my Walt Disney World Christmas Trip Report, I am going to share the fun we had at Epcot across several days, for their Holidays Around the World, and other festive things.

    We start our journey at the front of the park of course, where we shall stop to look at the Christmas decorations and topiaries of Future World. We took day and night shots of some of the topiaries, as they had a different look and feel to them at different times of the day, so I’ll share both with you.

    Christmas in Future World

    Christmas at Spaceship Earth

    Christmas in Future World

    Christmas in Future World

    Christmas in Future World

    Christmas in Future World

    Christmas in Future World

    Christmas in Future World

    Christmas in Future World

    Christmas in Future World

    Future World is also host to a religious musical performance - “Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season”.

    Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season

    Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season

    Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season

    The main Epcot Christmas Tree is located on the walkway that links Future World to World Showcase. We took day and night photos of this, too, of course!

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Christmas in Future World

    Duffy the Disney Bear has his permanent location near the Christmas Tree, on Showcase Plaza, and for the holidays he wears his cute Christmas outfit.

    Duffy the Disney Bear

    Now we shall make our way around World Showcase to discover their holiday offerings, starting in Canada.

    Canada used to be home to the Canadian Pere Noel, but sadly he has departed for voyages into the great wilderness of Canada, and has been replaced with a live band. The Canadian Holiday Voyageurs perform what are told to us to be Canadian Christmas songs and music styles from the different provinces and territories of Canada. The band and the music has a strong Christian rock overtone, although there are some songs that are non-religious too.

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    The Canadian Holiday Voyaguers

    The Canadian Holiday Voyaguers

    The Canadian Holiday Voyaguers

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    In the United Kingdom you can listen to Father Christmas as he shares stories of festive British traditions, including mistletoe and Christmas cards.

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Father Christmas

    Father Christmas

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    I’m sure these next two will make my fellow Brits chuckle. A giant Christmas tea set, and Christmas crackers on a garland - because that’s what we all use and decorate our homes with, right?!

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Crossing the ”English Channel” (AKA the bridge across to France), we can discover the enchanting Pere Noel, and his story of Babette and her brother, Francois, who didn’t believe in Pere Noel.

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Pere Noel

    Pere Noel

    Pere Noel

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    In Morocco you can learn all about traditional Muslim festivals and food, where celebration is “the spice of life!”

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Moroccan Storyteller

    Moroccan Storyteller

    Japan hosts the Daruma vendor who tries to sell everyone her Daruma dolls. You also learn about the Japanese New Year traditions.

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Daruma Vendor

    Daruma Vendor

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    At the American Adventure, you can discover the traditions of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, as well as meet Santa Claus and Mrs Claus, and wander around the Santa’s Village they have there. The American Adventure is the permanent home to the Voices of Liberty, and while we were there they were singing traditional carols, dressed in Dickens wear. Sadly we didn’t get any photos of them - they were the only thing from Holidays Around the World we missed!

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Meeting Santa and Mrs Claus

    Meeting Santa and Mrs Claus

    Meeting Santa and Mrs Claus

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Hanukkah Storyteller

    Hanukkah Storyteller

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Kwanzaa Storyteller

    Kwanzaa Storyteller

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Three times per night Epcot hosts its Candlelight Processional at the America Gardens Theater. Candlelight Processional is an epic musical retelling of the traditional Christmas story. During its run the narrator is always a celebrity, and while we were there it was Jonathan Groff - known more recently as Kristoff from Frozen! While we aren’t really into religious retellings and religious carols, it was pretty neat to hear him speak live, and the musicians and choir are exceptionally talented.

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Candlelight Processional

    Candlelight Processional

    Candlelight Processional

    Candlelight Processional

    I have included a short video clip below. It was taken on my phone, and I didn’t want to be rude and sit there holding my phone above everyone for a minutes on end, so the quality is poor, but I thought I’d share it anyway, to give you some idea of what the experience is like.



    Moving on to Italy, and we learnt about the story of the good witch, La Befana, who leaves presents for good children on the Eve of Epiphany, having searched the world for Christ for thousands of years.

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    La Befana

    La Befana

    In Germany Helga tells her story of her very first Nutcracker, which comes to life as if by magic!

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Helga and the Nutcracker

    Helga and the Nutcracker

    Helga and the Nutcracker

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    The Germany snowman topiary by day…

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    ...and by night!

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    In previous years, China used to be home to the Monkey King, but like Pere Noel in Canada, he had to depart and make way for new entertainment. This year the Chinese Lion Dancers entertain guests.

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Chinese Lion Dancers

    Chinese Lion Dancers

    Chinese Lion Dancers

    As with the video for Candlelight Processional, this was taken on my phone, so don’t expect great quality - I just wanted to capture the moment!



    Next up is Norway. Here, Sigrid tells the story of the Christmas gnome, Julenissen, however, she doesn’t believe in him! With a little bit of magic, faith and trust, she eventually realises he’s real! For some reason this is the only Holidays Around the World that I didn’t take a picture of the storyboard for. There is also a video below, and like the previous two, it was taken on my phone.

    Sigrid and Julenissen

    Sigrid and Julenissen

    Sigrid and Julenissen



    The final stop on our tour around the holidays of the world is Mexico. Previously the Three Kings would tell their story, but sadly they have now gone too. This year instead there is a Mariachi band and some performers who show us what it is like to celebrate Navidad the Mexican way. In addition, Donald Duck, who always greets in Mexico, dons a new outfit this year to celebrate Navidad. There are two videos for the Mariachi performers, below.

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Donald Duck

    Donald Duck

    Mariachis and Dancers

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World

    Exploring the Holidays Around the World





    That’s wrap! We have discovered all the Holidays Around the World! We really enjoyed Holidays Around the World this year, even if they did cut some of the storytellers in favour of musicians. I don’t mind the musicians, but I wish they had been in addition to the storytellers, instead of replacing them. Also, I didn’t mention it in the main part above, but for the storytellers that remain, you can’t always meet them now, either. In the past it would be that they would stop for photos and autographs afterwards, but now most of them do not, and the ones that do feel very rushed, which is a shame.

    In case you missed part one, which was all about Christmas at the Magic Kingdom (including Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party), you can read that here. Part three of this report, which will be about Christmas at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, will come in the next week or so, so look out for that!

    Dan.

    ***

    Want to discover the magic of all the Disney Parks worldwide without leaving your seat?! Then be sure to check out my “Grand Circle Tour”, which is currently touring Main Street, Adventureland and Frontierland, here on the Character Central Blog! See below for links.

  • Part 1 - Main Street USA
  • Part 2 - Adventureland
  • Part 3 - Frontierland
  • Christmas at Walt Disney World Photo Trip Report, Part One - Christmas at the Magic Kingdom including "Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party"
    DisneyDan  Friday, December 12, 2014 4:53:06 PM
    Hello everyone,

    Last week Jon and I were in Walt Disney World, and while there we took in all the wonderful festive offerings at the Magic Kingdom, including three Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parties.

    This is a photo-heavy post, so be prepared in case you have a slow connection speed.

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    Disneyland Paris August 2014 Trip Report and Photo Round-Up Part 2!
    DisneyDan  Saturday, August 23, 2014 7:43:08 AM
    Hello everyone,

    Two weeks ago Jon and I were in DLP, and I put together a photo trip report which you can read here. Last weekend we were at DLP again! So, here's another photo report from our three days in the magic!

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    LEGOLAND Trip Report: Billund - The Town that LEGO Built
    DisneyDan  Friday, August 22, 2014 7:05:18 AM
    Hello everyone,

    This blog post is somewhat a change of pace from what I usually post here, but I wanted to share a recent experience with you that I know some of you will appreciate.

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