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A Photographic Tour of Pandora - The World of Avatar, at Disney's Animal Kingdom
DisneyDan  Tuesday, August 29, 2017 9:39:20 AM
Hello everyone,

Today I want to share with you a (rather large) selection of my photos from our recent adventures through Pandora - The World of Avatar, at Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

I'll give a few thoughts along the way, but I thought that on this occasion I would let my photos do most of the talking, and let you form your own opinions about the new land.

Let's start with some of the initial sights you'll see when entering Pandora from its main entry point, over the bridge from Discovery Island.

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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.
Meeting Cruz Ramirez at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney California Adventure
DisneyDan  Sunday, August 13, 2017 6:54:31 PM
Hello everyone,

You can currently meet Cruz Ramirez, one of the stars of the new Cars 3 movie, at both Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney California Adventure. We visited her at both of her new locations recently, and so I thought I'd share some photos with you here.

Enjoy!

Meeting Cruz Ramirez in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure:













Meeting Cruz Ramirez in PIXAR Place at Disney's Hollywood Studios:













Dan.
Meet iCan, the new citizen of Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom!
DisneyDan  Thursday, August 10, 2017 10:14:40 AM
Hello everyone,

If you're visiting the Magic Kingdom in the next few weeks you may be fortunate enough to run into iCan, the very literal, and quite comical, robot that roams the concourses of Tomorrowland.

He's a lot of fun to interact with, and I asked him to record this special message for all our friends and followers, in the video below

Enjoy!

Video:



Photos:









Dan.
Meeting Star-Lord and Groot at Disney's Hollywood Studios
DisneyDan  Thursday, August 10, 2017 9:35:13 AM
Hello everyone,

Star-Lord and Groot (in his reborn form) recently landed in Disney's Hollywood Studios for an out of this world encounter, so I thought it would be fun to share these photos and video with you all.

Enjoy!

Video:



Photos of the meet 'n' greet entrance and queue:







Meeting Star-Lord and Baby Groot:







Dan.
The Country Bears Arrive in Frontierland!
DisneyDan  Thursday, August 10, 2017 9:33:00 AM
Hello everyone,

Earlier this week we hung out with the Country Bears in front of their attraction in Frontierland, at the Magic Kingdom. I thought it would be fun to share some photos with you all of our "beary" fun encounter with Big Al, Wendell, Liver Lips and Shaker!

Enjoy!















Dan.
NEWS: Disney PhotoPass Day returning in August, iCan Showbot, Guest Star Day, and more!
DisneyDan  Tuesday, July 11, 2017 7:49:20 PM
Hello everyone,

This evening I have a few things to share from the world of characters at Walt Disney World, Tokyo Disney Resort, Disneyland Paris and Hong Kong Disneyland.

Let's start with Walt Disney World, where the Disney Parks Blog (DPB) yesterday confirmed that the new iCan Showbot will continue to greet guests in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom until at least "late August" (DPB are as vague as ever!). It's a neat idea, and adds a little atmosphere to the area, much like the Citizens of Main Street and the Citizens of Hollywood - one could say a Citizen of Tomorowland! We will be at the Magic Kingdom in a few weeks time, after D23 this coming week, and will be able share photos of him once we see him.

Staying with WDW, and today the DPB announced that Disney PhotoPass Day would return to resort on August 19th, and will be, in their words, "even bigger than last year’s inaugural event. [Y]ou can expect to find numerous event-exclusive Animated Magic Shots, even more one-day-only Character Experiences, and incredible photo locations at all four theme parks!"
Last year's appearances included Pinocchio, Gideon and Foulfellow in Storybook Circus, Mushu and Mulan in China, Snow White and Dopey in Germany and the Queen of Hearts in the United Kingdom.

Over in Disneyland Paris, today the resort hosted the second of its "Guest Star Day Parade" pre-parades, which today starred Joy and Sadness from Inside Out. Last week was the first event, and featured Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps from Zootopia. The event is designed to celebrate Disney characters from the wonderful world of Disney, in order to commemorate the new Mickey Mouse Club series coming to Disney Channel later this year. It is not announced who will be there every Tuesday, and as of yet has no end date - so catch it while you can! Our friends at Characters Photos Blog have photos on their Facebook page from today and last week, if you want to check it out (click here).

Tokyo Disney Resort started its summer event, and while we have known for some time what it would be (they announce things very far in advance in Tokyo), it has been interesting to see the photos on social media. Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa take over the port in Tokyo DisneySea, soaking guests with thousands of gallons of water daily, and in Tokyo Disneyland see Mickey and friends in the more traditional Disney Natsu Matsuri.
The ever-beautiful and ever-changing Dreamlights also just got its most recent upgrades, with the new Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast and Frozen floats joining the procession. While we don't have photos of our own just yet, you can easily search any social media page for lots of photos of all these events, or visit the most recent DPB post about it all, here.

Finally for today, Hong Kong Disneyland are hosting their second annual 10K marathon weekend, this year themed to Marvel. On September 16 and 17 you have the opportunity to participate in the Marvel 10K Weekend 2017 - Presented by AIA Vitality! There should be character appearances at the event, though it is not yet confirmed as to who. It should be noted that this event is not hosted by runDisney.

That's all for today. Tomorrow we're off to Disneyland Resort in California for resort and d23 fun! Look our for all our live posts from the parks and the expo on our social media pages, such as Facebook and Instagram!

Have a great day everyone,

Dan.
Three New Year's Eve Celebrations Announced for Walt Disney World
DisneyDan  Saturday, July 8, 2017 9:53:26 AM
Hello everyone,

Yesterday the Disney Parks Blog announced three premium dining options for New Year's Eve at the Contemporary Resort (WDW), two of which involve character appearances.

Disney Countdown to Midnight

Disney Countdown to Midnight is described on the Disney Parks Blog as follows:

For an evening of dining and dancing, “Disney Countdown to Midnight” includes delightful dining, live music, libations and more. An interactive band and DJ will fill the dance floor (and we hear that Mickey and Minnie may make a special appearance). Then welcome in 2018 with a flute of bubbly and a viewing of those legendary New Year’s Eve fireworks in the Magic Kingdom.

Hours are 8pm to 1am in the Fantasia Ballroom. This party is designed for guests 18 and older.

This one sounds very much like a dance party for over 18s, and while they mention Mickey and Minnie, it is very vague and I suspect that they'll be there either dancing or on a stage; not greeting.

Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration

Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration is described on the Disney Parks Blog as follows:

“Pixar Party: A New Year’s Eve Celebration” is for children of all ages, a family-friendly way to ring in the New Year with a Disney•Pixar-inspired dinner.

Sarge welcomes you to the Ballroom of the Americas that features vignettes of beloved Pixar movies. From Andy’s Room in “Toy Story” to and Metro City with The Incredibles, the immersive celebration will include theatrical backdrops, dramatic set pieces and fun props that re-create the fantastic worlds of the Pixar films. And, of course, favorite characters will be on hand from “Toy Story,” “The Incredibles,” “Cars” and “Up.”

Kids can have fun at Pixar face painting, a balloon artist and a boot camp with Sarge, while an interactive DJ will spin hits from Radio Disney (he’s going to be in a “Cars”-inspired DJ rig from Radiator Springs). Dinner is buffet style.

At midnight, head outdoors to ring in the New Year with a viewing of the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Hours are 8pm - 12.15am.

This one sounds like it could be a lot of fun, though I suspect the characters may be of the simpler variety rather than any rare ones from any of those movies listed. It would be amazing to see the likes of Bo-Peep show up, but I wouldn't expect it, sadly.

Down in New Orleans: A Disney New Year’s Eve Dining Experience

Down in New Orleans: A Disney New Year’s Eve Dining Experience is described on the Disney Parks Blog as follows:

Fine dining is the theme of the third party, “Down in New Orleans: A Disney New Year’s Eve Dining Experience” in the Grand Republic Ballroom. Inspired by the Disney animated film “The Princess and the Frog,” the room is beautifully decorated French Quarter style to transport you to the Big Easy.

Actions stations will feature flavors such as oyster beignets, smoked salmon mousse cones with caviar, Kobe beef tartare and sheep’s milk ricotta gnocchi. Signature dishes will include herb-crusted Louisiana redfish, crayfish étouffée, Black Angus beef cooked two ways, braised short ribs and filet of beef with truffled celery root silk.

A N’awlins jazz band will entertain during dinner, joined later in the evening by a vocalist who will bring to life the Academy-Award-winning classics from the film. Then slip outside with a glass of bubbly just before midnight to ring in 2018 with a private viewing area for the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Hours are 7pm -12.15am.

This last one sounds pretty neat, but unfortunately does not detail any character appearances. The meal is "inspired by" the movie, and the main draw seems to be the musicians. It would be awesome to see all four characters appear there, but like with the other meals above, I wouldn't expect anything beyond what the post specifically states.

The Disney Parks Blog did not release any pricing information, and recommend that you find out more details, and book, via the Walt Disney World Dining line, at (407) WDW-DINE.

Have a great day everyone,

Dan.
Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2017 Dates and Prices
DisneyDan  Friday, July 7, 2017 10:21:59 AM
Hello everyone,

If you're considering attending the Halloween and Christmas parties at the Magic Kingdom this year, you can find the dates below.

While it is still early in the year, the Halloween parties actually start next month, and we haven't heard about any new offerings, changes of any kind at this point. With just over a month to go, I suspect that the parties will be almost identical to last year. You can check out our dedicated Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party page, here, on Character Central.

Prices for this year's Halloween parties range from $74 plus tax up to $115 plus tax, for adults (anyone over 9 years old), and from $69 plus tax up to $110 plus tax for children aged 3-9.

2017 Halloween Party Dates:

August: 25, 29
September: 1, 7, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29
October: 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31
November: 1

The Christmas parties start in November, shortly after the Halloween parties end, and run through December, ending just before Christmas itself. As with the Halloween parties, we haven't yet heard about any changes, but for Christmas it's a little early right now. You can check out our dedicated Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party page, here, on Character Central.

Prices for this year's Christmas parties range from $89 plus tax up to $109 plus tax, for adults (anyone over 9 years old), and from $84 plus tax up to $104 plus tax for children aged 3-9.

2017 Christmas Party Dates:

November: 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26, 28
December: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22

All event tickets can - and should - be purchased on the official Walt Disney World ticketing page, here.

Have a great day everyone,

Dan.
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