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2014 - A Character Filled Year in Review
DisneyDan  Wednesday, December 31, 2014 11:05:51 AM
Hello everyone,

Well, 2014 is nearly said and done, and 2015 draws ever nearer! It’s been a fantastic year here at Character Central, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank each one of our fans for supporting us for another year of laughter and magic.

In 2014 we had so many adventures, it would be impossible to claim any one of them was our favourite. From starting the year with the Einsteins at Disneyland Paris, Easter with the Aristocats, meeting Oswald for the first time in Tokyo DisneySea, to Christmas at Walt Disney World, it has been simply incredible. If I tried to share every magical moment we had in 2014 I’d not only be here for a week embedding the photos, but you would also get bored! So, this year, instead of my epic "post ever single character we saw" review, I thought I would share with everyone a selection of our favourite character moments from the year (just characters, because if I shared other photos and moments too, again, I’d be here forever!). Having said that, a "selection" from the incredible amount of things we've done means that this post is still really long, so just be warned if you have a slow internet connection!

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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 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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    Happy 43rd Birthday Walt Disney World Resort!
    DisneyDan  Wednesday, October 1, 2014 8:53:28 AM
    Today is the 43rd anniversary of the grand opening of the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, and the 32nd anniversary of EPCOT!

    For 43 years Walt Disney World has enchanted millions of guests from all over the world with its incredible attractions, amazing entertainment and excellent service and facilities.

    In our usual style, here's a cavalcade of photos of our magical experiences at Walt Disney World over the years. I have deliberately left out character images for today, since I really wanted to celebrate the beauty of the parks, and the work of the dreamers who believed they could build this magical place.

    Happy 43rd birthday Walt Disney World, here's to many, many more!

    Wandering around EPCOT

    Wandering thru Italy

    The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

    Taking the boat to Fort Wilderness

    Walt Disney - One Man's Dream

    Kilimanjaro Safaris

    Cinderella Castle

    Checking out the new Tangled bathrooms area

    Chilling at the Polynesian

    Kilimanjaro Safaris

    Wandering around the Studios

    Wandering around Dinoland USA

    Kilimanjaro Safaris

    Exploring Mexico

    Disney's Yacht Club Resort

    Kilimanjaro Safaris

    On the Wild Side event

    Exploring Fantasyland

    Fantasmic!

    Wandering around Future World

    Wishes Nighttime Spectacular

    Wandering thru Fantasyland

    Kilimanjaro Safaris

    Taking the boat to Fort Wilderness

    Tower of Terror

    Expedition Everest

    Wandering around World Showcase

    The Dapper Dans

    Rivers of America

    Kilimanjaro Safaris

    Kilimanjaro Safaris

    Wandering around Discovery Island

    Wandering around World Showcase

    The Crystal Palace

    Exploring Fantasyland

    Wandering thru the new Storybook Circus area

    Kilimanjaro Safaris

    WDW April 2009 - Roy And Minnie

    Walt Disney - One Man's Dream

    WDW Sept 2008 - Heading towards the castle

    Dan.
    Happy 42nd Birthday Walt Disney World Resort!
    DisneyDan  Tuesday, October 1, 2013 11:27:53 AM
    Today is the 42nd anniversary of the grand opening of the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
    Since the opening of Disneyland, in Anaheim, CA, Walt Disney's dreams had grown even bigger. The limit of space in the Southern California park had meant that Walt's ultimate dreams had to be confined to a relatively small area.
    In the early 1960's Walt Disney set about bringing to life his beloved Disneyland on a much larger scale, this time somewhere where there was all the land he could ever imagine - Florida.
    Sadly, Walt passed away before his dream had became a reality, but his brother, Roy, ensured that the park kept on track, and finally on the 1st October 1971, the Magic Kingdom opened, at Walt Disney World - renamed by Roy from just Disney World in honour of his brother.

    Since then, more and more of Walt's dreams have come true, including the opening of EPCOT, also on October 1st, in 1982.
    EPCOT was Walt's vision of the future, where people worked and played together in a utopian community.
    Although some may say this dream has never fully been realised, since EPCOT isn't quite how Walt envisaged it, I think that actually, it has, and more.
    The Walt Disney World Resort brings together people from all over the world, not just to visit, but to live and work, too. With its hugely diverse Cast Members, international cuisines, celebrations of different cultures, and world class entertainment, shopping, dining and indeed living (Celebration, Golden Oaks, Cast Member housing etc), Walt's ultimate dream truly has become a reality.

    Since 1971, millions upon millions of dreams have come true, simply because one man believed that if you could dream it, you could do it.

    Happy 42nd birthday Walt Disney World, here's to many, many more!

    In our usual style, here's a cavalcade of photos of our magical experiences at Walt Disney World over the years. I have deliberately left out character images for today, since I really wanted to celebrate the beauty of the parks, and the work of the dreamers who believed they could build this magical place.

    Wandering around EPCOT

    Wandering thru Italy

    The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

    Taking the boat to Fort Wilderness

    Walt Disney - One Man's Dream

    Kilimanjaro Safaris

    Cinderella Castle

    Checking out the new Tangled bathrooms area

    Chilling at the Polynesian

    Kilimanjaro Safaris

    Wandering around the Studios

    Wandering around Dinoland USA

    Kilimanjaro Safaris

    Exploring Mexico

    Disney's Yacht Club Resort

    Kilimanjaro Safaris

    On the Wild Side event

    Exploring Fantasyland

    Fantasmic!

    Wandering around Future World

    Wishes Nighttime Spectacular

    Wandering thru Fantasyland

    Kilimanjaro Safaris

    Taking the boat to Fort Wilderness

    Tower of Terror

    Expedition Everest

    Wandering around World Showcase

    The Dapper Dans

    Rivers of America

    Kilimanjaro Safaris

    Kilimanjaro Safaris

    Wandering around Discovery Island

    Wandering around World Showcase

    The Crystal Palace

    Exploring Fantasyland

    Wandering thru the new Storybook Circus area

    Kilimanjaro Safaris

    WDW April 2009 - Roy And Minnie

    Walt Disney - One Man's Dream

    WDW Sept 2008 - Heading towards the castle

    Dan.
    Latest News! The vote is now open for Limited Time Magic Long Lost Friends at WDW!
    DisneyDan  Friday, June 21, 2013 11:30:17 AM
    Just a few minutes ago the Disney Parks Blog announced its list for the vote for the next Long Lost Friends Week at Walt Disney World.

    The list consists of:
    • Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horse Collar
    • Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, Sheriff of Nottingham and Prince John
    • Fifer Pig, Fiddler Pig, Practical Pig and Big Bad Wolf
    • Clarice, Chip and Dale
    • Wendell, Liver Lips, Shaker and Big Al
    • Chicken Little and Abby Mallard
    • Brer Bear, Brer Fox and Brer Rabbit
    • Flik and Princess Atta
    • June and Leo from Little Einsteins
    • Tweedle Dum, Tweedle Dee and Queen of Hearts
    • Louis the Alligator and Dr. Facilier (Face)
    • Penguins from Mary Poppins
    • Suzy and Perla

    I have to say, overall, the list is somewhat disappointing. The first three sets were out last time!
    Chip and Dale are regulars, and although Clarice is "rare" for WDW, she can be met all the time in Paris, Tokyo, and sometimes in California.
    The Country Bears are out regularly in California, Tokyo, and actually at the Christmas Parties in the Magic Kingdom, too!
    I give them credit where it is due for Chicken Little and Abby Mallard - they are definitely rare these days.
    The Brers, well, all three can be met in Tokyo, and Brer Fox and Brer Bear are out in California often.
    Flik used to be out daily in WDW, and still is at DCA in California. Atta is definitely more unusual, but was at the dance party for the Party for the Planet LTM recently at Animal Kingdom. Why not also have Francis and Gypsy, or some other bug friends?
    June can be met everyday at the Play 'n' Dine at DHS, if you eat there. Leo is definitely more rare, but was out regularly until just about two years ago. But why not have Quincy and Annie too?
    The Tweedles and the Queen of Hearts are out daily in California, Paris and Tokyo, and the Queen of Hearts can be found at the Halloween Parties in the Magic Kingdom too.
    Louis is definitely a rare one. Dr Facilier can be met during Halloween in Paris and California, and at the Halloween Parties in the Magic Kingdom.
    The Penguins from Mary Poppins are OUT in WDW sometimes - we saw them when we were there last month! Ok, they aren't regular, but they DO appear! There is also a good chance of finding them in the afternoon pop-up surprise sets on the Streets of America at DHS! Definitely not a good option.
    Suzy and Perla are out fairly often in California and Paris, though not all the time. For WDW they are definitely uncommon.

    I realise my comparisons are between the other parks, but as you can see, these characters are not truly "Long Lost" - and some of them CAN be found at WDW! It just depends on the time of year (Christmas, Halloween etc).

    Overall I think they really needed to up their game with this one, especially after Disneyland held such an AWESOME one that totally blew everyone away! For those who don't recall, DL had REAL rare characters such as the Three Good Fairies, John Smith and Ping (Mulan's alter ego).

    Let us know what you think by hitting the 'Discuss' button below, and commenting on the Forum!

    Dan.
    Disney Fairies Week Limited Time Magic Announced!
    PeterPanFan  Friday, April 12, 2013 1:49:44 PM
    After many random fairy sightings in Epcot the last few weeks it doesn't come as a surprise but the official Limited Time Magic page has been updated with "Disney Fairies Week" April 15th to April 21st, 2013!  

    This will be coming to both Walt Disney World and Disneyland; however, it sounds like Walt Disney World is getting the better version of the week as it mentions Iridessa, Rosetta, Silvermist, Fawn, Vidia, and Terence in addition to Tinker Bell while at Disneyland it only mentions Tink, Rosetta, and Terence (which isn't much better than normal).

    In both resorts the fairies will be found at their normal locations (Tinker Bell's Magical Nook in Magic Kingdom and Pixie Hollow at Disneyland).  If you are a big Disney Fairies fan, it sounds like Walt Disney World will be the place to be next week! 
    Walt Disney World Easter 2013 - A Photo Report
    DisneyDan  Monday, April 8, 2013 6:44:36 AM
    Hello everyone,

    If you had been following our Twitter last week, you will know that we spent 5 days in WDW over the Easter period.
    Of course, going to WDW is nothing new for us (!), and so I don't usually post a review or trip report these days, but, there were a lot of new things on this trip that we hadn't experienced before, so I thought I would cover them in a short photo report (as opposed to a full trip report), so that you can all see some of our adventures.
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    News and Rumours from Around the World: WDW cuts DHS parade and show, New DLR Long Lost Friends Week vote and more!
    DisneyDan  Monday, March 18, 2013 11:42:39 AM
    Hello everyone,

    A few small pieces of news today.

    First up, Disneyland in California has abruptly ended the Plaza Inn's "My Disneyland Birthday" which used to take place at the restaurant. The special gathering which saw the debut of a brand new park-exclusive character "Pat E Cake", ran for over 10 years, before ending this past Sunday. It was a neat little happening that also featured Mickey and Minnie meeting the invited guests together for pictures.
    You may recall last year WDW similarly cut its Tony's Town Square Gathering, which featured the Lady and the Tramp's chef Tony exclusively at the Tony's Town Square Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom.
    It's sad to see that these unique events are gradually disappearing from the parks, as it is often these little details and happenings that really add that extra sparkle to a guest's day.

    The Disney Parks Blog finally announced details of Disneyland's version of Long Lost Friends Week. Although no date is set yet, they have released on the blog a list of characters which can be voted on, and the top ones will be the ones that appear in the park that week (whenever that may be). The list has been met with some mixed reaction from the fan community overall, simply because it isn't as diverse as we were all hoping for. Sure, it does have the Three Good Fairies, Merlin and Ludwig Von Drake, amongst others, but it also has Alice, the Mad Hatter, Peter Pan, Chip 'n Dale, and many more who are all in the park regularly.
    Some have pointed out that it's the opportunity to get these groups of characters together that is also the draw, but to be honest, when I think "long lost", meeting Alice with the Tweedles doesn't exactly inspire me. The fear is also of course that people will vote for those characters, and the event will end up being nothing more than a big gathering of current friends, rather than the return of anyone truly "lost".
    I guess we shall see soon enough what happens!

    Over at WDW, although Disney themselves haven't made a public announcement, Cast Members there are reporting that Hollywood Studios' Countdown to Fun parade and Disney Channel Rocks will both be ending permanently on April 6th this year.
    There is no word on any replacement yet for either offering, sadly.

    In Disneyland Paris, our friends at Dedicated to DLP reported that they have heard whispers of a runDisney event being held there late next year. For anyone who doesn't know, usually these events have lots of random and cool characters featured along the course! I guess we should all start training now!
    This past weekend DLP also held its annual St. Patrick's Day event, which featured characters in their Irish finest, and Leprechauns! It's one of the very few things that we still haven't been to, here at Character Central. Every year we say we will, and we always fail! Maybe next year?...
    Lots of the main DLP Facebook and Twitter pages had some good updates throughout the weekend of the characters, shows, special fireworks and the pre-parade, so be sure to check them out!

    Remember that just a few days ago I made another News post, which contains details of lots more cool things coming to the parks this year, including a Greek event at DLR! So be sure to read that.

    Although its birthday has passed now, two days ago it was Walt Disney Studios Park's 11th anniversary. I made a special tribute post with lots of really great photos in it, so if you're curious at all, then have a look.

    Finally, I want to mention our brand new Tokyo Disney Resort Trip Planner that was launched last week. If you are planning to visit Tokyo, and haven't yet seen our special Trip Planner, I would suggest you do not miss it!
    For those who have asked, or are curious, more Trip Planners are on their way, for the other Disney Parks and Resorts - they just take a lot of time to create! We'll let you know here on the blog when we do launch them.

    Ok, I think that's all for today.

    Dan.
    Character News and Updates from Around the Web! Limited Time Magic, Valentine's Day, Fantasy Faire and more!
    DisneyDan  Wednesday, January 9, 2013 3:23:05 AM
    Hello!

    It has sadly been a long time since I really had chance to update the blog properly with any real updates. Actually, there hasn't really been any good character news for a long time, either, so that coupled with Jon and I always being mega busy makes for more sporadic posting than I would like!
    Anyway, here we are with the first proper update of 2013, and it's shaping up to be quite the year so far - which of course is good news for us character fans!

    We'll start with the US Parks, and first up is California.
    As you may recall, the old Fantasyland Theater in Disneyland has for the longest time been used for a Princess meet 'n' greet, which just about everybody agreed was a massive waste of time and space. Last year Disneyland closed it and finally started making preparations for a brand new show to debut there.
    Since then we have all waited anxiously to find out what new show would appear at the theatre.
    Well, our questions were answered this week, finally, when the Disney Parks Blog announced that 'Mickey and the Magical Map' would start in "summer 2013". I am hopeful that this will become a well loved show, as it looks quite neat, and that we get to see it when we visit in August (providing it has started by then!).
    Since the show is taking over Fantasy Faire, you may also recall that Disneyland are relocating their Princess meet 'n' greet to what was the beloved Carnation Plaza Gardens area, next to Sleeping Beauty Castle. They are of course making some massive upgrades, and this week, again, the Parks Blog announced that we would see the opening of the new location in "spring 2013" - which could mean as early as say, the end of March (that's what I've heard, but who knows!).
    Disney never like to give much away, but we are still anticipating - though it hasn't been re-confirmed properly for quite some time. They keep missing that detail out... - that the former stage area from Carnation Plaza Gardens will remain, and there will be some sort of mini show or live entertainment there, also.
    Staying with Disneyland, and last weekend saw the return of their popular Day of the Three Kings event, which featured entertainment, and of course characters! Mickey and Minnie were out in special Mexican clothing, and Donald appeared with none other than Panchito and Jose! I believe though, that this was being billed as "special" for the new Limited Time Magic promotion, despite not really being new at all!
    Which then brings me to Limited Time Magic itself. Loren informs me that he has been told by Cast Members in Disneyland that their Chinese New Year entertainment will also return this year, but will be advertised as one of the Limited Time Magic events, and also something similar to last years Character Fan Weekends will reappear as a Limited event, too. I am of course very happy that these things are returning, but it makes me a little sad that they cannot think of something new and special, instead of re-branding something existing.
    Of course, Disneyland are also getting their Horseshoe Revue Back for a very limited run, which I know has proven to be a very popular move.
    That brings me to Florida, and their Limited Time Magic.
    So far, as far as I am aware, they have had a Tomorrowland dance party, and limited edition ear hats as their first two "special" events. The problem with both of these is that they are, well, not new! Anyone who has been to Florida in the last two years will have seen Stitch and the gang rock it out in Tomorrowland almost constantly! The only real difference is that Stitch is wearing his Elvis outfit.
    Incidentally, before we move on, it was Elvis's birthday yesterday, and the little blue guy we all love wanted to just pay a small tribute...

    Having fun with the Characters at Stitch's Hawaiian Paradise Party

    Going back to Limited Time Magic, and although we don't know much else right now, we do know that for Valentine's the parks are planning some special things (though I don't think we can expect too much), and in September in Florida a Villains dance party for Friday the 13th.
    You can check out the official Limited Time Magic website here, but be warned, you might die of boredom before anything exciting is put on there! (It's a pretty dire page!)

    Over at Disneyland Paris, although I am not yet allowed to reveal any details, I would say that if you were thinking about planning a trip over any time soon, especially around Valentine's Day, then you most certainly should... I have heard there will be something really extra special and magical this year! (That will be additional to their regular Valentine's offerings, which usually consist of a character brunch, special character meets and a special Magical Moment at the Disneyland Hotel).
    When I am allowed to say more, trust me, I will let you all know!
    Speaking of brunches, a friend informs us that there is a Chinese New Year brunch at Inventions (with characters of course) on Sunday 10th February. I thought I would point that out, as that is pretty unique. As well as Mulan and Mushu, I wonder if Li Shang will appear?...
    Also, I have heard that DLP's long running Tarzan show will once again return this summer to Frontierland.

    I just want to take the opportunity to direct you to my recent New Year post, which has a special message from us here at Character Central.

    You might also want to check out my now (finally!) completed Hong Kong Trip Report here, my Tokyo Trip Report here, and my latest report which is from our day trip to Universal Studios Hollywood at Christmas, here.

    Ok, I think that is everything for now.

    Happy New Year everyone!

    Dan.
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