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So, here we are in 2022...
DisneyDan  Thursday, March 3, 2022 9:29:33 AM
Hello everyone,

I know it's been a while again since I posted here, but as anyone who follows us on various social media platforms knows, we are still very much active and always having adventures at the parks. I do update the website with new locations and characters when I get chance, but I find social media an easier, more immediate to access platform these days than constantly blogging. The "stories" feature of Instagram and Facebook I use particularly heavily; almost daily in a lot of instances, in fact.
However, I thought I would give a more thoughtful update on life here in Central Florida, some of our more recent trips, and upcoming plans - and also what it has been like to enter into a third year of a global pandemic living close to the magic. I've included a lot of photos in between sections, which I hope you enjoy.

We were reluctant to travel for quite a while, even when things got more back to "normal" (I use that word very lightly - there is nothing "normal" about the ongoing situation in the world. I more refer to how businesses and countries continue to adapt and reopen in the face of either "getting on with it", or closing permanently). So,   [ Read More... ]
100 Days Until 50!
DisneyDan  Wednesday, June 23, 2021 12:09:01 PM
Hello everyone,

Today is a special day as we are at exactly 100 days until Walt Disney World Resort in Florida turns 50!

To kick off the 100 day countdown, I wanted to share with you a small selection of our photos from probably one of the most beloved - and most missed entertainment offerings - from not just Magic Kingdom, but all of WDW over the years, SpectroMagic.

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A Socially Distanced Halloween at the Magic Kingdom, Part Four - The Nightmare Before Christmas
DisneyDan  Wednesday, October 7, 2020 11:04:37 AM
Hello everyone,

Previously here on the blog, I shared with you all photos from the Mickey and friends Halloween cavalcade, the Pooh friends Halloween trolley, and the Villains cavalcade. In this next instalment of my Magic Kingdom Halloween photo series I am sharing some photos of the Nightmare Before Christmas characters.

You can catch Jack Skellington, Sally Sticthes, and   [ Read More... ]
A Socially Distanced Halloween at the Magic Kingdom, Part Three - Pooh and Friends
DisneyDan  Thursday, October 1, 2020 11:30:11 AM
Hello everyone,

Previously here on the blog I shared with you all some of the Halloween offerings currently at Magic Kingdom (Mickey and Friends here, and the Disney Villains here).

Today I am sharing some photos of Winnie the Pooh and his 100 Acre Wood friends who are appearing dressed in their Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party costumes.

You can catch Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet and Tigger throughout the day travelling up and down Main Street USA on the horse-drawn trolley. Occasionally, you may also find them   [ Read More... ]
A Socially Distanced Halloween at the Magic Kingdom, Part Two - The Disney Villains
DisneyDan  Saturday, September 26, 2020 3:33:27 PM
Hello everyone,

Continuing my Walt Disney World Halloween photo report that I started the other day, today I am going to share with you some pictures of the Disney Villains.
You can catch Gaston, the Queen of Hearts, Captain Hook, Big Bad Wolf, Bowler Hat Guy, Maleficent, Jafar and The Queen intermittently on select days at the Magic Kingdom in a special villainous   [ Read More... ]
A Socially Distanced Halloween at the Magic Kingdom, Part One - Mickey and Friends
DisneyDan  Thursday, September 24, 2020 11:57:46 AM
Hello everyone,

Things look a little different this year for Halloween season at Walt Disney World. We have seen the cancellation of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, along with drastically reduced operations across Walt Disney World. Gone are the days of visiting the hotel resorts to see the pumpkins and decor, and meeting characters on Halloween night at all the hotels; shelved is the Headless Horseman 5K at Fort Wilderness, and the Headless Horseman movie night event (also at Fort Wilderness); we've even lost those awful pumpkin-scarecrows that used to haunt us every year on Main Street! We've lost a lot of really cool things due to this ongoing pandemic, but there was one small bright spark of light to come out of it all. Now, during regular daily operations at the Magic Kingdom, we can see some of our favourite Disney characters in various spooky Halloween offerings. These offerings include a Mickey and friends cavalcade, a Pooh and friends trolley, a Nightmare Before Christmas cavalcade, a Villains cavalcade, the Cadaver Dans, and various greetings (Main Street Station, Rivers of America, and the Crystal Palace).

I thought I would make a few blog posts to share with you the Halloween spirit that has overtaken the Magic Kingdom, starting here with Mickey and friends. You can see Mickey and his pals intermittently throughout the day either up on Main Street Station, waving to guests below and posing for selfies, or riding through the park in a festive cavalcade. Mickey and his pals are joined by the Sugar Rush Racers from Wreck-It-Ralph, some pirates, Haunted Mansion ballroom dancers, and some Haunted Mansion gravediggers.

So, without any further commentary, here's a selection of   [ Read More... ]
An Update During Strange Times
DisneyDan  Thursday, April 23, 2020 10:37:10 AM
Hello everyone,

Well, it has been a while since I updated on the blog, but our long-time followers will no doubt have noticed that I continue to update content across the website, adding new locations, characters, outfits, and other items on a fairly regular basis. Sometimes this content is older stuff that I came across in our archives that never got added for whatever reason, and sometimes it's more recent things that I am gradually working through.

As for blog posts, well, as I have said numerous times in the past, the vast volume of content we have on Character Central speaks for itself. We never really intended to be a news site, and I find it easier to post more in-the-minute/live updates to our social media pages, such as Instagram and Facebook, rather than having to worry about blogging about it constantly. I actually post everyday, where possible, to both Instagram and Facebook, either an actual post or a themed story of some kind. There are a lot of other sites out there that dedicate themselves to the latest up-to-the-minute news, and they are easy enough to find. I pride myself in being able to offer a diverse archive of content from the parks around the world that is maintained, rather than letting all our followers know something they can easily read somewhere else.

So, we're still here. I'm still adding more things, always updating and changing pages, moving things around.

I am glad you're all still with us after 10+ years. We appreciate your passion for our work, and look forward to bringing you all more and more content once the parks reopen again from this current crisis.

Be safe, stay well, and we'll see you all once we're allowed back "home" again - hopefully sooner rather than later.

Magically yours,


Magic Kingdom DVC Moonlight Magic 2020
REVIEW - Storybook Dining at Artist Point with Snow White
DisneyDan  Thursday, June 6, 2019 7:09:06 AM
Hello everyone,

We recently dined at Artist Point for the first time to try the (relatively) new Storybook Dining with Snow White at Wilderness Lodge.

Wilderness Lodge is located on the southern shore of Bay Lake, southeast of the Magic Kingdom. You can get to Wilderness Lodge by bus from Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, or boat from the Magic Kingdom.

The restaurant is just off of the main lobby, to the northwest side of the building. Because of the way that Wilderness Lodge is built, although the restaurant is on the main/"ground" level, there are some pretty good views out towards Bay Lake.

The menu is a set price format, and you choose from a selection of set items. The cost is $55 per adult, plus tax and tip. Annual Passholders can get 10% off, making the the price $49.50, plus tax and tip. No drinks are included, and are at an additional cost.

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Meeting Bo Peep in Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios
DisneyDan  Monday, June 3, 2019 12:05:44 PM
Hello everyone,

Yesterday - 2nd June, 2019 - Bo Peep made her first regular appearance at Disney's Hollywood Studios' Toy Story Land in time for the release of Toy Story 4. We were there to welcome her, and so I wanted to share with you some photos of our experience.

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Meeting Fancy Nancy at Disney's Hollywood Studios
DisneyDan  Friday, May 3, 2019 12:26:59 PM
Hello everyone,

Disney Junior's latest star, Nancy Clancy made her Disney Parks debut last week at Disney's Hollywood Studios. I wanted to share with you some photos from our meeting with her.

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