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A Tribute to Disney's Animal Kingdom's Camp Minnie-Mickey
DisneyDan  Tuesday, January 7, 2014 3:05:41 PM
Hello everyone,

Yesterday (6th January 2014) saw the final day of operation for Camp Minnie-Mickey at Disney's Animal Kingdom, in Walt Disney World.

Camp Minnie-Mickey was an original land that opened with the park on 22nd April 1998, and was home to several entertainment venues as well as lots of characters.

One of Disney's most popular shows, The Festival of the Lion King, was based in Camp Minnie-Mickey, at the Theater in the Wild, and featured incredible stunts, music and dancing from The Lion King, hosted by Timon.

Festival of the Lion King

DDE May 2013 - Festival of the Lion King

WDW Feb 2012 - Festival of the Lion King

The Greetings Trails offered character meet and greets with all your favourite Disney friends, such as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald. Often the characters would also wander around in the open area in the middle of the land, greetings fans and just generally having fun.

Donald Duck

Meeting Minnie Mouse

Meeting Meeko

Meeting Miss Bunny

Mickey shows Goofy some martial arts!

Meeting Brer Rabbit and Brer Bear


Chip and Dale

Mickey Mouse

Meeting Koda and Kenai

The Good Times Gathering Spot used to be where Pocahontas would introduce some cute little critters to the stage, along with the help of Grandmother Willow. After that show ended, the space was used for additional character greetings.

Pocahontas shares a story

WDW Sept 2008 - Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends

WDW Sept 2008 - Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends

Other activities included talks by owl handlers, and Gi-Tar Dan, the resident comedic one-man band.

WDW Sept 2008 - Meeting Magoo

Jon and I both have fond memories of Camp Minnie-Mickey, and it will be very much missed. Camp Minnie-Mickey as a nice place to hang out, meet some Disney friends and catch a show or two.

WDW April 2009 - Camp Minnie-Mickey

WDW Sept 2008 - Heading to Camp Minnie-Mickey

The area is now being re-imagined to become Avatar Land, a collaboration between Disney and James Cameron. The Festival of the Lion King will be moved at a later date, and some of the characters can now be found elsewhere in the park (check out my recent news article here for more information), but the park will never be the same without this cute area.

Thanks for the memories Camp Minnie-Mickey, it was definitely a lot of fun!


WDW Feb 2012 - Exploring Camp Minnie-Mickey

WDW Dec 2010 - Heading to Camp Minnie-Mickey

WDW April 2009 - Camp Minnie-Mickey
New Year, New Updates!
DisneyDan  Sunday, January 5, 2014 12:34:32 PM
Hello everyone,

First off, I'd like to wish you all a Happy 2014! Last year was a turbulent, but exciting year for Jon and I, and we hope to have many more amazing adventures in the coming months, which we look forward to sharing with you all. In case you missed it, you can check out my blog post, '2013 - A Year in Review'. Be warned, there are literally hundreds of photos (nearly all character ones!), so it might take a while to load, and a while to look through!

Anyway, it's a new year, which means there is always news from the parks to report. We'll start at Walt Disney World in Florida, and work our way around the world.

Tomorrow, January 6th is the final day for Disney's Animal Kingdom's Camp Minnie-Mickey. The small, forested trails of this cute corner of the park will close permanently to make way for the controversial Avatar Land, currently being developed by Walt Disney Imagineering. This means that Timon and his pals at the long-running Festival of the Lion King will be relocated to a new theatre later in the year, elsewhere in the park. It also means of course that the Greetings Trails will close forever. The characters will be moved to new locations around the park. At the moment, what I've heard is that Baloo and King Louie will greet up on the trail between Africa and Asia (a place they have frequented in the past anyway), Chip and Dale (as well as Gi-Tar Dan) will move to Rafiki's Planet Watch, Pocahontas can be found in the Discovery Island Trails, and Donald Duck will move to Dinoland. Mickey and Minnie already moved early last year from the Greeting Trails to their new home on Discovery Island (at the Adventurer's Outpost).

At Disney's Hollywood Studios' character dining location, Disney Junior Play 'N Dine at Hollywood & Vine, June and Agent Oso are being replaced with Princess Sofia and Doc McStuffins. I have tried to find what date this will happen, but nobody knows for sure, although one friend did tell me perhaps the 26th January. This will mean that June and Agent Oso will no longer appear regularly at any Disney Park around the world. It does also mean that for the first time ever, Doc McStuffins will be available daily, for greetings, for all guests (albeit at a meal). Also for Hollywood Studios, dates for the mega popular Star Wars Weekends were released for 2014. This year they will run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 16th May until 8th June inclusive.

At the Magic Kingdom, yesterday the epically long running Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade had its final curtain call. Running twice, the parade was given a neat final send-off, with a few old props returning, and fans lining the parade route with signs of support for the cast and characters. Many people have very fond memories of this parade, since its debut back in 2001 as Share a Dream Come True Parade, for Walt's 100th birthday. Although it was loved by many, I for one, and I know many others feel the same too, very much welcome a brand new day parade after 12 long years! The new parade, Festival of Fantasy is currently slated for a spring debut, and will feature a mixture of brand new floats and some that have been imported from Tokyo Disneyland's beautiful, and much missed, Jubilation parade. The new parade is confirmed to have floats representing Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Brave, and of course Mickey and Friends. Two of the floats brought from Tokyo used to be the Pinocchio float (it's Monstro) and the Princess one, and therefore fuels speculation they'll be used for the same purpose again, but official images of them/concept art are yet to be released.

As a reminder, today and tomorrow are the final days for the full Christmas season offerings at both the Disneyland Resort and Disneyland Paris. If you're in the area, be sure to stop by and catch their parades and shows again before they bid farewell for another 10 months! Brand new offerings this year included the Viva Navidad event and World of Color Winter Dreams at Disney California Adventure and Disney Dreams! of Christmas and the revamped Christmas Cavalcade at Disneyland Paris.

Speaking of Disneyland Paris, we were there for Christmas and New Year, which was amazing as usual! They always put a huge effort into their special entertainment offerings, and this year did not disappoint! The highlight was the "plussed" version of the Disney's Stars 'n' Cars parade at the Walt Disney Studios, which featured awesome characters just for New Year such as Darkwing Duck, Yzma and Kronk, the Cheshire Cat and many more!

It has been strongly rumoured across the internet that Disneyland Paris will also be bringing back a very old festival of theirs from some years back, called the Festival of Flowers. The Festival of Flowers was like a DLP version of EPCOT's Flower and Garden Festival. It is rumoured that the festival will return for a three month long spring event that will also incorporate a special happening (involving characters) as well as meet 'n' greets. There is nothing confirmed yet, but we all hope that this is true!

Finally, we have been aware that many of you have been searching the website for Princess Anna and Queen Elsa from Disney's Frozen. It took a while to get them up, but I have finally done it! (Click their names to go to their pages)

Ok, that's everything for today. Have a good week everyone,


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