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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... ]
Donald's Dino-Bash! at Disney's Animal Kingdom - A Report, May 2018
DisneyDan  Friday, June 1, 2018 10:46:31 AM
Hello everyone,

Last weekend was the debut of the brand new Donald's Dino-Bash! festivities in Dinoland USA, at Disney's Animal Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. We were there for the opening of the event, so I wanted to share it all with you here.

Let's start with taking at look at some of the decor, before we move on to PhotoPass, magic shots, food, the dance party, and of course the character greetings.

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DVC Moonlight Magic, January 2018 - A Photo Report
DisneyDan  Friday, March 9, 2018 11:12:02 AM
Hello everyone,

Over three weekends in January and February DVC held another special Moonlight Magic event at the Magic Kingdom. I thought you would all like to see some photos from the characters we met at the event. The three hour event included some awesome long lost pals such as Little John, Koda and Kenai, the hyenas, and Herbie, plus more regular characters in special costumes, such as Chip 'n' Dale in their Rescue Ranger gear, Tiana and Naveen in their Royal Friendship Faire outfits, Donald and Daisy dressed for the Wild West, and Goofy and Pluto in their Mission Space suits.

Let's take a look!
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Chip 'n' Dale's Harvest Feast, A Review - March 2017
DisneyDan  Thursday, April 6, 2017 10:33:59 AM
Hello everyone,

A couple of weeks ago we had lunch at The Garden Grill, inside The Land pavilion at Epcot. We had eaten there several times in the past, but it had been several years, so we thought it was time that we went back to get an updated view.

The Garden Grill is a character dining experience, which has its own title of Chip 'n' Dale's Harvest Feast. Throughout your dining experience, Chip and Dale, as well as Mickey Mouse and Pluto, make their way around the restaurant for hugs, photos and autographs. Prices can be up to $60 per adult, depending on the time of day, plus tax and tip. You should plan to be in the restaurant for at least an hour. Reservations are accepted, and can be made on the My Disney Experience app.

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Tokyo Disney Resort December 2015 Trip Report, Part 5 - Med Harbor, American Waterfront and Port Discovery
DisneyDan  Tuesday, February 9, 2016 11:20:20 AM
Hello everyone,

In part one of this report I covered all the Disney Resort Hotels, the Disney Resort Line monorail, Ikspiari and other areas. In part two we explored World Bazaar and Adventureland. In part three we ventured into Westernland, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Toontown and Tomorrowland. In part four, I shared my photos from the Christmas parade, Dreamlights, Nightfall Glow and the fireworks. Now, in this part, we are going to explore three of the seven themed ports of Tokyo Disneyland's neighbouring park, Tokyo DisneySea.

The Tokyo DisneySea (TDS) entrance plaza is part of Mediterranean Harbor (Med Harbor), and where   [ Read More... ]
Happy 63rd Anniversary Clarice!
DisneyDan  Saturday, March 21, 2015 12:10:19 PM
On this day in 1952, 'Two Chips and a Miss' debuted, introducing the world to the glamorous and sassy Clarice. Working at the Acorn Club, she is the love interest of Chip and Dale. Sixty-three years later she is still as gorgeous as ever!

Clarice's appearances at the Disney Parks can often be sporadic, with her typically starring in more shows and parades in Tokyo than the other parks. With that said, we've been fortunate to see her on numerous occasions, and so in our usual style, let us celebrate her anniversary with a cavalcade of photos from our adventures with Clarice!

Happy 63rd Anniversary, Clarice!

Marie's Dream

Easter in New York

Mickey's Halloween Celebration

TDR 30th Anniversary DDE Event

DLR DDE Closing Ceremony


A Halloween Daydream

Meeting the cast and Characters of Discoveryland Celebrates!

Character fun at the 20 Years of Magic! event

Meeting Pirate Chipmunks!

DDE May 2013 - Walt Disney World Farewell Event

Inventions Brunch - "Magic" theme

Advent Calendar - Christmas Eve
DisneyDan  Wednesday, December 24, 2014 12:18:16 PM
It's Christmas Eve! The big day is almost here and Mickey and all his friends are getting ready for an early night! Aren't they adorable in their PJs?!

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Disneyland Dec 2012 - Christmas Eve in Town Square

The characters are ready for Santa to come!

Meeting the characters in their PJs!

Meeting the characters in their PJs!

Meeting the characters in their PJs!

Meeting the characters in their PJs!

Advent Calendar - 5th December 2014
DisneyDan  Friday, December 5, 2014 11:13:55 AM
Hello everyone,

It's the 5th December, which means it's time to open the fifth door of our very special Character Central Advent Calendar!

Here we go!...

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Character Couture - Chip 'n' Dale
DisneyDan  Wednesday, November 12, 2014 9:03:36 AM
Hello everyone,

In this fourth installment of this series we are going to take a look inside the wardrobe of that mischievous duo, Chip and Dale!

Let's start at Disneyland, California, where you can meet Chip 'n' Dale daily on Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure, dressed in their super cute period clothing!

Meeting Chip and Dale

Over at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Chip 'n' Dale have found a new home amongst even bigger, better trees, this time with their furry friends, the Ewoks from Star Wars! (During Star Wars Weekends, May/June, annually)

DDE May 2013 - Star Wars Weekends

Blast off into outer space with Chip 'n' Dale at Disneyland Paris' Discoveryland, where they don their space suits for some extraterrestrial adventures!

Meeting Chip and Dale

When they're not riding a comet in Discoveryland, you can catch them at Tokyo DisneySea's Port Discovery causing havoc as mad scientists!

Meet Chip 'n' Dale

The Gold Rush of the 1850s attracted many folk from all over, including prospectors Chip 'n' Dale! See them dressed ready to pan for gold at Hong Kong Disneyland's Grizzly Gulch.

Meeting Gold Prospectors Chip and Dale!

Aboard Disney Cruise Line, Chip 'n' Dale take on a little more responsibility and join the crew for some extra magical fun across the Seven Seas!

DCL Feb 2012 - Meeting Chip and Dale

Missed one of my previous Character Couture articles? You can read Goofy's Character Couture entry here, Minnie Mouse's entry here, and Daisy Duck's entry here.

Happy 27th Birthday DuckTales and Rescue Rangers!
DisneyDan  Thursday, September 18, 2014 12:19:03 PM
Hello everyone,

On this day, 18th September, in 1987 Disney premiered two of its most popular television shows of all time - DuckTales and Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers.

Let's celebrate in our usual Character Central style with some of our favourite DuckTakes and Rescue Rangers character photos from the Disney Parks!

Happy Birthday Gadget, Launchpad and all the other stars that debuted that day!


DLP Dec 2010 - Meeting Gadget!

Launchpad McQuack

Scrooge McDuck

Walt Disney World Disney Dreamers Everywhere Closing Ceremony

DDE May 2013 - Disneyland Opening Event
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