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NEWS - New seasonal character dining coming to Hollywood and Vine!
DisneyDan  Tuesday, October 20, 2015 8:21:23 AM
Hello everyone,

Today the Disney Parks Blog announced that a brand new rotational seasonal dining experience, titled "Minnie's Seasonal Dine at Hollywood and Vine", will take place at the Hollywood and Vine at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

A little while ago Walt Disney World shocked fans by announcing a brand new Christmas meal there this year, which I talked about in detail here on the blog. Now, it would appear that Walt Disney World have decided that along with the former Star Wars meal, there was enough interest in seasonal dining that they would offer it year round!

To quote the Disney Parks Blog, the restaurant will now offer "cheerful togetherness of the holidays, the glamour of Hollywood, the delight of spring, the excitement of summer and the frightening fun of Halloween. With each new season, look for unique music, décor, all-new costumes, menu items and interactive musical moments."

In the comments section, it was confirmed by Rachel Brent of the Disney Parks Blog, that the Disney Junior meal that currently takes place there will continue for breakfast and lunch, before Minnie and friends arrive in the early evening.

The first meal, which will run from January 4th to March 20th, 2016, will "a dinner party celebrating the magic of the movies and the glamour of Hollywood."

For those of you who have ever been to Disneyland Paris, and are aware of Inventions there, you will know that themed dining is something that fans who visit both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris have wanted to transplant from the Parisian resort for a long time. Inventions has a weekly themed Sunday Brunch, which always offers special characters and special costumes. While expensive, it is a great way to meet some rare and cool characters, and see your favorite characters in special outfits. Obviously, this new seasonal dining at Hollywood Studios doesn't quite go to that extent, but it's a refreshing change, and one that we very much welcome.

Reservations for the new meal, starting January 4th, will open from October 27th this year.

Have a great day everyone,

Dan.
News - Christmas around the world, TONS of new Tokyo entertainment announced for next year, and more!
DisneyDan  Friday, September 18, 2015 12:06:13 PM
Hello everyone,

Today I have a round up of the latest character news out of the Disney Parks around the world, including Tokyo Disney Resort where is there is a huge amount of information about the coming 18 months at the resort.

Let's start with Walt Disney World in Florida, where this week saw the first of the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Parties. This year there is a new stage show, titled "Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular", featuring the Sanderson Sisters, and other Disney Villains, including   [ Read More... ]
Disneyland Paris, August 2015 Photo Trip Report
DisneyDan  Tuesday, September 8, 2015 3:44:21 PM
Hello everyone,

A couple of weeks ago, in August, Jon and I were back in Disneyland Paris for five days, after a hiatus from visiting for a while (not a hiatus from Disney though - if you follow our adventures you'll know we've been to the US parks numerous times this year already!). Despite being annual passholders and having visited Disneyland Paris six times last year, due to personal circumstances we hadn't been back since last September. So, following our extended break from the resort, we were glad to finally be able to get back there.

For the first time in all our trips to Disneyland Paris,   [ Read More... ]
NEWS - Goodbye Halloween at DLR, WDW to FINALLY welcome Olaf and a new Villains show, Christmas at DLP and MUCH more!
DisneyDan  Tuesday, September 1, 2015 10:57:59 AM
Hello everyone,

It has been a while since I have had chance to make a full news post here on the blog, but today I thought it would be nice to finally share some of the things we have learned recently.

Let's start with Disneyland Resort in California,   [ Read More... ]
Happy 23rd Anniversary Disneyland Paris!
DisneyDan  Sunday, April 12, 2015 8:49:54 AM
Hello everyone,

Today is the 23rd anniversary of the grand opening of Disneyland Paris' main theme park!

Often described as the most beautiful of all the Magic Kingdom style parks, it features the gorgeous Sleeping Beauty Castle, and incredible detail in every land, attraction, boutique and restaurant. Parc Disneyland at Disneyland Paris is simply stunning.

So, in our usual tribute style, I'm going to post some of Character Central's pictures below, for your enjoyment!

Happy 23rd Birthday Disneyland Paris!

20 Years of Magic! event

20 Years of Magic! event

Wandering up Main Street before opening!

Main Street USA

Busy traffic day on Main Street

Plaza Gardens Restaurant

Wandering up Main Street before opening!

View towards Sleeping Beauty Castle

Wandering thru Fantasyland

Sleeping Beauty Castle Gallery

The Dragon's Lair

DLP April 2012 - Visiting the Dragon's Lair

View over Fantasyland from the Castle Balcony

Auberge de Cendrillon

Wandering thru Fantasyland

Wandering thru Fantasyland

Au Chalet de la Marionnette

Sir Mickey's

View towards Pizzeria Bella Notte

Spring has arrived at "it's a small world"

Wandering thru Fantasyland

Wandering thru Fantasyland

Wandering thru Fantasyland

The W. F. Cody passes thru Fantasyland

Toad Hall Restaurant

Alice's Curious Labyrinth

Alice's Curious Labyrinth

View from the Queen of Hearts Castle in Alice's Curious Labyrinth

View from the Queen of Hearts Castle in Alice's Curious Labyrinth

View from the Queen of Hearts Castle in Alice's Curious Labyrinth

Le Pays des Contes de Fees

Le Pays des Contes de Fees

DLP June 2012 - Wandering through Fantasyland

DLP April 2012 - Riding Peter Pan's Flight

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Frontierland

DLP Halloween 2012 - Wandering through Frontierland

DLP Aug 2011 - Wandering through Frontierland

DLP Feb 2011 - Cowboy Cookout BBQ

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Frontierland

DLP Feb 2013 - Exploring Frontierland

Pueblo Trading Post on a very autumnal day

Exploring Fort Comstock - Legends of the Wild West

DLP Halloween 2009 - The Silver Spur Steakhouse

Down by the Rivers of the Far West

Down by the Rivers of the Far West

Getting dinner at The Lucky Nugget Saloon

DLP June 2012 - Exploring Fort Comstock

DLP June 2012 - Riding Pirates of the Caribbean

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Adventureland

Restaurant Hakuna Matata

DLP April 2012 - Exploring Adventure Isle

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Adventureland

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Adventureland

DLP Feb 2009 - Exploring Adventureland

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Adventureland

DLP June 2012 - Wandering through Adventureland

DLP June 2012 - Wandering through Adventureland

DLP Feb 2009 - Exploring Adventureland

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Adventureland

DLP April 2012 - Exploring Adventureland

DLP April 2012 - Exploring Adventureland

DLP June 2012 - Exploring Adventureland

DLP June 2012 - Exploring Adventureland

DLP April 2012 - Exploring Adventureland

DLP April 2012 - Exploring Adventureland

DLP April 2012 - Exploring Adventureland

DLP June 2012 - Wandering through Discoveryland

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Discoveryland

DLP June 2012 - Wandering through Discoveryland

Exploring Discoveryland

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Discoveryland

Annual Passport Office

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Discoveryland

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Discoveryland

DLRP Feb 2009 - Space Mountain: Mission 2

DLP Halloween 2012 - Wandering through Discoveryland

DLP June 2011 - Wandering through Discoveryland

DLP Feb 2009 - X-Wing on Space Mountain Attack Run

The Hyperion

DLP April 2012 - Cafe Hyperion

DLP April 2012 - Cafe Hyperion

DLRP Feb 2009 - Attack of the Kraken

DLP Spring 2010 - Wandering around Discoveryland

Horse-Drawn Street Car

Halloween in Frontierland

Christmas on Main Street USA

Exploring Sleeping Beauty Castle

Buzz Lightyear oversees the action at Constellations

The C K Holliday

Wall-E and Eve

DLP Halloween 2012 - Disney Dreams!

DLP April 2012 - Disney Dreams!

DLP Feb 2013 - Disney Dreams!

DLP April 2012 - Disney Dreams!

Of course, let's not forget that Disneyland Paris features its second park, the Walt Disney Studios, plus seven themed hotels, Golf Disneyland, Lake Disney and Disney Village!

Walt Disney Studios by night

The brand new Ratatouille area by night

Bistrot Chez Remy

Wandering around by the Hotel New York

Down by Lake Disney

Happy 23rd Birthday Disneyland Paris!

Dan.
Happy 13th Anniversary Walt Disney Studios Park!
DisneyDan  Monday, March 16, 2015 9:25:59 AM
Today is the 13th anniversary of the grand opening of the Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris. In the past the park has often been criticised for lacking any good, solid attractions and shows, however, time has been good to the park, and with the addition of the Ratatouille attraction last year, the park has now really started to come into its own. With 18 full attractions and permanent long-term shows - six of which are completely unique to the park! - it actually currently has more attractions and permanent shows than Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Epcot or Disney's Hollywood Studios. While you can argue that those parks have a lot more non-fixed entertainment and good dining options, it is undeniable that the Walt Disney Studios is, finally, stepping up its game. The new Ratatouille attraction has become one of my favourites in the whole Disney Parks world, and I hope that it is a sign of the many good things to come over the next 13 years.

In our usual style, I'm going to share a cavalcade of photos from our many adventures at the park.

Happy 13th anniversary Walt Disney Studios Park!

DLP Aug 2014 - Wandering through Frontlot

DLP April 2012 - Wandering around Walt Disney Studios

DLP Aug 2014 - The new Ratatouille at night

DLP April 2012 - Wandering around Walt Disney Studios

DLP Feb 2010 - Watching Animagique

DLP Aug 2014 - Wandering through Production Courtyard

DLP Dec 2010 - Playhouse Disney Live on Stage!

DLP Feb 2013 - Wandering through Backlot

Moteurs... Action! Stunt Show Spectacular

Meeting Lightning McQueen

DLP April 2014 - Wandering through Back Lot

DLP April 2012 - Wandering around Walt Disney Studios

DLP Aug 2014 - Wandering through Toon Studio

DLP Feb 2013 - Wandering through Toon Studio

Animation Academy

DLP April 2012 - Cars Quatre Roues Rallye

DLP April 2012 - Riding Cars Quatre Roues Rallye

DLP Aug 2014 - Heading out of the Studios

DLP Dec 2013 - Cinémagique

DLP Feb 2013 - Wandering through Toon Studio

Walt Disney Studios by night

DLP Aug 2014 - Wandering through Toon Studio

DLP Halloween 2009 - Wandering around Toon Studio

DLP Aug 2014 - The new Ratatouille at night

Exploring the brand new Ratatouille area

The brand new Ratatouille area by night

The brand new Ratatouille area by night

Ratatouille L'Adventure Totalement Toquee de Remy

DLP Aug 2014 - The new Ratatouille at night

DLP Aug 2014 - Riding L'Adventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Toy Story Playland

DLP June 2011 - Riding RC Racer

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Toy Story Playland

DLP Feb 2009 - Exploring Walt Disney Studios

DLP Aug 2014 - Wandering through Toy Story Playland

Wandeirng thru the Studios

DLP Dec 2010 - Stitch Live!

DLP Dec 2010 - Stitch Live!

DLP Halloween 2010 - Riding a Terrorific Tram Tour

DLP Aug 2014 - Wandering through Toon Studio

Tower of Terror

DLP Aug 2014 - Wandering through Toy Story Playland

Meeting Spider-Man

DLP Aug 2014 - Wandering through Production Courtyard

Wandeirng thru the Studios

Disney Blockbuster Cafe

DLP Halloween 2012 - A Yummy Lunch at Café des Cascadeurs

DLP April 2012 - Wandering around Walt Disney Studios

Lunch at Restaurant des Stars

Wandering thru Studio 1

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Studio 1

DLP Aug 2014 - Checking out the new Ratatouille area

DLP Aug 2014 - Heading out of the Studios

DLP Aug 2014 - Heading out of the Studios

DLP Feb 2013 - Exploring Studio 1

DLP Halloween 2012 - Wandering through Walt Disney Studios

DLP Aug 2014 - Wandering through Frontlot

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Front Lot

DLP Feb 2013 - Wandering through Production Courtyard

DLP Feb 2013 - Wandering through Production Courtyard

DLP April 2012 - Wandering through Toy Story Playland

DLP Aug 2014 - Wandering through Toy Story Playland

DLP Aug 2014 - Heading out of the Studios

DLP Aug 2014 - Heading out of the Studios

Wandering thru the Studios

Studio Services

DLP Aug 2014 - Heading out of the Studios

DLP Aug 2014 - Heading out of the Studios

Wandering thru the Studios

Wandering thru the Studios

DLP Aug 2014 - Heading out of the Studios

Exploring the brand new Ratatouille area

DLP Aug 2014 - Riding L'Adventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy

Bistrot Chez Remy

DLP Aug 2014 - Eating at Bistrot Chez Remy

DLP Aug 2014 - Eating at Bistrot Chez Remy

DLP Aug 2014 - Eating at Bistrot Chez Remy

Bistrot Chez Remy

DLP Aug 2014 - Eating at Bistrot Chez Remy

Dan.
NEWS - Summer and 24 hour events announced for US Parks, and Summer at Disneyland Paris
DisneyDan  Thursday, March 12, 2015 10:02:31 AM
Hello everyone,

Yesterday the Disney Parks Blog made two announcements regarding upcoming events at the Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort.

At Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, summer is being dubbed the "Coolest Summer Ever", and will feature events based upon the wildly popular movie, Frozen. Kicking off the "Coolest Summer Ever" is the now-traditional 24 hour event over Memorial Day weekend in late May. Although few details have been given about it, the Parks Blog did say the event would launch the summer summer season, and given the name, and the fact they claim Olaf is the "host" of the summer events, it wouldn't be too surprising if the 24 hour event ended up being Frozen themed, at least to a degree. As with previous 24 hour events, you can expect characters, entertainment, food and merchandise offerings. After that event ends, you then have to wait until June 17th for the start of the next summer happening, "Frozen Summer Fun LIVE", which will run until September 7th. Anna, Elsa and Kristoff are returning to the parade route at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and this year will be joined by Olaf (as per the description on this new page on the WDW website). Nighttime at Hollywood Studios will be topped off with the special Frozen fireworks.
In addition to all these "cool" offerings, Hollywood Studios' awesome Star Wars Weekends are of course retuning from May 15th through June 14th.

At the Disneyland Resort in California, the Diamond Anniversary celebrations, which were previously announced to begin on May 22nd, will also begin with a 24 hour event. As with Walt Disney World, very few details have been released, except we can expect to see special characters and entertainment.

Disneyland Paris today officially sent out their press release for information regarding their summer events, and unsurprisingly, they are also Frozen over. They actually provided quite a lot of detail, so I will copy the information below.

"Let it go" this summer with Frozen at Disneyland® Paris

It's official: Disneyland® Paris will celebrate the 5th highest-grossing film ever this summer. Frozen, which has racked up more than 5 million ticket sales in France, will take centre stage from 1 June to 13 September 2015. The famous sisters, Anna and Elsa, will appear on stage with Olaf, their adorable snowman, in a spectacular event that will give guests chills!

New show: "Frozen Sing-along"

After catching a sneak peak of them in the famous Disneyland® Park Parade and meeting them to pose for pictures last Christmas, Disneyland Paris guests will be able to sing along with the stars of Frozen this summer! Enjoy this unique live experience with the heroes of the greatest Disney hit of all time.

Starting June 1st, the world of Frozen will appear in Frontierland in Disneyland Park, with a brand new show. An ice-themed musical production combining singing and dancing with guest participation. The famous sisters, Anna and Elsa, along with their faithful companions, Kristoff and Olaf the funny snowman, will take to the stage to bring the show to life and expand the unique experience of Frozen live. They'll be surrounded by dancers straight out of the Kingdom of Arendelle.

As the show begins, the villagers are preparing to celebrate the Arendelle winter festival. The intrepid Princess Anna appears and welcomes guests to the snowy universe of the Kingdom of Arendelle. She invites them to help her create a surprise for her sister, Elsa, asking them to join together as a choir. The show is a wonderful occasion to experience, relive and participate in the most beautiful musical moments of the greatest Disney success story of all time.

Olaf, renowned as the only snowman in the world capable of dreaming of heat and sunshine, will also join the party live on stage. To celebrate his longed-for summer, guests are encouraged to sing along, while he dreams innocently of sun tans and beaches!

Among the highlights is an emotionally charged performance of the unforgettable song "Let it go" by Elsa. [The French version of "Let it go" ("Libérée, Délivrée", sung by Anaïs Delva) has over 45 million hits on YouTube].

Playlist:
  • Do you wanna build a snowman?
  • In Summer
  • Love is an open door
  • Let it go

The show will take place several times a day, with live performances in French and English, with French and English subtitles on screen.

Venue: Chaparral Theater, Frontierland, Disneyland Park.

June and September: 7 days a week (6 shows a day from Monday until Friday – 12 shows a day at weekends)

July and August: 7 days a week - 12 shows a day

Limited number of seats

A Market Place decked in the colours of Frozen

At Cottonwood Creek Ranch, guests are invited to visit the Market Place, inspired by the universe of the kingdom of Arendelle, and enjoy all the delights that recall one of the greatest Disney hits of all time.

Venue: Cottonwood Creek Ranch, Frontierland, Disneyland Park

Two other magical appearances showcasing Frozen at Disneyland Park

The two heroines of Frozen will appear at Disneyland Park every day, for two special events. On their frosty float, Princess Anna and Queen Elsa will star in "Disney Magic on Parade!" with Olaf. They will also cross the Park several times a day for a special carriage ride, "Frozen: A Royal Welcome", waving to the crowd from their royal carriage.

"Disney Magic on Parade!" Once a day, 7 days a week, Disneyland Park

Frozen: A Royal Welcome, 3 times a day, 7 days a week, Disneyland Park

A special Frozen feature in Disney Dreams®!

Frozen is now part of the traditional version of Disney Dreams®!. A breath-taking night-time show with fountains and pyrotechnics, where famous Characters from the world of Disney come to life through projections onto Sleeping Beauty Castle.

"Disney Dreams®!" tells a magical and moving story. Guided by Peter Pan, guests discover, or re-discover, the greatest Disney stories, from Beauty and the Beast to Aladdin, not forgetting Rapunzel and many others.

Frozen is now part of this amazing night-time show, taking its place among Disney classics such as The Lion King and Peter Pan, as well as the unforgettable Parisian hits Ratatouille and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This feature is vibrant and full of emotion, thanks to a specially re-orchestrated version of Let it go and the special effects expertise of Disneyland Paris.

Venue: Sleeping Beauty Castle, 7 days a week, Disneyland Park

Come to Disneyland Paris between 1 June and 13 September 2015 and celebrate a superbly snowy summer with Frozen at Disneyland Paris.


What is interesting is that their sing-along sounds completely different from either of the US versions. Although Florida and California both have slight variations from one another, the Parisian one sounds like a whole new concept, with villagers, dancers and even Olaf live on stage! We will be there in August, and look forward to seeing it.
Anna and Elsa featuring in Disney Dreams! is a new addition, and the cavalcade through the park I anticipate will be very similar to what they had at Christmas (perhaps with the addition of Kristoff and Olaf since they will be in the sing-along?). Anna and Elsa featuring in the main day parade however, is not new (just like how the Disney Parks Blog uses existing attractions such as Splash Mountain to advertise the "Coolest Summer Ever").

That's all for new items for today, but I just wanted to point you all towards some other highlights from the past couple of weeks that you may have missed, that are definitely worth reading.

Disney recently announced the dates for their popular Halloween and Christmas parties at the Magic Kingdom. Click here to find out the dates. Tickets will be available April.

The next part of my in-depth Grand Circle Tour of the World's Magic Kingdom's was posted, and covers Fantasyland. You can catch that here.

This past weekend we were in Walt Disney World for Flower and Garden, and of course other Disney fun. I wrote a trip report yesterday, which can be found here.

Ok, that's everything for today. Have a great day everyone,

Dan.
A Grand Circle Tour of the Magic Kingdoms of the World: Part 4 - The Kingdom of Dreams and Magic
DisneyDan  Thursday, February 19, 2015 4:02:20 PM
Hello everyone,

Welcome to part four of my grand circle tour of the Magic Kingdoms of the world. In this part we will take an in-depth look at Fantasyland. In case you missed the previous three parts of this tour, you can find them here:


This article features many photos, so be prepared if you are on a slower internet connection. This is going to be the longest of any of the parts in this tour, since Fantasyland at all the parks contains the highest number of attractions and other experiences, compared to any other land.
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News - St. Patrick's Day and St. David's Day Celebrations at Disneyland Paris
DisneyDan  Monday, February 16, 2015 9:31:07 AM
Hello everyone,

Disneyland Paris today released information regarding their annual St David's Day and St. Patrick's Day festivities. Find below the text from the release, which is the only official information we have as of right now.

Saint David's Day Welsh Festival, 7 March 2015

  • Meet and Greet with your Disney Character Friends (in special Welsh costumes) - from 10.30am until 12.00pm, and 2.30pm until 3.15pm at Cottonwood Creek Ranch
  • Welsh Pre-parade! - 5pm, parade route
  • Aelwyd y Waun Ddyfal choir - 12.00pm, 1.00pm and 4.00pm at The Chaparral Theater. A Welsh voice choir will perform a repertoire of traditional and popular songs including a Disney Medley created in 2014 with special participation from the Urdd Welsh National Eisteddfod.
  • Free Face Painting - from 10.30am until 6.30pm at Cottonwood Creek Ranch
  • St David's Fireworks - 9.55pm (before Disney Dreams!)
  • Disney Performing Arts OnStage programme: performances by welsh amateur groups - 11.40am, 12.40pm and 3.40pm at The Chaparral Theater

Saint Patrick's Day, 17 March 2015

  • Meet and Greet with your Disney Character Friends (special Irish costumes) - 10.30am until 12.00pm at Cottonwood Creek Ranch
  • Greetings with the Leprechauns - Hours to be confirmed, at Cottonwood Creek Ranch
  • Irish Pre-parade - 4.40pm, parade route
  • Sarah Clark Academy Of Irish Dancing starring Chip 'n' Dale - 11.15am, 12.20pm and 3.00pm at The Chaparral Theater
  • Pipe Band "Auld Alliance D’Aubigny Sur Nere" - 10.30am and 2.30pm at The Chaparral Theater
  • Free Face Painting - 10.30am until 6.30pm at Cottonwood Creek Ranch
  • Irish Musicians - Hours to be confirmed, at Cottonwood Creek Ranch
  • St Patrick’s Day Fireworks - 7.55pm (before Disney Dreams!)
  • Disney Performing Arts OnStage programme: performances by an Irish amateur group - 11.10am at The Chaparral Theater

Dan.
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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