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Disneyland After Dark 90s Nite - Thoughts and Opinions
DisneyDan  Friday, January 4, 2019 11:19:43 AM
Hello everyone,

Today I wanted to share with you all my personal thoughts on the upcoming 90s Nite at Disneyland park at the Disneyland Resort in California.

Since Disney announced the night, and subsequently put tickets on sale - which have since sold out - there has been much speculation online about what to expect from the event. I see a lot of people posting on social media about all sorts of crazy characters that they some how expect to appear, but honestly, I think we need to just be a little realistic. I, and I am sure many of you, would rather be surprised than disappointed.

First of all, I want to make it clear that while this is an opinion piece, I am not deliberately trying to be negative - I want to be objective and point out some key factors involved here.

First of all, this event is a four hour event that cost $99 per person. That's about what the Halloween parties cost. It should be repeated again that this is a four hour event, from 9pm until 1am.

For $99 it isn't going to be all out extravagance. You have to figure that some of that money will not go towards characters. Disney has said there will be merchandise and food offerings, as well as special fireworks and themed backdrops. There will also be a collectable Indiana Jones card, a free guidemap, a free fanny pack, and a free Disney Afternoon map. These things cost money to produce, and whilst merch and food items will be at an extra cost to guests, there is no guarantee to Disney anyone will buy them - the initial outlay for these items has to come from somewhere. They won't purely rely on sheer hope that someone will buy them. So, already we have money out of our ticket price for specially produced fireworks, the free items, food offerings and merch items.

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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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Visiting Disney's Vero Beach Resort, A Report - February 2018
DisneyDan  Monday, March 5, 2018 9:26:57 AM
Hello everyone,

We continue to be super busy here at Character Central, but I know that social media and the internet does a pretty good job of keeping everyone informed of the latest Disney developments, anyway. However, today I want to share with you an experience that we had just last week that we don't often hear about in the magical world of Disney - Disney's Vero Beach Resort in Florida.



We only visited for the day, so you won't find in-depth room reviews here, or dining at the main restaurant, but we did do the Goofy's Beachfront Breakfast character dining, and walk around the whole property, including the store, spa, and outdoor areas.

Disney's Vero Beach Resort is located in the town of Vero Beach itself, on the Atlantic east coast of Florida, about two hours south east of the Walt Disney World Resort. It's a fairly easy drive through vast stretches of central Florida farmland.
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Shanghai Disney Resort, September 2016 Trip Report - Part Two
DisneyDan  Tuesday, September 20, 2016 4:05:10 PM
Hello everyone,

In part one of this report on the Character Central blog, I shared with you our adventures around Shanghai Disney Resort, outside of the main theme park. I told you about the Disney hotels, Disneytown and other relevant areas. Over on the Two Lost Boys blog, I gave my account of arriving in Shanghai and visiting the Disney Store in the city. Now, in this part, we are going to step through the main gates of the park and discover the magic and wonder of Mickey Avenue!

There are a LOT of photos in this post, and I will be covering every last detail, including all the stores and restaurants, inside and out, character greetings and any other relevant information regarding Mickey Avenue.

So, let's kick off with the view you will see when arriving at the front entrance - a vast gray concourse, with security entrance lines, and the Steamboat Willie fountain.

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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... ]
Character Central Advent Calendar - 8th December
DisneyDan  Tuesday, December 8, 2015 5:58:43 PM
Hello everyone,

Today is the 8th December, so it's time to see who is behind today's door on our special Character Central Advent Calendar!

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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!

Dan.
Advent Calendar - 2nd December 2014
DisneyDan  Tuesday, December 2, 2014 12:44:57 AM
Hello everyone,

It's the 2nd December, which means it's time to open the second door of our very special Character Central Advent Calendar!

Here we go!...

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Character Couture - Goofy
DisneyDan  Sunday, September 14, 2014 8:36:08 AM
Hello everyone,

In this third instalment of our Character Couture series, we are going to take a look at the wardrobe of everybody's favourite goof, Goofy!

Let's start in California, where you can meet Goofy daily on Buena Vista Street wearing his suit and tie, fitting right in with the local area!

Meeting Goofy

At the Magic Kingdom in Florida, Goofy takes on a more adventurous role, as the Great Goofini - stunt pilot extraordinaire!

Character fun at Pete's Silly Sideshow

The Stars 'n' Cars greeting at the Walt Disney Studios in Paris is a great place to find lots of characters, and of course Goofy is there dressed ready for a day of filming on set!

Good Morning Walt Disney Studios

When he's not filming in at the Studios, Goofy finds time to come up with some crazy scientific experiments at Port Discovery, at Tokyo DisneySea.

Goofy

Goofy likes to find time to relax, and one of his favourite hobbies is surfing - during The Golden Mickeys show at Hong Kong Disneyland.

DDE May 2013 - The Golden Mickeys

When he's done surfing, Goofy likes to soak up the rays on the beach, at Castaway Cay, part of the Caribbean itineraries on Disney Cruise Line.

Having fun at Castaway Cay!

In case you missed them, you can find Minnie's Character Couture article here, and Daisy Duck's here.

Dan.
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