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Celebrating Pixar Fest at Disneyland Resort, June 2018 - A Report
DisneyDan  Saturday, July 7, 2018 7:09:59 AM
Hello everyone,

Pixar Fest is in full swing at Disneyland Resort in California, and we were there recently to check it out.

To begin, let's take a look at the decor that greets you as you walk from the hotels and parking, through Downtown Disney and the Esplanade.
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Meeting Pocahontas, John Smith and Meeko at Disneyland, June 2018
DisneyDan  Friday, June 29, 2018 8:02:38 AM
Hello everyone,

Last weekend John Smith and Meeko joined Pocahontas in Disneyland's Critter Country for a special surprise greeting. It was really cool to all three of them together - a sight that rarely ever happens.

I wanted to share with you all some photos from our encounter with them. Enjoy!

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Meeting the Blue Fairy at Disneyland, June 2018
DisneyDan  Friday, June 29, 2018 7:50:59 AM
Hello everyone,

It isn't often that extraordinary characters like the Blue Fairy just randomly appear at the parks, but for whatever reason, that exact thing happened this last week at Disneyland when the Blue Fairy made some surprise appearances over several days!

I thought it would be nice to share here some of our photos from the magical encounter. Enjoy!

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Disneyland Paris June 2014 Trip Report and Photo Round-Up
DisneyDan  Sunday, June 22, 2014 5:48:59 AM
Hello everyone,

Last weekend I was very lucky to be able to spend an unexpected, last minute trip at Disneyland Paris to once again enjoy all their Spring offerings.

While I never do trip reports, I thought it would be nice to just showcase some of my experiences in a photo round-up.

Instead of jumping from thing to thing, I'm going to group items into categories, such as meals, meeting characters, shows etc. So these aren't necessarily chronological.

Be warned! This is a very photo heavy post!

First up, Disney Magic on Parade. For some reason, the day we watched the parade Princess Aurora, Prince Phillip, Duffy, the Clubs Card and the White Rabbit were missing. The Peter Pan ship was also out because of being refurbished, however the characters were walking on the ground. The floating wizards that are usually before Mickey and Friends were behind, for some reason.

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

Disney Magic on Parade

I was very happy that I got to watch Disney's Spring Promenade a couple more times before it ends (today in fact is its last day this year). I am in love with this parade/show, and am obsessed with the music, especially the "Let's Go Fly a Kite" sequence!

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Disney's Spring Promenade

Along similar Spring lines, we saw the Welcome to Spring show once, which I was happy about. I am so glad that this show will be staying through the summer (obviously with a different title!). It brings much needed life and energy to Main Street, like similar shows at the US parks.

Welcome to Spring

Welcome to Spring

Welcome to Spring

Welcome to Spring

Welcome to Spring

Welcome to Spring

Welcome to Spring

We also watched Disney's Stars 'n' Cars. I have to say that having known this parade from Walt Disney World more than a decade ago, and also knowing what it was like when it first came to Paris (where it was vastly different in concept to WDW), it is not too surprising that it is coming to an end.

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Disney's Stars 'n' Cars

Sticking with Stars 'n' Cars, we stayed for both sets of the lunchtime Stars 'n' Cars greetings one day. Here's who we managed to see.

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

Stars 'n' Cars Greeting

I think we did exceptionally well meeting everyone that we did in two sets!

Other characters we met in Walt Disney Studios were Buzz and Spider-Man. We also saw Mickey at Toon Plaza, but didn't go to meet him.

Meeting Spider-Man

Buzz Lightyear

Buzz Lightyear

Mickey Mouse

At Disneyland Park, there were a lot of characters out and about over the few days I was there. Here's who I saw, including the special Spring greeting characters (Minnie and Duffy in special outfits, and Russell).

Minnie and Duffy dressed for Spring

Meeting Suzy and Perla

Genie

Goofy

Stitch

Queen of Hearts

Tweedle Dee

Tweedle Dum

Baloo

Meeting Chip 'n' Dale

Russell

Eeyore

Pluto

Tigger

Minnie Mouse

I also know that while I was there Scrooge, Donald and Daisy made an appearance in Fantasyland, Pluto in Frontierland, Tigger and Eeyore in Central Plaza, and King Louie and Mr Smee were in Adventureland. Those I know for sure, anyone else I can't attest to. Of course, as well as all of those, the Princesses were in the Pavilion, Meet Mickey was open as always, and Rapunzel was at the Spring location in Casey's Corner. I didn't get chance to meet any of those either, but thought it'd be good to mention.

On one of the days, the Auberge Royalty walked past me, and as well as Suzy and Perla there was the following.

Royalty walks past

Royalty walks past

Royalty walks past

I was privileged enough to stay in the Golden Forest Club in the Sequoia Lodge during my trip, and each morning had breakfast with the characters in the Golden Forest Lounge. Here's the Golden Forest Lounge (including the tea time items), my room and my breakfast greetings.

Breakfast at the Golden Forest Lounge

Breakfast at the Golden Forest Lounge

Breakfast at the Golden Forest Lounge

Breakfast at the Golden Forest Lounge

Golden Forest Lounge

Golden Forest Lounge

Golden Forest Lounge

Golden Forest Lounge

Breakfast in the Golden Forest Lounge

Breakfast in the Golden Forest Lounge

My room at the Sequoia Lodge

My room at the Sequoia Lodge

On my way from the Sequoia Lodge to the parks each morning I checked in the Hotel New York and the Disneyland Hotel. All regular characters the whole time, except one character at the New York one morning gave me a pleasant surprise!...

Launchpad McQuack

Launchpad McQuack

To break this post up a bit, here are some general park shots I took.

Spring in Town Square

Russell and Carl

Waiting for Disney Dreams!

Poster

Poster

Poster

New Ratatouille merchandise

New Ratatouille merchandise

Spring on Main Street USA

Princess Pavilion

The new entrance to Crush's Coaster

New Ratatouille merchandise

Spring on Main Street USA

Around the Studios

Horse-Drawn Streetcar

Wandering around Fantasyland

Wandering around Fantasyland

Spring on Main Street USA

Spring on Main Street USA

Spring in Central Plaza

Wandering around Fantasyland

Wandering thru Discoveryland

Wandering around Fantasyland

Spring in Central Plaza

Spring in Central Plaza

Spring in Central Plaza

Wandering thru Discoveryland

We ate dinner at Inventions two nights. The characters were almost identical both nights, so I won't post each occasion I met the same character, but instead just a photo of each different character between the two meals.

Dinner at Inventions

Dinner at Inventions

Dinner at Inventions

Dinner at Inventions

Dinner at Inventions

Dinner at Inventions

Dinner at Inventions

Dinner at Inventions

Dinner at Inventions

Dinner at Inventions

Dinner at Inventions

We also had lunch one afternoon at Restaurant des Stars at the Studios, which has now lost the Ratatouille theme, since the new area is opening imminently. Oddly enough there were some carvings that I thought were interesting.

Carving

Carving

Carving

Carving

Carving

We attended the Sunday Brunch at Inventions too. The theme this week was sports, but had an overriding feel of basketball only...

Inventions Sports Brunch

Inventions Sports Brunch

Inventions Sports Brunch

Inventions Sports Brunch

Inventions Sports Brunch

Inventions Sports Brunch

Inventions Sports Brunch

Inventions Sports Brunch

Inventions Sports Brunch

Inventions Sports Brunch

Inventions Sports Brunch

Inventions Sports Brunch

Finally, we saw the Magical Moment at the Disneyland Hotel on Sunday, after the Brunch.

Magical Moment

Magical Moment

Magical Moment

Magical Moment

Magical Moment

Magical Moment

Magical Moment

We experienced some attractions and other shows too (Animagique, Cinemagique, Armageddon, Swiss Family Treehouse, Phantom Manor, Pirates of the Caribbean to name a few), watched Dreams! from Central Plaza and walked around, a lot!

Have a great Sunday everyone!

Dan.
NEWS! Star Wars character meals now available for limited time in May and June at WDW!
DisneyDan  Wednesday, March 26, 2014 9:50:58 AM
Yesterday various Disney travel agency websites started reporting that from today (Wednesday 26th March) Disney would be accepting bookings for Star Wars themed character dining opportunities at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. This morning guests have started calling the reservation line, and indeed Disney are now accepting reservations for these meals! Some people are reporting having to wait for an hour on hold, so if you want to stand a chance of experiencing them, then it's best to call as soon as possible!

Of course, in order to help you make your decision though, I have details of both meals, right here!

Both meals are being offered from 4th May through to 15th June inclusive, including weekdays, according to those who have already booked this morning. The meals are of course to coincide with the immensely popular Star Wars Weekends at the park, held Friday to Sunday from 16th May through 15th June inclusive this year.

Star Wars Galactic Dine-In Breakfast at the Sci-Fi Dine-In.

May the Force Be With You event

Held from 8am to 12 noon inclusive, you will get the opportunity to have breakfast with Stormtroopers, a Jawa, Greedo, Boba Fett and Darth Vader! Darth Vader will reportedly be at a set location when you enter. Included in the price is a digital download photo of your party meeting Darth Vader. The restaurant's big screen will be playing Star Wars clips and trailers, and Star Wars music will fill the air.

Prices are $47.99 for adults, and $29.99 for children aged 3-9. Prices are not inclusive of taxes or tips.

Jedi Mickey's Star Wars Dine at Hollywood & Vine

May the Force Be With You event

Jedi Mickey, Princess Leia Minnie, Ewoks Chip and Dale, Stormtrooper Donald and Darth Goofy will be serving up dinner from 4.15pm until park closing (times vary depending on the day) every night at a special meal at the Hollywood & Dine Restaurant! Chip and Dale will be at a photo-location at the start of the meal, and the photo will be available as a digital download for free (included in the price of the meal).

There is a Fantasmic! Package, which includes Fantasmic! priority seating: Prices are $59.99 for adults, and $36.99 for children aged 3-9. Prices are not inclusive of taxes or tips.

Regular package (no priority seating): Prices are $55.99 for adults, and $33.99 for children aged 3-9. Prices are not inclusive of taxes or tips.

As far as we are aware, the regular Play & Dine meals with the Disney Junior characters will still feature during breakfast and lunch at this restaurant.

Although these meals are a little expensive, they do have their benefits. The best thing about them is that you get to bypass the ridiculously long lines in the hot, Florida sun. The lines to meet Jedi Mickey, Ewok Chip and Dale, and Darth Vader can easily reach several hours (we've been there and done it!). Having them come to you, at your table, at an indoor, air conditioned location is definitely the best thing about these meals. $60 to meet 5 or 6 characters, have all your food and PhotoPass picture included without waiting for 3 hours in the sun is a huge selling point, and I can see that many people will want to do this.

Please be aware that all prices, availability and what is on offer at each meal can be changed or cancelled by Disney without prior notice, and is outside of our control.

Dan.

Meeting Greedo

Meeting a Jawa
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,

Dan.
Character Central Updates
DisneyDan  Thursday, June 23, 2011 11:51:32 AM

Hi all,

Just to let you know that we have not forgotten about the site, we have just been extremely busy since returning from our trip last week.

We have been slowly adding new content to the site, and more photos, but it has been a long process so far.

As always you can find the latest additions by looking at the side panels here on the blog.

I promise that some more major updates and new entries on the blog will be coming soon, but it may be another day or two, so just hang in there!

Thank you all for your continued support as always, we really appreciate the kind feedback we receive on an almost daily basis!

Dan.

Character Central Updates - Videos added to brand new events pages!
DisneyDan  Sunday, June 19, 2011 8:35:47 AM

Hi all,

Following our awesome trip the last two weeks, I have been working hard to try and get more and more content up on the site. Today I added some videos to the new pages I have added the last few days.

So far I have added video to the following locations (all are special events we attended):  [ Read More... ]

We're back!
DisneyDan  Thursday, June 16, 2011 11:24:47 AM

Hi all,

We're back from our awesome trip to Disneyland Paris and Disneyland California. We had the time of our lives, and cannot wait to share with you all the fantastic character experiences we had!

Stay tuned over the next couple of days for some really cool updates!

Dan.

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