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Character News and Updates From Around the Web - Cars, Pooh and Phineas & Ferb in WDW, Walt Disney Studios 9th Birthday, and much more!
DisneyDan  Wednesday, March 16, 2011 12:52:57 PM

Hi all,

This week has seen a bit more character news than recently, but still nothing major, but here we go anyway!

As you are all aware, Tokyo Disney Resort remains closed until the 21st March to complete safety checks and repairs from last week’s devastating earthquake. In terms of character news, I have heard from my sources in Japan that the Cast employed from the US and Paris parks were given the opportunity to return home this week following the disaster. How this will affect the resort’s operations such as shows and parades we do not yet know, as we can only assume the new people due to go out (if they didn’t already) probably would have been delayed or pulled from going. When the park reopens next week we will have a clearer picture of how many Western CM’s decided to stay, and whether the park will be void of face characters for a while. Thankfully Disney reported no injuries between Cast and Guests. Our sympathy goes out to all affected. May they find peace and light through these dark times.

Staying with Tokyo, but to something quite unrelated to the quake, last week Jon found this post on the Micechat forum about the Lost River Delta outfits compared to the Walt Disney World ones at Animal Kingdom. Whether you agree or not, it makes an interesting read.

Jumping across the world to Walt Disney World now and the Unofficial Disney Character Hunting Guide posted on their Facebook page that they saw some random characters out this week in Epcot and Animal Kingdom. Walt Disney World is notorious for not having random characters, so this was quite special! In Epcot the Queen of Hearts and the White Rabbit were seen, and in Animal Kingdom Brer Bear and Koda made appearances.

In other Walt Disney World news, it has been reported by Studios Central that Lotso will soon be leaving to make way for the Pooh characters (which we knew), and the area will be re-themed to be like Christopher Robin’s bedroom (which we didn’t know yet).

Staying in the Studios, and Lightning McQueen is due to depart, leaving Tow Mater on his own for the time being until the 18th April when Mater will also leave. They will both return with a new Cars 2 themed backdrop on the May 16th. McQueen will apparently have a new look, too.

Finally for the Studios, Phineas and Ferb will debut in the park on May 16th also.

Over on the Character Central forums, our friend Hilde posted the schedule for the St Patrick’s day events at Disneyland Paris, featuring Irish Mickey and Minnie, and other entertainment. Loren also posted about the upcoming release of the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and the prospect of Jack Sparrow returning to the California park, along with a new character by his side!

Finally, today is Walt Disney Studios Park’s 9th Birthday. Check out my extended blog post tribute to the park that I posted earlier this evening. Also be sure to check out this fantastic new tilt shift video of the park released by Disneyland Paris themselves.

Ok, that’s all for now,


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