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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

News and rumours - Oswald coming to Tokyo DisneySea, Anna and Elsa at the Magic Kingdom and St. Patrick's Day at DLP!
DisneyDan  Friday, March 14, 2014 12:24:50 PM
Hello everyone,

Today we finally have official confirmation from Tokyo Disney Resort that Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, who had been rumoured to start appearing for some time, will appear from the 2nd April at Tokyo DisneySea's Cape Cod area! This will be the first time ever that Walt Disney's original cartoon star will appear at a Disney Park, and hopefully paves the way for him to make future appearances around the world!
It is not known if he will remain after their spring festivities end, as at the moment he is only listed under the spring pages of the Japanese language website. We can only hope he will remain!
Other offerings this spring at Tokyo Disney Resort include a brand new Easter parade at Tokyo Disneyland, Mickey and Duffy's Spring Voyage at DisneySea which features three separate shows around the park's ports, and greetings with Duffy who will be wearing a special outfit.

Over in WDW, the Disney Parks Blog today announced that Anna and Elsa would be leaving Norway at EPCOT and moving to the Princess Fairytale Hall at the Magic Kingdom from 20th April. FastPass+ is expected to be available. Cinderella and Rapunzel should still be available in one room, but Anna and Elsa will be replacing Aurora and Snow White in the other. The Parks Blog have said that Anna and Elsa would only be greeting during the day, and in the evening other princesses shall visit, meaning that hopefully Snow White and Aurora will still be greeting at some point during any given day.

Finally, Disneyland Paris last week celebrated their annual Welsh St. David's Day festival, and this coming Monday (17th) will be celebrating the Irish St. Patrick's Day. The schedule of events will include character greetings with Mickey and Minnie in special Irish costumes, lucky (and rather mischievous!) Leprechauns roaming around Frontierland, a small dance show featuring Chip 'n' Dale in their Irish finest, and a pre-parade featuring the Disney characters in their special Irish clothes. The day will be topped off with special St. Patrick's Day fireworks over Disneyland Park.

Have a great weekend everyone,

News and Rumours from Around the World: WDW cuts DHS parade and show, New DLR Long Lost Friends Week vote and more!
DisneyDan  Monday, March 18, 2013 11:42:39 AM
Hello everyone,

A few small pieces of news today.

First up, Disneyland in California has abruptly ended the Plaza Inn's "My Disneyland Birthday" which used to take place at the restaurant. The special gathering which saw the debut of a brand new park-exclusive character "Pat E Cake", ran for over 10 years, before ending this past Sunday. It was a neat little happening that also featured Mickey and Minnie meeting the invited guests together for pictures.
You may recall last year WDW similarly cut its Tony's Town Square Gathering, which featured the Lady and the Tramp's chef Tony exclusively at the Tony's Town Square Restaurant in the Magic Kingdom.
It's sad to see that these unique events are gradually disappearing from the parks, as it is often these little details and happenings that really add that extra sparkle to a guest's day.

The Disney Parks Blog finally announced details of Disneyland's version of Long Lost Friends Week. Although no date is set yet, they have released on the blog a list of characters which can be voted on, and the top ones will be the ones that appear in the park that week (whenever that may be). The list has been met with some mixed reaction from the fan community overall, simply because it isn't as diverse as we were all hoping for. Sure, it does have the Three Good Fairies, Merlin and Ludwig Von Drake, amongst others, but it also has Alice, the Mad Hatter, Peter Pan, Chip 'n Dale, and many more who are all in the park regularly.
Some have pointed out that it's the opportunity to get these groups of characters together that is also the draw, but to be honest, when I think "long lost", meeting Alice with the Tweedles doesn't exactly inspire me. The fear is also of course that people will vote for those characters, and the event will end up being nothing more than a big gathering of current friends, rather than the return of anyone truly "lost".
I guess we shall see soon enough what happens!

Over at WDW, although Disney themselves haven't made a public announcement, Cast Members there are reporting that Hollywood Studios' Countdown to Fun parade and Disney Channel Rocks will both be ending permanently on April 6th this year.
There is no word on any replacement yet for either offering, sadly.

In Disneyland Paris, our friends at Dedicated to DLP reported that they have heard whispers of a runDisney event being held there late next year. For anyone who doesn't know, usually these events have lots of random and cool characters featured along the course! I guess we should all start training now!
This past weekend DLP also held its annual St. Patrick's Day event, which featured characters in their Irish finest, and Leprechauns! It's one of the very few things that we still haven't been to, here at Character Central. Every year we say we will, and we always fail! Maybe next year?...
Lots of the main DLP Facebook and Twitter pages had some good updates throughout the weekend of the characters, shows, special fireworks and the pre-parade, so be sure to check them out!

Remember that just a few days ago I made another News post, which contains details of lots more cool things coming to the parks this year, including a Greek event at DLR! So be sure to read that.

Although its birthday has passed now, two days ago it was Walt Disney Studios Park's 11th anniversary. I made a special tribute post with lots of really great photos in it, so if you're curious at all, then have a look.

Finally, I want to mention our brand new Tokyo Disney Resort Trip Planner that was launched last week. If you are planning to visit Tokyo, and haven't yet seen our special Trip Planner, I would suggest you do not miss it!
For those who have asked, or are curious, more Trip Planners are on their way, for the other Disney Parks and Resorts - they just take a lot of time to create! We'll let you know here on the blog when we do launch them.

Ok, I think that's all for today.

Character News and Updates From Around the Web - New Cars meet in DCA, Pirate Jake debuts as a Character, St Pat's at DLP and more!
DisneyDan  Sunday, March 20, 2011 12:23:32 PM

Hi all,

Last week saw the opening of a new Cars meet ‘n’ greet location in California Adventure. McQueen and Mater have relocated near the ever-progressing Cars Land, and have brand new backdrops. Some pictures were posted on Twitter here and here. The eagle eyed among you might notice some slight bodywork changes too, something that I mentioned earlier last week was due to happen in Florida, too.  [ Read More... ]

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!  [ Read More... ]

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