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Topic: Finding Disney Characters at WDW, Tips to Find Your Favorites!< Next Oldest | Next Newest >

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Posted: Oct. 09, 2003 12:23 am/pm Quote

Looking for Disney Characters at WDW?
Here are Tips to Find Your Favorites!

Everywhere you look at Walt Disney World Resort, beloved Disney characters are waiting to offer a warm embrace, sign an autograph or pose for a cherished photo. Whether it's Mickey Mouse or one of the classic Disney villains, characters are never far from guests seeking a magical moment only Disney can deliver.

And it has never been easier. Magic Kingdom, for instance, has Mickey's Toontown Fair, a playful "land" dedicated to bringing kids and characters together.

While you never know when a Disney character might pop up, here are a few tips to improve your chances of seeing your favorites.

Follow the Glove to Track Favorite Characters

All Walt Disney World Resort theme park guest guidemaps now feature the easily recognizable Mickey's glove icon in every park area where characters can be found. It's the best way to find your Disney friends!

See Mickey Mouse and Pals at Magic Kingdom

An all-new stage show at Magic Kingdom provides a terrific opportunity for meeting Disney favorites. "Cinderella's Surprise Celebration," which takes place on and around Cinderella Castle, features the popular princess in a new revue with action, romance, music and dozens of Disney characters who mingle with guests for photos and autographs after each show.

Goofy and his pals invite young'uns onto the dance floor at the world-famous Diamond Horseshoe Saloon in Liberty Square several times a day for Goofy’s Country Dancin' Jamboree, a fun country music dance party. Young guests can have a rip-roarin' good time as they sing, play and laugh along with several beloved Disney characters while learning classic country dances like Boot Scootin' Boogie and Electric Slide.

If you want to fulfill your life-long dream of meeting Mickey Mouse, Mickey's Toontown Fair is the place to be. In a cool, air-conditioned setting, guests have a chance to visit his house and meet the Mouse himself in the Judge's Tent directly behind Mickey's home. Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck and other pals of Mickey Mouse also stop by Mickey's Toontown Fair throughout the day to meet with fans of all ages. They are eager to pose for photos and give autographs in the Hall of Fame located inside County Bounty.

Fantasyland is another popular area where Disney characters make special appearances, especially at Fantasyland Character Festival. Up to five characters from famous Disney films are available for hugs, kisses and autographs. Guests in Fantasyland also can meet Ariel from "The Little Mermaid" after splashing around in her "under-the-sea" play area in Ariel's Grotto, a popular meet-and-greet location.

At Epcot, Characters Travel Around the World

Epcot is another hot spot to meet Disney characters. Guests of Epcot can find their favorite Disney friends traveling on a double-decker bus throughout World Showcase Plaza. The characters pose for photographs and sign autographs along the way.

Characters also can be found in World Showcase pavilions, greeting guests throughout the 11 World Showcase countries. For instance, Belle and her friends from “Beauty and the Beast” are occasionally spotted in the Library in France, while Aladdin and his pals often sign autographs and pose for photos in Morocco.

Disney-MGM Studios Home of More Disney Characters

Disney characters never miss the chance to be "in the movies" at Disney-MGM Studios, often the first place characters from the latest Disney animated film will appear -- in stage shows, attractions or parades. Animation Courtyard is a prime meeting place for Mickey Mouse.

A Special Character Land at Disney's Animal Kingdom

At Camp Minnie-Mickey, character-loving guests are in heaven. In a shady grove of brooks, nooks and cedar trees reminiscent of an Adirondack summer camp, Disney characters are on hand to greet guests, sign autographs and pose for photos.

Guests will find Mickey Mouse and his good friend, Minnie Mouse, soaking up the campground fun, along with Goofy, Pluto, Winnie the Pooh and his Hundred Acre Wood pals, plus Chip 'n' Dale.

Camp Minnie-Mickey is home to two theater shows: "Festival of the Lion King," where Simba and his friends celebrate the music from the classic Disney film, and "Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends," with Pocahontas and her favorite live woodland animals telling the story of their forest world.

Feeling Hungry? Try a Character Dining Experience

Don't forget to call 407/WDW-DINE to make reservations at one of the many character dining locations. Walt Disney World Resort offers many different character dining experiences from breakfast to dinner. They offer a fun and unique way to meet some of your Disney friends.

So grab the cameras and the autograph books! And get ready to meet some real characters.

© 2003 Disney. All Rights Reserved.
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Posted: Oct. 09, 2003 12:24 am/pm Quote

Meet Disney Characters 'In the Wild' At Camp Minnie-Mickey at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Mickey Mouse and his good friend, Minnie, have just settled in for a welcome respite and a cold lemonade. Brer Rabbit and Brer Bear are taking a break from their latest great adventure for a bit of relaxation. And Donald Duck and Goofy have arrived to enjoy their favorite vacation escape, the Adirondack-style Camp Minnie-Mickey at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
The "land" where Disney guests can meet their favorite characters, Camp Minnie-Mickey, is a child's paradise of woodland trails and "meet-and-greet" pavilions nestled in a Northeastern forest of cedar and birch trees. It also is home to two popular theater shows worth taking a vacation to see: "Festival of the Lion King" based on the classic Disney film, and "Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends," with Pocahontas and her favorite live woodland animals telling a story of their forest habitat.

Disney guests who venture to Camp Minnie-Mickey will discover authentic touches throughout. Benches and other furniture were handcrafted by artisans from the Adirondacks. Each trail that leads to a character meeting spot is themed to set the scene for an exciting character encounter.

As guests cross a wood-hewn bridge from Discovery Island to Camp Minnie-Mickey, they stroll alongside a babbling brook to find life-like images of Mickey, Goofy and Donald Duck at their favorite fishing hole.

From there, they can choose a trail that leads to their favorite characters. Next, it's showtime.

At Grandmother Willow's Grove, Pocahontas takes the stage to help discover the secret to saving America's forests and the creatures that live there. With Grandmother Willow's help and the participation of a live armadillo, red-tailed hawk, skunk, boa constrictor and several rabbits, Pocahontas and her audience learn that only humans can save the forests. The 12-minute show, "Pocahontas and Her Forest Friends," is presented in the tree-shaded, 350-seat amphitheater.

Broadway-style pageantry, stunning performances and spectacular floats and sets bring "Festival of the Lion King" to life at Lion King Theater, a hexagonal timber structure with the atmosphere of an Adirondack summer theater. Simba and other animal heroes of "The Lion King" star with remarkable singers, dancers and acrobatic performers costumed in African tribal garb or dressed to depict exotic animals from Africa.

Popular songs performed from the film include "The Circle of Life," "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" and "I Just Can't Wait to be King." The 28-minute performance is staged several times daily.

© 2003 Disney. All Rights Reserved.
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