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Topic: What do the Disney Characters think about adults?, Do they think "Oh, no!" or "Oh, fun!"?< Next Oldest | Next Newest >

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Posted: Oct. 14, 2003 10:23 am/pm Quote

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Minnie sat with us for pictures at one point and started laughing so hard she put her head on the table because we were picking on her and CHip and Dale were following her around picking on her. It was so much fun!

Oh, please share with us some of the things that made Minnie laugh so much!
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Posted: Oct. 15, 2003 8:43 am/pm Quote

It's kinda hard to describe... Minnie was being followed around by Chip and Dale. They were walking funny behind her, bumping into her when she stopped and just generally picking on her. Plus they had just come back from a character break... So who knows what happened there. When Chip and Dale disappeared for a few minutes (not sure where they went), we got a picture with Minnie while she sat at our table. We had a really good spot for spotting characters because we were against the wall on one side and the stairs on another side. Well Chip and Dale came back, started making gestures and stuff at Minnie. I looked at her and said "Well, you really aren't hidden very well, ya' know" she lost it. Minnie put her head in her hands and her shoulders started shaking, then the laughter! :minnie:  :hearts: It's one of our favorite memories!  LOL

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Posted: Oct. 16, 2003 11:19 am/pm Quote

When I went to DL back in '98 I had (& still have) a safari Piglet my cast member friend sent me after the CM preview of AK.... Piglet became the mascot of the group of friends I went to DL with.  On Main Street, we were waiting for some of the group to arrive when Pooh spotted me standing there with my Piglet.  He came over, pointed to Piglet, I handed it to him, and he hugged Piglet.  Then, he hugged me, and We got our picture together.  It made a special visit even more special.  Going to DL was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.  I am six months older than the park.... and always wanted to go there.     :pixiedust:  :mickey:

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Posted: Oct. 20, 2003 2:17 am/pm Quote

My family and I did the Character Breakfast at the Grand Floridian back in '01.  It was the first time my daughter (then almost 2 1/2) had been there.  Of course, at this point, she was a HUGE Pooh fan.  When we got around to the restaurant, she saw Piglet, who played like he was shy, and ran around the corner, peeking at my daughter the whole time.  My daughter then walked up to him and said something like "It's ok, Piglet", and tried to make him feel better.  She got a huge hug for that one! When we passed Piglet on our way to our table, leaned over to him and said a big "thank you very much".  Piglet then half-hugged me, and let me go to my table.  I'm not sure if the characters get all the "thank you"'s that they deserve, but I make an extra effort to thank everyone (characters or not) who helps to make the trip extra special.  

I hope I run into Piglet again in '04!


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Posted: Oct. 21, 2003 12:56 am/pm Quote

I'm really enjoying this thread! This is a really heartwarming topic and I love it.

Oh and Sweetums, I love your input on the subject! Please share more as you can, I'm hanging on your every word. It's wonderful to hear about all of this :mickey:


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Posted: Oct. 21, 2003 11:48 am/pm Quote

Sure thing, Goofyteer!   :)

Just ask away and I'll do my best.

I am also enjoying reading people's stories.  Sometimes, a character doesn't even know how special they made someone's trip until they get a letter or someone says something.  People are usually pretty good about saying thank you, but for most characters, going the extra mile for people is a normal experience so they are sometimes surprised when they get a letter telling them how they made someone's day.  It is really cool when that happens.   :cool:

Unfortunately, sometimes because of crowds, it is all a character can do to just get the books signed and pictures taken.  It is much more fun when there aren't as many people around and the characters can really interact with people and/or the other characters.
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Posted: Oct. 21, 2003 1:06 am/pm Quote

Thanks Sweetums!

Here's a quick one for you now that I'm thinking about it. Well okay, it's sort of a silly one but it still just struck my mind. Have you heard of any adult celebrities (or heck, even just someone with money?) paying the park for any extra attention or favors from any of the characters? Like having a certain character joining them for a day or something. I figure that if Elizabeth Taylor can reserve Disneyland for a day like Rich said, then maybe anybody with money can get just about whatever they want within reason? I can easily see somebody like Haley Joel Osment or Michael Jackson requesting a day with Mickey Mouse or Peter Pan.

But then I can't imagine something like that being easy on the character, so I can't imagine it being a realistic request even for someone with money.


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Posted: Oct. 21, 2003 3:15 am/pm Quote

As far as spending the day with a character, it would be difficult because they are only allowed to be out 30 to 40 minutes at a time.

But yes, I know there have been private meetings with the characters.

Celebrities will do photo shoots a lot of times with characters and "hang out" with them that way.  Mickey did a photo shoot with Nancy Kerrigan and although Mickey would never say anything that wasn't nice about someone, my friend Sarah, who was also there, told me Nancy was not very friendly to any of the characters.  In fact, she seemed annoyed with them.

Anyone with money can hire the characters to be at an event.  It is very common for characters to be present at banquets and other events that companies hold at WDW.  

Let me tell you, you wouldn't believe the parties/banquets/events/etc... Disney puts on!  I wish I could work for a company that would hire Disney to do one.  For example, at one event, the theme was "Aladdin".  The whole banquet room looked like Agrabah and then they also had a huge replica of the Cave of Wonders!  Wow!  I was there with Jafar and it was pretty strange.  I say strange, because there are usually no children at these events.  It's all adults and most of them are drinking.  It's a very different vibe than in the park.  Some of them will get excited to see the characters while many others either ignore them or just give them a weird look like "what are you doing here?"  

People have also had characters at their birthday parties.  I know Aladdin, Jasmine and Jafar were at a private birthday party for a very wealthy Prince (seriously).

But for the rest of us poor shlubs, we just have to wait in line or wait until we spot them in the parks!    :9


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Posted: Oct. 22, 2003 12:47 am/pm Quote

Jeff, speaking of parties mainly for adults, I've totally enjoyed the special Disneyana Convention ceremonies and parties Disney has thrown at both WDW and Disneyland. I'm sorry to see them now just a past part of Disney history.

I don't know if you were helping with any of those events, but everyone was always just as nice as they could be and very helpful and giving at those conventions I attended.

I miss those good times very much, but I still have the memories, pictures, and souvenEARS from those times. Heck, I even have a silk banner I bought from one of them that says "I'm a ConventionEar!"
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Posted: Oct. 22, 2003 10:08 am/pm Quote

I remember some of the Disneyana conventions being at WDW (particularly when I worked at the Contemporary), but I never actually participated or helped out with them.  They sound like lots of fun, though!   :)

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