Sunday, July 20, 2014

Walt Disney World News and Rumors 7/14/14 - 7/20/14



News and Rumors are gathered from various different sources. All rumors are rumors and are to be taken as such.

News

Magic Kingdom
  • The Magic Carpets of Aladdin will be closed for a refurb from Nov. 10-21.

Epcot
  • Spice Road Table will be offering Annual Passholders a 30% discount off regular priced menu items until September 17.

Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • The Frozen Summer Fun Premium Package has officially sold out for all the remaining dates of the event.

Downtown Disney
  • Circque du Soleil has introduced a brand new backstage tour, where guests can get the chance to see the costuming area, meet a performer, and have Front and Center seats.  The cost is $250 (plus tax) for adults (ages 10+) and $215 (plus tax) for children (ages 9 and under).

Disney Resorts
  • A brand new restaurant called Trattoria al Forno will take the place of the closing Kouzzina.  The new restaurant will feature Italian dishes and is expected to open in December. 
General Walt Disney World News
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports will be holding the first ever Fantasy Football Convention August 22-23.

Rumors

  • We may very well see some character changes in this year's Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party parade.
  • Rivers of Light may have two viewing areas, an Asia area and a Dinoland USA area.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Character Greeting Locations at the Magic Kingdom




Disney characters are, hands down, celebrities.  This is especially true for the littlest fans.  So, meeting Disney characters at Walt Disney World is an important part in many people's vacation. There is something so exciting about the chance to hug, get an autograph from, or pose for a picture with your favorites.  But what is the best way accomplish this?  There are really three major ways to meet and greet characters...you can stand in line, head towards a character meal, or sometimes you can even just happen upon them.


Today I thought I'd start a new series where I take a look at the different characters that are located in the parks, let you know where they are located and a few tips that may come in handy to make meeting them go just a little smoother.
 
One thing you need to keep in mind is that characters are subject to change and not all may appear at the same time. For exact meeting times, be sure to pick up a Times Guide or check the My Disney Experience app or website.  Oh and if you are on the lookout for a specific character and you don't see them listed or on the Times Guide, make sure to ask at Guest Relations, because you just never know who could be potentially out greeting guests.  
 
First, let's start with the Magic Kingdom characters.  The Magic Kingdom sees the most meet and greet opportunities and for good reason...it is the most popular theme park around.  Guests can meet characters ranging from Mickey Mouse all the way to the newest Disney celebrities, Anna and Elsa here. It's really a smorgasbord of Disney fun.


Magic Kingdom Characters

Characters
Location
Notes
Aladdin
Adventureland
  • Found nearby Aladdin's Magic Carpets in the Agrabah Bazaar
  • Meets with Jasmine
Alice
Fantasyland
  • Found near the Mad Tea Party
  • Meets sometimes with the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, or the Queen of Hearts.
Anastasia
Fantasyland
  • One of Cinderella's Evil Stepsisters
  • Meets in the Castle Courtyard with her sister Drizella and her mother Lady Tremaine
Anna
Fantasyland
  • Located in Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Can make a FastPass+ reservation
  • Most popular meet and greet in all of Walt Disney World
Ariel
Fantasyland
  • Located in Ariel's Grotto near Under The Sea-Journey of The Little Mermaid
  • Can make a FastPass+ reservation 
Aurora
Main Street USA
  • Located in the Town Square Courtyard
Belle
Fantasyland
  • An interactive story meet and greet experience at Enchanted Tales With Belle
  • Guests may be a part of the show
  • FastPass+ is available
Br'er Bear
Frontierland
  • Dance Party
  • No Autographs
  • Found near Country Bear Jamboree
Br'er Rabbit
Frontierland
  • Dance Party
  • No Autographs
  • Found near Country Bear Jamboree
Buzz Lightyear
Tomorrowland
  • Stamps Autographs
  • Located between Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin and Carousel of Progress
Chip
Frontierland
  • Meets with his brother Dale
  • Located across from The Diamond Horseshoe at the Rivers of America Crossing
Cinderella
Fantasyland
  • Located in Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Can make a FastPass+ reservation
Clarabelle Cow
Frontierland
  • Dance Party
  • No Autographs
  • Found near Country Bear Jamboree
Country Bears
Frontierland
  • Dance Party
  • No Autographs
  • Found near Country Bear Jamboree
        
Daisy Duck
Fantasyland (Storybook Circus)
  • Meets at Pete's Silly Sideshow
  • Dressed as a circus star
Dale
Frontierland
  • Meets with his brother Chip
  • Located across from The Diamond Horseshoe at the Rivers of America Crossing
Donald Duck
Fantasyland (Storybook Circus)
  • Meets at Pete's Silly Sideshow
  • Dressed as a circus star
Drizella
Fantasyland
  • One of Cinderella's Evil Stepsisters
  • Meets in the Castle Courtyard with her sister Anastasia and her mother Lady Tremaine
Elsa
Fantasyland
  • Located in Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Can make a FastPass+ reservation
  • Most popular meet and greet in all of Walt Disney World
Fairy Godmother
Fantasyland
  • Meets near Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at Cinderella Fountain
Frozone
Tomorrowland
  • No Autographs
  • Part of the #IncrediblesSuperDanceParty at the Rockettower Stage
  • Found with Mr. Incredible and Mrs. Incredible
Gaston
Fantasyland
  • Meets near Gaston's Tavern
Goofy
Fantasyland (Storybook Circus)
  • Meets at Pete's Silly Sideshow
  • Dressed as a circus star
Horace Horsecollar
Frontierland
  • Dance Party
  • No Autographs
  • Found near Country Bear Jamboree
Jasmine
Adventureland
  •  Found nearby Aladdin's Magic Carpets in the Agrabah Bazaar
  • Meets with Aladdin
Jessie
Frontierland
  • Found near the exit of Splash Mountain
  • Meets with Woody
Lady Tremaine
Fantasyland
  • Cinderella's Evil Step-mother
  • Meets in the Castle Courtyard with her daughters Anastasia and Drizella
Mad Hatter
Fantasyland
  • Found near the Mad Tea Party
  • Meets sometimes with the White Rabbit, Alice, or the Queen of Hearts
Marie
Main Street U.S.A.
  • Located at the Flag Pole in Town Square
Mary Poppins
Main Street U.S.A.
  • Located near The Chappeau
Merida
Fantasyland
  • A Play and Greet where guests can color and practice their archery skills
  • Located at the Fairytale Garden
Mickey Mouse
Main Street U.S.A.
  •  Actually talks with guests
  • Meets in the Town Square Theater
  • Can make a FastPass+ reservation
Minnie Mouse
Fantasyland (Storybook Circus)
  • Meets at Pete's Silly Sideshow
  • Dressed as a circus star
Mr. Incredible
Tomorrowland
  • No Autographs
  •  Part of the #IncrediblesSuperDanceParty at the Rockettower Stage
  • Found with Mrs. Incredible and Frozone
Mrs. Incredible
Tomorrowland
  • No Autographs
  • Part of the #IncrediblesSuperDanceParty at the Rockettower Stage
  • Found with Mr. Incredible and Frozone
Peter Pan
Adventureland
  • Meets at the Adventureland Veranda
Pluto
Main Street USA
  • Located at the Flag Pole in Town Square
Prince Naveen
Liberty Square
  •  Located at the Tiana's Garden Glen
  • Meets with Tiana
Queen of Hearts
Fantasyland
  • Found near the Mad Tea Party
  • Meets sometimes with the White Rabbit, Alice, or the Mad Hatter
Rapunzel
Fantasyland
  • Located in Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Can make a FastPass+ reservation
Snow White
Main Street USA
  • Located near The Chappeau
Stitch
Tomorrowland
  • Located at the Rockettower Plaza Stage
Tiana
Liberty Square
  • Located at the Tiana's Garden Glen
  • Meets with Tiana
Tigger
Fantasyland
  • Found near The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh at the Thoughtful Spot
  • Meets with Winnie the Pooh
Tinker Bell
Main Street USA
  • Found inside Tinker Bell's Magical Nook located at Town Square Theater
  • Can make a FastPass+ reservation
White Rabbit
Fantasyland
  • Found near the Mad Tea Party
  • Meets sometimes with the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, or the Queen of Hearts
Winnie The Pooh
Fantasyland
  • Found near The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh at the Thoughtful Spot
  • Meets with Tigger
Woody
Frontierland
  •  Found near the exit of Splash Mountain
  • Meets with Jessie


Meeting characters at Disney is so much fun!  Make sure when you set out to meet them, have your autograph book and pen ready to go and the camera turned on ready for not just the posed shots, but the candid moments as well.  

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Who are your favorite characters to meet at the Magic Kingdom?  Let me know in the comments section or on the Facebook page.  

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