Sunday, September 29, 2013

Pirate Week at Magic Kingdom!

Captain Hook, Jake, and Pirate Goofy all appeared during Pirate Week at Magic Kingdom as part of Limited Time Magic. 

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Ariel debuts new makeover at Akershus Royal Dining Hall at Epcot

Ariel has donned a new dress and hairstyle!! Below you will see a side by side comparison picture of Ariel's old and new looks. Notable changes include dress color, off the shoulder long sleeves,  less volume and fabric on the skirt, and lack of hair accessories. 

Ariel appears in human form at character dining and random appearances at Epcot.

Disneylanders can find Ariel's new look at Princess Fantasy Faire. 

Photo courtesy of @summerequitz 

Ariel's look inside her Grotto at Magic Kingdom has not changed.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013

Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2013 added some surprising changes to the character line up and many characters changed locations due to the opening of new and expanded lands. The most notable addition to the character line up is Jack & Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas!

Jack and Sally are meeting at Tour Guide Gardens next to City Hall on Main Street USA. This is the area that Snow White meets during the day. The line formed for Jack & Sally at 4:00pm but did not exceed about 10 people until around 5:30. 

Jack & Sally do not sign autographs. Guests are given pre-signed autograph cards. Photopass is available.

My recommendation is to line up early for Jack & Sally before the party starts. This way you don't waste precious party time waiting for them.

Their line was consistently was 90-105 minutes long all evening. 

New to Main Street were some favorite villain characters. Lotso, Jafar, and The Tremaines were scattered around Main Street. The Tremaines were roaming characters that did not have a dedicated line but would stop for pictures and interact with guests.

Lotso also joined the Main Street character line up meeting next to Tony's Restaurant where Mary Poppins meets during the day. Lotso had short waits throughout the night. 

Jafar also met on Main Street but we did not have a chance to catch him for a photo. Jafar meets near the exit of the Mickey Mouse meet and greet just outside Town Square Theater.

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse met inside Town Square Theater in there Halloween finery. They had minimal waits throughout the evening. 

Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White were joined by their princes inside Town Square Theater. They had a maximum wait of 30 minutes during the party. Note-after September 18, the princesses will be meeting at their new location Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland. 

Moving over to Adventureland, Jane, Terk, and Tarzan met at the Adventureland Veranda. Tinker Bell and Vidia met at Tinker Bell's Magical Nook. Jack Sparrow met at the Pirate Tutorial Stage. Aladdin with Abu rotated with Jasmine and Genie near the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. 

Tarzan, Jane, and Terk meeting at the Adventureland Veranda. 

Aladdin and Abu rotated with Jasmine and Genie near Magic Carpets of Aladdin at their regular daytime meet and greet location.

Captain Jack Sparrow at the Pirate Tutorial Stage.

Tinker Bell and Vidia meeting inside Tinker Bell's Magical Nook.

Moving to Frontierland, the only characters appearing were inside the Diamond Horseshoe Review. Woody, Jesse, and Bullseye danced with guests.

On to Liberty Square. Tiana and Naveen greetrd guests behind the Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe in Tiana's Glen. This is Tiana's regular meet and greet location. 

Moving over to Fantasyland. Many characters changed locations this year and started appearing in Fantasyland. The largest change was the seven dwarves. The seven dwarves now meet in front of the castle wall across from Pinocchio's Village Haus.

The seven dwarves started their meet and greet early at 6:50pm. Only party guests with wristbands were allowed to meet them. The line started forming around 5:00pm. This line is almost completely in the sun so if you line up early, expect to be warm!

Aurora and Prince Phillip were meeting behind the castle across from Cinderella's Fountain. During the fireworks times, they move to meet in front of the carousel area. Note-after September 18, Aurora and Phillip will move inside to the new Princess Fairytale Hall. 

Belle appears at Enchanted Tales with Belle in Fantasyland. This attraction does not offer anything special during the party so visiting during the day to save time at the party is recommended. 

Ariel appears at her grotto in her normal daytime location and also does not change during the party. If you can meet Ariel prior, you can save time for other characters that are exclusive to the party.

Gaston meets near his tavern at his normal meet and greet location in his normal outfit. Again, if you can meet Gaston earlier in the day, I would recommend doing so.

Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet meet at their ride in Fantasyland. They appear in their Halloween finery. They do not sign autographs but photopass is available.

Alice and the Mad Hatter meet at the Tea Cups in Fantasyland. 

Moving along to Storybook Circus. Donald and Daisy meet at the Storybook Circus entry sign.

Goofy meets near his ride The Barnstormer! He meets in his daytime meet and greet outfit. 

In Tomorrowland the new Monsters Inc dance party features some hard to find monsters. Boo, Needleman, George Sanderson, Mike Wazowski, and Sulley dance with guests.

Buzz Lightyear meets at his daytime location near Carousel of Progress.

Last but not least is the always popular Villains Mix and Mingle. The show is the same as last year. After the show at the castle stage, the villains come down to meet and greet with guests. They do not sign autographs and they to not have photopass. Here is the order the villains appear from left to right: Maleficient, Dr Facilier, Evil Queen, Capt Hook, Cruella DeVil, Queen of Hearts. Judge Frollo is a roaming character in the castle courtyard. 


Monday, September 2, 2013

Long Lost Friends at Disneyland Aug 19-25, 2013

Disneyland hosted it's second Long Lost Friends week as part of Limited Time Magic August 19-25, 2013. Disneyland utilized the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree to house this event. Five meet and greet stations with backdrops were set up throughout the ranch. Each station was home to two different character sets. These characters rotated every 20-25 minutes. Characters did not sign autographs. In exchange, guests were given pre-signed autograph cards for each character family.  Guests were allowed only one photo per group. Below are the characters who appeared.