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  • #2
    I agree. I'm not sure when they started what I call the structured autograph/picture areas like they have now (listed in the daily guide as to where and when the certain characters might be), but I know the kids get a bigger kick out of seeing the characters walking around impromptu and especially on the rides. My seven year old got to ride on Dumbo with Goofy once and he probably will remember that his entire life. That kind of thing is what makes DL a very special place to be. It should happen more often.

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    • #3
      yeah i rode splash mountain with tigger and pooh once, one of my best memories. theres barely any characters now! when i was little there were even characters from disney tv shows like tale spin and gummy bears...now its just the main ones, and the ones promoting the most recent disney movie.

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      • #4
        How cute, I didn't know they let the characters go on rides. But I agree the impromptu sessions are sadly missing....

        Why can't Mickey still appear on Main Street? Just because Mickey's already signing autographs in Toon Town?

        Dad on cell phone: I'm here with Billy at Town Square getting Mickey's autograph.

        Mom on cell phone: Becky and I are in Toon Town getting Mickey's autograph. How can that be?

        I think they're concerned kids will compare notes and times and determine Mickey's not real.

        Also, could it be that they really just heavily staff the characters early in the morning to meet guests as they enter the park? And when I arrive at around 11:30 they're already on break or gone to work in a show or parade or something. I know Aladin and Jasmine have call times at the Hyperion. hehehe.

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        • #5
          Actually, I was at Disneyland last Sunday, and I think things are getting a little better. Along that little pathway from Tomorrowland towards the Matterhosn & IASW, Alice, Wendy, Mad Hatter, Capt. Hook, the White Rabbit, and Tweedle-Dee (or Dum, I'm not sure) were playing Red Rover with a bunch of kids. After the game, Peter Pan showed up. Later, we saw Alice, the Mad Hatter, Mary Poppins, and Bert on the careouseal (I know I spelled it wrong). Bert had a kid with him dressed like him, probably some kid whose birthday was that day, or a friend's child. They walked over to the Sword in the Stone and tried to pull it, failing of course. But "Mary" was fantastic! She stoof there while Bert tried to pull it with such a Julie Andrews look. We eventually got to take pictures when they stopped by the old entrance to the Sleeping Beauty walk-through. I'm serious, this woman, sounded EXACTLY like Julie Andrews!! She was great!! Bert took out chalk and started drawing chalk pictures on the ground with a few of the kids, singing Chom-Chimeree. He was sweet as anything for pictures...

          Also, while we were waiting for Ariel, we saw Cinderella walk by with two of her mine AND Prince Charming. We mentioned how you never see the princes.

          OH! And in the morning we saw Princess Aurora walking around. It was like they were out in force!!!!

          But I agree that usually, we get stiffed on the characters. You's think the ones that don't have a ride like Robin Hood or something would get to do that to even things out...
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          • #6
            Originally posted by CaliforniaAdventurer
            How cute, I didn't know they let the characters go on rides. But I agree the impromptu sessions are sadly missing....

            Why can't Mickey still appear on Main Street? Just because Mickey's already signing autographs in Toon Town?
            I've seen Mickey on Main Street multiple times.

            I have no complaints about characters- I see tons. It all depends on what day/time you're there. I do agree there is a lack of variety, but I'm there for the characters.

            Plus, look at these gems I caught last November:



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            • #7
              Great job Michelle. I've never seen those two before. I have noticed in your posts that you are in quite a few pictures with the characters. That's great! Keep it up.

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              • #8
                On Friday afternoon, behind BTHRR saw a whole bunch of characters - including The 4 penguins from Mary Poppins, Twiddle Dee & Dum, Baloo, The Mole from Robin Hood (he was all alone so I gave him a hug), The Mad Hatter, Eeyore and a couple more. Made it tough going to get to Fanatasyland, but I have never seen so many at one place at one time!
                Mom, remember, it's not what a person is like on the outside that counts,
                it's what they are like in their HEART!


                - Wolfette

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                • #9
                  I'm sure there will be plenty of characters around for the 50th

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by wolfy999
                    On Friday afternoon, behind BTHRR saw a whole bunch of characters - including The 4 penguins from Mary Poppins, Twiddle Dee & Dum, Baloo, The Mole from Robin Hood (he was all alone so I gave him a hug), The Mad Hatter, Eeyore and a couple more. Made it tough going to get to Fanatasyland, but I have never seen so many at one place at one time!
                    That's the EXACT place and characters I saw back in November. It was so weird, they were just bunched up in one place with no particular point??

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                    • #11
                      It seems like the last few times we have been, there have been more characters out.

                      During the 90's you could only see Mickey in his house in TT. Now he is on Main Street quite often. morning, and late afternoon it seems like.
                      Goin around the world...and back to Disneyland!

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                      • #12
                        There may be less charactes due to stupid meet and greets popping up. That's the case at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.


                        Yay my 150th post

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                        • #13
                          ORDDU: My sisters and I go to the parks on both coasts and have noticed that Disney World tends to have more characters out than does Disneyland. When we inquired about this, various cast members at the Happiest Place on Earth admitted that there had been a cut back in the character department some years back. Some of those that were eliminated include: Br'er Rabbit, Br'er Bear, Br'er Fox, Piglet, Roger Rabbit, The 3 Little Pigs, Bernard, Bianca--and many others, actually. It's very sad.

                          ORWEN: In Florida, they recently brought back The 3 Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf. Plus Br'er Rabbit is seen around from time to time. They even had Thumper and Flower out over at Animal Kingdom to help advertise BAMBI's recent video and DVD release.

                          ORDDU: The best way to save your favorite Characters is to complain at Pest Relations, demanding equal opportunity to meet, greet and play with the personalties you paid such high prices for to see!

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                          • #14
                            Thanks for the info on the disneyland characters. I hope durning the 50th they bring back some of the old characters that we dont see as much anymore. It would really make the 50th even better.

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                            • #15
                              An unofficial list on where to roughly find the characters at DL can be found here...

                              http://hop.to/DCE/characterinfo.html

                              I'm sure they will be out in greater force for the 50th.
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                              With all this talk of "off the shelf" and "on the back-burner" it seems the only thing that DCA is really missing is the kitchen sink!

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                              • #16
                                I have seen LOTS of character in Disneyland. Granted, not as many as WDW but still ALOT. Mickey is on Main Street, and many of the characters parade around. The problem with seeing them is that they tend to be in the wide open spaces (such as Fantasyland, the hub and Frontieerland) and not in crowded areas like Tomorrowland and Adventureland. Reasons for this range from lack of "properly themed characters" (not that many adventure chacters, like Tarzan) and due to the way the costumes are, the people inside, er I mean... the charcters cannot manuever around very easily. The characters are there, but to see them you have to look for them. Often times standing in line for a ride prevents you from seeing the characters. Another thing is that the charcters are out for only a limited time. In the summer due to the desert climate of Southern California, the characters get exhausted from the heat. However, I can assure you that for the 50th (especially during the busy summer) there will be an larger than usual amount of characters to visit and greet with.

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                                • #17
                                  I thought it was also worth noting that I usually only see characters until dusk or so, but lately I've been seeing the fab five on Main Street right before closing. It makes for a cheerier exit.

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                                  • #18
                                    Recently, I've noticed that they have more characters out, as many of you have said. My personal favorite is Phillip (he was always the hottest Disney prince, though I'd love to see Shang out there too...tee hee hee). One of my prized possessions is a pic I got with Br'er Bear about a year ago. My request would be Flora, Fauna and Merriweather. I know they have the costumes since they're in every parade recently. Why can't they send them around as a unit with Aurora and Phillip? That's another thing I've noticed. More units are being sent out. Over in the Carnation Pavillion area, the entire Alice unit (White Rabbit, THe Queen of Hearts, Hatter, Dee and Dum, and Alice) were chilling. That's always my favorite, when the characters let loose and interact with one another. I will never forget seeing Peter Pan borrow some pirate gear from a five year old little boy and "trick" Captain Hook and Smee.
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                                    • #19
                                      I think I liked it better when there was no meet and greet spot. The characters seemed more spontaneous and it seemed that they where more out and about. I'll keep a running tally of how many I see when I go this weekend.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Michelle
                                        I've seen Mickey on Main Street multiple times.

                                        I have no complaints about characters- I see tons. It all depends on what day/time you're there. I do agree there is a lack of variety, but I'm there for the characters.
                                        I agree! I LOVE meeting the characters and playing with them too. I saw Mickey AND Minnie on Main Street.. we waited for them and then got to ride with them on the doubledecker too. That was fun. I LOVE them.


                                        I just wish I could find this pig around the park in CA!

                                        But I was hoping for more Peter Pan, Tom + Huck, (I love them... even if my boyfriend lectured me about my 30 min interaction and playing tag with them as flirting.. jeez!), and many other "rare" characters... keep them coming my way! It's been years since I've seen people like Kronk. Where are you hiding? You have a silly sequel.. come out now.

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