Tuesday’s Tip: You May Never See them again

Clarice with Chip n Dale August 2006

Tip #1:  You may never see them again!

I took my first trip to Walt Disney World in May of 1990 as a part of our honeymoon.  I had always wanted to visit, but our family chose other vacation locales.  In 2004 my oldest daughter was 7 years old and my son was now 5, so we thought it would be a great time to take them for their first trip.  Since 2004 we’ve been a couple dozen times as a family.  In 2006 we had our first grandparent reunion at WDW.  By this time my children had become avid character hunters having collected over 40 signatures on this August trip.

On a Sunny day in Hollywood Studios my oldest daughter noticed Clarice making her way toward the Sorcerer’s Hat with Chip n Dale.  She was excited to meet her for the first time, but we had a lunch reservation and I naively thought we must be exactly on time, so I snapped a quick photo of her passing and told her we would return to meet Clarice after lunch.  Well, we didn’t know that Clarice wouldn’t return.  There were no character schedules, we didn’t know we could ask the person in the yellow shirt when and where they would meet and we didn’t know of the CHIP hotline.  We didn’t meet Clarice that day.  We still haven’t met Clarice.  It’s been more than 5 years and my daughter reminds me regularly of the one that got away.  If we see a rare or unusual character, we stop to meet them now.

(Each Tuesday I will offer another tip for touring or character meeting)

3 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Tip: You May Never See them again”

  1. ughh Clarice is on my kick me list too. Her and Scrooge McDuck are my oh we will get them later charecters that we have never seen again. Now we stop for any new charecter even if they are said to be ‘regular’ for a while just in case……..

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    1. Tabitha…
      We got to meet Scrooge at MVMCP a few years back. We stood in line 15 minutes, we were 3rd from the front and CM announced he would be leaving after next family to allow Donald to meet and he would return in 30 minutes. The two families in front of us wanted Donald, so they let us move up in line!
      It’s sad to see how many great characters have a short shelf life. Bolt, Meet the Robinsons, Ratatouille and Lotso comme to mind. Angelica the pirate only last a few months, but she wasn’t popular. She would have been a rage at Disneyland though.
      I hope they bring back Pixar weekend!!!

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  2. Good advise on stopping and not letting that one getting away. We let one get away in Oct we wanted Gaston at the Halloween party. By the time we got to him he was going in for the night. DW is still letting know

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