13. Main Street Citizens
Most people visiting the Magic Kingdom are in a huge hurry to get to Peter Pan’s Flight, Enchanted Tales with Belle, Space Mountain, get a Cinnamon Roll at Gaston’s Tavern or meet Merida, that they don’t even realize that the Main Street Citizens are a part of the experience that is the Magic Kingdom. The citizens live in a specific point in time in which local politics that included the women’s suffrage movement. No one is a bigger advocate for women’s rights than Hildegard Olivia Harding! You can help put out a fire with Chief Smokey Miller, participate in an impromptu drama with Beatrice Starr, get some great shopping tips from Constance Purchase, help take a vocal lesson from Victoria Trumpetto and hear the Mayor Christopher George Weaver and Councilman Dewey Cheatem’s speeches. Scoop Sanderson even enjoys trading pins with guests. Don’t pass them by, they are a lot of fun. I list the schedule for this event on the Magic Kingdom Entertainment Schedule which is updated every Saturday night.
12. Move it, Shake it, Celebrate it Street Party
Move it, Shake it, Celebrate it or MiSiCi as it’s affectionately known among cast members is a great way to dance and interact with some of your favorite Disney and Pixar characters including: Baloo, Chip n Dale, Donald, Frozone, Goofy, Jessie, King Louie, Mickey, Minnie, Mr. Incredible and Woody. There’s no where else on Walt Disney World property that you can dance with that many different characters while learning to Shake Your Groove Thing and Shake Your Tail Feather. I list the schedule for this event on the Magic Kingdom Entertainment Schedule which is updated every Saturday night.
Like the Citizens of Main Street, most guests pass right by these talented performers on their way to the Tower of Terror, Toy Story Mania or Star Tours and don’t get to experience the great comedy show and even better interaction times that one can find. I located these guys in the Backlot area during Star Wars and we joked around for several minutes. They typically appear in Hollywood Studios from 10:30am to 6:00pm with a big performance at the Sorcerer’s Hat at 10:30am.
10. Club 626 (Replaced my Incredibles Super Dance Party in late 2013)
Club 626 is one of Disney World’s many Dance Parties. It typically offers Stitch, Goofy and Chip n Dale with which you can dance away to the all-too-familiar dance tunes that pump out daily. If you’re a fan of these characters, it is a fun way to burn off some energy. I list the schedule for this event on the Magic Kingdom Entertainment Schedule which is updated every Saturday night.
9. Chip n Dale’s Campfire Sing-a-long
Here’s a quote from my experience at Chip n Dale’s Campfire Sing-a-long, “We had met the Chipmunks and tried to turn the Chicken Dance into the chipmunk dance, to no avail I may add. We then consumed our fat content and sat down to watch a movie.” The Campfire is held nightly (weather permitting) at Fort Wilderness and is FREE to anyone. You can bring your own smores and hotdogs or buy them there. It’s a fun way to interact with (Dance) Chip n Dale set to more of a country/western feel. Expect to do the Chicken Dance at least once!
8. Push the Talking Trashcan (Now retired)
Push the Talking Trashcan is a aluminum, rolling comedy machine that looks and functions as a trashcan. He is typically found in Tomorrowland, but can roam around a lot and is often in the Castle Hub area before the 3:00 parade. If you see a group of people in Tomorrowland in a circle staring at something, it’s either Push the Trashcan or a Brazilian Tour Group practicing a chant. I list the schedule for this event on the Magic Kingdom Entertainment Schedule which is updated every Saturday night.
Divine is a pleasant distraction in your busy Animal Kingdom tour. She blends in so well with her environment, that she is really difficult to spot at times. She can be seen either in the Oasis area near the entrance or near Bradley Falls on the trail from Africa to Asia. Check the Animal Kingdom Entertainment Schedule to see when an where she’s appearing during your vacation week.
6. Epcot Visa Character Meet
In order to meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and/or Pluto at the Epcot Visa Character Meet, you must hold either a Disney Visa credit or debit card. You’ll receive one FREE photopass photo for each card you have in your possession. The meet area is located inside Innoventions in a pretty non-descript area. I recommend going later in the afternoon to avoid any wait. The schedule and location for this meet can be found HERE.
5. Royal Majesty Makers
The Royal Majesty Makers are a relatively new offering that appears in Fantasyland. They are a roving comedy troupe that may remind some of the Citizens of Main Street and Streetmosphere, but has a classic royal appeal. “Led by retired knight Sir Sterling and royal etiquette expert Lady Llewellyn, the Royal Majesty Makers also include squire extraordinaire Tobias and flirtatious lady-in-waiting Bridget. They may be found in the Castle Courtyard, conducting Knight School, delivering invitations to a royal ball, leading royal dances or even playing a game of “Sir Sterling Says.” I list the schedule for this event on the Magic Kingdom Entertainment Schedule which is updated every Saturday night.
4. Disney Jr. Dance Party
The Disney Jr. Dance Party is only available to those with Evening Extra Magic Hours privileges, so it’s even more limited than many character experiences. It takes place at Hollywood Studios in the Disney Jr show building during Evening EMH only. You’ll need to show your room key for entry. You might catch Annie or Quincy, who are quite rare these days! I list the schedule for this event on the Hollywood Studios Entertainment Schedules weekly. They use strobe lights and theatrical fog which can make for horrible photos from more than a couple feet away.
3. Frontierland Hoedown
Very few guests know about the Frontierland Hoedown because it isn’t listed in any official Disney publication or application. It provides you with an opportunity to interact with and often meet with some otherwise rare Disney characters like Brer Bear and Brer Rabbit, Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar and Big Al and Shaker. It’s a short song and dance time followed by a brief meet and greet period. Staying for meet and greets may vary by season and by character. I list the schedule for this event on the Magic Kingdom Entertainment Schedule which is updated every Saturday night.
2. Character Palooza
Character Palooza or “Pop up surprise” as some refer to it is a far better Disney secret than the Disney Vacation Club! Most guests have no clue it exists, where it is or when it is offered. I created a committed page to the schedule that will help you know when to visit Character Palooza. Some of the rare characters that appear include Captain Hook, Mr. Smee, The Queen from Snow White, Queen of Hearts, Geppetto and Pinocchio. Be sure to schedule this into your next visit! You can see the schedule HERE.
1. Indiana Jones / Marion Ravenwood
VERY FEW guests realize that Indiana Jones often meets guests for a few moments following many Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular performances. I’ve met Indy a number of times and met Marion Ravenwood only once. Stay around after the show and head down to the lower right hand (looking at the stage) area of the stage. Wait until all the other guests have left to eat waffle cones and use their Star Tours Fastpasses and you might get to meet the great archaeologist. I list the schedule for this event on the Hollywood Studios Entertainment Schedules weekly.
How many of these experiences have you seen or missed?