Walt Disney World, Character Meets, Megara, Epcot Training

KennythePirate’s Top 13 New Character Meets of 2013

Thanks to several different Limited Time Magic events, some characters offering new regular meets and some Epcot character training, 2013 provided me with the opportunity to meet more than 20 new characters.  I thought it might be fun to rank the top 13 meets that were new to me and open up the rankings for some discussion.

13. Shaker

We’ve had the opportunity to meet Liverlips, Wendell and Big Al numerous times at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot training, but Shaker was always elusive to us.  Many years ago, he appeared at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, but things changed.  In 2013 the Magic Kingdom entertainment decided to bring him back with the other Country Bears for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for a group meet and greet.  We met them right after the parade for a very short wait.

Country Bears at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, Wendell, Shaker, Big Al, Liverlips

12. Greedo

I never had the opportunity to meet Greedo at Star Wars Weekends previous to this year.  He was still pretty difficult to come across this year because he only came out for late afternoon rotations and roamed the dark side.  Each time he would appear, he was mobbed by Star Wars fans who knew it was an unusual site to find him roaming about.

Greedo,  Star Wars Weekends 2013, Hollywood Studios
Greedo Star Wars Weekends 2013

11. Sofia the First

On August 11, 2013 Sofia the First made her debut at Hollywood Studios and I was among the first guests to meet her at her new meet and greet location outside Disney Jr.  There was much anticipation for this meet and greet and a long line formed that averaged one hour or more throughout the day in the scorching heat.  Sofia was having a great time dancing along with her adoring fans.

Walt Disney World, Hollywood Studios, Sofia the First, Meet and GreetSofia the First Hollywood Studios (5)

I returned a few days later and a sudden rain storm began and I learned that they offered a covered outdoor meet for her just outside the Magic of Animation to keep her out of the blowing rain.Sofia the First rain

10. Anna & Elsa

I tried a number of times to meet Anna & Elsa for training before their actual meet began.  They had some wardrobe issues and only appeared briefly for one day of training.  Disney had announced a specific date for the couple to begin appearing in Epcot, but that was also delayed by some construction issues.  I returned mid-day the following day and waited about an hour to meet the ladies.  This has become THE MOST POPULAR meet in Walt Disney World right now and people regularly wait 2 hours or more to meet them.  Arrive early!

Anna and Elsa, Frozen, Epcot, Norway, Meet and GreetAnna and Elsa, Frozen, Norway, Epcot, Meet and Greet Anna and Elsa, Frozen, Norway, Epcot, Meet and Greet

9. Gideon

Throughout my many trips to Walt Disney World Gideon had always eluded me.  I knew he offered training meets at Epcot, but my timing had always been wrong to meet him.  I stopped by one day after checking out the Magic Kingdom’s Limited Time Magic with EuroRob to check on training and found Gideon doing some training.  It was pretty funny because I was the only guest who was excited to meet him and most people didn’t know who “the cat guy” was.

Walt Disney World, Epcot Character Training, Gideon Walt Disney World, Epcot Character Training, Gideon Walt Disney World, Epcot Character Training, Gideon

8. Ludwig von Drake

Ludwig von Drake appeared for Limited Time Magic in January 2013 along side Scrooge McDuck.  They were meeting their Ducktales fans in front of the flag pole in the Magic Kingdom for “Long-lost friends week.”  I wish the Magic Kingdom would make every week a long-lost friends week and just rotate a different character each week or even every day.  Is it really necessary to meet Pluto at the flag pole EVERY DAY?

Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Limited Time Magic, Ludwig Von Drake Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Limited Time Magic, Ludwig Von Drake, Scrooge McDuck Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Limited Time Magic, Ludwig Von Drake, Scrooge McDuck

7. Robin Hood & Friar Tuck

On the other side of the flag pole for the first long-lost friends week was the elusive Robin Hood!  My family and I had met the Sheriff of Nottingham and Prince John many years ago in the Magic Kingdom, but never had the joy of meeting Robin Hood and Friar Tuck.  The characters didn’t disappoint the fans and it was a fun interaction with 4 very rare characters.  Another great highlight of the Limited Time Magic campaign.

Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Limited Time Magic, Long-lost friends week, Robin Hood Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Limited Time Magic, Long-lost friends week, Robin Hood Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Limited Time Magic, Long-lost friends week, Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, Sheriff of Nottingham, Prince John Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Limited Time Magic, Long-lost friends week, Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, Sheriff of Nottingham, Prince John

6. Bowler Hat Guy

We had the opportunity to meet Wilbur and Lewis Robinson at Disney California Adventure in October 2007.  We were told by the cast members there that Bowler Hat Guy was roaming about, but we couldn’t find him anywhere.  We were able to find some other great villains like Shan Yu, Hades and Gov. Ratcliffe, but the Bowler Hat Guy couldn’t be found.  I guess he was under Doris’ control that day?  As a part of the Limited Time Magic campaign, the Bowler Hat Guy appeared in the chaos that was the Unleash the Villains Night at Hollywood Studios on September 13.

Unleash the Villains, Hollywood Studios 2013, Bowler Hat Guy Unleash the Villains, Hollywood Studios 2013, Bowler Hat Guy Unleash the Villains, Hollywood Studios 2013, Bowler Hat Guy

5. Louis the Alligator

Louise the Alligator appeared for the second Long-lost Friends week at the Magic Kingdom and again for the Halloween characters meets at Port Orleans.  We didn’t meet him at Port Orleans, but I did have the joy of finally meeting him at the Limited Time Magic event.  Limited Time Magic was a great deal of let downs with a few great character weeks throw in, but this week was a great success.  I had looked forward to meeting him for quite a while.  This Long-lost Friends Week coincided with a job interview that I had arranged that would eventually lead to us moving to Kissimmee.

Dr. Facilier and Louis the Alligator, Long-lost Friends Week, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
KtP with Dr. Facilier and Louis at Long-lost Friends Magic Kingdom Disney World
Dr. Facilier and Louis the Alligator, Long-lost Friends Week, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
Louis the Alligator Long-lost Friends Magic Kingdom Disney World
Dr. Facilier and Louis the Alligator, Long-lost Friends Week, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
Dr. Facilier and Louis the Alligator Long-lost Friends Magic Kingdom Disney World

4. 3 Little Pigs (Fiddler, Fifer and Practical)

When I met the 3 Little Pigs along with the Big Bad Wolf, I wore my t-shirt that said “Mmmm….Bacon with them on the shirt.  They weren’t very happy to see that shirt 🙂   It was a fun interaction and it was great finally getting to meet the piggies.

Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Limited Time Magic, Long-lost Friends, Three Little Pigs, Big Bad Wolf
Fiddler, Fifer and Practical Pig with Big Bad Wolf. I was wearing my BBW shirt that says, “MMMM Bacon!”
Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Limited Time Magic, Long-lost Friends, Three Little Pigs, Big Bad Wolf
Fiddler Fifer Practical Pig

Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Limited Time Magic, Long-lost Friends, Three Little Pigs, Big Bad Wolf

Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Limited Time Magic, Long-lost Friends, Three Little Pigs, Big Bad Wolf
Oops, you are offering the same characters twice?

Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Limited Time Magic, Long-lost Friends, Three Little Pigs, Big Bad Wolf Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Limited Time Magic, Long-lost Friends, Three Little Pigs, Big Bad Wolf Fifer Pig practical pig Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Limited Time Magic, Long-lost Friends, Three Little Pigs, Big Bad Wolf

3. Silvermist

During the Limited Time Magic campaign, the Magic Kingdom offered a Fairies Week that was back-to-back with the Long-lost Friends 2.  I was hoping to meet Silvermist because she was the only pixie that I hadn’t met between Walt Disney World and Disneyland.  On my first meet I missed out on meeting her but she was available on my second attempt of the only day I had available!

Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Limited Time Magic, Fairies Week, Silvermist, Tinker Bell

Walt Disney World, Magic Kingdom, Limited Time Magic, Fairies Week, Silvermist, Tinker Bell

2. Megara

If it weren’t for the one-time-only nature of my number one choice, Megara would have easily ranked number one.  She came out to visit at Epcot for a couple of days for training prior to the Unleash the Villains event.  She was very in character and a lot of fun to interact with.  She was a real “slice.”

Walt Disney World, Character Meets, Megara, Epcot Training Walt Disney World, Character Meets, Megara, Epcot Training

The red eyes of Megara at the Unleash the Villains night 🙂Walt Disney World, Character Meets, Megara, Unleash the Villains

1. Oogie Boogie

We waited several hours to hope to meet Oogie Boogie on Unleash the Villains night at Hollywood Studios.  My children almost didn’t even make it.  They were stuck in traffic at the exit and I told them to just walk to the entrance.  The night was one of craziness and chaos (what else would one expect from villains?) but we got to meet one of the most elusive villains in history!

Walt Disney World, Limited Time Magic, Unleash the Villains, Hollywood Studios, Oogie Boogie Walt Disney World, Limited Time Magic, Unleash the Villains, Hollywood Studios, Oogie Boogie

Walt Disney World, Limited Time Magic, Unleash the Villains, Hollywood Studios, Oogie Boogie
Photo courtesy of David Manning

Walt Disney World, Limited Time Magic, Unleash the Villains, Hollywood Studios, Oogie Boogie Walt Disney World, Limited Time Magic, Unleash the Villains, Hollywood Studios, Oogie Boogie

What are some of YOUR top meets for 2013?

Advertisements

18 thoughts on “KennythePirate’s Top 13 New Character Meets of 2013”

  1. We found Pocahontas at Animal Kingdom, we knew she met there but we never got a chance to see her. My personal favorite was Lady Tremaine and the step sisters, they are so much fun. My daughter’s fave was meeting Jack and Sally at their first meet and greet. We lined up as soon as we go there and waited for about 2 hours or so and it was so worth it because they were amazing and my daughter loves them (she is 4 and can quote the whole movie). Another favorite of the night (at MNSSHP) was meeting Rapunzel and Flynn, we had a blast with them. They really know how to interact with guests.

    Like

  2. Our two best meets this year were Dug and Russell and Lady Tremaine and the Stepsisters. Dug and Russell were great because my three year old could quote just about every line of Up and Dug and Russell loved it. The cast member finally told us we had to move on. My 3 year old was the only one to meet Lady Tremaine and the step sisters as the older daughter rode big kid rides at least that is what we thought. My youngest was recognized a few hours later at the parade and Lady Tremaine and stepsisters laid into my oldest for not meeting them at the earlier meet because she was riding rides. My daughters’ mouths dropped. Couldn’t have been better!

    Like

  3. Hi,
    I just had a question about valentines day week!
    I wanted to know if you heard anything about any meet and greets that Disney World will be having for that week. I know they did True Love Week last year and I was wondering if you had heard anything!
    Thanks,
    Mike

    Like

  4. I met Oogie Boogie and Robin Hood and the gang too! Those were in my tops for the year. I was disappointed not to meet Ludwig Von Drake and Scrooge, but the lines were just too long, and it was a bit warm that day (darn January weather). I did MNSSHP for the first time this year, and I enjoyed all the meets and greets there – Jack and Sally (we were 1st in line!) and my first time meeting the Dwarves.

    Like

  5. We happened to stumble upon Captain Hook and Mr. Smee during last years (2013) Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party. I had heard they were hard and rare characters to find so imagine my boys (10 & 6) excitement when we just happened to be in the right spot at the right time to meet them! Another awesome character meeting was Jessie from Toy Story in Frontierland. My boys had their Pirate League makeovers just before meeting her and when they got up there she actually started sword fighting with them! It was awesome!

    Like

  6. Our visit with Tinkerbell and Periwinkle was wonderful…my daughter was dressed as Periwinkle for the meet and Tink shouted it out right away. When we were meeting with Periwinkle Tink asked if she could join in for a photo…awesome.

    Like

    1. Sometimes the CM managing the meet entertains and increases the anticipation, making the meet itself more fun than it might have otherwise been. So, it’s difficult to extract & judge the actual greet from the entire experience. That being said, the Beast was really fun.

      Like

Comments

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s