I dropped into Disney’s Animal Kingdom today to check out the new Dinoland Dance Party. It is a totally unpublished entertainment offering that is currently taking place each day at
11:30 and 12:30 3:30 & 5:00pm. When I asked a couple of executive/manager clothes types, they just gave me the “characters just pop up” answer that is Disneyspeak for “go away blogger guy.” (In the last few weeks this has been in the Times Guide). This dance party is some type of “test” that WDW loves to do these days. There’s like 50 dance parties out there, why not just put it in the Times Guide? The characters that appear may vary but Slim and Gypsy have been pretty common this week. The characters appear from the Dinoland gate between Primeval Whirl and the gift shop.
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Characters appear randomly on a given day. Characters you might encounter include:
- Brer Bear
- Brer Fox
- Brer Rabbit
- Gypsy Moth
- Miss Bunny
Gypsy Moth was kind enough to pose for me for just a second or two before beginning to boogie down with all the little kiddies of high school and college age. It’s the first time I’ve met Gypsy Moth. She was out for the Pixar Weekend, but it rained right when we were about to meet her.
One guest standing nearby told her little girl to go meet “the pretty butterfly thing.” Do these people never watch Disney/Pixar movies before entering the park? I once heard Thumper referred to as Bugs Bunny. Uggh!
Brer Fox was happy to be out dancing instead of being hidden in a back closet somewhere. Either that or he was sizing me up for his dinner plate? I told him I require slow cooking because I’m chunky and full of gristle.
This photo shows where the dance party takes place. You’ll see a truck parked beside a gift shop in Dinoland just past the Goofy and Pluto meet and greet. The characters dance around while guests stare for the first 10 minutes or so or until a Disney College Program intern or nearby gift shop employee jumps in for the fun. If there’s no truck parked off to the right or no giant moth with pop music, it might not be happening.
Dance party? Who said this is a stinking dance party? I’m posing my little beauties right in front of this butterfly thing for the memory of a lifetime! Junior, look over here! Sissy, stop playing with the butterfly thing’s wings! Butterfly lady, look at me! Uggh….how’s a visiting tourist supposed to get a good family shot with all this dancing and prancing to pop music? At least he wasn’t using an iThing for that special moment.
Deep thought from KennythePirate to management…why don’t you just play the pop music that you love so dearly in Walt Disney World and let the characters mingle about and take photos with the kids? Isn’t that what all the tourists are trying to do anyway with all the pushing the kid in front of the characters? It could be Dinoland’s version of Character Palooza! I get people asking me daily about Character Palooza, but no one asks me about dance parties. As a matter of fact, it’s the second most popular post on the blog behind the Interaction Tips. I’ll even go ahead and call it Dinopalooza!
What are your thoughts? Would you like to see this as a dance party or another Character Palooza?