On Thursday, August 29th I met up with my buddy Josh and we hung out at the Magic Kingdom, had a bite to eat at Cosmic Rays (The half chicken meal was good and I only subjected Twitter followers to the photo of the food), did a few attractions and I wanted to stop in to see the Dog Days of Summer Dance Party. First I noticed Stitch as Lilo’s dog with his new accouterments.
I set out to Locate Goofy at Blizzard Beach along with Lilo and Stitch at Typhoon Lagoon. I was told 6 different locations for Goofy by 6 different cast members and one said, “He just wanders all over the park.” I finally found his location. It is on the left as you enter the water park just before the Beach Haus souvenirs. Last year, he was meeting along a path near the lazy river, but this year he is meeting in this location throughout the day. I have his schedule below.
We’ve lived in the southern parts of the United States our entire lives. I was born in Alabama and have lived in Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma and South Carolina. So, for us, snow accumulations are a rare occurance. In 2007, while living in Ardmore, OK, my kids and I decided to collect the snow in our yard and our neighbors yards in order to make a decent snowman. We rolled the snow into very large balls and it basically stripped the yards of it’s 1 or 2 inches of wet snow. After creating the traditional 3 ball design snow man, I thought it would look cool to add some Mickey ears, so I tossed on a couple more snow balls and we laughed. I wondered how the snow man would look if I attempted to sculpt the ears to look more like Mickey’s ears. All we had available were a few lawn tools and some paint scrapers. The ears were looking really good, so I printed out a couple of pictures of Mickey from different angles and decided to see if I could actually create his entire face.
After about an hour of sculpting, I had created my first every snow creation, but my kids thought he would look better with Mickey hands, which my son had from our most recent trip to Walt Disney World. We tried to attach them with sticks, but it didn’t look very good. My son came out with a couple of his plastic bats to use as arms. We cut up a black sock to create the eyes and nose and a small piece of red fabric for the tongue. I added on my very own Mickey tie and our first ever snow sculpture was created!
A month or so later we had another, smaller snowfall and decided to create a version of Sleeping Beauty Castle. We added all the parapets and small details that we could with the very limited amount of grassy snow.
In 2008 we had another small snowfall and tried diligently to create a Donald Duck snowman before the snow melted, which was difficult because he was melting as we were building him. After creating him, while the kids were at school the next morning, I decided to see what it would look like if I used water based paints that I thinned down to add color to the creation. Well, it looked like I had created the world’s largest snow cone, but not as much Donald as I wanted.
In February of 2010 we were living in Gun Barrel City, Texas which rarely has snow accumulations. We awakened to find a nice 2 inch snowfall, but it was powdery snow, which doesn’t make good snowmen. We had to wait a couple of hours for the snow to melt just slightly, thus created a wet snow. We rolled all the snow from our yard and our neighbor allowed us to wheel barrow their snow too. We lived on a hill, so pushing that snow up the driveway was difficult.
My daughter and I chose to attempt our first ever head to snow creation using this wet-pack we had created. My son has always been a huge Stitch fan, so we created Stitch for him. To the top of his ears, Stitch measured over 5 feet tall. We had a lei that we had gotten from a stay at the Polynesian, so that was a natural fit to add to Stitch.
In late 2010 we had moved to our current residence in South Carolina. The residents here teased us about our former character creations and told us we’d never see enough snow in Florence to make a decent snowman. Well, we had TWO snowfalls that winter that allowed us to continue our creations with Phineas, Ferb & Agent P and later with Spongebob Squarepants.
It’s fun to make the snow creations, but even more fun watching people stop to take photos. Some of our snowmen have made it into the local papers and local news and Goofy actually won us a free steak dinner too!
So, if it snows this year in South Carolina, what would you like to see us create?
Rumor has it that Goofy is moving out of the Epcot character spot to join Daisy in “Legacy Plaza” at the front of the park. Does this finally eliminate Stitch from that area? Stitch has been off the schedule for a couple of weeks.
Donald is said to be leaving the Character Spot and will only be offering his meet in Mexico.
Update: Pooh characters remain in their place and Camp Minnie Mickey will stay at least until Fall 2013
Rumors have been that Winnie the Pooh an the Hundred Acre Wood characters will be removed from the Animal Kingodm. This move is to provide space for some of the characters from Camp Minnie Mickey while the new Bazaar area is being constructed.
- Marie will definitely move to Magic Kingom.
- Beast has been heavily rumored to be removed from Epcot but the date is unconfirmed (plausible)
- Stitch will need to move or be removed at some point to make room for construction to begin on the new Epcot Character Spot, which is right behind where these characters currently meet.
- Mrs. Incredible will be retired from the scheduled meet at Magic of Animation. Mr. Incredible will then meet only with Frozone.
- Winnie the Pooh will definitely leave the Magic of Animation in order for the area to be remodeled into Wreck-it Ralph’s new meet area. Rumors have it that Winnie and the gang might be leaving the park, but that is unconfirmed (but highly plausible). It is known that two character attendant positions will be cut from the next budget, so the assumption is that it is the Pooh characters that are being cut. Stitch would make good sense to me, because he is the least popular of all the hat characters.
- Pete’s Silly Sideshow will begin soft openings. Daisy, Minnie, Goofy and Donald will relocate to join the circus and take on all new costumes in this brand-new indoor character meet area.
- Marie the cat will relocate from France in Epcot to the Magic Kingdom flag pole. She will take Daisy’s vacant spot and meet next to Pluto.
- Prince Eric will be retired from the schedule and will no longer meet at the Adventueland Verandah. Ariel will continue to meet alone until she moves to her new Grotto and takes on fins again.
- Chip n Dale will move from Tomorrowland to Frontierland to fill Donald’s vacant spot.
- At this point it appears that Goofy’s spot at Pirates of the Caribbean may go unfilled.
Beast (Dinner only Be Our Guest) and Gaston (regular in park meets) will be added to New Fantasyland once the area opens to guests in November.
There could be additional changes coming to which I’m not privy
|Disney World Character Meals|
|1900 Park Fare – Breakfast||1900 Park Fare – Dinner||Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – Breakfast||Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – Lunch|
|Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – Dinner||Cape May Café – Breakfast||Cinderella Royal Table – Breakfast||Cinderella Royal Table – Lunch|
|Cinderella Royal Table – Dinner||Chef Mickey’s – Breakfast||Chef Mickey’s – Dinner||Crystal Palace – Breakfast|
|Crystal Palace – Lunch||Crystal Palace – Dinner||Garden Grill – Dinner||Hollywood & Vine – Breakfast|
|Hollywood & Vine – Lunch||Mickey’s Backyard BBQ – Dinner||Ohana – Breakfast||Perfectly Princess Tea Party – Brunch|
|Pirates and Pals Fireworks – Dinner||Tusker House – Breakfast||Tusker House – Lunch||Wonderland Tea Party – afternoon|
Ohana’s Best Friends Breakfast featuring Lilo and Stitch
Food/Dining Type: American & Polynesian
Location: Polynesian Resort
Type of service: Family style table service
Price: Adults $22.36-$26.62; Child (3-9) $12.77-$14.90 Tax included.
Gratuity included: NO. Groups of 8 or more 18% required tip.
Reservations: Highly Suggested
Disney Dining Plan: YES (1 Table Service per person)
Tables in Wonderland Discount: YES
Hua Paka (Scrambled Eggs), Pua’a (Pork) – pork breakfast sausage links & smoked bacon, Uala Kahiki (Fried Potatoes) – island-style potatoes, caramelized onions & scallions, breads, seasonal fruit, juice, milk and coffee included
Characters: Stitch, Lilo, Mickey, Pluto
It’s a really busy time at Walt Disney World in the rumor department. Mickey’s No So Scary Halloween characters are currently training in multiple parks, so that always adds to the chatter. I’ve tried to track down as many rumors and potential for said rumors as I can, but some things are difficult to verify due to how early some of them may be. Management could just be talking about potential moves, but haven’t actually formulated the plan for example. Changes can always be made right up to the last second as well. The official line is, “Entertainment is subject to change without notice.” That’s why you may show up at 9:20 to see Mary Poppins on Main Street, but she doesn’t appear on a given day.
With that said here is a rumor round-up of things I’ve read and been told in Walt Disney World. Let’s start with the Magic Kingdom and we’ll tackle it alphabetically.
Ariel – When her new grotto is completed in New Fantasyland, Ariel will return to fin form to meet guests daily. Bring those dinglehoppers and snarfblats to enjoy your time with her. I’m making an assumption that Eric will not meet with her, as he didn’t in the old grotto. (Ariel move will happen)
Beast – I’ve been hearing chatter that Beast may appear for photo opportunity during dinner ONLY. Beast would not be moving table to table, but he would have a stationary location somewhere in the general dining area. It wouldn’t be billed as “character dining.” I first heard of this from TubaGeek on wdwmagic in July. The all new Be Our Guest Restaurant is said to look amazing. The restaurant will be counter service during the day and serve fine French inspired food in the evening. August 20th at 7:00 a.m. is the date/time to begin booking your dining reservations by phone for November 19th. August 22nd will be the beginning date to book online. (Likely)
Belle – Belle’s new story area will be located inside the library of Beast’s castle. She will take a few minutes to explain her time with Beast. Belle will not sign autographs at this location. I believe this is so they can reset more quickly for the next show. She will continue to sign at other locations including France and character dining. (Will happen)
Chip n Dale – Once Donald relocates to the new Pete’s Silly Sideshow area, Chip n Dale will be moving into his spot frontierland. Hopefully, they will be in cowboy gear like a ten gallon hat and scarf? (Likely)
Gaston – Gaston will begin offering daily meet and greets in New Fantasyland near Gaston’s Tavern. This is exciting news because he was previously only available during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party or for training meets. (Will happen)
Hook and Smee – I’ve heard that Hook and Smee would take over the Pirates of the Caribbean meeting area after Goofy departs for Pete’s Silly Sideshow. This is not a definite yet, but more of a 50/50 possibility. (Maybe)
Lone Ranger – The Lone Ranger and/or Tonto may offer meet and greets or a Captain Jack’s style small scale show. It’s much too far from the spring 2013 movie date to know anything definite. (Who really knows?)
Marie – With Daisy leaving the flag pole to join Pete’s Silly Sideshow , Marie will move from France to join the Magic Kingdom crew. The timing is fortuitous because The Aristocats is now on Blu-ray as well. (Will happen)
Minnie – Once Pete’s Silly Sideshow is complete, Minnie will leave Mickey to join the circus! I tried to warn him that my son would steal her away. (Will happen)
Periwinkle – Periwinkle will be joining her sister Tinker Bell in September at Tink’s Nook. Expect her appearance in the Magic Kingdom by mid-september (I’ve heard the 17th). Expect her to pop up for training from time to time previously in unlisted locations. (Will happen)
Pete’s Silly Sideshow – We’ve covered that pretty well already. A quick reminder is that Daisy, Minnie, Donald and Goofy will relocate here this fall. (Will happen)
Princesses – The new Princess Fairy Tale Hall isn’t scheduled to open until at least 2013, but the Princesses will receive a makeover with some new hairstyles, dresses and shoes to match with their individually themed areas. (Will happen)
Beast – I’ve heard chatter that Beast will be leaving Epcot when he moves to dinner at the Magic Kingdom. (Likely)
Daisy – I’ve heard that Daisy would be relocated into the Character Spot. A couple of different CMs have said that isn’t happening also. The Character Spot will undergo major reconstruction to transform it to allow for Fastpass. I’ve heard that some characters will meet in the back hallway while construction is done in two phases. (Likely – she will at minimum relocate somewhere or at worst be eliminated from Epcot)
Donald – Donald is leaving Character Spot but he will remain in Mexico for meet and greets. In the short term that would mean that Donald would have no meet and greets in his traditional blue sailor suit. Even Donald’s three character meals offer him in a different costume. (Will happen)
Stitch – Stitch will be relocated somewhere in Future World. The last thing we need is Stitch taking over the China pavilion! (Likely)
Mrs. Incredible – I read (Drew81 and Yzma) that Mrs. Incredible will be leaving Hollywood Studios and be retired from the schedule, but will she continue to appear in the daily parade? I know it’s becoming more difficult to find slender friends for her. That’s one of the reasons Flik was retired. (Likely)
Wreck-it Ralph – Ralph is supposed to appear at Hollywood Studios this fall, supplanting Winnie the Pooh. That would mean that Pooh would rejoin the hat characters in the morning. (Likely)
Agent P – Drew81 reported a while back that Agent P would soon be joining Phineas and Ferb at their meet and greet. I heard from many people that said it would ruin the story line, but Agent P had already appeared with the boys, at least twice on Disney property. (Probable)
Jake and the Neverland Pirates meal – It appears that this meal isn’t going to happen any time soon. It took them a couple years to get Manny and Jake into the parks, no surprise that there isn’t any hurry. I think by re-theming the meal, they would boost income, but I don’t run the park. (No time soon)
Camp Minnie Mickey will be closing to make way for Avatar Land. I’ve heard that this will take place in January, 2013. I think Avatar Land will be beautiful, but don’t see the merchandising ability for this that Cars Land or Harry Potter have created. But Disney is moving forward with Pocatar Gully anyway, which means that The Festival of the Lion King will close and all the furry animals will need to scurry for cover while they burn the place to the ground. Oh sorry, that was a little Pocahontas of me, huh? This park will have very few characters AND very few attractions. 2 hours in Animal Kingdom and you’re done for the next few years. (Will happen)
Winnie the Pooh – According to Drew81 and Yzma the Winnie the Pooh characters will either be relocated to the new meet area at the Bazaar or they will be removed entirely from Animal Kingdom. Some of the Camp Minnie Mickey Characters like Donald, Minnie and Mickey will relocate to the boat dock. (Likely to relocate or be removed entirely)
I haven’t heard what will become of poor Pocahontas. Hopefully, they will find a nearby trail with a nice tree to meet her.
TL & BB
Swampy – Swamp is a tough one. My friends are telling me that the mini-site www.swampyatdisney.com is merely a connection to the popular Where’s My Water? game. My only doubt arrives because the site is set up in the “events” category on the website AND because Swampy mentions Blizzard Beach, but the game doesn’t yet have any Blizzard Beach connections. We’ll have to wait and see if Swampy actually appears. (Curious?)
Wow! That was one long Rumor Round-up 23 rumors down. Sure to have more to come!
Currently under revision