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Belle’s new style

Belle’s new dress, hair and accouterments premiered at Disneyland on the date that I had previously announced, but she will not receive the new look at Walt Disney World for a week or two.   I would expect her to wear this attire at Enchanted Tales with Belle and Akershus character meals.  Her dress is more of a light gold instead of the bright yellow.  I like the new look.  What do you think?

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Wreck-it Ralph and Vanellope

I had a number of blog readers request some information on the Wreck-it Ralph and Vanellope meet at Hollywood Studios.  I actually waited in the line twice during my recent trip and dropped in to see how the line was looking a few times.  The queue area is designed to look like Game Central Station with video screens that represent Wreck-it Ralph, Hero’s Duty and a broken Galaga game that we are peering through back into the real world.  It’s well designed to remind one of the movie, but I think they missed the mark by not putting in any actual video games.  We found one Fix-it Felix video game in another room, but it was a non-working version.

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They entry corridor is the the immediate left of the actual meet and greet area.

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Wreck-it Ralph and Vanellope begin appearing October 28

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Disney Parks has confirmed the news that I’ve been telling you about for quite some time.  Wreck-it Ralph and Vanellope will begin meeting guests at Hollywood Studios on Sunday, October 28 in the Magic of Disney Animation area.  It’s the same area that houses Sorcerer Mickey and the Incredibles. 

My best guess is that the movie will be a big success, but the character may be short-lived.  Ralph can get pretty exhausted wrecking all day and he may not last more than a few months.  Costumers have described him as a “hot mess” when it comes to how difficult it is for him to move about.  Think of James P. “Sulley” Sullivan in terms of movement, only worse.  Ralph will be incapable of signing autographs, so that will be left to Vanellope – the princess of pulled taffy.  I don’t have their official schedule yet, but I expect them to meet 10-6 daily, or something like that.

Be sure to check out their new movie which opens November 2.  It’s a great movie with lots of laughs, nods to classic video games and a big heart.  If you’re a character hunter, meet these guys in the next few months or you possibly may never see them.

Possible date for Wreck-it Ralph’s first appearance

I’ve been hearing “late October” for the first appearance for Wreck-it Raplh and Vanellope for a while now, even though the Disney blog announced his appearance as beginning in November.  Recently, I was given the date of Sunday, October 28th as Ralph and Vanellope’s first day to meet and greet guests at Hollywood Studios Magic of Animation, where Winnie the Pooh used to meet.  Stitchkingdom.com has also heard the same date, so I feel reasonably comfortable releasing that date.  Delays can always occur, especially when dealing with a refurb for an area, but that’s the date I’ve heard Disney is shooting for right now.

Wreck-it Ralph and Vanellope VonSchweetz confirmed to be coming to Hollywood Studios

Wreck-it Ralph

The Disney Parks Blog has confirmed the rumors that this blog has been posting for some time that Wreck-it Ralph and Vanellope VonSchweetz are indeed coming to Hollywood Studios this fall.  Their blog states that the characters will be arriving in “November.”  I’ve been hearing for a while that the characters would arrive in late October.  Either the characters are being delayed a bit or the late October timing is more of a soft opening?  The actual movie opening date is November 2, 2012.

Here’s a description of the meet and greet that comes from the Disney Parks Blog:  “Wreck-It Ralph” is going to be great, and meeting Ralph and Vanellope in the parks will be just as fun. At The Magic of Disney Animation attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll step through Game Central Station, catching glimpses of the various game worlds from the film on your way to “Sugar Rush,” where Vanellope and Ralph are waiting to meet you at the finish line.

Winnie the Pooh will cease meeting guests in the Animation area in October and is supposed to rejoin the other Hundred Acre Wood characters for meet and greets at the hat in the mornings.

Wreck-it Ralph to be joined by Vanellope

Wreck-it Ralph evidently won’t be alone this fall at Hollywood Studios.  He will be joined by Vanellope, who is another major character in the self-titled film.  (Source:  asianway wdwmagic) This may also explain why Mrs. Incredible is set to retire soon.  It’s going to be a great fall and winter season for character hunters!

Walt Disney World Character Rumor Round-up. Much to discuss today!

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.

Magic Kingdom

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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

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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!

Update on Wreck-it Ralph character to begin appearing at Hollywood Studios

 

I reported on April 19 that Wreck-it Ralph would begin appearing this fall.  According to sources it will only be Wreck-it Ralph.   Fix-it Felix may not be making the cut for a character appearance.  The rumor still points to a mid-october opening at Hollywood Studios.  The new movie is scheduled to begin November 2.  I’m still hearing that Winne the Pooh will return to meet around the hat in the mornings and Ralph would have a new set in that location in the Magic of Animation.

Here’s a trailer to help you understand this new character:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btB8tb8fLYM

Here’s Disney’s new mini site:

http://disney.go.com/wreck-it-ralph/

Character Rumor Round Up

So we’ve seen Rapunzel take over Tour Guide Gardens and Pinocchio has bit the dust .  What could be coming to Walt Disney World soon?

(Confirmed) Merida – Merida will move into Rapunzel’s old spot after it is remodeled into a Scottish castle motif.  They will feature her 3 bear brothers as puppets.
Likelihood:  Definite

Rumored:  Swampy the Alligator.  It was rumored a couple months ago that Swampy from Disney’s hit mobile device game “Where’s my water?” would begin meet and greets in the Fall of 2012, but nothing more has been said.  Likelihood:  MAYBE

(source Drew wdwmagic)

Rumored:  Wreck-it Ralph.  It has been rumored that characters from Wreck-it Ralph would begin meet and greets Fall of 2012.  Disney is investing big bucks into this 3D Movie version developed from classic style video games of the past.  The movie will include cameos characters from Pac Man, Super Mario Brothers, Mortal Combat, Sonic and QBert.  Ralph is 9 feet tall and 643 pounds in the story.  They’ll need to shrink him a bit or casting will become limited to former NBA centers like Shaquille O’neal.  I would expect Ralph and Felix to take Pooh’s spot in Hollywood Studios, which sends Pooh back to the streets.  Likelihood:  Likely

Pete’s Silly Sideshow – this will not actually be a show, but just a glorified meet and greet.  Donald is said to relocate from Frontierland to a nice air-conditioned tent as the Great Donaldo.  I’m hoping that PETE actually appears.  It has been rumored that Goofy and other VIPs would join Donald.  This area of Storybook Circus is said to open in early 2013.  Many of us would like to see Pete, the Big Bad Wolf, Lambert the Sheepish Lion or even Oswald appear here.  We’ll most likely be dissapointed with it becoming more of a Epcot Character Spot type location with the same old characters but in circus apparel.  I would expect it to offer Fastpass as FP is all the rage now.  Likelihood:  Likely