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Monday, August 5, 2013

We Met 13 "New To Us" Disney Characters!

At some point during our trips to Walt Disney World, finding and meeting new Disney characters became a goal.  I am not sure when it happened, but possibly when we met all seven of the dwarfs along with Snow White during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.  Yeah, that could be when it started.

So before each trip we set out to meet Disney characters that we have yet to meet.  Our most recent trip was a bonanza of “new to us” characters.  Take a look. . .

The Br'er's were greeting guests at Magic Kingdom during Long Lost Friends week, which was a Limited Time Magic theme.  The husband informed me that we have previously met Br'er Fox, so meeting Br'er Bear and Br'er Rabbit were new for us.  New character count:  2

Dr. Facilier and Louis the alligator from The Princess and the Frog were also greeting guests at the Magic Kingdom as a part of Long Lost Friends week.  New character count: 4

Merida from Disney/Pixar's BRAVE was found at the Magic Kingdom, too.  She greets guests at the Fairytale Garden near Cinderella's Castle.  Her bright blue eyes are more vivid than her dress.  It was great to meet her.   New character count:  5.

Abby Mallard, also know as the Ugly Duckling, and Chicken Littler were found at the Magic Kingdom as a part of Long Lost Friends week.  New character count:  7.

Jake, part of the Never Land Pirates was greeting guests inside the Magic of Disney Animation at Disney's Hollywood Studios.  We took a moment to say hello.  Note:  Jake and his friend Handy Manny can usually be found greeting guests outside near Playhouse Disney, but due to inclement weather, there meet and greet had been moved inside to the nearby Magic of Disney Animation building.  New character count:  8.

Vain as ever, Gaston from Beauty and the Beast was allowing guests to admire him near his new tavern in the expanded Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom.  New character count:  9.

Robin Hood brought along Friar Tuck, the Sheriff of Nottingham, and Prince John to meet guests at the Magic Kingdom, which was also part of Disney's Long Lost Friends Limited Time Magic theme.  The husband was beside himself.  New character count:  13!

There you have it.  13 new to us Disney characters found and greeting during our most recent Walt Disney World vacation.

Notice that we didn't take random "drive by" photos of the characters in mid greet with someone else as other guests do, but actually took the time to say an official hello or even a more friendly greeting like a hug.

The characters that were a part of Long Lost Friends week gave out autograph cards rather than signing autographs, which would have taken a long time.  Jake, Merida, and Gaston were all able to sign autographs.

The husband has yet to find what he refers to as his holy grail and that is Big Bad Wolf.  We will keep up the search!

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