Each Disney vacation a character interaction stands out and this summer was no different. During our first day touring California Adventure we happened by the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail located in the Grizzly Peek portion of the park and discovered that Dug, from Disney/Pixar’s UP was greeting guests just inside the entrance.
We got in line and checked with the character handler to make sure the line wasn’t about to close, readied our autograph supplies (pillow case, fabric markers, and cardboard to steady the fabric), and waited for our turn.
But just as we were leaving, Dug called us back for more! Even when there were still other guests waiting!
We did get Dug's autograph, too! Ironically, when we met Russell, we were told that he hadn't learned to write his name yet so there would be no autographs. Disney needs to get their stories straight--the dog can write but the boy who has earned numerous Wilderness Explorer badges can't?
The Redwood Creek Challenge Trail area is great for kids. It has trails, climbing, zip-line swings, and lots of information about animals and history. It's a respite from a busy park and it's mostly in the shade!
Note that Dug meet and greet times are not published. Either chance it or ask a handler about specific times. We have found that the handlers have the best information about character meets and greets.
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