Character Fan Days at Disneyland

Friday, January 28, 2011

 Family Fun Weekends is back with the much anticipated Character Fan Days. 
Disneyland took a poll online to see which characters we would like to see during Character Fan Days, and they honored every character that won (The top two votes for each poll), and also added a few more characters to roam around and take photographs with fans. 
 Right away we noticed Shaker and Liver Lips from The Country Bears. Our plan was to visit with characters we never or rarely see around the park, so Shaker and Liver Lips were our first stop. 
After that we roamed around and looked at all the character that were out like...
 The Evil Queen and Snow White...
 Donald and Daisy Duck...
and Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow. 

One thing I really enjoyed today was each character that won in the poll was introduced on stage with a brief history, then they would do a little dance and head over to their spot for photographs. It was nice to see this because we were not able to interact with each character, but it still gave us a chance to see them and wave at them. 
Clopin and Esmeralda dancing on the stage before meeting guests.
 We found Esmeralda, Clopin, and Frollo (yes, Frollo sneaks in too) to have the longest line along with the Seven Dwarfs. Their line was so long, that it took us three tries to get to see them. They only stay out for about 30 mins before switching with another group of characters, in their case that would be Alice, The Mad Hatter, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, The White Rabbit, and The Queen of Hearts. 
More characters include Captain Hook, Mr. Smee, and Wendy.
 Also King Louie and Baloo. 
 As I mentioned, The Seven Dwarfs also had a long line. I can't really blame that line though, because when do you ever get a chance to stand with ALL Seven Dwarfs? 
 Here are the times that you can find them, so you can plan ahead. 
 One thing I noticed throughout the day was Pinocchio coloring with all the children. I can't think of a better magical moment then that. 
 Here is the lineup for the shows on the stage. We caught the Dapper Dans singing many classic Disney songs.
 This week you didn't see the merchandise carts except this one. Disney really focused on bringing the characters out, and made it all about them and us, the fans. 
They also provided some famous sketch artists to draw for you. This is free, but just like the characters there is a very long line. We watched one person get in line, and a hour and half later it was his turn. 
We have really enjoyed the last two weekends, but this weekend was by far the best yet. We spent a couple hours back here, and we still didn't get photographs with everyone. 
When you go, make sure to have a game plan on which characters are important for you to see. Remember that you may have to wait in a long line, so be prepared for that. 
Most of all have fun!

You can find the Character Fan Days located back in the Festival Arena right next to Big Thunder Ranch from 10am-5pm through this Sunday.
Next Weekend February 4-6 and February 11-13 will be devoted to the Lunar New Year.

So did you go today? Planning on going this weekend? Who are you looking to seeing the most? 
Did we get our picture with Clopin? You bet, and yes it was worth the wait although Frollo did scare my son, so we weren't all smiles in the picture. Still a great time and memory though! 


David said...

Now I know who you were talking about re: Horace Horsecollar...that guy is a dapper chap.

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

Love all the pictures with the characters, especially your son with the Country Bears - he is too cute!