This monthly article comes to us from Character Hunt check them out on Facebook. Here are the most up to date Character Changes at the Walt Disney World Resort.
CONFIRMED CHARACTER CHANGES
Vidia’s first official day at Pixie Hollow will be Friday, August 27th.
Duffy the Disney Bear is going to start making appearances at Epcot, tentative start date is October 14
Rapunzel and Flynn will be the first of the new Fantasyland styled character “play and greet” in the Fairytale Garden beginning October 15
RUMORED CHARACTER CHANGES
Eric and Wendy are rumored to be leaving the Magic Kingdom on Oct. 3rd.
Agent Oso is replacing Jojo at Play ‘n Dine sometime this fall – date is TBD.
Phineas, Ferb and Perry are rumored to be the replacement to the Power Rangers on DHS’s Streets of America. A source indicates the Power Ranger vehicle is being re-purposed for this new experience. Opening date is expected in calendar year 2011. I think it’s safe to assume we’ll get to hear some catchy P&F tunes if they keep those loud speakers!
Orlando Sentinel talks with Staggs about changes with the Fantasyland Expansion: “…he said Disney is trying to broaden the project’s overall appeal. For instance, plans for three interactive princess meet-and-greets — where children could dance with Cinderella, celebrate Sleeping Beauty’s 16th birthday or play a role in a story with Belle of Beauty and the Beast — are being altered.”
Mickey and Minnie are moving to Exposition Hall once Toontown closes (announced for spring 2011). No word on if this will become their permanent greeting location, but most indicators point to yes.
Princesses are moving to Exposition Hall as well. Once the Fantasyland Forest is complete, the princesses will move to their appropriate locations.
Ariel is appearing in the Adventureland Veranda with Prince Eric. Once the Fantasyland Forest is complete, Ariel will move to her new grotto.
Pooh and Tigger are meeting in the Town Square Tour Guide Gardens. A new location is being rumored (sooner rather then later) to hold them until the expansion is completed.
Fairies are moving to a different park once Toon Town closes; this is expected to happen in Jan or Feb of 2011.
SHOWS AND PARADES
Storytime with Belle is closing September 12.
HSM 3 is closing on October 2. However, it will be replaced on October 22 by a new show: Disney Channel Rocks! This new show will feature songs from High School Musical, Camp Rock, and StarStruck.
Disney’s Electrical Parade (DEP) is being extended past Aug. 14th; no current end date is available.
Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade (CDCT) shuffled some characters. On Aug 9th the following characters were added: Naveen, Queen of Hearts, Tiana, and White Rabbit. The following characters were removed: Baloo and King Louie.
The Hoedown has transformed into a Flash Mob in Frontierland! This change occurred on February 26th.
The Pirate Tutorial is performing on a new stage in Adventureland! The stage was tested in summer 2009, but has become permanent as of January 5th.
Tiana’s Showboat Jubilee was discontinued after January 3rd with little momentum to support a possible return.
Totally Tomorrowland Christmas was considered a success in 2009 so there is a strong indication it will be back in 2010!
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