I wasn’t able to make it to Long-lost Friends 2.0 until the final Sunday and couldn’t arrive until noon. It was VERY hot outside. My goals were:
1. Meet Louis (and Dr. Facilier)
2. Meet Chicken Little and Abby Mallard – My family met them in 2005, but the photo isn’t very good quality and I wasn’t in the pictures back then :)
3. Meet the Brers all together. I’ve met them each separately, but not as a group.
4. Skip the Robin Hood gang to allow others to meet a group that I met a couple of times in February.
I saw Louis and Shadowman still out and jumped in line. The Cast Members informed everyone that they characters would be leaving soon, but they would be right back. The actual line took about 5 minutes, but the wait for the short break ended up being 15 minutes. Fortunately, another character fan had a HUGE umbrella and was willing to share the shade. I wasn’t in a big hurry and it was the one thing I wanted most, so I waited it out.
Attention Disney lovers and Character enthusiasts alike! Once again, Limited Time Magic is bringing back a few old pals for an unforgettable return to Magic Kingdom park! During Long-Lost Friends Week, some familiar faces will step back into the spotlight at Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A. Don’t miss this opportunity to get up close and personal with rare Disney Characters you may have helped select in an online poll! From Robin Hood and Br’er Rabbit to Louis and Dr. Facilier from Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, drop by to see who got the most votes and enjoy a few memory-making photo opportunities too.
This is from the Disney Blog
During Long-Lost Friends week (July 15-21), rarely seen Disney characters will be stepping into the spotlight at Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A. You’ll have the chance to get up-close and personal and enjoy photo opportunities with the friends you selected in our online poll.
From “Robin Hood”: Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, Sheriff of Nottingham and Prince John
There will also be more long-lost Disney characters to see, so be sure to visit Magic Kingdom Park July 15-21 to find out who else will be visiting during “Limited Time Magic” at the Walt Disney World Resort.
The two lists point to the same characters that were mentioned in the Rumor thread from July 8th. It’s odd that the blog didn’t mention Brer Rabbit but the LTM site did mention him specifically. There will still be one more group. The Chicken Little group, Louis with Dr. Facilier and Brer Fox are the best ones mentioned in the grouping. The Shadowman only appears for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties and Brer Bear and Brer Rabbit appear daily for the Frontierland Hoedown.
It have a job interview in Orlando on the 22nd, so I’ll catch the final day on the 21st. I can tell you from experience that you’ll want to visit the Flag Pole Characters FIRST, then catch the ones where Mary Poppins usually meet and the other two sets.
It’s been posted on a web forum by Drew81 that the following characters will meet for Long-lost Friends 2.0 which is supposed to happen July 15-21, 2013:
Chicken Little and Abby Mallard
Brer Bear, Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox
Robin Hood unit (repeat from February)
Louis and Dr Facilier
I believe the list is pretty accurate, but you will see another more common group as well ;-)
So, this Long-lost Friends is good to see Chicken Little and Abby Mallard, Brer Fox, Louis and Shadowman (for those who can’t make it to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Also, those who missed the first iteration of LLF will certainly enjoy meeting the Robin Hood gang. If I’m in town, I’d drop in to meet a few of them.
BUT, what if YOU were in charge of Long-lost Friends week? What characters would you present? I’ve listed 48 different characters or groups of characters from which you can vote. Here’s what we’re going to do. I’ll take the rankings and create brackets and we’ll vote on which ones we like best – Tournament Style! The winning 4 groups will be the ones that the FANS of characters would LOVE to see, if they do another Long-lost Friends Week. The actual vote count will appear after you make choices. Choose as many as you like and vote as often as you desire.