The best part of having started this blog just over a year ago is all the new amazing friends I’ve met as a result of the information that I’ve been fortunate enough to share. Some friends say hello and strike up a conversation in one of the parks, some spend a couple of days touring around with me, some are cast members who are the unsung heroes of the parks and some are coming forward to provide great photos and information from around the world. EuroRob is providing us great photos from Disneyland Paris and now I’d like to introduce you to Rich Muller. Well, you can’t see Rich because he hasn’t sent me a photo of himself, just lots of great character photos from Disneyland (California). Some of the photos include his terrific son and others are shots of the characters alone.
|Disney World Character Meals|
|1900 Park Fare – Breakfast||1900 Park Fare – Dinner||Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – Breakfast||Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – Lunch|
|Akershus Royal Banquet Hall – Dinner||Cape May Café – Breakfast||Cinderella Royal Table – Breakfast||Cinderella Royal Table – Lunch|
|Cinderella Royal Table – Dinner||Chef Mickey’s – Breakfast||Chef Mickey’s – Dinner||Crystal Palace – Breakfast|
|Crystal Palace – Lunch||Crystal Palace – Dinner||Garden Grill – Dinner||Hollywood & Vine – Breakfast|
|Hollywood & Vine – Lunch||Mickey’s Backyard BBQ – Dinner||Ohana – Breakfast||Perfectly Princess Tea Party – Brunch|
|Pirates and Pals Fireworks – Dinner||Tusker House – Breakfast||Tusker House – Lunch||Wonderland Tea Party – afternoon|
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ
Food/Dining Type: American
Location: Fort Wilderness
Type of service: Buffet
Price: Adults $55.99; Child (3-9) $36.00 Tax included. Full payment is required at the time of booking. Cancellations with 48 hours of the event will result in full refund.
Gratuity included: YES.
Reservations: Required. No seat assignments, guests are seated as they arrive.
Hours: 6:30-8:00 pm
Disney Dining Plan: YES (2 Table Services per person)
Tables in Wonderland Discount: YES
Characters: Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Chip n Dale
When does it take place: Thursdays and Saturdays (Seasonally)
Barbeque Pork Ribs
BBQ Baked Beans
Corn on the Cob
Macaroni and Cheese topped with Goldfish crackers
Tossed Garden Salad
Mickey Premium Ice Cream Bars
Nestle Triple Blast
Fruit Punch, Lemonade, Ice Tea, Beer, and Wine (Hot Cocoa in colder weather)
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We’ve lived in the southern parts of the United States our entire lives. I was born in Alabama and have lived in Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma and South Carolina. So, for us, snow accumulations are a rare occurance. In 2007, while living in Ardmore, OK, my kids and I decided to collect the snow in our yard and our neighbors yards in order to make a decent snowman. We rolled the snow into very large balls and it basically stripped the yards of it’s 1 or 2 inches of wet snow. After creating the traditional 3 ball design snow man, I thought it would look cool to add some Mickey ears, so I tossed on a couple more snow balls and we laughed. I wondered how the snow man would look if I attempted to sculpt the ears to look more like Mickey’s ears. All we had available were a few lawn tools and some paint scrapers. The ears were looking really good, so I printed out a couple of pictures of Mickey from different angles and decided to see if I could actually create his entire face.
After about an hour of sculpting, I had created my first every snow creation, but my kids thought he would look better with Mickey hands, which my son had from our most recent trip to Walt Disney World. We tried to attach them with sticks, but it didn’t look very good. My son came out with a couple of his plastic bats to use as arms. We cut up a black sock to create the eyes and nose and a small piece of red fabric for the tongue. I added on my very own Mickey tie and our first ever snow sculpture was created!
A month or so later we had another, smaller snowfall and decided to create a version of Sleeping Beauty Castle. We added all the parapets and small details that we could with the very limited amount of grassy snow.
In 2008 we had another small snowfall and tried diligently to create a Donald Duck snowman before the snow melted, which was difficult because he was melting as we were building him. After creating him, while the kids were at school the next morning, I decided to see what it would look like if I used water based paints that I thinned down to add color to the creation. Well, it looked like I had created the world’s largest snow cone, but not as much Donald as I wanted.
In February of 2010 we were living in Gun Barrel City, Texas which rarely has snow accumulations. We awakened to find a nice 2 inch snowfall, but it was powdery snow, which doesn’t make good snowmen. We had to wait a couple of hours for the snow to melt just slightly, thus created a wet snow. We rolled all the snow from our yard and our neighbor allowed us to wheel barrow their snow too. We lived on a hill, so pushing that snow up the driveway was difficult.
My daughter and I chose to attempt our first ever head to snow creation using this wet-pack we had created. My son has always been a huge Stitch fan, so we created Stitch for him. To the top of his ears, Stitch measured over 5 feet tall. We had a lei that we had gotten from a stay at the Polynesian, so that was a natural fit to add to Stitch.
In late 2010 we had moved to our current residence in South Carolina. The residents here teased us about our former character creations and told us we’d never see enough snow in Florence to make a decent snowman. Well, we had TWO snowfalls that winter that allowed us to continue our creations with Phineas, Ferb & Agent P and later with Spongebob Squarepants.
It’s fun to make the snow creations, but even more fun watching people stop to take photos. Some of our snowmen have made it into the local papers and local news and Goofy actually won us a free steak dinner too!
So, if it snows this year in South Carolina, what would you like to see us create?
Mickey, Minnie, Donald Pluto and Goofy have traditionally dressed in special costumes in Camp Minnie Mickey to celebrate Halloween in the Animal Kingdom theme park. Mickey has dressed as the scarecrow you see above (photo taken at recent Happy Haunted 5K run), Minnie has dressed as a cowgirl, Goofy as a cowboy, Pluto wears a special pumpkin collar and Donald dons his coonskin cap that he used to wear at the Magic Kingdom.
The tradition of dressing for Halloween will continue this year in Camp Minnie Mickey. The characters will wear these special costumes from October 28-November 3. This mini-celebration will displace Baloo and King Louie, who will return to Stanley Falls in Africa for this week only.
Winnie the Pooh has traditionally appeared in his Super Slueth costume, Eeyore as a mummy and Tigger dresses for the occasion as well at Discovery Landing. If you’re in Animal Kingdom next week, be sure to stop by and see these characters in their special costumes.
Effective tomorrow morning, as a result of the closing of the current Character Spot for refurbishment, Sailor Donald will no longer offer regular Walt Disney World meets. He does appear as a sailor often in training locations around Epcot, but will not offer regular meets in his sailor suit. He will continue to meet in Mexico in his Caballero costume on a daily basis.
Goofy will relocate to the position that used to host Stitch next to Daisy on the right of the Lagacy Plaza just before Spaceship Earth.
Mickey, Minnie and Pluto will move onto the new, temporary Epcot Character Spot. The new location is just beyond the Fountain View ice cream shop and just before Club Cool.
After entering the doors above, you’ll walk down a hallway where the restrooms are located and make a quick left. The new room is immediately on the left.
The room was closed to the public, but I was given an opportunity to enter the room. For a temporary location, it looks quite nice with an Epcot style backdrop and there’s some short railings and greenery that will remind one of Epcot itself. There’s a monorail, spaceship earth, Imaginations pavilion etc in the backdrop. This photo was taken on the grand opening day.
The manager I spoke with told me that one can enter from any of the 4 entrances, but the preferred one is listed here. The only entrance that isn’t being used is the old entrance.
When the Character Spot returns from refurb, it will only offer Mickey, Minnie and Pluto. It is said to offer Fastpass+ at that time too.
Evidently Stitch will no longer be offering scheduled meets at Epcot. He wasn’t out today when I stopped to meet Daisy. I asked the attendant where Stitch is located and she said, “Magic Kingdom.” (He’s still at Hollywood Studios at the hat too). Other character schedules around Epcot should remain the same for the time being and Aurora is now meeting in gazebo on the far right hand side of France.
Happy character finding!