Disney Character Updates and News for January 2011

Walt Disney World

The main change at WDW this month is the start of the “Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun!” parade in Disney’s Hollywood Studios on the 16th. This “new” parade will be a modified version of Block Party Bash with various changes including adding characters from Up and Ratatouille as well as removing the interactive show stops.
Also at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Leroy Small, Citizen of Hollywood, spent his last day on set this week. He has gone off to take his career to new heights somewhere else in the world. We wish him well, and thank him for his years of service entertaining Guests on Hollywood Boulevard.

The big upcoming change will be when Toon Town closes its doors for good in February. When that happens Mickey, Minnie, and the princesses will be moving to Expo Hall in Town Square. Since that location may not be ready in time they could be appearing randomly throughout the park until the work is complete. Tinker Bell is expected to move into the old Prince Caspian meet and greet location in Disney’s Hollywood Studios (near Pixar Place). The rest of the fairies may disappear for a little while; however, they are expected to show back up in Epcot once the Flower and Garden Festival begins.

Disneyland

Disneyland will be completely without a parade for a few months as the new (and awesome looking) Soundsational Parade will not be ready until at least March. With the Pixar Play Parade leaving DCA due to the ongoing construction there won’t be a true parade at Disneyland for now. Hopefully Soundsational wont be delayed any further and will start in March … we cant wait to see it!
The Disney Parks Blog are also offering a unique opportunity for fans to be able to vote for some rare characters (rare for California at least) to be featured at an upcoming family event there. Although an interesting idea, and one that will certainly get the character fans interested, I think they could have picked some cooler characters than the ones on offer. Check the official blog for more details.

Disneyland Paris

The most news this month comes from Disneyland Paris.

With the end of Christmas Season several special characters added for the season will be leaving at least temporarily. These include Rapunzel, Flynn, Darth Vader, and Chewbacca. At least Rapunzel and Flynn are expected to return in a few months as part of the new promotional year celebration. We really hope Darth Vader and Chewbacca will also return! We have heard that a few other rare characters will be added for the new “Disney Magical Moments Festival” including Huey, Dewey, and Louie who were recently seen at Disneyland Paris as part of a special event. We have also heard that some “new” characters will be featured in the central plaza show including possibly the Three Good Fairies from Sleeping Beauty.

In addition to the character changes there will also be a change for the parade. Disneyland Paris has been doing a lot of renovation recently in preparation for the upcoming 20th Anniversary. One major project they have started today is the replacement of the parade route walkway in Fantasyland. Since this will take several months to complete they are changing the parade route to go up Main Street, around the hub, and back down. Similar to what WDW did while they were replacing the Liberty Square bridge. To have the whole parade fit around the hub they are going to have to remove several of the larger floats while this is occurring. Once this work is complete the parade will return to its normal route and all the floats will return; however, when it does finally return the show stop will be changed and is supposed to be more “interactive”.
Finally, we have heard strong suggestions that DLP are gearing up to return the Tarzan show to the Chaparral Theatre in Frontierland this summer, after being absent for the last two summers. This will be a welcome return for the fans, who have recently been complaining that there is increasingly less and less show based entertainment on offer at the park. Of course, a lot of this is due to budget constraints, but it will be great to see a full stage show back in the park once again.

That is all the news for this month. As always you can find the latest Character news and information as well as lots and lots of photos at Disney Character Central!


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