Walt Disney World and Disneyland have lots of character meet-and-greets. Many of them are permanent meet-and-greets with their own themeing, some are temporary or semi-permanent locations, while some are part of a “character-palooza.” A character-palooza is a meet-and-greet which only occurs once per day, if at all, and feature some of the lesser-seen Disney characters. But even still there are some characters who never seen in a Disney parks. Here’s my list of some characters that I would like to meet on a Walt Disney World on Disneyland vacation.
Dumbo was one of my favorite movies as a child and for a character, and a movie, which help save Walt Disney Animation Studios in the early 40’s. Dumbo does not have a very big presence in the parks. His presence has increased in recent years with the addition of a second Dumbo spinner as part of the New Fantasyland expansion. Imagineering should have put in a meet-and-greet location for Dumbo (and maybe his sidekick Timothy Q. Mouse as well) to honor the elephant that saved a film studio.
Bianca and Bernard, from The Rescuers, would be a great addition to Disneyland. The Rescuers is a pivotal movie in Walt Disney Animation in that it is the first movie where the talent of “Disney’s Nine Old Men” were combined with some of the up and coming animators at the studios. The movie takes place on the Bayou in the south which would make Bianca and Bernard an easy fit into New Orleans Square at Disneyland. Not many kids know who Bianca and Bernard are but there are plenty of adults who were kids when The Rescuers came out that would love a chance to meet them.
With the disappearance of Push the Can from Tomorrowland, Wall-E, would be a great replacement. Think of Wall-E as Push 2.0. They both like to remove trash (though Wall-E is more of a trash sorter than a trash remover). Lots of people have seen the movie, Wall-E. This meet and greet would be more along the lines of the animatronic talking Mickey than a costumed character. Wall-E is short which makes it hard to find someone to fit into the costume. On the flip side, his lack of height make him easily relate-able to children because Wall-E is down at their eye level.
Pongo and Perdita from 101 Dalamatians. Disney brings out Cruelia de Vil for Villains Party, Halloween Soirees, etc. Why not bring out the parents of the 101 Dalamatians too. Bringing out all 101 Dalamatians would be a bit unwieldly but the parents could make perfect sense as a meet and greet in the front of Disney’s California Adventure on Buena Vista Street or back in Hollywoodland.
There are just so many characters from movies, TV shows, shorts, etc. that we rarely or never see. I would love to see a full-time Scrooge McDuck meet and greet but Disney does roll him out from the Christmas Party so I didn’t include him on my list.
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