This is sort of one of those miscellaneous posts with pictures and stuff. With characters, to be specific.
Over at Mickey’s Halloween Party (which was awesome, btw) the lines for character pictures were abysmal. However, we did wait for Winnie the Pooh and it turned out that Rabbit was with him too. Pooh was wearing his Halloween costume.
Isn't it funny how a bear likes honey? Buzz buzz buzz, I wonder why he does.
I just love it when little kids hug the characters.
Usually the characters have a handler. The handler usually wears a button that says something like “Ask me about character pictures” or something. Which is kind of lame because if you see one they’re usually with a character, so it’s kind of self-explanatory about when they’re going to be out in the park.
Sometimes the characters, if they are popular ones, will have a Photopass photographer too. Either way, the handler or the Photopass photographer will take a picture with your own camera for you.
Occasionally a character will have neither a handler nor a Photopass photographer. In that case, you must rely on the help of strangers or just do a self-portrait.
I think this one turned out pretty good for a self-portrait.
I’m not sure why Gepetto was standing there all by himself, but there ya go.
Recently my friend and classmate Lyn came to visit from Albany, NY. We ended up running into a couple of characters and got some quick shots. We happened to stumble across some of the villains.
Jafar and the Evil Queen from Snow White
I have never seen Jafar out and about. And I’ll be honest with you–he was pretty creepy.
He's very tall
His face was molded into what I assume is supposed to be an impatient power-grabber, but it just actually looks weird. Plus there’s this mesh stuff where his neck is which does not in the least bit look like a neck. And he’s got fake fingers. He was pretty weird.
The Evil Queen from Snow White played to role to the hilt. She had noticed we were staring at her when she walked up, and when we went to get our picture she was like “Oh, so you’ve decided to take a picture with me after all of that staring” in a very haughty, evil queen kind of voice. Not gonna lie–I was a little scared myself.
When we went over to Toontown, the sign posted on Mickey’s house said the wait was 15 minutes. Since you finish Mickey’s house in his Movie Making Barn where you then get to meet Mickey and take a picture. We assumed 15 minutes was the wait to see Mickey. We were incorrect. It was actually more like 45 minutes. Bummer.
Sorcerer's Apprentice Mickey
I’ve noticed that I tend to do this weird upper body lean thing in character and group pictures. Like I’m all “make sure everyone’s in the picture” so I’m leaning to do that, but nobody else is so I just look kind of weird. Whatever.
Anyway, a few hours after the above picture was taken, Mickey did a costume change and went over to the Mouse-Next-Door where we caught him again.
I actually deliberately stood up straight in that picture. And I look like a normal person!
Naturally I failed to bring my autograph book. I really kind of suck at getting autographs.
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That evil queen looks like the same cast member we saw as the evil queen. She was great. We ran into her in Fantasyland and had her sign our 1 year olds birthday card. She made some comment like, “You’re not raising her on princesses are you?” Well a short while later we went to the Princess Fantasy Faire. The queen was the second character, and she remembered us. She walked our daughter over to Snow White and said, “This is Abigail; it’s her birthday.” It was sweet, even though she had such an evil manner and voice.
Yes, the Evil Queen was a very good actor. She made me think of the head of the popular clique in middle school. And I had lots of experience being told off by evil Queen Bees then.
We witnessed one of the coolest character interactions ever when we were there during Spring Break this year. While Mary Poppins & Bert were signing autographs and posing, Cruella DeVille walked out from “backstage” and began making her way toward her own area. A little girl approached her while she was walking, but of course Cruella stayed in character and sneered at her, sweeping along. Immediately, Mary Poppins asked the child she was talking to to wait a moment, and she hurried across the square to console the little girl Cruella had snubbed. It was fabulous. My husband and I were blown away – THIS is why we love Disney.
That’s so awesome! I love it.