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Limited Time Magic – Long Lost Friends Week January 21-27

Long Lost Friends week is scheduled to be at Magic Kingdom the week of January 21st-27th.

2006 - Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar.  I'm glad that these two awesome characters now appear to dance with kids in the Frontierland Hoedown (which most guests don't know exists), but in 2006 they appeared at the front of the Magic Kingdom to meet guests.
2006 – Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar. I’m glad that these two awesome characters now appear to dance with kids in the Frontierland Hoedown (which most guests don’t know exists), but in 2006 they appeared at the front of the Magic Kingdom to meet guests.

UPDATE:  The actual dates will be January 21-27, not 21-26 as previously reported.

The MAGIC KINGDOM will host the third round of the Limited Time Magic from January 21-27, 2013

Characters who MIGHT appear include:

Clarabelle & Horace

Ludwig Von Drake & Scrooge McDuck

Scrooge McDuck at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2012
Scrooge McDuck at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2012

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Brer Fox

Brer Fox doesn’t offer regular meet and greets. He may be found at the Frontierland Hoedown or at special events.  He may appear very randomly at Epcot or Animal Kingdom.  He also appears for breakfast at the Hilton Downtown Disney.

Br'er Fox December, 2006 Magic Kingdom
Br’er Fox December, 2006 Magic Kingdom
KtP with Brer Fox, Brer Bear and Brer Rabbit at Long-lost Friends Magic Kingdom Disney World
KtP with Brer Fox, Brer Bear and Brer Rabbit at Long-lost Friends Magic Kingdom Disney World
Brer Fox, Brer Bear and Brer Rabbit at Long-lost Friends Magic Kingdom Disney World
Brer Fox, Brer Bear and Brer Rabbit at Long-lost Friends Magic Kingdom Disney World
I asked for a close up group photo!
I asked for a close up group photo!
Brer Fox hamming for the camera
Brer Fox hamming for the camera

Brer Bear and Fox 5k 2012

WOWZER – another clown joined the Storybook Circus

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Another pleasant surprise (if you can handle clowns) in Storybook Circus is the addition of Wowzer the acrobatic, juggling clown.  After watching his 14 minute performance I left thinking his act was sort of a combination of Serveur Amusant and Sergio the Juggler from Epcot but unique in it’s own right.  Thankfully, he never used a whistle!  Those whistles in Epcot can drive me nuts.

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More evidence that points to Pinocchio’s return coming soon

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You may recall that I recently posted that Pinocchio is strongly rumored to return to the Magic Kingdom very soon.  Well, I was poking around the new Disney World website and found the page that had this information.  Why the website builder continues to use such random photos with descriptions is strange to me, but the info is clearly there that Pinocchio will soon return to Fantasyland.  Some may say that this is left over info from last year, but this is a totally new website and Pinocchio was retired from Main Street and the map clearly points to his meeting at Pinocchio Village Haus.  The description also describes it as “A charming village NEAR THE WALLS of Cinderella Castle is home to a LITTLE WOODEN BOY.”  The walls didn’t exist when Pinocchio was retired and there’s only one little wooden boy.  Looks like we’ll be seeing Pinocchio soon.

Pinocchio to return to the Magic Kingdom?

Pinocchio 2010 (3)

There is a strong rumor, that seems to have real merit, that Pinocchio is returning to the Magic Kingdom soon.  It is said that he will offer regular meet and greets near the Pinocchio’s Village Haus Restaurant.  It’s ironic that he stopped meeting regularly when Rapunzel moved into the Fairytale Garden and there is a rumor still circulating that Merida will be retired soon.  Perhaps Pinocchio regains his spot in the Magic Kingdom rotation with Merida’s departure that is rumored to be around the beginning of next year?  I’d say the Pinocchio rumor has a 90-100% probability.

Storybook Giggle Gang to debut this week

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Update 12/4 – The Giggle Gang made their debut today.  You’ll find them on the left hand side of the entry as you enter Storybook Circus.  Reports are that guests have really enjoyed their shows.   Times are publicly released at this time, but I’ll find them for you soon ;)

The Storybook Circus Giggle Gang are set to make their debut in Storybook Circus this week at the Magic Kingdom with the Grand Opening of New Fantasyland.  Walt Disney would be proud!  He loved circuses and clowns.  He even tried a couple of times to successfully incorporate a circus into Disneyland.  The new Giggle Gang are intended to be a whacky troupe for the purposes of laughter.

The leader of the Giggle Gang is Chuckles Buffoon McMonkeyshine III who will, “keep his audience enthralled with amazing feats of thrills, chills and hilarity.”  His sidekicks are Whinny Horselaugh and Snort.  The clowns will be accompanied by the Silly Saxtet which is a new Saxophone group that really is the Fantasyland Saxophone players in a new costumes and location.

Several members of the Giggle Gang were actually trained by the reknowned Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College.

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Chuckles Buffoon McMonkeyshine III
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Whinny Horselaugh
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Snort
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Sofia the First makes her debut at the Magic Kingdom

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There’s one thing that Disney knows and does better than any other entity – Princesses. Princesses rule the Magic Kingdoms of Disney theme parks around the world. People are known to wait an hour or longer to meet with their favorite princess. Walt Disney World currently offers regular meet and greets with 10 “Princesses”: Jasmine, Merida, Tiana, Snow White, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Belle, Aurora, Pocahontas (Her dad was Chief Powhatan), Mulan (who isn’t a princess or related to one but often marketed as one). Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, Fairy Godmother, Tinker Bell and the Tremaine family also represent strong female lead characters who appear in their human form.

To read the remainder of the excerpt of the article I prepared for Attractions Magazine, click here.

***Handy Manny first appeared for meets in 2007 which was about 1 year.  He replaced other characters at Hollywood and Vine in 2010