Disney Celebrities

Mickey joins a group of paperboys to talk about the headlines and about Walt's dream of going to California to make it big.
Mickey joins a group of paperboys to sing about the headlines and about Walt’s dream of going to California to make it big.

One person was at pains to point out to me that these are not actual celebrities, but people in costume. I am not one easily discouraged out of my delight in magical make-believe. Trust me, I have been asked to act more like a grown-up for a couple of decades, and no one has succeeded yet. Leave your logic at the door! This was a week packed with the who’s who of our favourite characters on the screen, and you can’t tell me otherwise.

Only succuming to the joy of fantasy role-playing allows the kind of happiness seen here.
Only succumbing to the joy of fantasy role-playing allows the kind of happiness seen here. Too adorable.
Storm Troopers in Tomorrowland. Selfie in progress, there in the background.
Storm Troopers in Tomorrowland. Selfie in progress, there in the background.
We caught the Aladdin show, and saw Jasimine, Jafar, and Aladdin himself there on an elephant in the audience.
We caught the Aladdin show, and saw Jasmine, Jafar (seen on stage), and Aladdin himself there on an elephant in the audience. Genie stole the show, however.
Buzz Lightyear to the rescue!
Buzz Lightyear to the rescue!
Pooh gets some love.
Pooh gets some love.

All of these characters were mobbed the instant they were spotted. I mean, all of them. A storm trooper passed me, and I asked if I could take a photo, but he waved and kept going because if he stopped, there would have been an instant crowd. Instead I followed him to a gathering point, where multiple storm troopers were getting ready to put on a show. (ha ha, isn’t that a hilarious thought)

People mobbed them for photos and autographs. Yes, we were so excited to get autographs from Disney (or Disney-bought) characters. We were willing to stand in line for it. But we had our limits. Princesses Anna and Elsa, from Frozen, were there, but the wait was from two to three hours for an autograph and photo. Though Tara wanted to meet them almost more than anyone else, she was not willing to squander precious park time standing in line that long.

Miss T's fave stop was probably Pixie Hollow. She confessed to me later, "I was expecting a person playing Tink, but she was the real Tinkerbell! She was perfect!"
Miss T’s fave stop was probably Pixie Hollow. She confessed to me later, “I was expecting a person playing Tink, but she was the real Tinkerbell! She was perfect!”
C3PO was on duty at Star Tours and kept us entertained while waiting in line.
C3PO was on duty at Star Tours and kept us entertained while waiting in line.
This is one of those trouble-makers that was messing with Mack when he fell asleep driving.
This is one of those trouble-makers that was messing with Mack when he fell asleep driving.
R2D2 was also entertaining us at Star Tours, doing maintenance and beeping.
R2D2 was also entertaining us at Star Tours, doing maintenance and beeping.

And who is to say these celebrities did not win their fame in the exact same way as most of the ones we idolize? What makes a person famous: the fact that we’ve heard of them or seen them so often that they are familiar. How is that any different from Donald Duck or Mater?

We asked for an autograph from our amazing skipper on the Jungle Cruise in Adventureland. Taylor was so much fun she became a celebrity on the spot.

My very favourite character to meet was Mater, but he drove by so fast I couldn't get a sharp image at night.
My very favourite character to meet was Mater, but he drove by so fast I couldn’t get a sharp image at night.
My second favourite was this big blue monster. I was literally squealing "Hi Sully!"
My second favourite was this big blue monster. I was literally squealing “Hi Sully!”
Princess Merida
Princess Merida
Lightning McQueen
Lightning McQueen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russell
Russell
Donald Duck
Donald Duck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tara met Mickey in his studio, after walking through his amazing house
Tara met Mickey in his studio, after walking through his amazing house

7 thoughts on “Disney Celebrities

  1. Wow, you really saw a lot of ‘celebrities’. Lucky girls! Disneyland was the first vacation my hubby (then new boyfriend) ever took. We made the mistake of going during spring break and I didn’t fare well in the crowds. I actually ended up crying it was so overwhelming. I loved the movie ‘UP’ so Russell would be my favourite photo-op..

    1. I can certainly understand what you are describing. We went at Spring Break too, and it was pretty crowded. From what I can tell, there isn’t a time of year to go that isn’t full of people, except – a friend recently discovered – that it’s pretty empty during the Superbowl.

      I’m glad you identified Russell! isn’t that the most wonderful story? I always cry in the beginning, but it turns out to be hilarious and heartwarming.

      I am surprised to hear how many of my adult friends visited Disneyland as a vacation or honeymoon. That never occurred to me, but it does make sense for anyone who loves Disney or is a kid at heart. I’m so glad your relationship survived past the challenging Spring Break!

  2. Our daughter Eloise Madaleine is crazy in love with Pooh. He is called Peter Plys here in Denmark. Dan love to call their characters “Peter” 🙂 Curious George is called Peter Pedal 🙂

    1. Eloise has excellent taste! Pooh (Peter) is an enduring character who gave me many hours of joy as a kid. Thanks for telling me about Danes and their proclivity for naming characters Peter. So interesting.

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