What do you go to Disneyland for? The food? The rides? The atmosphere? Maybe its the amazing shows they put on? Possibly the parades that are out of this world? The fireworks that fill the sky? Or maybe, to meet THE CHARACTERS!?!
Of course meeting some of your most beloved and memorable ‘people’ is very important. Especially to children. There is something so very special about having your child meet Mickey or Donald or any of the others. It is an amazing experience to behold. It is something they, or you, never forget. Ever. There are pictures and autographs; but for the couple of minutes there is no one else in the universe but your child and that character.
When my girls were little they just HAD to meet the princesses. For my son, it was Donald Duck and Buzz Lightyear. My husband, he went looking for everything, especially the roller coasters. For me, I love to talk to and meet the Disney-Pixar characters. Monster, The Incredibles, Toy Story, and anything Nemo related.
So when you go, here are some amazing places that you have to stop and visit at. They are super fun and amazingly imagineered! So here are 4 of my more favorite places to find some of my more favorite characters.
Pixie Hollow (Disneyland)
We all know who lives in Pixie Hollow. And even if the line is long, it is ALWAYS a fun visit with Tinker Bell and her fairy friends. Tink is never alone in Pixie Hollow. She will some times have Silvermist, sometimes Fawn, sometimes Rosetta, or someone else. And the funnest thing about Pixie Hollow is that it grows bigger around you as you walk in. You start up the path and the trees and plants get bigger….OR WAIT….are you getting smaller? You know, like Pixie size? By the time you are around the corner and speaking with fairies, you feel like you ARE fairy sized yourself. It’s genius and so subtle that you don’t even realize it. The next thing you know you are standing in front of Tink’s house, the same size as Tink.
Mickey’s Toontown (Disneyland)
Located in the very back of Disneyland, this is a very colorful place. Everything is built at different angles and you feel like you’ve actually walked into a cartoon. It really is a very interesting little ‘world’ in Disneyland. I highly recommend it.
There is a plethora of characters around in Toontown. In fact, may of them ‘live’ there. Minnie and Mickey Mouse actually have their own houses there. Along with Goofy’s Playhouse and Donald Duck’s boat. You can always catch those character in Toontown. But a sure fire place to catch the Mouse himself is, well, at his house. Yes, Mickey has his very own house in Toontown. You can see where he does his laundry, cooks his food, and watches TV. It is super cute!
And one of his neighbor’s is his favorite gal, Minnie Mouse. She too has a home that is as cute as can be. It is truly done in Minnie fashion. You can see how this gal lives, just go on in for a visit. Make sure to take your camera.
You can always fine Mickey and Minnie Mouse in their homes. Sometimes on their front porches, sometimes in their gardens, sometimes in their living rooms. It is always a little different.
Star Wars Launch Bay (Disneyland)
Something new to the park is Star Wars Launch Bay. You walk in the doors and everything is right out of The Force Awakens, and the previous Star Wars movies. It really is an incredibly amazing place to visit. Really, I totally ‘geeked’ out and loved every minute of being in that place. And then they said the Kilo Ren and Chewbacca would be there soon. Seriously, I about hyperventilated. I texted all my kids announcing that I was about to meet these two awesome characters. I asked my son, who LOVES Star Wars (that’s putting is mildly) if he had a message for Kilo Ren. His response, “I will stop what you have started.” I was ready.
Bring. It. On.
Yep, I got in there and the character was SO real that he wigged me out! Seriously, I was speechless. I couldn’t deliver my ‘Jedi’ son’s message or anything. Kilo Ren talked to MousekeCassie and me and we, okay I, couldn’t do anything but squeak. This was an amazingly real character meeting.
The meeting with Chewbacca went much smoother. He walked around the corner and grabbed me in a huge bear, I mean Wookie, hug. He too had the voice of Chewbacca and we incredibly real. And when Cassie’s and my turn was over, he said something that sure sounded like ‘I love you.’ *sniff
Turtle Talk With Crush (California Adventure)
This one is probably my most favorite to talk about. This is the meeting the solidified Crush as the world’s most awesome, most amazing, and most outstanding turtle for me. Seriously, this is a memory that will be with me forever. Located in The Hollywood Pictures Backlot part of California Adventure, inside the Disney Animation building, this is grouped in with 3 other super neat theaters of Disney.
You walk into an air conditioned and comfortable building and find yourself in a large open room. There are doors leading from this room, the one on the right- Turtle Talk With Crush. Go on in and sit on down. You are in for a treat! There is a giant screen in front of what I would term a movie theater styled room. The screen looks like you are under water. Under the ocean to be precise. There is a cartoon microphone hanging in one corner of the screen where Crush’s voice is picked up and brought to the auditorium.
Kids are called up front while the adults sit in padded chairs. It is such a great show and such a nice rest for your feet. It also offers you a chance to cool off.
And then, Crush swims up on screen and you get to converse with him. It is NOT pre-recorded. No way. I know this because he actually picked me out of the crowd and asked me my name. We then went on to discuss the story behind my name…which he then changed into a ‘Turtle’ name. I was called Kookamunga Kiz. My 4 kids, ages 8, 8, 10, and 11 thought quite hysterical. They still do at ages 13,13, 15, and 16. He answers questions from the audience and asks some to the kids himself. He will sing ‘Happy Hatching Day’ to you if it is your birthday. (I took MousekeCassie there on her birthday 2016, and he sang to her!) Some other characters from Finding Nemo and Finding Dory make cameo appearances. He leaves you smiling when it is time for him to swim off into the deep blue. In fact, when I was there…it was at my expense. He ‘bubbled’ out his south end, to put it nicely, but quickly told the kids up front it wasn’t him. It was Kookamunga Kiz. No problem. I was just happy to have spoken with him.
In my opinion, the Disney Imagineers broke molds in this attraction. It really is amazing to be a part of.
You can still see all the princesses around the castle and random Disney characters around the park. Those are special too. But these 4 places inside Disneyland Resort just knock my socks off. They are 4 specific places that are at the top of my list to hit every time I visit. They bring me joy. I hope they bring it to you too.
Have you had any interesting encounters with any character? I want to hear you story!