Can you help us find a new home for Mickey and Minnie Mouse?
Thanks to the Disneyland Resort, we have a set of Mickey and Minnie Mouse plush, in their 90th anniversary finery, to give away to one Theme Park Insider reader.
Disneyland gave us the plush at the preview of its "Get Your Ears On - A Mickey and Minnie Celebration," and we are passing it along to a theme park fan who promises to give the world's most famous cartoon couple a good new home.
You can enter to win Mickey and Minnie simply by being a Theme Park Insider registered reader who has subscribed to our newsletter and then responds to this post. One response (and therefore, one entry) per person, please. You must be a resident of the United States and 18 years of age or older to enter. Entries are open only to qualified readers who have not won anything from Theme Park Insider in the past 12 months.
To enter, subscribe to the newsletter (if you haven't already) and then tell us in the comments of this post what was your favorite character encounter in a theme park. At my sole discretion, I will award one extra entry to the reader who posts the funniest story (original, please - no copypasta).
Comments (and therefore, entries) are open for one week after this post goes live. I will select the winner from among the eligible entrants after the comments close and contact him/her via their registered email address. (So make sure that your email address is correct!) If the prospective winner does not respond within 24 hours, I will pick another winner, and so forth, until Mick and MIn's new caregiver responds. So please watch your email.
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My favorite character encounter was with Winnie the Pooh 2018. There was a long que but Winnie took the time to personally greet each guest and pose!
In the mid 90's, I had a season pass to Disneyland. We went there on many weekends, so many, that the Disney Belle character knew my then young daughters names.
Being such a big Disney fan, I’ve had several amazing encounters with characters, however what has to take the cake was the first time we brought our daughter to Disneyland, where she met Pluto and Groot. Meeting Pluto was super special, because at 9 months old she wasn’t afraid. She reached out, touched Pluto’s nose and said “Pup Pup”. Honestly, brought tears to my eyes. So much joy. Meeting Groot was special in a different way. She was doing great, although she seemed unsure... she reached out to touch again, and that’s when he said “I Am Groot”. She was so scared by this massive talking tree. More tears, but this time for laughter. And I think he felt really bad. Honestly though, it was was fantastic to see that each of these characters embraced this little girl and made her feel brave.
I was super psyched about meeting Elsa & Anna in the peak of Frozen mania. I was even more excited about securing quick passes. As my daughter and I passed the 2 hour deep line of families, I couldn't help but skip. They were wonderful and Amna gave me the best hug!
The last time I was at the parks was in the 90's. My favorite character encounter was with Belle and the Beast! Now as adults, we're taking our kiddos in a month! Still favorite characters to meet will probably be Belle. ??
My favorite character encounter was the Mad Hatter when my daughter was about 8, he was engaging and funny and didn't rush the encounter and tried to pull my daughter into his silliness
What a lovely couple! My funny story: We were killing time waiting for our FP for the Princesses. We decided to get on It's A Small World. My 4 year-old wanted to sit on my lap in the boat. As soon as we got into the dark part she turned facing me, put her head on my should and promptly fell asleep. About 3/4 of the way through the ride I felt a flood of warmth in my lap. Yup, she peed all over me. When we got out of the boat her dress covered her wet undergarments but I looked like I had the accident. We had to go straight over to the princesses. They each looked at me and giggled but in true princess form made no comments.
I love that the celebration Mickey and Minnie are here for my twins first birthday :D My favorite character encounter was a random one at Animal Kingdom. We were leaving another attraction where my 2yr old daughter had to give us a cookie she was eating during the attraction. As we were leaving, Dug (from Up) walked by! My daughter got so excited and danced at seeing him. Dug noticed, and came and gave her a high five. She smiled, then looked really sad as he walked away. She turns to us and says 'Dug took my cookie.' I have no idea why she thought that dog took her cookie, but she was convinced!
I have two favorite character encounters. One was with Piglet at the Chrystal Palace. Best picture ever! The other was with my all time favorite character Peter Pan. The moment was priceless and I will never forget the encounter and "validation" I got. A moment forever etched. Looking forward to returning SOON!
My favorite character encounter is when I saw Chewbacca at Hollywood Studios two summers ago with my girlfriend, my friend and his wife, and their kids. It was a little past 12 in the middle of July and it was a hot and humid day. We were all about to go back to the hotel for a bit to relax but decided to get in a quick character encounter since we planned on going to a different park later in the day. However, my girlfriend was not up to it. She was hot and sweaty and tired, was exhausted from the heat, and was starting to get a headache. She mentioned many times how stupid it was and how character encounters are for kids, but she stuck through it all the way to the end. I would like to think she stuck with it for me, but I promised I would get her a soft pretzel afterwards if she did this with us. When it came time for the photo, she didn't want to be in it but we convinced her to do it and you can see her forced smile in the picture. Now every time I see that photo I get a laugh and remember the fun time getting that pic.
I don't remember meeting any characters when I went to Disney at 19. My grandpa had just passed away. It's 19 years later and I'm taking my kids 9 and 2 in a couple months. My favorite character encounter will be the first time my daughter sees one she recognizes. She adores Disney characters and I'm so excited to see her joy.
Our favorite is Mickey and Minnie Mouse! My kids absolutely loves them!
Last June I went to California Adventure. My son Joel is a huge Spider-Man fan, so he was beyond excited about the meet and greet. Joel told Spidey "We just saw Captain America, but he went home" to which Spidey replied "Yeah, he's a really old guy. I think it's past his bedtime." It was 5:30 in the afternoon. Then Joel told Spidey "I saw Black Panther too." to which Spidey replied "Yeah? He's a friend of mine. Since he's a kitty he really likes catnip....but I think he's sad because he lost it. Can you help me find it?" My son (being 4) totally believed him and together they started looking around the planters and the newspaper vending machine. Then at picture time, they posed together in the classic low-to-the-ground web-shooting pose. Best character meet and greet ever.
My best n funniest character meet and greet was 2016 at Hollywood Studios with olaf, olafs head had fallen off when he bent down to pick up the marker he had dropped,reveiling the the Characters identity as cast members tried to put his head back on before other Mouseketeers saw it.
We had a wonderful day on Mickey's 90th Birthday in November. We met Mickey and my daughter got a Princess Minnie from Mickey after she gave him a 90th birthday card. Disney magic at its best.
When I was young, my family went to Walt Disney World. I wanted to wear my favorite Kim Possible shirt to my favorite park, Hollywood Studios. As we were entering the park that morning, the greeter spotted my shirt and excitedly told me that Kim Possible was in the park on a mission and she needed my help. He quickly led my family around to a deserted meet and greet area, and stepped backstage. After a minute or two, Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable came out to meet me! They weren't supposed to meet for another half hour or so, but came out early to see me. I don't remember a lot of what Kim said, since I was so in awe, but I remember Ron wondering why he wasn't on my shirt, but Kim and Rufus were. It was a very special moment for me as a kid, and when I was on my Disney College Program, I tried to make magic in little ways like that.
My favorite encounter was my 4 year old boy meeting Minnie Mouse for the first time. He was in love.
My favorite experience was last year in Tomorrow Land where the characters were dancing to current music. It was a blast seeing all the characters and dancing with them. I loved watching Woody and Sully dancing to LMFAO.
We took our daughters to WDW last year. On our visit to Hollywood Studios we decided to dress them in Star Wars costumes. The oldest (2 years old) was Rey and the youngest (9 months) was Leia complete with a homemade wig including the classic buns. Give the costumes we had to do the meet and greets at Star Wars Launch Bay. The best encounter was Kylo Ren standing 6 inches from baby Leia, who was unfazed, staring at her and saying "you disgust me".
My favorite encounter with a Disney character was at Animal Kingdom with Rafiki. It was our very first trip to Disneyworld and we had out 10 month old daughter with us. Rafiki got down on the ground and crawled around with my daughter and played with her for about 10 minutes. It was so much fun and an experience we will never forget.
I personally despise character meet n' greets (I don't know, I've never been into that kind of stuff), however, there was an experience I witnessed that touched my heart. At Disneyland, I saw this young girl with Down Syndrome who was dressed in a Belle (Beauty and the Beast) dress. Moments later, the characters were walking through the land and she grabbed onto the actresses hand and they rode the carousel together and she cried tears of joy. Everyone in the area stopped to tear up and watch the magical encounter, so touching.
About 5 years ago my wife and I went to Disney World for the first time. We waited in line to meet Mickey and Minnie. We met Minnie first and I hugged Minnie. Mickey looked over at us ran over to me and started wagging his finger at me, implying I was hitting on Minnie. It was hilarious. Then once we went over to take our picture with Mickey he kept shoving me out of the picture and not letting me be by my wife. It was pretty great.
Best experience was when my daughter met her favorite princess Ariel when she was 3 and was so excited she starting crying.
My favorite experience was the first time we were able to take our daughter to Disneyland for her birthday and the moment she walked under that train bridge through the entrance and she saw Minnie, we ran over to get in the line to meet her and completely lost her marbles??
We have two favorites from 2018. Dug and Randall in animal kingdom were amazing! We loved that if you said squirrel Dug would turn, freeze, and look. They were so interactive. Our other favorite was definitely Joy and Sadness. Sadness kept holding onto my son and 'telling' the cast members she wanted to keep him and wouldnt let him go. He's a huge talker and story teller and kept them well entertained.
My favorite disney memory was when my daughter was just a year old her favorite toy was a stuffed pooh bear. We were leaving for Florida to go on a cruise I had her help me pack she held up her pooh bear and said I'm ready. We couldn't go to Florida without going to Disney so we decided to go to epcot for the day. It was a great day but the best part was when my daughter got to see pooh bear for the 1st time. To her he was a 6ft version of her stuffed bear I have never seen her smile so wide as she reached out and pooh gave her a big hug. We have been to disney many times since but that 1 day at epcot I will always remember.
Our funniest Disney character encounter was in Disneyland when my daughter was five. Rapunzel was in her feature home with her long hair streaming out the window. After standing in line for over an hour, it was finally our turn. We got inside, where our daughter took one look at Flynn and Rapunzel and bolted out the door. Her Daddy charged after her, while I remained with the royal couple unsure what to do. Flynn and Rapunzel, on the other hand, knew exactly what to do.
"You scared her away with your bare feet," Flynn accused. Rapunzel shot back with, "No, it was you and your overall smell of brown."
My daughter never did return. (I later found out she told her Daddy that "they were bigger than I thought.")
Rapunzel and Flynn signed her autograph book with love, and I left happy and laughing.
Our best was at the Garden Grill. My grandson was standing at the edge as we went around and Chip or Dale came up behind him. He turned around and just laughed with surprise. They later engaged in sword fight with breadsticks. The restaurant was quiet so they spent a lot of time making us laugh with their silliness.
My favorite Disney character encounters was at the MNSSHP with the 7 Dwarfs. I was dressed as DOC.
This past December, I took my youngest daughter to WDW for the first time. Initially she didn't want to meet any characters, but after our first that changed. Our first character encounter was purely accidental - thought I had gotten in line for the Voyage of the Little Mermaid, but it was actually the meet and greet. When it was our turn, she went up to meet Ariel and was a bit tongue-tied. Ariel did her best to open her up and it didn't work that well. She asked me to join them for pictures and we began chatting telling jokes to each other and making my daughter laugh. When we were done, Ariel said good bye, but daughter got shy again. I thanked Ariel and said my daughter was a little "shell shocked". It got a huge laugh from both Ariel and the photographers. From that point forward my daughter wanted to meet as many characters as possible.
First of all Hi Robert and thanks for the great info you give and also thanks for chance to win.
When my husband and I visited Hollywood Studios 2 yrs. ago, we were waiting in line to meet Olaf (just love that snowman) anyway we were waiting, while he went to refresh with a drink as we were waiting not paying no mind he peeked around the corner and scared the begeesbies out of me. We never laughed so hard by husband and I. What a great memory won't forget anytime soon. Thanks again for opportunity have a great day!!!!
I enjoy reading this site even if I don’t have many chances to go to the parks. But it was VERY handy for our last trip, for our anniversary, which was also my favorite encounter:
My husband and I had gone with my family to Disney World back in 2011. At Epcot, we got a photo with Beast. When we returned for our anniversary in 2015, we saw Belle at Epcot and mentioned our meeting Beast. Belle said, “Oh! I love having Beast with me here! And on hot days, he makes sure I stay in his shade!”
Well, we me being 5’ 1” and my husband being 6’ 1”, I could completely understand what she was saying!
I'm a HUGE Disney fan (Annual Passholder, Disney Visa, DVC member, D23 member and even a stockholder!) and one of the things I love best about going to the Disney Parks is how the characters treat everyone the same - whether you are 5 or 50. I am the biggest kid when it comes to meeting the characters. I will actually go to the parks and not ride a single ride, just walk around and meet/greet the characters - and take pictures of course! One of my funniest character encounters was during the Pirate Tutorial back when it first started. I am in LOVE with Captain Jack Sparrow and when they were picking the children 'pirates' to be trained I waived to Jack and pointed to myself several times. He finally responded with pointing to himself and then the stage. When I nodded yes, he said 'Well, get up here'. I was elated!!! The funny part came when they went to hand out the scrolls with the pirate code on them. Each recruit got one, but when he got to me he kept giving me more and more and more. My arms were full and some even fell on the ground. It was hysterical!! Here I was, the only adult on the stage trying to hold about 25 scrolls in my arms. After the presentation was over, I tried to give them back, but they refused - which ended up being a good thing as all the teenage boys in the crowd came over to me to get one once I got down off the stage! I rarely buy pictures directly from Disney, but this one was priceless! It still makes me laugh out loud each time I look at it. :)
My husband and I started our honeymoon in WDW back in 2000. Of course we bought the bride and groom ears on our first day, in Epcot. That day we were pulled in through an unmarked door to meet Mickey, but funniest was a day or two later in MK. When we were up to meet Chip and Dale, Chip took my husband's hat and put it on, as Dale let him away from me. Chip then dipped me, making kissing noises. A cast member got it on video, and we have pictures!
Back when the Liberty Tree Tavern was a character meal our family had a great time with colonial dressed Mickey and Minnie but Chip and Dale stole the show. They did push ups on the railings. Dale grabbed a log from the fireplace and chased Chip around the room. Them rascals.
I am without a doubt a huge Minnie fan, but what is Minnie without her Mickey!!! I have been a Disney lover since I was a kid and my kids are now Disney lovers. When we went to Disney a while back we tried to see as many characters as possible. When my kids spotted King Louie and Baloo they were so happy. They quickly learned why you don't just run up to the characters. They startled both King Louie and Baloo and my kids about got knocked over. The cast members were really nice and explained that's why they have certain spots for the characters. Lol. My kids were scared of the characters for a little bit after that but they quickly recovered. And love going to the characters actual spots. Then when were getting off the boat at Epcot, my kids were "taken" by Rapunzel
They skipped off to a spot where they had fun talking. Rapunzel said I reminded her of the mice that play in the field near her house. Lol. And she loved my tattoos. She said she loves art work too. Lol. We the did our best day ever pose and Rapunzel went on her way. We are planning a trip to Disney around Christmas this year and it can't come soon enough!! We would love to give Minnie and Mickey a great and loving home and would love to take them with us on our trip.
My most vivid encounter with any character was around 1987 or so. My cousin and my son, who was around 5 or 6 at the time, were with me at Magic Kingdom. Also during this time, there had been several news reports about woman being accosted, mugged, purses snatched, etc. in the central Florida area. My cousin, my son and I were waiting in line at one of the quick service food stands when someone touched my cousin on the arm. My cousin is a spaz to begin with, but the reports of the crimes against women made her unusually worse. She proceeded to spin around and started beating the perpetrator about the head and shoulders with her Magic Kingdom map which was already rolled up and ready to be wielded as a weapon, if necessary. As it turns out, the perpetrator was the Brer Fox character from Song of the South. I was mortified, my son was hysterically laughing, and my cousin proceeded to school this poor innocent victim about not walking up and scaring people. I must say Brer Fox took it all in stride and after showing some apologetic body language, slipped away quietly. Though I do believe he was quite taken aback by the reaction and the 'paper boarding' he received. We all still talk about this to this day and we all burst into laughter each time. Poor Brer Fox............I wonder if HE ever retold that story???
I swear, if I am lucky enough to win Mickey & Minnie, I will keep my cousin out of reach of them :-)
A number of years ago, my family was at the Magic Kingdom. We had just gotten ice cream at Auntie Gravity's Galatic Goodies in Tomorrowland, when a talking and mobile trash can (I later found was named PUSH) came up and started talking to my oldest daughter (who was probably around 9 at the time). After some laughing and talking with the trash can, my daughter accidentally dropped her ice cream. The trash can then told her to follow her back to Auntie Gravity's where he requested the clerk behind the counter to get her a new one, which they did. That absolutely made her day. She still talks about it. That's what makes Disney different from a normal roller-coaster-centric local amusement park... theming and rides combined with actively entertaining and delighting the guests throughout the day and making sure to turn any bad experiences to wonderful memories as much they can.
We will never forget back when Hollywood Studios was MGM and my son took off chasing after Dark Wing Duck. Never saw him move so fast!
A long time ago, a character meet with Donald Duck was unheard of. Donald was always my son's, Johnny, favorite Character. On one visit, Donald was meeting guests in Toontown, and we were in line. As we got close, Johnny was really getting excited.
When we were third in line, I noticed how short Donald really is. And I said (sort of under my breath), "My god, he is short."
Donald looked at the line (directly at me), and he patter the head of the guest on the stage with him, indicating for him to wait there. Donald walked off the stage and came directly up to me. He poked me on my chest, and then pointed to the floor. I said, "Huh? what?" Donald did it again, and the cast member said, "Donald heard what you said. You called him 'short'! He wants you on your knees, and beg for his forgiveness."
I said, "Yes, he is short, and there's nothing wrong with that. My wife is short." He put his back up to my wife's back and he was actually shorter than her. OK, I agreed that he is shorter. I did what he demanded. I went down on my knees and begged his forgiveness. Donald went back to the stage.
When it was Johnny's turn, Donald indicated for me to stay off the stage. I did, but I took a few pictures of them together.
Yes, Donald has a temper. And he showed that clearly.
What a great experience for Johnny... and for me too.
My favorite character encounter occurred at Disneyland last year. After a day of unexpectedly bursting into tears of joy from meeting Chewbacca and Groot, my husband and I decided to go for broke visiting Darth Vader at Star Wars Launch Bay. As you can see from my profile picture, it was nothing short of awkward! Most meet and greets result in hand shakes, hugs, and smiles, but how do you act around an antagonist of his caliber? Answer: an uncomfortable smile and a serious stance :) Thankfully, a Disney PhotoPass photographer documented what became a hilarious experience to share.
I have several favorite character encounters. The first was many years agon at MK (the only park at the time). It was cold 26 degrees that morning. I was kneeling taking a picture of the icicles that had formed on the Cinderella fountain in the castle. As I composed my photo my friend started laughing and told me to look up, There was Chip bending over me as I flopped back onto my fanny! At which point Dale started to ‘laugh’!
On that same trip my friend and I were waiting to meet Mickey along with other folks. A little girl about 3 years old came running past the line excitedly yelling “Mickey, Mickey, Micky!” She then grabbed Mickey aroung his knees as she suck her head into his legs! It took all the adults standing there plus Mom and Dad and the handler to coax her to turn around and have her picture taken.
My other favorite was on a cruise on the Disney Magic. My friend and I had taken my Mom with us, During the character farewell the last night we were on the deck above the main staricase so we could see. (And let the kids gather below the characters.) As the show ended some of the characters came up the stairs to our deck. My Mom was in a wheelchair. Chip and Dale came by and made a big fuss over her. She was laughing and having a great time playing along with their antics.
y favorite was last year at Epcot during the Food and Wine Festival. I had on a Life is good Shirt that said "Peace, Love and Hoppiness". Well, Goofy thought that was pretty funny especially since there is so much beer at the festival. Then we got around to Judy Hopps from Zootopia and you know Hopps and Hops.. Well, the next thing you know he hold up his ears like a rabbit and the two of us are hopping all around. My husband and I laughed and laughed about this our whole trip! Go some great "goofy"pictures, too!
My favorite character encounter was when I just turned 16 and to celebrate my family went to Disneyland. We had a great time as we walked through the main street. But then I realized I was being followed by four guys dressed up in a fifties costume as the theme at the park at the time was - Blast to the Past.
Being an awkward teenager, I tried to get away and hide but I realized I could not. I just had to find out what they wanted. So I stood there frozen, and they began to sing to me! OMG!!! This was at the center of main street! Gradually, a group of other guests formed a circle around us. People were taking pictures and vidoetaping.
At the end of the song, one of them kneeled as if to propose and held my hand all the while puckered his lips as if trying to steal a kiss. I said "No thanks." And quickly left being very embarrassed!
I later found out that my dad had told those guys that it was my birthday. Well, that explains a lot! Back then, I did not want to be the center of attention and this was the least thing that I would have wanted to happen. I still can feel some of the awkward embarrassment I felt back then as I write this. But I laugh now too.
It was a very thoughtful surprise on the part of these guys and they surely made my birthday a very unique one. Funny, how of every time I have been to Disneyland, this one moment is the one that stands out as the most memorable for me. Now I cherish this memory. This incident happened back in the 1990s. I wonder if anyone out there still has video footage of it. If so, I would definitely like a copy!
I have had a lot of wonderful family memories at Disneyland that it would be really difficult to pick one so instead the one I want to mention is of Pluto. Their was a person with a guide dog in training a yellow lab puppy and when Pluto seen them getting close he knelt down and the yellow lab just sort of stood still and after a little time it started towards Pluto and it was the most adorable thing the way Pluto let it lay up against him and he petted it and the dog was looking up to Pluto with the most adorable expression. Pluto played around with it but the dog was just happy laying near Pluto and looking at him. when the owner wanted to leave the guide dog did not so it took a bit of tugging on the leash. And to this day I wonder if it passed to being a guide dog.
My favorite character encounter is always with Gaston at Magic Kingdom. He is just so funny and always stays in character. Even if you don’t want to wait in line to meet him, try to just watch him interact with the other guests. You’ll get a good laugh and experience some real Disney Magic.
Goofy is my favorite character. We were walking through Disneyland with my granddaughter and before we know it Goofy had taken my granddaughter by the hand and whispered something in her ear and danced her down the street and back. She was so so happy and we got some great pictures. Love Goofy.
My wife and I were at the Fantasyland using the restroom near the Mine Train ride.
As we regrouped; a secret door opened and out came Snow White and all of the 7 Dwarfs. They strutted right by us waving to the startled crowd, high fiving us; each one acting in character.
My wife's favorite character is Snow White so it was an unexpected thrill and a nice surprise.
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My favorite character encounter at Disney was back In 2014. I always felt bad because i couldn't take my daughter to Disney while she was younger. 2014 was our first trip and she was 10. Her favorite character is Stitch and to be able to see her face light up when she finally saw him... omg. Priceless!!!! She hugged him for what seemed like forever and I hope that I can take her again to recreate that moment!