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Long-Lost Disney Friends Return for ‘Limited Time Magic’ at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on January 18th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

When Nate shared a look back at Robin Hood and Friends visiting the Magic Kingdom Park back in 1979, many of you asked to see them again. Well, next week, you’ll have that chance and more as we continue “Limited Time Magic” at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Long-Lost Disney Friends Return for ‘Limited Time Magic’ at Walt Disney World

Long-lost Disney friends are returning to the Magic Kingdom Park just to meet you and your family. For one week, January 21–27, be sure to have your camera ready for a rare chance to possibly brush shoulders with classic characters like Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar, Robin Hood and Friar Tuck.
Long-Lost Disney Friends Return for ‘Limited Time Magic’ at Walt Disney World

There’s also a chance you’ll see The Three Little Pigs and more surprises at Magic Kingdom Park. So, which long-lost Disney character would you like to see the most? Let us know in the “Comments.”

You can find updates on our latest extra sprinkle of Pixie Dust on Twitter using hashtag #LimitedTimeMagic and on our web page.

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Jon on January 18th, 2013 at 1:51 pm

If there is no Darkwing Duck out at some point next week, I will write a letter to Disney expressing how much of a minor annoyance this is! But seriously, I don’t care who meets because I will want pictures with every single one of them.


Robert on January 18th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

The Disney Afternoon characters! Especially TaleSpin (Don Karnage, Baloo, Kit, Becky etc…)


Patricia on January 18th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Oh, and how about Bert and a penguin from Mary Poppins? :)


Viveen on January 18th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

John Smith
Emperor new groove
Guus from Cinderella
the 3 fairies
red indian from peter pan


Corey on January 18th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Robin Hood and the gang will always have a special place in my heart. My first trip to Disneyland they were going through the restaurant and were very friendly, giving hugs and playful noogies to all the kids. A great way to kick off my Disney experience.


Peggy from MA on January 18th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

When did Robin Hood stop being in the parks? He was there back in 2003. Would love to see Darkwing Duck also!


Eric from MA on January 18th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

I still have my early 00’s photos with Milo & Kida, and Jim Hawkins and BEN – Did they ever come back, to promote the movies on disk?

As for rare characters, what about Goliath the Gargoyle (from Disney Afternoon, not Hunchback), who only appeared at the night Halloween parties – obviously – or Sora from the Kingdom Hearts game?
@ Frank – I haven’t been back in a while, and heard Megara has sometimes been sighted with the miscellaneous bus characters at Epcot…Anyone know if it’s true? :)


Kathy on January 18th, 2013 at 3:02 pm

This is really wonderful! I have photos of my kids with the characters from “Robin Hood” from way back when my kids were little. It’s a shame that so many of the classic characters get put into “moth balls” so to speak. It would really be great if there was a way to put them all into a constant regular rotation. That way there would always be a chance to see some old favorites no matter when you visit the parks. Once a Disney character, always a Disney character, right? Dreamfinder and Figment are at the top of my list, right alongside the characters from the Adventurers Club!


Joanna on January 18th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

When there’s trouble, you call D-W! How about Launchpad McQuack, Uncle Scrooge and Huey, Dewey and Louie?

Roger Rabbit would be amazing! How about Genie? Has Emperor Zurg ever made an appearance?

OH–you know who I would REALLY want to see back at the parks? LUCKY. I think I would have to hop a plane if I knew I could see Lucky the Dinosaur. I never got to meet him.


Tracy on January 18th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Webagail! She’s sooooo cute.


Elissa on January 18th, 2013 at 3:17 pm

we won’t be there until February :'( Robin Hood is my husband’s favorite, so he’s super disappointed. If Figment was going to be there I would have cried.


Stefani on January 18th, 2013 at 3:23 pm

I would LOVE to meet Dumbo, orange bird, all the villains, brier rose, Pinocchio, brier rabbit, and most definitely Tweedledee and Tweedledum! That’ll be so amazing, I cant wait to go next week!


Lesley on January 18th, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Roo and Owl from Winnie the Pooh, Merlin from Sword in the Stone, Copper and Tod from Fox and the Hound, Prince Phillip, Flora, Fauna and Merriweather from Sleeping Beauty, Wendy from Peter Pan, Taran from Black Cauldron


Robin on January 18th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Uncle Scrooge & Figment! I was lucky enough to capture both (Uncle Scrooge during a Mickey Halloween Party, and Figment at Epcot a few years ago), but would love to see them on a more regular basis.


Mariah from CA on January 18th, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Dreamfinder, yes. The only character I met with when I went to WDW in 2007 was Figment.
Bernard & Bianca…
We need to get Cinderella’s stepsisters out a little more, just in general…
The Robin Hood characters are always welcome.
Merlin out and a bout more would be fun!
I never see Baloo or King Louie in Disneyland….though Baloo tried to take my Animal Kingdom lunch…


fred on January 18th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Hercules gang or Hunchback gang would be great. Ones announced seem like great choices. Cann’t wait until Monday!!!


Sabrina on January 18th, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Oh goodness, I am SOOOO happy!!!! Thank you guys SO much!!!


Sabrina on January 18th, 2013 at 4:15 pm

By the way, of Darkwing Duck comes out I would easily stand in line for 24 hours to meet him!!!!


brook from CA on January 18th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

My daughter was just asking about Jane and Michael????


Patricia on January 18th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

And, my daughter would like to add Gus and Jacques from Cinderella! :)


Ryan on January 18th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Colonel Hathi from “The Jungle Book”, ALL the retired characters from “Fantasia”, “Alice in Wonderland”, “Aristocats”, “Robin Hood”, “Pete’s Dragon” & “The Rescuers”!!


Jennifer on January 18th, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Dude! Bring them back the week of April 13th! I would love you all forever!


Matthew on January 18th, 2013 at 5:29 pm

I second the above comment for some more Goliath from Gargoyles action, especially with the 20th anniversary of the show drawing closer.

Also, as far as rare characters go, I think the Princes need more regular appearances, especially Prince Phillip and Flynn Rider.


Mariela on January 18th, 2013 at 5:34 pm

;_; Want to meet Prince John so much, but of course, can’t just up and go to Orlando next week!


Chris on January 18th, 2013 at 6:06 pm

I would love to see the Disney Afternoon crew – if I were going to be down there.


Lisa from FL on January 18th, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Oh I am SOOO excited!!! Seeing the Three Little Pigs walking down Main Street USA is one of my very first Disney Memories. I am a collector of autographs, and now that I visit with my own family this will be very special.


CAROLINA on January 18th, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Me and my hole family are disney freaks. We visit all the parks at least once a year and we are always looking for these rare characters. This is an amazing opportunity, but is so sad that it´s gona be for just one week. We are going again in the beginning of 2014 and we hope that this limited time week happens again next january, so we´ll be able to see at least some of these special characters.


Laurie Lee on January 18th, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Would love to see these characters made into ornaments to be sold in the Disney Resorts and the Disney Store.

For those in California, we met lots of minor characters at the Dance with Disney Event in California Adventure Park this Christmas.


Adam on January 18th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

My wife would like to see Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh, Dumbo, and Agent P. I would like to see Dr. Facilier, Professor Ratigan, and Roger Rabbit. Would love to see Judge Doom, but don’t know if that will ever happen. *big smile*


Susan on January 18th, 2013 at 6:51 pm

We would love to see Roger Rabbit!!!


Katie-Louise on January 18th, 2013 at 7:14 pm

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE let Roger Rabbit come out! He’s my all time favorite character (tied with Mickey, of course) and I’ve never met him. PLEASE let this be my chance.

I wouldn’t mind seeing Flynn Rider (LOVE him) and Dreamfinder with Figment but…Roger Rabbit needs to come out. Please let this happen?


Matthew on January 18th, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Two more requests I forgot…

1) Tron. If I could go to Tomorrowland and meet Tron, I would be SO happy.

2) Assuming there are no contractual disputes with the characters, when the Guardians of the Galaxy movie comes out in 2014, meeting Rocket Raccoon and Groot would be awesome.


Joel on January 18th, 2013 at 7:36 pm

I would love to see Oswald the Lucky Rabbit or Humphrey the Bear!


Tessa on January 18th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Personally I’d like to see Tarzan and Jane!!! Ever since Tarzan rocks left the Animal Kingdom, it’s like Tarzan disappeared. I think some other great ones would be Esmeralda, the Hercules Gang, & the Dreamfinder!!!


ROBERT from FL on January 18th, 2013 at 8:30 pm

How about the cast of the Adventurers Club? They are so beloved; it would be an incredible experience!


John on January 18th, 2013 at 8:58 pm

I almost forgot MERLIN!


Elizabeth on January 18th, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Wart and Merlin from Sword in the Stone! My favorite older Disney movie…


Lisa from MA on January 18th, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Fozzie Bear.


Alison on January 18th, 2013 at 10:31 pm

How about stars from video games? In addition to Ralph and Vanellope, bring back Sora and Kingdom Hearts Goofy/Donald (they only seemed to come out the one year for Halloween party), Tron, and red shorts Mickey and Oswald from Epic Mickey.

Orange Bird would be cool too. Oh Disney, so many fun possibilities with this year-long celebration! WDW got off to a “slow” start, but these long lost friends would be thrilling!!


Dale from GA on January 18th, 2013 at 11:33 pm

Herbie…. we love the LOVE BUG


Tiffany from CA on January 19th, 2013 at 12:44 am

Prince Eric
Eugine Fitzherbert
Gus & Jacques
Cogsworth & Lumiere


Viveen on January 19th, 2013 at 6:48 am

mother gothel
jack and sally
princess angelica
king triton


Paula on January 19th, 2013 at 9:49 am

One of my favorite memories is when Baloo danced with a bunch of us kids in Adventureland back in 1973, while our parents and some others gathered in a huge circle around us. As much as I’d love to see more of characters like him and King Louie — not to mention the Robin Hood characters, which I also love — it’s the experience of meeting and interacting with characters in the park in such an impromptu manner that really makes it magic. Now, it seems visiting the green army guys on Pixar Place in Hollywood Studios is the only way you can *just play* with a character — instead of standing in a long line to get a photo and autograph. Thank you for bringing back some of the classics, and please continue to keep rotating them in, but please also find ways to meet characters without requiring long queues or character dining. (But in the meantime, thanks for those green army guys, because they make so many kids and parents laugh!)


scott on January 19th, 2013 at 11:23 am

My family would love to see Oswald the Lucky Rabbit as a regular wandering around the parks.


Allie on January 19th, 2013 at 11:59 am

I miss a lot of the characters that I used to see! Here’s some of my favorites:

Flynn Rider

Captain Jack Sparrow, Barbossa, and Angelica

Captain Hook, Mr. Smee, and Wendy

Suzy, Perla, Jaq and Gus


Robin Hood and friends

Rabbit and other rare Pooh friends

Any and all princes!


Anthony on January 19th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

brer fox


Carol from MD on January 19th, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Dreamfinder and Figment


Ryan on January 19th, 2013 at 2:19 pm

While I understand it, I’m disappointed that many characters just vanished completely. For instance, in the 70’s…there were parade floats devoted to “Aristocats” & “The Rescuers”. I’d love to meet Scat Cat, Roquefort, Bernard, Bianca and Orville!! I even recall Bacchus from “Fantasia” on an Easter float in the past 10 years. Bring them back please! :)


Kristin on January 19th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Oliver from Oliver and Company!
Dreamfinder and Figment
and Meeko from Pocahontas


Aaron on January 19th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Ludwig Von Drake