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Character Fan Days – The Results Are In!

Michele Himmelberg

by , Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

For the first time ever, we gave you a chance to decide which rarely seen Disney characters you want to see in Disneyland park. Thank you for the great response to our Character Facebook polls. Your selections will be included in the entertainment for our Character Fan Days, which are part of “Family Fun Weekends” – eight weekends of fun, January 14 through March 6, at Disneyland park.

The votes from the polls have been tallied and your choices are:

Poll 1 Results
Captain Hook, Wendy, Mr. Smee
Doc, Happy, Grumpy, Sleepy, Sneezy, Bashful, Dopey


Poll 2 Results
King Louie, Baloo
Donald Duck, Daisy Duck


Poll 3 Results
Clarabelle Cow, Horace Horsecollar
Esmeralda, Clopin

Horace Horsecollar and Clarabelle Cow

Thank you all for your enthusiastic participation. We received more than 49,000 votes on the Facebook polls, along with nearly 2,500 great comments. Thanks to your votes, you can expect to see King Louie and Baloo, Captain Hook and Mr. Smee, Happy, Dopey and many more, so get your cameras and autograph books ready for Character Fan Days, January 28-30.

These characters will appear during the day at Festival Arena, located next to the Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue restaurant in Disneyland park. (Check for specific character locations on the board on Main Street, U.S.A.)

We’ll be sure to provide you with more information as the Character Fan Days approach. We want you to meet these memorable characters in person!


  • Leaving soon to check out the favorite characters. Would have liked to have seen more real rare ones make the cut-Like the 3 Little Pigs, etc. Hope we don’t have to stay in the area all day to see the hard to see ones. (Like 7 Dwarfs, Esmeralda, etc.) I hear there will be 18 characters appearing.

  • You never see The Seven Dwarfs outside of a parade, so it’s good that they made the cut. But it would be a shame to have them participate in this special meet and greet “without” Snow White. I hope she can take a break from her castle duties and join the fellas.

  • I am happy with Daisy Duck. She is never out. Also I have never seen clarabell and horace so that will be pretty cool. I think the villains are the hardest to find. Went to Disney a couple of weeks ago and didn’t see one villain.

  • Will Dopey be around sometime in February?? We are visiting there Feb 21-25, and he is my sister-in-law’s absolute favorite, and now my 22 month old jsut learned who he is and can say his name! We would LOVE to be able to meet him while we’re there!! Will this be possible??

  • I just read the list of characters that won the contest and I have one important question. Michelle or someone from Disney please answer:

    Will there be an opportunity to have a photo taken with more than one character at a time? Like all 7 dwarfs; Clopin AND Esmeralda; Hook AND Wendy AND Mr. Smee?

    Please, please don’t make this like the Princess Fanasy Faire, where you wait in the line, but never know who is inside – and you never get to have one picture with all three princesses.

  • I have seen every character on this list, except for Esmeralda and Clopin, within the last five years at Walt Disney World. Just saying. Give me Scrooge McDuck!!!!

  • I am excited about Esmerelda and Clopin and Horace Horsecollar and, to an extent, Clarabelle Cow, Baloo, King Louie and the Dwarfs, but I am really disappointed that the polls were populated by too many common characters.

    I mean, come on…Alice and the Mad Hatter who are probably as common as Mickey Mouse in the park? I love ’em, but, they are not rare at all. And, while Daisy might not be out all the time, I’ve seen her enough that I would have gladly traded her for another character. Or, if you’re sticking with a theme, it would have been WAY more interesting to have Daisy with Huey, Dewey and Louie rather than Donald.

  • I really don’t understand why Donald or Wendy are on the list, I see them almost every time I’m in the parks.
    I’m really glad Esmerelda and Clopin got picked. I don’t think I’ve seen them since the Festival of Fools show.

  • So, when Disney asks a question on Facebook, is there someone whose job it is to read all the comments?

  • I would have like to see meg and hercules and pacha and kusco

  • Jiminy Cricket!!!

  • I love that some more rarely seen characters are going to be coming out. I have to get my dad to get his picture taken with Grumpy, because he is my Grumpy :o).

  • Glad to see my childhood hero Baloo got his fair share of votes. Only bad thing is I can’t come over all the way from Switzerland on that date:-( Well, at least Baloo appears often at Goofy’s Kitchen. Missed him though the last time I was there.

  • Character Fan Days are Jan 28-30 – it’s just one of the special “Family Fun” weekends that DISNEYLAND Park is having from Jan 14 thru March 6.

    The themes are Fiesta, Country, Character Fan, Lunar New Year, and Mardi Gras.

    Click on the link in the main story – see you there!

  • I’m on the same page as Pam. I’d like to see some more rare characters. I wish I could see some characters from Robin Hood.

  • Donny: We have visited Disneyland several times over the years and have asked the staff where we might be able to see Daisy. We were told that she was enjoying the sunshine down in Florida. We have never been able to get her autograph and only once in all those trips were we able to find Donald to get a picture and autograph.

  • @ Meagan – I spent my son’s 1st breakfast with Minnie hiding from Captain Hook too. He was 3 then. He is 7 now and still refuses to watch Peter Pan. I think that Hook’s costume is just too big for the little ones not be afraid. Plus we ran in to Peter Pan one year and he confirmed how icky Captain Hook was. 🙂

  • I’m sorta disappointed that some of the rarer characters were surpassed by the more common ones… :/
    I hope this event happens again soon in the near future… It would be awesome to finally see Brer Rabbit out at Disneyland.

  • When I was a kid walking down Main Street ment taking pictures with characters. I’d love to see more characters in the parks. The Silly Sympohnies characters would fit well in Paradise Pier, Ranger Audubon Woodlore and Humphry the Bear in Golden State near Grizzly River Run. How about some Fab Five, as well as some other well knowns like Chip and Dale, Scrooge, Huey, Dewy, Louie, Darkwing, ect in Hollywood backlot. In general it would be nice to see more Disney in the DCA park and might help with the re-theming to California that Walt knew.

  • I hope they will have all 6 groups out on all 3 days. Cause like me I can only go on Jan. 28th the other 2 days I can not go. It would not be fair that all my hard work on picking the characters I want to see well only be on a one day. Like exsmple if Horace was on the 30th then I will never get to see him or if Daisy who I never seen other then parades is on the 29th. So I hope all 6 Group characters will be out on all 3 days. What Disney could do is say have King Louie and Baloo out at 11am then have the 7 Dwarfs out on 12noon and so on.

  • Still waiting for Phineas, Ferb, Agent P, and Dr. Doofenshmirtz

  • Will each poll be one day? As in poll 1 characters will be out Jan 28, poll 2 on Jan 29, and poll 3 on Jan 30?

  • I would really love to see Bolt and Mittens out greeting people. California Adventure would be a good place for them.

  • Donny–
    Yes, Donald is out often, but Daisy is VERY RARELY out in the park, I think that’s why she made the poll.

    Except for the occasional parade appearance, Donald and Daisy are usually never seen out together.

  • I want a photo with Belle and the Beast, they should have been listed. I have never seen them except in the parade

  • Maybe it’s just me… but, I think most of these characters should be out with frequency. They’re wonderful and their costumes are fantastic! Most of all, they make people smile, and that’s part of what Disneyland is all about. I vote for more characters all the time!

  • I don’t understand why Captain Hook was in the poll. I was just in Disneyland Park this past Monday and he was walking around by the castle. I also saw him when I was there in November on Main Street. I would like to see Flora, Fauna and Merryweather in the park. You never see them!

  • @Cassandra: Years ago (I won’t even tell you how many!) the Big Bad Wolf was a character that came out. Somewhere in a drawer or cabinet at my parent’s house, there’s a picture of me with the BBW. You can’t see my head because we “posed” with him with his mouth over my head! LOL! I have GOT to find that picture…

    Matthew: I’ve seen characters come out at DCA. Cruella de Ville comes out way at the back by her trailer. I’ve also seen Sulley, Jessie, Woody and Buzz there too.

  • It would be nice to see a schedule of who is appearing which weekend or which day. I do find it somewhat fun (or odd) that this blog still has a heading graphic from A Nightmare before Christmas on January 12th. ;o)

  • Will the dates be posted for specific characters and times. Or will all of these characters be out on all three days? I guess my question is, when can I expect to see the seven dwarfs 🙂

    • All of the selected characters will appear each day of the weekend. They have to take a rest now and then, so they’ll rotate through five photo locations at Festival Arena, with at least one character in each location from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • It’d be nice if we didn’t have to vote and you guys can have these characters out every so often. If you have the costumes then send them out haha. Hollywood in DCA would be a good place to have random characters.

  • Is there any possibility of seeing Clarice with Chip and Dale? It would be a dream come true! Two Chips and a Miss might be the best cartoon ever!! Thanks!

  • So will these characters be around January 28-30 OR January 14 through March 6? Sorry if I’m a dummy but I’m confused by the wording on this post.

  • Aww I wish I knew about this poll!! I’d love to see the princes out once in a while (mainly prince Eric :-D) as well as the three good fairies and the villains more consistently. I love the villains!!

  • As soon as we heard about this weekend we booked a trip. I wish, however, that the common characters (Capitain Hook, Donald) weren’t chosen and real rare characters (Maleficent, The Country Bears, Jane Porter)were. I’m still excited to see those chosen and add them to my collection of characters we’ve seen!

  • I’m still asking for GUS and JAQ from Cinderella. They are never, ever out, but Susie, Perla and the Fairy God Mother are. Please add Gus and Jaq to that trio. I know so many people who love Gus and Jaq!

  • Cassandra, they do! 🙂 I’m sure he’s hanging around backstage waiting for the right moment to pop back out into public.

    Must say I’m not thrilled about Captain Hook, though. Two years ago, I spent an entire Character Breakfast hiding with my 2-year-old in the corner because she screamed when she saw him! After the rest of the family finished eating, I grabbed a cold waffle and we headed out. Maybe she’ll like him better now 😀

  • I want to go DL now…..I really wish I lived closer…I would love to meet all of these characters…I was lucky to meet Hook and Wendy at Hallowe’en…

  • I want to take a picture with all the Villains 😀

  • Why Disney must you showcase some great news after I moved from So.Cal to Michigan. And I won’t be back until Oct. When my brother gets marry. I could never be upset with Disney cause after all it’s my #1 place to visited.

  • Yeah captain hook!

  • Donald and Daisy are out all the time. They never should have been on the list.

  • I’m happy with the results from the 3rd poll. I had my picture taken with Clopin and Quasimodo back in 1996, and that was awesome! But I’ve never seen them in the park since then. But most of the other choices are regulars. I think people were just picking their favorites instead of concentrating on characters that are rarely seen. Oh well.

  • Pretty good choices

  • Disneyland should have a big bad wolf character to take pictures with!

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