Next Family Fun Weekend: Character Fan Days, Jan. 28-30

Michele Himmelberg

by , Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

Like so many of us, I grew up with the lore of Disney characters. Their stories are magic in our memories. The very sight of them can make us grin or giggle or hum a happy tune (think “Heigh-ho” and marching dwarfs).


We’re so excited to present some rarely seen Disney characters at Disneyland park this weekend! The lineup – selected by our fans – includes the Seven Dwarfs.

For the first time ever, we asked our fans which rarely seen Disney characters they would most like to see at Disneyland park. We received more than 49,000 votes in a poll on the Disneyland Facebook page, and those votes inspired our entertainment team to create a wonderful, family event called Character Fan Days.

You can join in the fun this weekend. Character Fan Days will run this Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Festival Arena, near Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue restaurant.

Think of it like a Disney character reunion, with Disney characters making splashy arrivals on stage at half-hour intervals throughout the day. You will enjoy music, dancing, and a chance to meet and pose with the characters at five photo locations. All of the characters who were selected will appear each day, rotating in and out. Along with the Seven Dwarfs, here are the characters scheduled to appear:

  • Captain Hook, Wendy and Mr. Smee from “Peter Pan”
  • Donald Duck and Daisy Duck
  • Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar
  • Esmeralda and Clopin from “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”
  • King Louie and Baloo from “Jungle Book”


Other activities will include character coloring sheets and sketch artists. Food and beverages will also be available at Festival Arena.

Family Fun Weekends at the Disneyland Resort

Character Fan Days is one of the Resort’s new, Family Fun Weekends – a variety of events held each weekend through March 6. Family Fun Weekends are packed with music, dancing, colorful decor and family activities, as well a chance to meet characters.

Which Disney character are you eager to see at Character Fan Days?


  • The best part was seeing the Hunchback of Notre Dame characters! They are extremely rare so it was awesome to have them back. I hugged Frollo so many times thru-out the weekend. He even pulled me in to hug first a few times! *SQUEE* XD I really hope this is not the last we see of the HoND peeps, especially since this is the 15th anniversary of the movie in June of this year. 😉 I know so many fans of this movie who would love to come out to the park to see them.

  • went sat. and sun. wow wow wow!!! you guys did an awesome job!! with the amount of ppl there, and all the activity…it really went pretty smoothly from what i could see. i got photos with all the characters on sat., and then went back to get a sketch on sun. (stacia rocks, btw). this is one for the memory books, for sure. in fact, my photo with all the 7 dwarfs is currently my facebook profile photo. and i will be getting my sorcerer mickey sketch framed. 😀 i hope we have more character fan day opportunities.

    i will definitely be checking out the rest of the family fun weekends. can’t wait!

  • Went to Character Fan Days on Sunday at around 11:00am. We took photos with Donald and Daisy Duck, Clarabelle Cow and Horace Horsecollar. We were waiting in a longer line for the Seven Dwarfs but unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate and it began to rain so the characters cut their time short and were ushered away. We were disappointed that we didn’t get a photo op with the Dwarfs. We didn’t get to stay until 5pm to see if the characters will reappear. Is there any chance these characters will reappear again? When is the next Character Fan Days?

  • Can’t wait!!! Going on Sunday!!!! Do this more often!!!!!!!! Want to see Lotso and the UP characters, also!!! PLEASE!!!! It would be great to bring back older characters!!!!!!!!!

  • ooo… and the sign say it is only open until 4:00 on Friday’s too!

  • We went this morning at 10:00 like the blog says but On Friday’s the cast memember informed us that they don’t open the family fun weekends until 11:00-I hate when they put the wrong information on stuff….Grrrr! So just FYI

  • I have never been to Disneyland during a Family Fun Weekend. Maybe will try this year

  • Where’s Piglet? My 2-yr old asked after photo ops with Pooh, Tigger, and Eeyore. What about the Big Bad Wolf/3 Little Pigs? They were always roaming the park during my childhood…

  • We went last weekend and it was so much fun to see all the characters in there western wear! We are headed there tomorrow morning to see all the characters this weekend. My daughter has been waiting to see Wenday and now she gets her chance. WOW!

  • Antoinette…YES! I remember the Festival of Fools show in that very same place! Just my daughter and I squeezed into the show, sitting on the ground, all the confett! We loved it and it was such a bonding moment. Sad that it was just one season…
    We met all the Hunchback characters wandering the park Clopin, Esmerelda, Quazi, Frollo, and Phoebus!
    That was a good year.

  • I will be there this weekend with my grandaughter and grandson. Thanks Disneyland for planning these wonderful events! We look forward to seeing all the characters.

  • My boyfriend and I are coming this Sunday for the event! So excited 🙂

  • I can understand why Daisy was included on the poll, she is very rarely out greeting people. On a typical day at the park, she is NEVER out doing meet and greets, and except for the occasional parade appearance, Donald and Daisy are usually never seen out together.

    It will be fun to see the Seven Dwarfs, they have not been out greeting people in years.

    I really hope that there will be more opportunities to meet rare characters in the park. I would love to see Bolt and Mittens.

  • So bummed, we wont be there til Christmas and I won’t get to see any of these characters, I would love to see the 7 dwarfs and Donald. Also Balloo, for goodness sake I named my cat after him. I mean why can’t they all be a round all the time

  • I will be there this weekend with my grandson, celebrating potty training! Yippee!!!

  • I was at Kickin’ Country this past Saturday and it was so much fun. It was neat to see Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy all dressed up their Country Western finest. I’m also looking forward to seeing some of the characters this Sunday but do have to agree with a previous poster that some of these upcoming characters are really not that rare. Horse Horsecollar for sure is and I hope to get a photo with him to go along with my Clarabelle Cow from last weekend. Great idea Disney! Also your MC, Kevin, is terrific at this kind of thing.

  • I am very excited to see Daisy! She’s my daughter’s favorite and I can tell you the only way to see her is to have breakfast at PCH. I wish Peter were joining Wendy. They used to be in Disneyland all the time but hasn’t flown in from Neverland in years!

  • I was really excited about “Family Fun Weekends” and was sooo looking forward to our trip, this weekend, to see the rare characters. I am saddened to hear, that the fun will only be at Disneyland and not also at California Adventure. 🙁 Don’t get me wrong, I know California Adventure has their fun as well but, it would have been nice to see rare characters there as well.

  • So jealous, I would love to meet Esmeralda and Clopin, I haven’t done so since I was five or six; it’s my favourite Disney film.

  • I will be there going on the 28th. I can’t wait to see Mr. Smee,Daisy (who I have never seen before.),7Dwarfs, & Horace Horsecoller. Last time I saw Clarabelle Cow was way back in 2005 so it be good to see her again along with Baloo, King Louie.

  • Will any of these characters be available at any of the other family fun weekends? We’re going to be there Feb 25, and my sister-in-law LOVES Dopey and has always wanted to meet him – just wondering if we might get the chance to meet him then!

  • I have been to Fiesta Disneyland and Disney’s Kickin’ Country Weekend and they were grand fun! This is one of the best ideas Disneyland has come up with in a long time.

    Although, I just want to again express my disappointment in the poll for the upcoming Character Fan Weekend. If you are talking about rare characters, Donald, Daisy, Captain Hook, Wendy and even Clarabelle Cow and Baloo are not really rare (heck, I just saw Donald, Daisy and Clarabelle this weekend). They’re uncommon, but I’ve seen them enough to not think they’re rare. I think Disneyland really should have left it to truly rare characters we NEVER see in the park ever. Esmerelda, Clopin and Horace Horsecollar and having all seven dwarfs are the true gems. But, I could have thought of DOZENS of other characters aside from the others I’d rather have seen. Don’t get me wrong, I’m REALLY excited about going, but, I would highly encourage Disneyland to only do really, really rare characters if they plan to do another event like this and poll the public.

  • I am so disappointed that this Family Fun weekend event is scheduled for the weekend before we arrive. We have not seen Esmeralda in the park since my daughter was about five years old. Esmeralda was one of my daughter’s favorites; anyone else remember the show they had at Disneyland that was based on the movie? My kids loved it but after all these years I cannot recall what the show was called.

  • Sweet! I booked the Grand Californian for this weekend last night, and this is should be cool. I’m really glad you’re starting to use that space for fun stuff like this. The last few years it’s looked a bit forlorn riding past in the train.

  • Are you going to have pictures of the weekend? I’ve never seen Esmeralda or Clopin as characters in the parks before!

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