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Old 05-26-2013, 06:33 PM   #16
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But anyway, my rarest is a bit. Randomly found Suzy and Perla who don't seem to pop up that much (Foulfellow and Gideon seem to pop up more in my opinion), Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh, and the line up for Long Lost Friends week, Fairies week, Party for the planet, etc. I'm sure I am forgetting some since I've met a ton of characters. Just blanking out right now.
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Rabbit was meeting this past Thursday for the morning shift with Tigger and Pooh at MK. We missed him and he didn't come back out for the afternoon.
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Old 05-26-2013, 06:39 PM   #17
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For me my favorite character is Prince John from Robin Hood but of all the times I've been to wdw,iv only seen him once in epcot.
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Old 05-26-2013, 06:46 PM   #18
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My daughter got her pic with prince caspian.
Looked just like him.
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Old 05-26-2013, 06:54 PM   #19
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As for Rare regular characters that still have a chance of appearing... John Smith, Mowgli, or Shang. There are lots of characters that have been popping out for Limited Time Magic or the recent Disney Dreamers Everywhere events - but it's really unknown if we'll see those again in any type of regular pattern.

I list characters by their level of Rarity here: WDW CHARACTER FREQUENCY

For myself, I'd have to go with Queen Elinor - as she's never done M&Gs, and only appeared for a quick 5 minutes during Merida's coronation.

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Old 05-26-2013, 06:56 PM   #20
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I've only seen Thumper around Easter and Christmas.
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Old 05-26-2013, 06:59 PM   #21
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I've seen Flik and Atta at Ak after 2005 (I believe they are now retired along with Jiminey Cricket)
I am curious about this whole character retirement thing. When Disney 'retires' a character, is it forever, or do they drag them out of mothballs when they are so inclined? Just wondering why they would retire a classic Disney character like Jiminey Cricket, who sang the song that represents the Disney company itself; 'When You Wish Upon A Star'.
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Old 05-26-2013, 06:59 PM   #22
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My rarest is probably the cast from Atlantis. They had a meet and greet area by where the finding nemo ride now is at disneyland, and I remember Milo telling me about how the giant leviathan is twice the size of the matterhorn! I was pretty young at the time.
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Old 05-26-2013, 07:32 PM   #23
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I am curious about this whole character retirement thing. When Disney 'retires' a character, is it forever, or do they drag them out of mothballs when they are so inclined? Just wondering why they would retire a classic Disney character like Jiminey Cricket, who sang the song that represents the Disney company itself; 'When You Wish Upon A Star'.
If a character is retired - then it's gone. The only way it would return is typically in a completely new form (example: Tuck, Roll, Frances).

The problem is, what Guests (and character insiders) call retired aren't necessarily retired. So someone on a board may say that a character is retired, when in reality it isn't (example: Flik, Atta, and Jiminy are NOT retired). This is the reason I do not use the word retired in my list above.

Disney is the only one who can say who is actually retired, and they would never comment on things like that.
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Old 05-26-2013, 07:47 PM   #24
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My rarest were the tweedles from Alice in Wonderland!
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We met Flik and Princess Atta at the AK 15th Anniversary Party in late April. I didn't realize it was such a big deal until a castmember at AOA was making a fuss about it when DD told her later that night.

We also met Thumper, Miss Bunny, Kenai (who bear hugged me, lol) and Koda that night as well. It was kind of cool actually.
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Old 05-27-2013, 04:18 PM   #26
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It has been quite a long time now, but I have a pic of my oldest son with Shan Yu (sp?) from Mulan. I have only ever seen him in the parks that 1 time.
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If a character is retired - then it's gone. The only way it would return is typically in a completely new form (example: Tuck, Roll, Frances).

The problem is, what Guests (and character insiders) call retired aren't necessarily retired. So someone on a board may say that a character is retired, when in reality it isn't (example: Flik, Atta, and Jiminy are NOT retired). This is the reason I do not use the word retired in my list above.

Disney is the only one who can say who is actually retired, and they would never comment on things like that.
Thanks for clearing this up. Happy to know that Jiminey is still employed.
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:43 PM   #28
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My rarest were the tweedles from Alice in Wonderland!
Are they rare at WDW? I see them all the time at DL. I wonder how they decide that a particular character will get lots of play at one park but not much at the other.
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Old 05-27-2013, 06:56 PM   #29
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I agree with the whole rare vs retired distinction. I have met many of the characters listed above too, at various times over the years.

Our rarest was Lady Jane from Tarzan. She was on rotation one time at Akershus, years ago. She passed through the dining room, and hardly anyone knew who she was! The servers said she had never come out before, and even they were surprised! Have never seen her since.

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Old 05-27-2013, 07:33 PM   #30
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I wonder how they decide that a particular character will get lots of play at one park but not much at the other.
Several different factors:
  • Theming is huge. If the character doesn't "fit in" any where, then they aren't seen out very much
  • Photopass sales - if said character sells a lot of photos, then they stick around for awhile
  • Guest counts - how long are the lines, how many people are visiting with the characters

As for the random/pop up sets - Theming is big here too. Say Tigger's not available, they'll use another character from the 100 Acre Wood to replace him. Maybe White Rabbit's unavailable, but you see Queen of Hearts instead... etc. There are also a lot of other factors for random character that can't really be discussed on a public board.
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