This week’s weekend discussion topic is going to be an interesting one. Recently, I’ve been paying attention to some of the new characters making their way into Disney theme parks. Pete has been introduced to Mickey’s ToonTown in Disneyland, Mirabel from Encanto is coming to Magic Kingdom, and Moana is expected to start appearing in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The new additions have made me think about which characters in the parks I spend more time with and any others I wish had more exposure to.
Obviously, the staples like Mickey and Minnie are always a pleasure, though outside of the usual suspects, there are a few characters that I wish we saw more of. Though my daughter once had me lining up for hours, waiting for Rapunzel and Elsa, and my son once waited around 45 minutes to meet Darth Vader, there are only a few characters that spring to mind that I would wait in line to see now. Unexpectedly, the shortlist I jotted down had a few villains on the list, like Maleficent and Ursula. How cool would that be? In fact, it spurred on a whole other idea that I will tell you about this afternoon.
In the meantime, I want to know who you would like to see more of in the parks. Give me the who, where, and why of which Disney characters should have a bigger presence at Walt Disney World.
Zoë Wood is a travel writer from Sydney, Australia. Since her first visit to Disneyland at the age of 6, she has spent her years frequently visiting Disney Parks and traveling around the world.
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