Minnie and Mickey Celebrate Disney 100; Epcot
  • On Nov 29, 2023
    Brittani from PA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I absolutely love thumper. I have drawn him multiple different styles that’s how much I love him. I really want to meet him. What time of the year and what park would I be able to meet him at?

    Hello, Brittani, and from one Pennsylvanian to another, it's my pleasure to welcome you to planDisney!

    When my friends and family talk about what characters they are excited to see at Walt Disney World, it's ever-changing and I love that you found a favorite in Thumper! Chef Remy from Ratatouille has a special place in my heart, so I appreciate this question. 

    Brittani, unfortunately, Thumper is not a character on a regular rotation that you could plan to meet. While it's always possible he would pop up at a special event or unannounced in a park, that isn't anything you could plan for in advance. For example, last year, my family and I were walking around the World Showcase at EPCOT, and Geppetto (the woodcarving creator of Pinocchio) showed up, stopping to take photos with guests. I had never seen him before and haven't seen him since. While this is likely disappointing, there is a bit of Magic in these spur-of-the-moment interactions. 

    Now, while I can't help with a Thumper encounter, I do have two other ideas that might make your trip extra special. First, since you have drawn your favorite character many times, I would encourage you to bring one of your drawings with you and pose with it at some other character interactions. Mickey and his pals love to see special items that highlight their friends and I know those pictures would be memorable. You could even bring a few markers for characters to sign the mat around Thumper's drawing to add a little pixie dust to your creation. 

    Brittani, I'll also encourage you to check out The Animation Experience at Conservation Station located at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. This experience lets you draw a special character with direction from a Disney illustrator. My planDisney panelists and I just participated in this activity a few weeks ago and walked away with a custom-drawn Simba by yours truly. 

    Thanks for bringing your question to planDisney and even though you can't plan to meet Thumper, I hope you'll have a Magical experience when you next visit the Walt Disney World Resort. Please come on back with any additional questions.

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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Pennsylvania

Greetings from central Pennsylvania! Hi, I’m Lauren and I can’t wait to answer all of your Walt Disney World Resort and Disney Vacation Club questions. My husband and I became Disney Vacation Club Members because we love visiting the Disney Parks and with hectic day-to-day schedules, wanted to prioritize time away for our family. The options at the Walt Disney World Resort make each trip unique and I am excited to help other families build vacations with those unforgettable moments.

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