• On May 26, 2019
    Denise from LA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi! Is Duffy in the Christmas Parade at the Very Merry Christmas Party? I don't see him in the 2019 character meet and greet, and I was SOOOO hoping to surprise my kids with meeting him, or at least seeing him on a float.

    Hi, Denise! Thanks for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel! 

    Duffy the Bear said his last stateside goodbye in October 2015 after spending five yEARs at Epcot. This cuddly character is almost as popular as Mickey Mouse at Tokyo Disney Resort, where Guests routinely queue up in hour-long lines to meet him. If your kids are hoping to see him in a Disney Parks Christmas Parade, you'll have to travel across the pond to Disneyland Resort Paris where he celebrates the Christmas season. 

    Although you won't find Duffy at Walt Disney World Resort, there are many beloved and rarely seen characters at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party such as Moana, the Seven Dwarfs, Mary Poppins with Bert, and of course Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws (who is one of the most popular meet and greets at the Party). If your kids want to sit on Santa's lap, he can be found at the Town Square Theater along with Mickey Mouse in his holiday finery.  

    Although the Party festivities begin at 7:00 PM sharp, Guests with event tickets can begin entering Magic Kingdom Park as early as 4:00 PM, which I'd highly recommend doing. You'll have the opportunity to watch the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade twice throughout the night at 8:30 PM and 11:00 PM, so look for the Frockling Reindeer Dancers, Toy Soldiers, and Marching Gingerbread Men with their flat backs and burnt edges. I also enjoy visiting the treat stations; I'm partial to the Ginger Molasses cookies! The Holiday Fireworks are "Not to be Missed" and are a wonderful way to cap off the evening.

    Denise, enjoy your trip to Walt Disney World Resort during the merriest time of the yEAR!

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Meet the Panelist: Eean, Pennsylvania

Hi, I'm Eean from Pennsylvania! I may have an unusual name, but my passion for Disney is not unique. It's incredible how many people you can find who love talking about "The Most Magical Place On Earth!" I'm that mom who always has her ears perked at PTO meetings, in the grocery store aisle, or at my monthly Bunco club for an opportunity to give someone a planning tip to help make their vacation even more magical. Learn More About Eean

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