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  • On Feb 18, 2023
    Stephanie from TX Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My son is into the movie Up. Who can I reach out to confirm Carl/Russell/Dug Character appearances? Would love to plan my trip around a time when they are set to do meet and greets. Thank you in advance!

    Hi there, Stephanie, and welcome to planDisney! Clearly, your son has good taste in movies. Russell and Dug are two of my favorite characters, and the story of Carl and Ellie gets me every time.

    There are Character Experiences all around the Disneyland Resort! What I love most about them is that they're so unexpected. I can't tell you how many times we've been headed to an attraction or to pick up some food when we've run into one of our son's favorite characters. It's definitely one of my favorite parts of the Disney Magic! 

    The best place to find where certain characters will be is on the Disneyland mobile app. Once it loads, select the map pin icon on the bottom menu, then tap the drop-down menu in the middle of the top section (it will probably say "Attractions" when you first load up the map, and there is a blue down arrow next to it). From this list, select "Characters," and then I like to also tap "Show List" just to the right on that top bar so you can see the full list of scheduled Character Experiences in both parks for that day.

    Having said that, this is not a comprehensive list of characters you might run into while at the parks! I think your best bet for possibly running into Russell and Dug and other Pixar Pals would be around Pixar Pier. This would also be the best area to see if there was any merchandise from Up that your son might enjoy as well!

    I sure hope that your son does get a chance to run into Carl, Russell, and Dug when you all visit! Beyond Pixar Pier (near the Games of the Pixar Pier area), there are a few other sweet spots to run into some favorite characters as well. First, and my favorite, is Avenger's Campus. My son and I love to count how many different super heroes we can find here - and there are so many all throughout the day! Second, is Main Street, U.S.A., near The Mad Hatter. This is a great spot to meet Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, and Donald. Third is Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, especially near the storefronts like Toydarian Toymaker where you'll often find The Mandalorian with Grogu or Boba Fett patrolling the promenade. Finally, once it opens back up in a few weeks, Mickey's Toontown will be an amazing place to meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and more.

    There's nothing quite like the magic of getting a big hug and picture with some of your favorite Disney characters. Whether Carl, Russell, and Dug are visiting the Disneyland Resort or out on more adventures when you all visit - I'm positive you will have many amazing Character Experiences on your visit! Thank you again for your question, Stephanie!

    Have a Magical Day,
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Meet the Panelist: Greg, Arizona

Hello there! Greg here from sunny Arizona. I'm a husband, dad to two kiddos under five, and an avid fan of all things Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars. I've been visiting the Disneyland Resort since I was 5 and have loved making all new magical memories as a family of 4. I enjoy helping friends get the most out of their trip to the Disneyland Resort, and I am excited to help you plan your most magical vacation ever! Learn More About Greg

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