Extraordinary Magic in Everyday Life
by Blake Taylor
Sometimes Disney cravings inevitably lead to YouTube, where hours upon hours are spent procrastinating the day away getting small glimpses of WDW from home. Ride-throughs, parade recordings, and atmosphere videos are all among my favorites, but above all of them has to be character encounters. I will not tell you how much homework has been postponed in my schedule because I spent too much time watching guests meet characters on YouTube! What I like most about watching these is that no video is the same. While there are hundreds of the exact same Captain EO video on YouTube, no two videos of someone meeting Mickey Mouse are alike. Each greeting is a bit different, and they can be divided into several categories.
When Guests Make the Magic
There are certain times when guests really make the character’s day, not the other way around. That is definitely the case below, when a young child is tickled by meeting Mickey and Minnie:
When Characters Just Have Fun
Every now and then characters are free to simply play, and in these moments it is most clear that they truly love what they do. Take, for example, this video of Alice and the Mad Hatter performing their own version of Fantasmic at Disneyland:
On a similar note, the pair also enjoys frightening innocent families when they least expect it:
Or how about Minnie and Donald having a feud at Chef Mickey’s… who knew there was such rivalry! (Skip to the [2:20] mark; that’s where the fun begins.)
Character arguments must be a trend at character meals. Here’s Goofy and Chip battling it out at Goofy’s Kitchen:
Then there’s this, a random grouping of Disney friends dancing to “Love Shack” in Disneyland’s Tomorrowland. …Yeah.
When Magic Moments Happen
Sometimes you couldn’t plan the most perfect moment even if you tried, and you find yourself in the middle of a spontaneous sampling of real Disney magic. That was certainly the case for this little girl, who got a grand tour of Minnie Mouse’s house from the mouse herself:
The same was true for this kid in WDW’s Tomorrowland, who got to play Guitar Hero with Stitch! Can you imagine!
Those are some of my favorite YouTube videos of character encounters. Do you have a favorite that’s not on this list?
Blake is a college student focusing on Creative Writing and Media Studies. He enjoys making his family of six watch the parade on Main Street and then sprint to Frontierland in time to see it again. You can follow Blake’s random Disney ramblings on Twitter at @blakeonline, or at BlakeOnline.com.