The best remedy to cure withdrawals from being away from the Disney theme parks? Watch videos of other folks in the parks! More specifically, clips of guests interacting with Disney characters bring smiles and excitement to those who watch thinking about the possibility of meeting that famous personality the next time they visit a Disney destination.
Thousands upon thousands of them circulate the Internet, and here are 11 Great Disney Character Interaction Videos, featuring all of the things we clamor over: little kids, animals, humor, and love.
“Annabelle the Service Pup with Disney Characters” by YouTube user Laurie the Doggie Diva
Every dog has its day, and for service dogs, the opportunity to roam through the Disney parks is something to wag one’s tail over. Needless to say, the overstimulation is intense for most any canine. There are a plethora of sounds, smells, and sights. Taking care of their owners is their primary responsibility. Yet they still have a chance to enjoy exploring new environments. Take it from Annabelle, an adorable Golden Retriever pup. She falls head over paws for Goofy and Pluto, no surprise, but also Cruella de Vil herself! “I hope you didn’t need anything else the rest of the day,” the villainess quips as Annabelle snuggles against her.
“Flik’s Bug’s Land Tour” by YouTube user Thingamavlogs
The star of A Bug’s Life is one animated guy. Flik represents one of only a few characters to have an entire area themed around him: Flik’s Fun Fair in A Bug’s Land at Disney California Adventure Park. In this video, the insightful insect takes these YouTube personalities on an amusing romp around his digs. The tour would not be complete without venturing into It’s Tough To Be a Bug, where he dances to “Beauty and the Bees” with one of the channel’s stars. “Don’t tell Atta,” another jokes during the romantic interlude. We’re Flik’s guests and do not want to leave any time soon.
“Gaston Meeting Baby Gaston” by YouTube user Adam Hansen
No one spits like Gaston… well, except for this little tike dressed up like the infamous Disney villain. He’s Gaston in training, complete with the outfit and everything. Many proud parents like dressing up their kiddos in the vein of the Disney characters, and witnessing these moments make for enchanting memories.
“The Mad Hatter Surprise” by YouTube user Disney Movie Trailers
The Disney theme parks advertise the latest productions from the studio – almost in oversaturation at times. Sneak previews, posters, and merchandise are just the half of it. Though Alice Through The Looking Glass disappointed in its box office earnings, the in-park marketing was pretty effective, especially within the context of this viral video. Johnny Depp (playing Mad Hatter in real time at another location) was streamed onto a mirror in the plaza outside Disneyland to some unsuspecting guests. The interactions are priceless and Depp gives it 100 percent in this effort. Cheers to him!
“Oswald & Ortensia together again at Disneyland” by YouTube user Pieced Together Cosplay
Ever heard of Ortensia? She’s the feline counterpart to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, the character that Walt Disney once lost the rights to, but that the company later regained in a trade (with sportscaster Al Michaels, no less) with NBC Universal a decade ago. Now that Oswald is back in the family, he has made appearances in the parks, including at Disney California Adventure. This video showcases a guest bringing a plush Ortensia to Oswald, who leaps with joy. The pictures at the end are simply charming, showing that adults sometimes can make the characters light up as much as the children.
“Darth Vader Learns the Power of the Lane Side” by YouTube user ferdalump
Lane is one popular little YouTube star, as she prances around the parks and delights the Disney stars. Almost all of them seem to adore the attention. That is, except for one galactic force. Darth Vader wants none of it, but that does not seem to prevent Lane from trying her hardest to have him warm up to her. All she wants is the masked menace to hold her hand. Is that so much to ask?
“Preschool Boy meets His Hero Peter Pan at Disney World” by YouTube user Alan Heuring
The cuteness alert continues with another precious interaction – this time between a little boy and a boy who never grew up. “Dimple Pan,” as the performer for this Peter Pan is referred to in the YouTube community, exemplifies Disney magic in his ability to immerse himself into character and thoroughly engage with the guests. Even though the child does not say much, Pan’s faculty to think on his feet and continue the dialogue may amaze many, as some characters often stick to common lines and talking points. But not this Peter. The ending, featuring a nod to Big Hero 6, shows the most enduring qualities of Disney characters.
“Jack and Angelica” by YouTube user briberry
Though Captain Jack’s counterpart, the sassy Angelica from On Stranger Tides, does not appear much in the parks anymore, YouTube user briberry – one of my favorites who captures Disney character interactions – caught up with the swashbuckling due around the time of the film’s 2011 debut. A conversation around rats, a clear reference to Mickey, adds hilarity, as does Jack observing the video camera. The Jack Sparrow performers have a massive duty to replicate Depp’s unforgettable role, but this one is savvy.
“Progress on Mulan’s MULAND! – Disneyland Meet and Greet” by YouTube user Keith Lapinig
Some guests frequent the parks quite often, so much so that the characters begin to recognize them. That happened with Keith Lapinig, whose previous chat with Mulan on the possibility of her having her own section of the park (Muland), resurfaces after the Mulan performer identified him. “We don’t need Shang,” Mulan says, in regards to how to build the land. Also referencing recent Disney personalities, Mulan jokes that the Matterhorn is Elsa’s mountain. Who knew she had such a great sense of humor?
“Fashion Talk with C. De Vil” by YouTube user forevermeg4u
She’s stylish and sassy for sure, so when having the chance to meet Cruella de Vil, these young women asked the 101 Dalmatians star for fashion advice. “Anything that gets you attention, darling,” Cruella suggests. They talk about Cruella’s relationship with Anita, among other topics. Indeed, conversing with Disney characters works most successfully when knowing details about their films and asking questions related to those themes.
“Disney Princess Favorite Disneyland Snacks” by YouTube user Thingamavlogs
Have you wondered what Disney royalty like to eat? Well, apparently these folks did. This amusing video by Thingamavlogs (featured earlier) includes the likes of Merida, Snow White and Ariel being asked a very specific question: “what is your favorite snack at Disneyland?” Oh, the tough choices. There’s popcorn, Mickey Mouse ice cream bars, Dole Whips, cookies, and the list goes on. Who would have imagined that The Little Mermaid was a fan of cream cheese-filled pretzels? Guess they don’t offer those in Atlantica. And the Scottish archer loves churros. “That’s what it smells like in this whole place, so how do you not want one?” Snaps to that, Merida.
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