While Disneyland continues to entertain crowds with the Golden Horseshoe Revue salute for a few more days, the most popular Limited Time Magic offering so far at Walt Disney World has by far been Long Lost Friends week, offering fans a chance to meet and greet with groups of “rare” characters.
Each day, January 21-27, 2013, the Magic Kingdom filled Town Square with 15 characters, all emerging at once in a grand introduction, taking positions near the front of the park for 30-minute sets. Guests wanting to meet them all happily waited hours in lines filling normally uncrowded park areas to snap a quick photo with each group.
Video: Long Lost Friends introduction, song, and summary
We already shared a few photos from the special week’s first day, including the pre-printed autograph cars that were handed out, but now that this Limited Time Magic has concluded, let’s take a closer look back at each of the Long Lost Friends…
Robin Hood and gang
By far the most popular of the five groups of Long Lost Friends was the one featuring characters from Disney’s 1973 animated movie “Robin Hood.” These characters were among the rarest of the bunch, made even rarer by Disney offering a chance to get a photo with four at once: Friar Tuck, Prince John, the Sheriff of Nottingham, and Robin Hood himself. Though Maid Marion was nowhere to be found, fans of the film were extremely excited to see them.
Video: Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, Prince John, and the Sheriff of Nottingham
A pair of Disney’s famous ducks also took center stage during Long Lost Friends week, but only one was a rare character. Straight out of Duckburg, Scrooge McDuck can be seen annually during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and the Christmas time parade. But seeing Ludwig Von Drake of “Wonderful World of Color” fame around the parks is extremely rare – and a bit odd that Disney categorized him as being from the TV show “DuckTales” when he only appeared in a single episode. But there was definitely no one complaining about him being there.
Video: Ludwig Von Drake and Scrooge McDuck