One fun part of a Disney Parks day is getting to hang out with our favorite Disney characters. And even though character meets will be “temporarily unavailable” when the Parks reopen at Walt Disney World next month, we’re hoping characters will still “entertain and delight” — even if it’s from a distance.
But when it comes to the characters Disney brings out for fans to meet, we know that sometimes, they have to retire.
Check out these 10 long-lost meet and greet characters you won’t find in the Disney parks!
1. Roger Rabbit
Did you know you used to be able to meet Roger Rabbit, Jessica Rabbit, and Eddie Valiant? It’s true! These wacky characters had a brief meet and greet in Disneyland and have since been retired.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World also had some Who Framed Roger Rabbit displays, which also went away in the 1990s.
2. Ludwig Von Drake
Though you can meet many famous duck characters (like Scrooge McDuck) at Donald’s Dino-Bash in Animal Kingdom, there’s one lovable duck you can’t meet. If you want to meet Dr. Ludwig Von Drake, you’re outta luck!
3. Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit has gained some traction in recent years as people learn about him as the predecessor to Mickey Mouse. Unfortunately, Oswald is not a face you’ll find in the parks. You’ll have to stick to meeting Mickey!
4. Princess Leia
Though you can meet most Disney princesses, one unofficial princess (who was actually a princess!) is not available for meet and greets anymore. A focus on the characters from the Star Wars sequel trilogy like Rey has left Princess Leia hidden away from guests.
Um… yes. You could meet Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove. She was every bit as horrifying and wonderful as you would expect her to be, and we sure wish she was still around.
6. The Blue Fairy
There are actually a few fairies on our list today that you can’t still meet in the parks. Though the Blue Fairy occasionally appears in shows and parades, you won’t see her meeting with fans anywhere these days.
7. Milo Thatch
A lot of Disney characters get retired because their movies weren’t successful enough. One such casualty of these removals were the characters of Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Previously, you could meet Milo, Kida, The Mole, and more!
8. Flora, Fauna, and Merriweather
Finally, we’re wrapping up our list with three familiar fairy faces. Flora, Fauna, and Merriweather from Sleeping Beauty used to have meet and greets. Now, the only place you’ll spot these ladies is on a float during Magic Happens in Disneyland!
What extinct characters would you like to meet? Tell us in the comments!
Want more extinct rides, characters, and Disney history? Click the links below!
- Seven Times We Have No Idea What Disney Was Thinking
- A Tribute to the Worst Disney Ride Ever
- Did You Know Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas Made a Disney Attraction Together?
- Eight Characters You Won’t Meet in the Disney Parks Anymore
- Ranking the Most Short-Lived Disney Parks Attractions We Want to Experience Again