Then, to clear the palette, there was a 40th anniversary ceremony presided over by Meg Crofton, Phil Holmes, and the WDW ambassadors.
Of note, there was a parade of characters down Main St along with Dancers dressed in parade costumes of yesteryear with standards showing the icons of the previous celebrations, Tencennial, Mickey Mania, 15 Years, 25 years Remember the Magic, etc.
Rare characters seen were Flora, Fauna, Merriweather, Clarabelle, Horace,the seven Dwarfs, Big Al, and Wendell.
And that evening, the 2nd Wine and Dine Half Marathon was held. Characters along the course were:
Chef Mickey and Country Minnie at the start line
Spectro Flora, Fauna, and Merriweather rotating with the Spectro Dragon Fly's
Hyacinth Hippo and Mlle Upanova(continuous)
Dino Dig Goofy and Pluto
This November, we will be there for the Wine Dine 1/2 marathon. Can you tell me if these characters are available for meet n' greets? Is it hysteria trying to get near them? I'm debating whether it is worth it to explore just to meet some rare characters.
'97 Off Site
'08 GF RPC
'09 GF RPC-Short SURPRISE trip for kids
'11 GF RPC
'14 GF RPC
'15 DL VGC - 1st TRIP TO DL AND FIRST AS DVC OWNERS!!
The Food and Wine race is at night after the park closes so you need to be in the race to get the photo ops. The lines for the rate characters aren't so bad. Most runners don't know who the hippos are as opposed to say Mickey where lines may be longer