Meeting Goofy at Epcot’s Character Spot
It seems like everyone who has a Disney vacation – adults, children, grandparents, singles, doesn’t matter – makes it a priority to get their photo taken with Mickey. And who can blame them? After all, Walt himself told us not to forget that “it all started with a mouse!”
But looking through my vacation photos, I’m surprised to see that there’s a character we always seem to find ourselves with. It’s Mickey’s good ol’ pal who briefly went by the name of Dippy Dawg. Of course, I’m talking about Goofy!
Goofy dressed for the 60th anniversary of Disneyland
In Disneyland, we spent many happy hours letting our tiny girl loose at Goofy’s House in Mickey’s Toontown. As she got older, we started to celebrate birthdays at Goofy’s Kitchen in the Disneyland Hotel, where before we were even seated, we were escorted into a private photo shoot with Goofy himself. And it was always fun to see Goofy dressed in something different, whether that was a Halloween costume, a Christmas sweater, or his anniversary finery. I even got to see him dressed as a chef when Naples Ristorante in Downtown Disney reopened after a renovation! I remember running into Goofy in the lobby of the Disneyland Hotel.
The lobby of the Paradise Pier Hotel
And there’s this wonderful Goofy statue in the lobby of the Paradise Pier Hotel.
The Great Goofini at the Magic Kingdom
At Walt Disney World, we ran into Goofy wherever we went! All four parks, the hotels, you name it. Goofy was always there to goof around with us. Who could forget the Great Goofini in the Magic Kingdom? We met Goofy dressed in his everyday clothes in Epcot. At the Garden Grove in the Swan Hotel, we got several visits from Goofy. At Tusker House in Animal Kingdom we saw him in his safari best.
Before boarding the Disney Dream
And then there was our Disney Cruise on the Dream. Before we even stepped foot on this beautiful ship, there he was, waiting to welcome us to our vacation. Once on board, we decided to spend some time playing Goofy Golf, which is a fun and wacky miniature golf course. On our way up to that deck, who did we see but Goofy himself! “Wow, we’re heading up to play on your golf course,” we told him. Goofy offered my daughter his arm and escorted us to the deck!
Goofy reminds us that there is a time to be serious, but there is also a time to let loose and have fun. Maybe we’d all be a little happier if we listened to the inner Goofy in all of us more often.
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