Tag: Disney Junior

Can you teach an old dog new tricks? And has Pluto ever flown to his namesake planet?

If you weigh 150 pounds here on earth than you would just weigh a mere 9 pounds on the planet Pluto! It’s a fact. Before we all jump into our spacecraft with a tub of ice cream, let’s decide if the trip would really be worth it. 

3.6 miles from the sun, the planet Pluto is in an area of space called the Kuiper, surrounded by 5 moons. The planet’s reddish color is caused by hydrocarbon molecules. First discovered as a “planet” in 1930, Pluto was relegated to “dwarf-planet” status in 2006 because it does not have a clear path around its orbit. We are hoping that Pluto is officially declared to be a planet again.
Back on our planet, there is nothing “dwarfish”” about our friend Pluto the dog, who is one of the “sensational six” in Disney’s universe. Pluto was yellow-orange at birth, and is the only member of the sensational six who does not wear human clothes.

Did you know that it took a while to settle on the name Pluto? He was originally a nameless bloodhound in his first film, “The Chain Gang. He then played the role of “Rover”, Minnie’s dog in “The Picnic”.
On March 24, 1930, the ninth planet in our solar system was given the name “Pluto”. Pluto the dog then appeared in “The Moose Hunt” and the name stuck.
Given the celestial nature of his roots, has Pluto the dog ever been to outer space, perhaps to try out his weight on the planet Pluto?
Click here to see the results of that question.
We were lucky enough to meet Pluto at his home in the Disney Junior section of Hollywood Studios. If you happen to get there just at opening, you might even be lucky enough to be asked to walk Pluto to his home. You can’t ask him if he has ever been to outer space because he is a dog, he doesn’t speak. But I think he has.
No fast pass required for this meet and greet at Disney Junior. Lines are set up to accommodate even the most frustrated toddler, they move quickly and stay open most of the day.


Up Close and Personal With Jake and The Neverland Pirates: “Yo ho, let’s go!”

For some reason, the Disney Junior characters don’t talk, going against the general rule that all characters with human faces speak. Not sure why – this makes no sense to me.

They all can be found together in an area in Hollywood Studios, to the right of the main stage , pretty much all day. Beware: you usually have to push through lines of storm troopers to get in. The lines move expeditiously. If you get to the front of the line and one of the characters starts to walk away… don’t despair. There will be a costume change and a new character will be back within five minutes. It’s really great.

Jake specifically has a small area with a pirate backdrop. That’s it. But he makes the most of it. While there are no coconuts you can be sure to find some gold doubloons. If you or your kids don’t find the doubloons, feel free to ask and they just might get one.  While Jake and the Neverland Pirates is based loosely on Peter Pan, you won’t see Captain Hook or Smee – and you definitely won’t see a crocodile – click here to read more about that.

If you have young kids, we definitely suggest making the Disney Junior area of Hollywood studios one of your first stops. It is a great way to ease a child into the “character experience”.