Chip ‘n’ Dale took on a futuristic appearance to meet guests in a new location today, September 18. The rambunctious chipmunks had their meet and greet moved from its usual Fantasyland home to Tomorrowland on Monday, and whether or not this is a permanent residency is not yet known. According to a Cast Member whom we spoke with, the location shift was prompted due to the loose black bear at Magic Kingdom that shut down large portions of the park early Monday.
Chip ‘n’ Dale Meet and Greet at Tomorrowland
The Character Attendant with whom we spoke stated that this change appeared to be just for Monday and was done as a precautionary measure due to the bear situation that shut down Frontierland, Adventureland, and Liberty Square Monday morning. The Chip ‘n’ Dale meet and greet typically occurs near the Walt Disney World Railroad train tracks in the Storybook Circus section of Fantasyland; no Fantasyland attractions were delayed or otherwise impacted by the bear situation.
The My Disney Experience app lists the Chip ‘n’ Dale meet and greet as a Tomorrowland offering; again, whether this is a temporary or permanent shift remains to be seen.
Chip ‘n’ Dale wore their Tomorrowland science-fiction-inspired outfits to their meet and greet Monday. The characters have sported the futuristic vest-and-half-helmet outfit before, specifically last year when their meet and greet was moved to Tomorrowland due to a Mr. Toad Popcorn bucket distribution area overtaking their Fantasyland home.
They met in front of a rolling door next to the Buzz Lightyear meet and greet area near the Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin attraction. On Monday afternoon, Buzz was not listed as a meetable character on the My Disney Experience app.
Chip ‘n’ Dale met in a different area when their meet and greet was temporarily relocated to Tomorrowland in 2022. The character interaction occurred near a face painting stand by the restrooms to the right of the Space Mountain entrance.
Chip ‘n’ Dale
Chip ‘n’ Dale made their first appearance in 1943 as part of a Pluto animated short and eventually branched out into Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck cartoons, ultimately becoming recurring characters in the latter series. They starred in three of their own animated shorts — “Chicken in the Rough,” Two Chips and a Miss,” and “The Lone Chipmunks” — that were released in 1951, 1952, and 1954, respectively.
The duo starred in the “Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers” television series that aired on The Disney Channel from 1989 – 1990. The series inspired the “Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers” film that was released on the Disney+ streaming service in 2022; the characters have recently appeared at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in their costumes from the show and movie since early 2023.
Have you attended a Chip ‘n’ Dale meet and greet at Walt Disney World Resort? Which of their outfits are your favorite? Let us know in the comments.