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Old 01-19-2009, 06:48 PM   #196
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I saw David Copperfield, the magician, when we were leaving Splash Mountain in 1996. I asked if I could take his picture and he grabbed my camera and took one of the both of us. It didn't come out very good, but it was fun.
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Old 01-19-2009, 08:21 PM   #197
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I saw Will Ferrel right after Elf came out... he was wearing a USC sweatsuit, and my friend who was with me started freaking out and telling him how ugly his clothes were (Michigan was playing USC in the Rose Bowl that year, and we're both HUGE Michigan fans), and I was like "don't listen to her she's hysterical!" because I was afarid that his security guys would haul us away. But Will was totally cool with it, and he was like, "yeah, call it what you want, but I always wanted to be a USC cheerleader," and then he did this crazy split-hurkey thing. Hysterical.
i could die happy if i met will farrel!
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Old 01-22-2009, 03:59 PM   #198
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I love reading back over these stories! I still haven't seen anyone famous there, though.
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Old 01-29-2009, 07:57 PM   #199
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Old 02-03-2009, 12:06 PM   #200
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I met this star, not at Disney, but in my small hometown grocery store. If you are a lost fan, you know who Michael Emmerson is. He plays Ben on the show. His parents live, right next door to me and they were grocery shopping. He was very nice!
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Old 02-12-2009, 10:11 AM   #201
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I saw Gary Sinise about 5 years ago at Disney Studios.
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Old 02-12-2009, 10:22 AM   #202
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When we were at MK right before the Super Bowl,we saw Brian Dawkins (#20 on the Philadelphia Eagles) standing outside Peter Pan's Flight with his kids & CM tour guide....waiting for his wife to get out the rest room. I feel bad I didn't say anything. He is DH's fav fb player, but we both decided not to bother him since he was with his kids.
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We saw Aaron and Nick Carter when we were on the Disney Cruise a few years ago. Embarassed to say we didn't recognise them. Oops
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Old 02-16-2009, 06:54 PM   #204
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We've taken mostly Nov.-Dec. trips and have seen several of the celebrities from the Candlelight Processional program pre and post show in the park, Barbara Eden, John Lithgow, Felicia Rishaud, and we also saw Sid Cesar at MGM one year. We usually try to give them alot of room knowing how much they probably need their personal time, but it is exciting to see someone we've seen on TV or in movies for years.
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I had a disappointing experience (IMO) once in March 2006. I'm not sure who the VIP was, but it appeared that they had enough clout to get a character dining table for 10 with no advance arrangements of any kind. According to my notes:

We noticed one thing that I found disappointing. Epcot was packed on Friday night - particularly in the World Showcase area. We were waiting for our 6:30 ADR for the Princess Storybook Dinner...and the podium was turning away 'regular folks' in droves. A party of 10 showed up with a cast member leading them; very clearly it was some sort of VIP group, and it looked like a mix of grandparents, parents, and kids. The cast member with the VIP group went back and forth between the podium and the party at least 3 times that we saw. The first 2 times, the restaurant hostess...with a worried face kept looking at the ADR list, the large crowds around her, and shaking her head 'no.' When we were called to our table, the VIP CM was talking to the restaurant manager. 5 minutes after we were seated, the 10-person VIP group was being seated.

It's the only time that I've seen something like that. I'm not surprised things like this happen, but I was surprised that it happened right in front of dozens of guests.

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Well at least you were able to get in before they seated them. I would be pretty ticked off if I got bumped for a huge group like that without an ADR. If it was you know just a celeb, spouse, and kids it probably wouldn't upset me. But, with a huge group like that, which will take over several tables *growl* The other thing though is the group could have had an ADR, but it was lost. That's happened a couple of times to us on various trips.
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Not WDW but we saw Corbin Blue at DLR earlier this month.
Needless to say, it was the highlight of DD9's trip! He didn't sign autographs, but we did get some pictures and she was able to trade for a "Chad" pin.
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My family and I were at WDW last week for the opening of American Idol experience, we were silly and thought that everyone would be there on the 14th for the actual opening, but they were all there on the 12th for the press conference. I was so disappointed, but we had lunch at whispering canyon cafe (which by the way is awesome!) and Sanjya sat a couple of tables away from us, I would've rather it been david cook, or well any of the other idols, but it was cool anyways
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I saw Dennis Quaid this year... It was raining and he had his puncho on, just like all of us! In 1994, I was in the same boat that some New England Patriots players in the Pirates of the Carabean. I don't know a thing about football and I don't come from the US, so I didn't know who they were until we got out the boat and I saw those HUGE men with their Patriots t-shirt on and all the other people taking pictures!
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