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If You Can Name the Characters in This Crazy Rare Disney Parks Sighting, I’ll Be Impressed

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Credit: Pixar Animation Studios

Disney Parks have most of your favorite characters meeting and greeting in at least one of their theme parks every single day! While it’s truly lovely to meet Cinderella at Princess Fairytale Hall, it’s just not as thrilling as happening upon a rare Disney character unexpectedly. Guests who attended Walt Disney World’s Moonlight Magic at its Animal Kingdom theme park last night were treated to one of the most rare character appearances that I’ve ever seen!

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Credit: Pixar Animation Studios

Moonlight Magic at Animal Kingdom is a special event held exclusively for Disney Vacation Club members after regular park hours. Guests can enjoy shorter wait times for popular attractions, exclusive entertainment, and special food and beverage offerings not available during regular park hours.

Clearly, there are also special character meet and greets where Guests can take photos and get autographs with a rare Disney character!  And last night, there were two certain bugs that I’ve NEVER seen meeting in the Disney Parks, and I’ve seen a ton of bugs at Animal Kingdom. Check out the video below WITHOUT sound and see if you can remember their names without cheating!

Yes! The two characters who delighted and surprised Animal Kingdom‘s Moonlight Magic Guests hail from Disney/Pixar’s 1998 A Bug’s Life. The shorter (but still quite tall) green bug character is Manny! Manny is the elderly, English-accented Praying Mantis who acts as the magician in the bug’s circus troupe.

The especially tall brown stick bug character is named Slim. He is the clown of that same bug circus but is often used as a prop instead of an actor, to his dismay. Slim can be pretty pessimistic, but he is best friends with the gluttonous caterpillar Heimlich and the aggressive ladybug Francis.

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Credit: Pixar Animation Studios

Luckily these video takers seemed to recognize the A Bug’s Life characters immediately! Were you able to do the same?

About Lana Porter

Lana has never lost a Disney Trivia night. Maybe it’s the hundreds of times she’s been to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, her love for Disney’s ’90’s era hand-animated musicals, or the fact that she’s often likened to cartoon characters, but Disney and its magic have a special place in her heart. Her favorite Disney experiences include the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, eating Mickey Bars on the PeopleMover, and crying during the Magic Kingdom fireworks show. One day she hopes to be chosen as the rebel spy on Star Tours. When Lana isn’t Park Hopping, she’s at home reading books of all topics, watching her favs on Disney+, or snuggling her two cats, which she swears are not named after Disney characters. She loves surprising people with her knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but admits she is still catching up with Star Wars. She is happy to combine her excitement for writing with her love for Disney-style storytelling and share what she can with the world!