Thank you so much for submitting your Disney questions! It’s been a lot of fun for me to research certain things. Keep them coming!
“Who is the oldest Disney character?”
In 1927, Walt Disney created the character Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Disney actually lost the rights to the character to Universal Studios. As Walt rode the train ride home from that sad meeting, he came up with Mickey Mouse.
However, in 2006, Disney CEO Bob Iger made a trade with NBC Universal. One of the conditions of the trade was for Disney to have the rights of Oswald yet again.
You can see Oswald in the video game Epic Mickey.
“Who is the newest Disney character?”
By “newest” Disney character, it depends if you mean a character you can meet in the park or a character from a movie. The newest characters are from the upcoming movie Frozen. That is set to be released on November 27, 2013.
As for Disney characters you can meet at one of our parks, my assumption would be Merida from Brave. She’s awesome! You can meet her in the Enchanted Forest at the edge of Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom.
“Who is the most popular Disney character?”
While there is no research to prove this, I’m assuming Mickey is the most popular character. He is, after all, The Boss with the Big Ears.
“Is there an age limit for characters?”
What are you talking about? People don’t just play characters! Cinderella would be APPALLED to think that someone else would be portraying her without her knowing.
Disney World, however, does have a strict audition policy in order to be “Friends with Characters”. According to the audition website, you must be 16 years old and authorized to work in the United States (if applying for positions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World). There is no age limit. It is, however, a very competitive process to become “friends of a character”. Just because you were close friends one season, doesn’t mean you will always be close friends with that character.
(I hope you can read through all of that code language.)
“Where do you stay while at the Magic Kingdom?”
Unfortunately, my housing situation is not all that magical. There are no castles, cottages, or under the sea nooks for us College Participants. Instead we stay in apartments owned by Disney, only a short drive from the Parks.
The only hotel room in the Magic Kingdom is Cinderella’s Castle Suite. But, if you were hoping to book Cinderella’s Castle Suite for your next visit, not even money can buy that experience. It is saved for charity events, and for celebrities. Check out this complete tour of the suite and cry about how unfair your life is.
There are plenty of resorts available on Disney property for when you wish to visit the Magic Kingdom.
Keep asking those questions!
-The Memory Maker