My daughter has a life long crush on Peter Pan. She first got to meet him and have "alone" time at the ripe old age of 7 on our '05 visit. We were just finishing up with early entry in Fantasyland and getting our huge group of 19 back together to get Space fastpasses before our breakfast with Minnie. DD saw something green and immediately knew it was Peter. "Mom - it's Peter! I saw him!" Since the walkway around the Matterhorn to TL was empty of park guests, I told her to go see and I would catch up. He heard her and played a little game of hide and seek/peek-a-boo before finally coming out and giving her a big hug. They talked for a bit and I got some pictures and they moved on. The next day, we saw him (and I mean it was the same person as Peter) in Town Square with Wendy and he remembered her - "Wendy, this is the little one who's mom called her Tink that I told you about!" My DD just gushed over that. THEN the next day we are at Goofy's for breakfast and there he was again. "Hooray, you came to play with me!" He was just WONDERFUL with her and she ate it up.
So, then we were back in 06 and hadn't seen him anywhere. We were in the Animation building over in DCA and my stepmom finds us and said "I just saw Peter Pan." Apparently he was doing the little animation/drawing thing they do outside. We went out one door to see him as he went back inside via a different door. DD was in a frenzy wanting to see him and Cinderella was there with a huge line and saw us and heard us mentioning Peter and she stopped her line for a minute and took 2 steps our direction and loudly whispered "I heard Peter say something about exploring the Sorcerer's Workshop" - with a quick thank you we were off! We went through the whole thing and didn't see him. She didn't even care to stop and say hi to Sorcerer Mickey when we went past him. We decided to try again. And guess who was pulling double duty as Mickey's Host? Yep. It was Peter! DD sees him, runs up and says "I was looking all over for you!" His reply: "I'm so glad you found me!" We walked through the Workshop with him holding DD's hand the entire time and then when Mickey came upon some Japanese girls, Peter started teaching my DD Japanese for Hello and Goodbye and Thank you. It was adorable beyond words. I took a few pictures and he finally was able to get Mickey away from the other girls and they left through a door that takes them backstage. Happiness all around from my daughter. It was at least 10 minutes of Peter just hanging out with her and playing. Later that day, I was able to show the pictures to my husband who got an incredulous look on his face - but wouldn't say why. When we got back to the condo that night, he opened the file from last years trip and guess what? Same Peter. I've seen pictures of him here on MC so I know that at least as of November, he was still there, but sadly, we never saw him on our trip in December. Tink's disappointment was pretty big on that, but we did realize that other than Mickey and his gang, we didn't see many characters at all that week. She decided he was checking on the Lost Boys (helped that she didn't see Capt Hook all week either) and making sure they were ok.
Thanks for this thread - I love to share that story because it makes me remember that even though she is almost 10, she's still my little girl with the big imagination.
EDIT: Just in case there are any CM's peeking in here that might know "our Peter" and want to share -- here are some pics to show who he is.
The trip in '05
(the better picture was with a *gasp* film camera and I've never scanned it)
my second favorite pic from that trip:
Then it's a year later...