Disney World Tips and Tricks for Character Meet & Greets


When traveling with kids, Character meet & greets are probably high on the list of must do’s.  Disney has made finding characters in Disney even easier with the update to the My Disney Experience App. Without a smart phone, just grab a daily schedule when you enter the park. Here are the top 5 trips for Disney veterans!

1. Talk to the character’s handler if your child is a bit nervous or if your child expects them to do something specific (i.e. you told Sally that Mickey Mouse always gives a high five) and if you have any traditions for taking photos – individual children followed by a group photo or vice versa. Make face characters aware of birthdays or celebrations. They may not notice buttons that your child may be wearing.

2. When meeting face characters that talk, lead them into the conversation. Some great examples:

  • It’s so nice to see you again Cinderella! Haven’t Suzie and Jenna gotten so big since you saw them last year?
  • Princess Aurora, I love your dress! It’s so different than you one you were wearing yesterday at breakfast.

3.       If your children are nervous, start with a question about the character or prep them with a fun question that will get a response (face characters or not)

  • Jasmine, were you scared when you were on the Magic Carpet with Aladdin?
  • Tell Donald that you love him, but Mickey is still your favorite
  • Bring something to tcharacters…nuts for chip and dale, a “dinglehopper” for Ariel

If you have specific characters on your list, ask for some more suggestions! I’d be happy to provide some 🙂

4. Remind everyone to use their manners. Please, thank you, hugs, no meltdowns! Character time will be much smoother and easier for everyone.

5. Have your camera ready as you see a character approaching (for dining) or as you get close to the front of the line (park meet & greets). This will save time and make your entire process move more smoothly.

Remember, you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy Disney characters!

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