Our Favorite Character Meets

Recently we had Dustin, the Character Queen, on our podcast, you can listen here!  We wanted to share our favorite character meets!

Here is Jamie’s:
My favorite character meet was in March 2011. We had waited in line for my 3 year old nieces to meet the princesses and a few other characters and it didn’t go well. Everyone was too shy, so we figured we’d wait it out and not push the character thing this visit so the girls weren’t traumatized. Well, we took a ride on Dumbo and as soon as we got off spotted Pinocchio. My niece Maia took a deep breath and ran as fast as her little legs could carry her… Right into poor Pinocchio! She didn’t let go for a good minute or two. It was so sweet, and the start of no more shyness when it came to meeting characters!

Jamie M&G

Shannon’s:
My youngest daughter Allie tends to be very shy, especially with face characters but she loves the soft characters like Stitch. She and Stitch have a lot in common so here they are sharing a moment and a hug.
Shannon m&G

Tara’s:
One of my favorite character interactions was during Star Wars Weekend with Darth Vader and my husband, Scott. He is a huge Star Wars fan so we waited in quite the line to meet Darth Vader. We watched others go before him and just smile while DV was giving them the force choke. So, everyone in line was a little stunned and then laughing when Scott went into full choking mode. I personally would not go near Darth Vader as I was a bit afraid of him!

Tara M&G

And finally, Jillian’s:
My favorite meet was also involving Stitch.  It was my first visit with my own family to Walt Disney World.  We had breakfast at ‘Ohana and had recently discovered Lilo and Stitch so this was a must do for our family.  Stitch and Pluto were in full force and acting so silly.  Lilo grabbed my daughter’s hand and lead her on the parade around the restaurant.  There is no doubt that this is my favorite Disney moment of all time.

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Do you have a favorite character meet moment?  If so, share it with us!

Jillian’s DCL Trip Report- Day 2

This morning we woke up and were ready for a full day at sea! The first order of business was breakfast at Beach Blanket Buffet! We all had a bit of everything, the clear favorite was the Mickey Waffles! I really enjoy the chocolate croissants and fresh fruit!

We went to the Lobby Atrium to meet some princesses next! We were a little early for our ticketed meet and greet so we went to meet Cinderella first. She quite enjoyed Petra’s dress as it lit up when she turned. After this meet we saw Rapunzel, Ariel, Tiana and Belle. They all adored the dress and asked if she had a Fairy Godmother who made it. After a quick wardrobe change we headed to our next meet and greet with Anna and Elsa from Frozen. I knew this one would be a hit with her because whose kid isn’t obsessed with Frozen still? While we waited in line they had us sit at a table and color so the line didn’t get too long.

Meeting princesses is fun and all but it was time for a swim. My daughter and husband hit up the pool while I went to the Buena Vista Theatre to see Big Hero 6!

When the movie was done my daughter was in the club and it was lunch time. We decided to check out Triton’s. I had the gingered-infused carrot soup, glazed meatloaf and key lime pie. Chelsey had the assorted sea food sampler, turkey melt sandwich, and the key lime pie as well. I have no idea what my daughter ate because she ate in the club which actually led to her trying new things!

At this point we signed up for a Mixology class! The cost is $15 per person but you get 5 drinks to try while you learn some mixing techniques and drink recipes!

Petra wasn’t tired of swimming just yet so we went again but this time to the Goofy Pool. It was really nice that Disney has swim vests so you can save the room in your suitcase! I particularly love how you can watch a movie while you swim around too, Teen Beach Movie happened to be on this time. Of course since we were so close we had to stop for ice cream and fruit!

This night was Pirates in the Caribbean so when we arrived in our room we had some bandannas and chocolate coins waiting for us. Dinner this night was not my favorite. The food just wasn’t good and we left with a feeling of meh. To eat I had Pirate’s golden pot stickers, Dutchman’s Dijon crusted sirloin of beef, and the sweet temptations sampler. My daughter enjoyed the macaroni and cheese with fries and broccoli.  My husband it looks like he had a crab cake and some steak.  Sorry about the lack of notes, but he too found the food lacking.

When dinner was done we went up to Deck 9 to check out the activities there. They were doing the challenge of Davy Jones, an interactive video game on the big screen. We played for a while before checking out the arcade. It is a smallish arcade, but it is fun if you want something else to do. The pirate party was starting complete with visits from many of the Disney characters. Is was pretty neat to see the type of show they put on complete with pirates coming down on ropes and Mickey flying over the deck to defeat Captain Hook! We watched fireworks (how awesome is that!) from Deck 10 before calling it a night.

Pirate and Princess Summer-Part 2

I’ve already covered Pirates here, now for the little (or grown) Princess in your life there are plenty of options too!

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique-located in the Magic Kingdom and at Downtown Disney your little princess or prince can enjoy a makeover at an addition cost. These reservations go quickly so make them early!

Or if you want to be a Pirate Princess or Mermaid you can check out Pirates League over by Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.

Meet Princesses- there are Anna and Elsa from Frozen, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Merida, Rapunzel, Ariel and Tiana, in the Magic Kingdom. You should pick up a Times Guide to check the exact location and times of the meets.  You can also catch some princesses in the new Festival of Fantasy Parade.

In Epcot you can meet Jasmine, Aurora, Snow White, Mulan, and Belle (in her blue dress) in World Showcase.

In Hollywood Studios you can meet Sofia the First. During the summer of 2014 you’ll be able to see Anna and Elsa from Frozen too!

Animal Kingdom has one princess meet and greet, Pocahontas!

For Princess meals, you can meet a variety of princesses at Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom, Akershus in Epcot and at 1900 Park Fare dinner you can meet Cinderella, Prince Charming and her stepmother and sisters. If you are looking to catch your favorite princess in a show you can watch Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, and Disney Junior Live on Stage in Hollywood Studios.

If you want to have an interactive show and meet you should not miss Enchanted Tales with Belle!

For attractions there is Under the Sea-Journey of the Little Mermaid and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride both in the Magic Kingdom.

And if you want to stay in the magic for your entire visit there are the Royal Rooms at the Port Orleans Riverside resort.  The rooms offer touches from many of the princesses and features a very special headboard.

What is your favorite Princess adventure or attraction?

Epcot Character Spot

Inside of the Innoventions pavilion at Epcot is a bright and colorful place to meet the classic Disney characters, the Epcot Character Spot. We have met Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto here.

1486798_10202768206955060_1018886384_n The back drops are not my favorite, but they are colorful and my son has always liked them. The best part about this meet and greet is it’s inside which means: it’s air conditioned. 1003934_10202768205995036_156545144_n We have always had great times here, the characters took their time with Anthony and really played with him.

This line can get long, so it would be a good use of your category B Fastpass+ allotment for this park. 1468770_10202768205515024_496532339_n