Monday, September 22, 2014

Disney Experience: Our Top Five Character Meet & Greets

By: Lindsey

One thing that I didn’t expect to love at Disney that I really do love is meeting Disney characters. I knew Anniston would love the princesses, and she did, but I didn’t realize how much the rest of us would enjoy it too.

We didn’t use touring plans, so I’m not going to even try to layout out a character strategy for you today. We didn’t plan any specific character visits in the park, except for one FP+ for the Princess Hall. We did schedule a few character meals and got to meet a few characters that way as well. Our strategy was basically if we walk by a character and the line is short, we get in the line and meet them.

Here are our top five Character Meet & Greets:

5. Rapunzel

We were able to meet Rapunzel at the Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom. She was wonderful. She used Anniston's name and answered all of her questions while never once breaking character or giggling.

4. Mary Poppins

We just happened to come across Mary Poppins at Epcot. Her line was short and Anniston loved the movie when we did our Disney Movie Countdown (thanks to Melissa's suggestion!). We hopped in her line and it was like she just stepped out of the movie. We loved her!

3. Alice 

It was a close running for the third and second spot. Alice was at Epcot, right beside Mary Poppins. She wasn't there yet and we had to wait about ten minutes, but it was well worth the wait. She spent so much time with each kid. She led Anniston around the garden and talked to her about her experiences with the flowers in Wonderland. Anniston was so confused but she was so in awe that she didn't care.

2. Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, and Drizella

These three cracked us up. They were mean to us. They were mean to each other. They were perfect. We found them near the entrance to new Fantasyland, near the carousel. Anniston got a little sassy with them and they got a little sassy back. We also saw them riding on the carousel and they were so funny. If you can make it to see them, I highly recommend it.

1. Gaston

Oh, Gaston. He was in Magic Kingdom near Gaston's Tavern. We just happened to come upon him when we were leaving with a yummy cinnamon roll. His line was short, so we hopped in. The whole time Anniston would try to talk to him, he'd just talk about himself. After the picture was over, as we were walking off, Anniston called out, "I love you, Gaston!" And Gaston replied, "I love me, too!" And gave her and evil smile. Glorious!

The training that the Disney characters must be insane. It makes me want to hug all of their necks for treating our kids so well. Even during hot days, crowded days, rainy days. They go above and beyond to make each kid feel special.

You can't go wrong with any Character Meet & Greet, but these are definitely our top five. 

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