Being a “helper” to our Disney character friends, and being that at the close of this week EVERY SINGLE ROOM on Disney property will be booked and hundreds of thousands of people will be around, I wanted to take a few to post some of my suggestions on what to do and not do when meeting characters, especially with so many people who will be anxious to meet. This will help move things faster and make your personal meeting all the more enjoyable and more magical. Here’s just a few but what I consider top priority.
1: Books open and pen ready when it’s your turn. If you’re waiting to get the autograph, don’t hand the character your book closed. Most of them have a lot of trouble opening books. This is a huge timesaver and others waiting in line will like you better for it. This is also extremely important in restaurants with characters.
2: Talk to the characters. Don’t just walk up expressionless, take a picture and go on! Talk to them! Interact with them! Ask them questions! Do something. This makes a character feel really good and worth something, and tells them you’re not just wanting an autograph or a photo, but you’re really excited about meeting them. If you’re not, then don’t wait in line to meet them, because there are A LOT MORE who really are excited to meet the character.
3: Play along! This kind of goes with number 2. Go off of what the character is animating to you, or telling you. Makes the experience even more fun and makes you believe in the magic more. Children are very good at this. Meeting characters is for EVERYONE and not just them. Don’t EVER be embarrassed about meeting a character, especially a villain, for they may draw EVERYONES attention to you and really play with you. Also, NEVER tell someone a character is NOT real. Because THEY ARE real, AND NOONE HAS YET BEEN ABLE TO PROVE ME OTHERWISE. (yes that’s a challenge there’s not a question you can ask me that would cause doubt about the characters existance) So even if you don’t believe in the magic, millions more do. So have fun and play along!
4: Do not, AND I REPEAT DO NOT, force any children up to meet a character that they are afraid of. I don’t care if it’s the must have picture of the day! If your child doesn’t want to see the character, then YOU go up and see them. But don’t force them. I’m so sick of children being scared and the parents make them go up anyway. When they cry harder, some parents even pop them on their bottoms! The nerve! It’s your own fault! Let the kids decide. Maybe they’ll see other kids go up to the characters all happy and they’ll warm up. JUST DON’T FORCE THEM!!!
5: When taking photos with a large group of people, don’t be surprised if due to time you won’t be able to take individual pictures. If there’s not a long line, that’s fine, but especially in restaurants, if it can be avoided with a group of 6 or more people, only group pictures please!!
6: When the last family in line has been announced, don’t whine and complain, even if you would have been the very next person in line. It’s not fair to others if the attendant says last family, has to turn away everyone else but let you go up because you were next. More than likely the character will return shortly. Just give 5 minutes unless the attendant announces another time the character will return.
7: Be patient. You won’t always find the character you’re looking for. And when you do there may be a huge line waiting to see them. Just relax. You’re at WDW to have fun, and there’s a LOT more to do than just meet and greet characters. Be patient when they have to leave. A character’s job is EXTREMELY HOT AND PAINFUL at times, and they MUST refresh themselves or it could leave to health trouble. Be patient with other guests. They’re as excited to meet the characters as your are and that’s why they’ll wait to meet the characters they grew up watching and learned from. So again, BE PATIENT. It will pay off.
Those are just a few of my suggestions. If you have any more questions about characters and meeting and greeting, feel free to post or PM me. Thanks guys.