[QUOTE=cakemama;926396]My son will turn 5 in Feb. shortly before this we are going on our first disney trip. He ask if they are real or just men in costumes all the time. I think he wants them to be real but knows they are not. I don’t want to spoil anything for him so, I try now to answer or just say let’s wait and see. Just curious about your experiences.[/QUOTE]
I’m a character performer here at WDW. As a performer we do our best to pull off the illusion that the characters are indeed real. Even children up to 10 years old have approached us with the mindset that the characters are real because they can’t figure out how in the world it can possibly be costumes. And with technology constantly getting better for us, especially with articulated characters at Dream Along With Mickey and Festival of the Lion King, the reality of our characters are even more clear. I was watching Dream Along one day next to a girl who was I guess about 5 or 6. As soon as the characters came out and started talking, she hit her mom and said, “you said the characters weren’t real!” The mom was actually dumbfounded. I just smiled and chuckled. Even the adults can’t figure us out.
Plus my attendants do a really great job answering questions about the characters that parents can not. So you can tell your kids whatever they want, but they’ll believe what they want to believe, and if they think we’re real, don’t ask us to say we’re not, because we’ll show you how you’re “greatly mistaken.” :biggrin: