The character interactions are a huge part of the Disney experience. We have connections with the loveable characters from our favorite movies. These are the stars of the show and you really do feel like you are in front of a celebrity when you get to meet them. Here are 7 things that Walt Disney World Insiders love about character meet and greets:
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7. Character dining
Attending a character dining meal is definitely a trick for us Disney Insiders to enjoy a fabulous meal and let our favorite characters come to us. It’s a great way to take a break to eat and still be completely immersed in the Disney magic and experience. The characters make their rounds and come right to your table. They will sign autographs, pose for pictures and even have special songs or dances that they do during the meal for truly special interactions that you can’t get when just meeting them in the parks.
6. Seasonal costumes
You may not realize it, but several of the characters do have outfits for their appearances at different parks or even seasons and holidays. It is a lot of fun to collect photos with them in their different outfits and get a little bit different experience than just their usual ensemble.
Who doesn’t love an autograph from famous celebrities? One of the best parts is that the characters will sign anything that you want them to! You can bring pillow cases, picture frame mats, t-shirts, quilts, etc. and you can create special souvenirs from your trip. A few people have even brought in a frying pan for Rapunzel to sign! Get creative and make a one-of-a-kind souvenir with a personal touch from your favorite characters.
4. Photo memories
Pictures really are worth a thousand words. They really are the best souvenirs and help you capture each and every magical moment and especially encounters with your favorites. Make the pictures even more fun by wearing special shirts, creating fun poses, including plush or other objects in the picture, but most importantly, just have fun with it! Treat each photo encounter as a really fun interaction with the characters so you can create memories that will last a lifetime!
3. Memory Maker
Many of the character interactions and character dining interactions have PhotoPass photographers present to take your pictures. That means that if you purchased Memory Maker as part of your package, all of the pictures that you take will be included! Make it a point to fill up your Memory Maker with as many pictures as possible since they are unlimited and get as many character interactions as you have time for. You will be so glad that you have all of the pictures at the end of your trip!
2. Personal Interactions
It is one thing to see your favorite characters in their movies or in various shows, but it takes it to a whole new level when you actually get to meet them and interact with them. You get to have a personal interaction with them where they talk to you or gesture to you. It’s seriously a rush for us crazy Disney people, even more so when it is one of your absolute favorites! The characters work hard to give each of their visitors a fun and personal interaction, and it is well worth the wait!
1. Best times to visit
Disney Insiders love to visit characters, but we love it even more if we can eliminate the super long waits. Some characters have notoriously long lines, but most all of the characters are still pretty popular. It is important to know when to try to catch them so that you make the best use of your time, and the characters may have a little more time for a longer interaction with you. Visit them during parades and fireworks, as the lines are usually shorter. Also visit them right at park opening or close to park closing as those are also times when the lines will be shorter!