Meeting Disney Characters As A ‘Grown Up’

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Blue Loop. Today we are sharing our grown ups guide to Disney.


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Meeting Ariel In Her Grotto,As An Adult, Doing Normal Adult Things

Before we begin my pro-character meeting essay let me admit one thing: when I was younger I didn’t actually like meeting characters all that much. I’m not sure what’s changed in my life, maybe it’s because now I’ve been to the various Disney Parks so many times, but I feel like the older I get the more fun it is to meet and greet with my favorite Princesses, Mice, and Fairies.

When’s the last time you met with a Face Character? If the answer isn’t ‘on my last trip to Disney’ then here is what you need to keep in mind the next time you stop by EPCOT Character Spot, Pete’s Silly Sideshow, or anywhere else you can meet your favorite Disney Personalities.

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Having the time to do meet and greets was a total College Program pro. I never would’ve waited in line to meet Fiesta Donald on a short Disney Trip then… but I totally would now! 

1. Be Silly – In case it wasn’t clear by the fact that you’re an adult in Disney World meeting an animated Duck (or other character of your choosing), this isn’t the time to take a somber stance. Smile big, give your favorite character a hug and tell them how much you love them! It’ll make their day, and yours, that much better.

2. But Be In The World Of The Character – There was nothing I hated more as a Cast Member than adults who didn’t believe in the Disney Magic. The same is true for your characters! Don’t ask Jasmine on a date, and don’t ask Mickey Mouse how he’s in four parks at one time. You won’t get as good of a story out of it, and you might be ruining the story for the kid in line behind you who has never thought to ask those (boring and rude) adult questions.

3. Take Your Photo! – This is not a time to be shy! You’ve waited in line (while holding an EPCOT margarita if you’re a smart multi-tasker like myself) for long enough – make sure you have proof of what you waited for! I personally like to take a group shot over a single, because it’s both a great character photo and a good memory of who you spent time with on your vacation. ALSO – don’t be afraid to ask Photopass to take a picture with your phone and/or camera – they’ll happily do it and you’ll get to save some money on souvenirs!  

4. Don’t Forget Your Autograph Book – Okay, okay so this tip is mostly for myself. When it comes to a Disney vacation I can always remember to bring Mouse Ears and trading pins, but the autograph book always seems to escape me. There’s been some awesome meet and greets I’ve done that just haven’t made it into my autograph book, and for that I will always have a little bit of regret.

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A perfect example of tip number three. Not only did I get a cute photo with Minnie, but I’ll never forget the fellow Cast Members I spent that day in the park with! 

Do you have any other tips for a character meet and greet I left out of this post? Let me know what I should try the next time I hit the parks in the comments!

And For Disney fun for the grown ups,
check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!


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9 thoughts on “Meeting Disney Characters As A ‘Grown Up’

  1. This is such a fun post! I have always loved posing with characters as adults, too. You’re absolutely right – the more “in character” YOU are, the cuter the picture… but also the more fun you’ll have. I hardly get to spend much time one-on-one with any of them anymore, but it’s still awfully fun when my kids are meeting someone and they include our whole family.

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  2. I love getting character pictures as an adult, even on my solo trips! Actually when I went by myself in December I think I got more character pics than ever before – in part because of the Christmas party, but also because my husband wasn’t around grumbling about the characters, haha.

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  3. I always like to have a conversation with the face characters. Not like the ones you’re talking about, but like they’re really the character. For example, ask Snow White about the dwarfs. She’ll tell funny stories. It’s kind of like asking Mary Poppins to say “supercalifragilistexpialidocius” backwards (which she’ll do). They’ll tell you all about their “lives.” If you bring up their evil (or good) counterpart, they’ll usually say things about them as well.

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