You’ve seen incredible photos of character interactions at Walt Disney World. Maybe you’ve even heard stories of Chip and Dale’s antics or sweet moments with a princess. But how can you make that happen for your own family? Here are my best tips for amazing character interactions.
Tips for Amazing Character Interactions
Watch the movies
The best tip for amazing character interactions is to make sure your little ones know the characters! You can use our movie countdown checklist to make sure you hit the major characters before you arrive. But if your little one falls in love with Cinderella, encourage it! Read books, play with dolls, and talk about the character so they’ll be excited when it comes time to meet.
Introduce your kids to the idea before you leave
There are two kinds of characters – fur characters that wear a large mask (Mickey, Goofy, Pluto) and face characters that show their faces (the princesses, Tinker Bell, Gaston). Fur characters can be frightening for young kids because they are so large. Introduce your kids to the idea of meeting characters by watching YouTube videos, meeting Santa, and talking about it regularly.
Ask about their world
Ask Belle what book she’s reading or ask Cinderella what Gus Gus is up to. They only know about characters in their world (So Ariel doesn’t know anything about Curious George). But if you ask them a question, you’ll probably get a great response!
Have something for them to sign
This is a tricky topic – some people love getting character autographs while some people think they make it more about the autograph than the character. I love having autograph books for toddlers because it gives them something else to talk about with the character and it’s a neat souvenir. If you have an older kid who would get more out of interacting with the character, then you might be able to leave it at home.
FastPass+ isn’t just for rides! If there’s a character you really want to meet, grab a FastPass+. This is a great idea for popular characters like Anna and Elsa, Cinderella, and talking Mickey.
Try character dining
If you want to meet a bunch of characters at once without waiting in line, grab an advanced dining reservation for a character meal. You can meet the Fab 5 at Chef Mickey’s and the princesses at Cinderella’s Royal Table or Akershus.
Those are my best tips for great character interactions at Walt Disney World. Please share yours in the comments below!
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