Based on how excited the boys have been in the past to meet the characters at Santa’s Village I figured they would be pretty stoked to meet the characters at Disney World. I was right! They patiently stood in line to meet the characters they saw. I was a bit iffy on how the character breakfast and lunch would work out, but the boys loved it and it was one of the best ways to meet the characters! Here is a bit more on our experience….
One of the best ideas that I got from a friend was to do a mat for autographs instead of a book. It turned out amazing, and I can’t wait to put it together with a picture and frame! I wish I had been able to find a frame at Disney World, but I didn’t, so I’m going to head to Hobby Lobby to find one.
One of the best places where we got to just walk up and meet characters was at Rafiki’s Planet Watch in Animal Kingdom:
And we lucked out getting into a quick line for Buzz Lightyear at Magic Kingdom:
And Ariel…we thought this was The Little Mermaid ride, but the boys were excited. Yes, I know J doesn’t look excited. He couldn’t figure out why she was hanging around without her Prince. And he told me about five times that “Ariel is gwirl”.
Epcot has a tiered fast pass system, so we decided to use one of the fast passes on a character meet and greet:
Which was awesome because the boys had asked to meet Minnie Mouse and she was not at either of the character meals we went to.
Our character lunch was at Crystal Palace. This was particularly for J because he loves Winnie the Pooh.
Then we did a character breakfast at Tusker House. It was really good, and the boys loved having “second breakfast”. The characters were classic Donald, Daisy, Mickey, and Goofy in safari we
My phone worked fine for pictures at Crystal Palace, but I wished I had brought my good camera to Tusker House because the lighting was not as good. I also learned that the fast pass usually gets you three characters and the meals you get to meet four. There’s also a variety of spots around the parks where the characters will set up and then sign autographs and take pictures for about thirty minutes at a time. The boys got very good at the end of seeing a character and immediately jumping in line if the line was short (hence J’s picture with Rafiki).
**The park pictures with characters (not the character meals) are courtesy of Disney World’s Memory Maker. Definitely a worthy expenditure!**