It has been two years and a couple days since I made my last Tips and Tricks. I have been thinking about Meet and Greet a lot lately. I don’t think I have become any better and finding characters, but I do have some additional insight into Disney Characters on account of having a child of my own. I intend to append my discussion of taking pictures with Disney Characters.
Previously Character Meet and Greet was a little bit like a Treasure Hunt for me. It was a bit of a quest to see if I could get pictures with as rare as characters as possible. Having a child and introducing them to Disneyland and its characters has turned that around very quickly for me. Now I realize the value of the more popular characters. While I still would jump at a chance to get my picture with a rare character now Mickey and Pooh are more appealing than ever simply because they need no introduction to a child.
I have also noticed that I have a certain knack of conversing with the “fur” characters. No it’s not what you think, mice is not into the furry thing. If you don’t know there are two major groups of Disney Characters. Face and Fur. Face is all the characters which you can see their God given face. Cinderella, Snow White, Alice, Mulan, Hercules, Prince Philip, Cruella DeVil, and the like. Everyone else is a Fur. These are characters like Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Captain Hook, Chip and Dale, Shaker, Queen of Hearts, Kuzcko, and all those characters whose face is covered.
Getting back to the subject, what is the knack that I have? Well I know the smallest amount of sign language and its funny but many of the fur characters use sign to communicate with guests. It makes perfect sense though doesn’t it? They can’t talk, they need to communicate, why re-invent the wheel when you have the most intuitive language ever conceived? Ok, maybe sometimes there is a little bit of charades shorthand thrown in there too but all I am saying is look for what they are trying to tell you. It could make your trip.
Instead of rattling off where the characters are and where they are not, I will highly recommend you do what I have been doing and that is going to City Hall or the Information Board on the first morning of your trip and ask them where you can find your favorite character is. There is no posted list of who will be where. Though it would be more convinet for me, I guess it would not be for the management. Ah well.
Please first consult the map. Many of the most popular characters are so sought after they have a regular spot in which they will be almost guaranteed to be. Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, Ariel, Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Aurora, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger - You would really have to try hard not to see these characters. These are the characters the kids love the most. Even though you may have seen these characters many times, as a special treat some of these can be seen seasonally dressed. So you mat get to see Mickey in his Halloween costume or Goofy as Santa Goofy if you are there at the right time.
If you are able to enter the park on an early entry admittance sometimes you can see characters on Main Street. Sometimes instead of being the first to ride Space Mountain you can get some quality time with some of the characters. It can be a gret time to get several characters in a short amount of time.
Lastly I am a part of a Flickr group called Disney Characters. I encourage you to view and submit your own Disney Character pictures. If you are reading this post you should find it to be a more interactive and graphical forum.
Above all have fun. This is an entertaining past time and much less expensive than collecting pins.