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One of our favorite parts of visiting Disney is interacting with the characters. Yes, even the grown-ups in our household!  So what do you say or do when you finally meet with them face-to-face?  Are you the type that just wants to stand next to Mickey and smile for the camera? Simply give a princess a hug?  Or are you looking for more from your time with the characters?

Here’s a suggestion: Try some of these interactions with the characters and I guarantee you’ll leave with some extra special memories. Believe me, we’ve tried them with almost every character we met. Some of these were suggested to us and others my kids came up with on the fly which makes it even more fun. (Especially for our older child that may have been less inclined to wait in a queue to see a character except for the fun of thinking up the perfect comment to make to them.)

Also, I have a hint for you. If there are several people waiting behind you for their turn, be sure to choose what you want to say or do ahead of time. Some people may have a harder time seeing the fun in this activity if they have to wait for your turn to be over before they get a chance. With that being said, if you can book a character meal or two you will get a slightly longer time to talk with the characters without worrying about the next person that is waiting.  Either way you should have your cameras, video recorders, and photo books ready for some really funny moments…

Now for the fun!

These are just a few of our favorites.  Feel free to add your own ideas. If you are not sure where to find the characters you are looking for be sure to check out our blog on Character Dining Locations. Please keep in mind that the characters are subject to change without notice.

 

Aladdin Ask him if you can see the magic lamp of the Genie.
Alice Tell Alice that today is your Unbirthday!
Ariel When posing with Ariel, ask if she will make a “fishy face”.
Aurora Ask Aurora if she likes to takes naps.
Belle Ask Belle for a book recommendation.
Buzz Ask Buzz to go into Latin mode.
Captain Hook Stand behind Captain Hook and go tick tock, tick tock or call him a codfish.
Chip/Dale Ask Chip/Dale who has the better dance moves.
Cinderella Offer to trade her one of your shoes for her glass slipper.
Daisy Propose marriage to Daisy or ask for a kiss.
Donald Ask Donald why he doesn’t wear pants.
Fairy Godmother Pick an object (potato, for example) and ask her what she can turn it into.
Flynn Rider Ask him to see what is in his bag.
Gaston Gaston loves to compare muscles.
Goofy Tell Goofy you would like to learn to become a Musketeer, then he will show his swordplay. Correct yourself and say you would like to become a MOUSEketeer.
Lady Tremaine Ask Lady Tremaine how much hairspray it took to hold her hair up like that.
Mary Poppins Ask Mary why your room doesn’t clean itself when you snap your fingers.
Merida Ask her how she learned to be a great archer.
Mickey Tell Mickey that you are going to propose to Minnie since he has waited so long.
Minnie Compliment Minnie on her outfit
Peter Pan Greet him with a loud “Cock a doodle doo”.
Phineas and Ferb Ask them if they know what they’re gonna do today.
Pluto Tell Pluto he is a good boy for taking pictures with you and scratch him behind his ear.
Pooh Ask Pooh where you can locate some honey because you have a rumbly in your tummy.
Princesses Complement Princesses on their dresses.
Rapunzel Ask her if she has her frying pan nearby.
Rosetta Ask her what her favorite flower is.
Snow White Ask her if she can name all 7 Dwarves.
Step Sister Ask one of Cinderella’s Step Sisters to sing. (Have your video camera ready for these ladies.)
Sulley Pose for your photo is a scary pose.
Tiana Ask her what it was like to kiss a frog.
Tigger Tell Tigger you can bounce higher than him.
Woody Ask Woody for a showdown.

Waiting with Preschoolers Part 2 - Boneyard

Patience for people at all ages is hard, but for a preschooler, it’s even harder. In this part of our waiting blog, we give you a list of places to go at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios with your preschooler when you are waiting for others to go on height restricted rides that will entertain and fascinate your little ones.

Waiting at Animal Kingdom – Dinosaur and Primevil Whirl

Located in DinoLand USA is the Boneyard, a sandy play maze where kids can dig for fossils, slide and climb. A bridge over the pedestrian pathway connects two sections of the playground and will provide entertainment for eager explorers.

Waiting at Animal Kingdom – Kali River Rapids and Expedition Everest

A great area for preschoolers in Asia is the Maharajah Jungle Trek. A walk through what appears to be the ruins of an ancient palace, this trek will have your kids enjoy seeing various exotic animals up close. If you anticipate a lengthy waiting time, take the kids up to Rafiki’s Planet Watch where they can interact with animals at the Affection Section petting zoo.

Waiting at Hollywood Studios – Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror

While there isn’t a play area located near these rides, head over to the courtyard in front of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster as there are occasional crafts for young ones to participate in while waiting for older ones to finish their rides. Alternatively, time going on these rides so that the younger ones can watch the parade near the Sorcerer’s Hat.

Waiting at Hollywood Studios – Star Tours

Located not too far from this ride is the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure. This larger than life playground will entertain your child for hours if you let them. If you allow them to wander through the play area by themselves, or if you have multiple children you are with, know that there is only one exit from the area so you can make sure your little bug won’t escape!

Enjoy your time with your preschooler at Disney World. They delight in the littlest things and by taking some one on one time with them, they will cherish their vacation just as much as the older ones in your family!

Michelle Browne

Travel Specialist

Waiting with Preschoolers - Tom Sawyer Island

Disney has very few height restrictions on rides, and you’ve got a “child swap” ticket in your hand, but what do you and your preschooler do while everyone else goes on a ride? You can take them on another ride, check out the nearby shops, or stand in line for a character greeting, but times rarely match up nicely that you always seem to have a few extra minutes to spend. Here’s a list of places at Magic Kingdom and Epcot where you can go with your child to help entertain them.

Waiting at Magic Kingdom – Big Thunder Mountain and Splash Mountain

These rides are close to one another and share some great spots to take the little ones. The first place you can take them is Tom Sawyer Island. You can spend as much or as little time as you want on the island and the ride back is only a few minutes on a motorized raft. The island has so many paths to explore and a great fort for the kids to play in.

Located under the bridge heading towards the railway station in Frontierland it is also a shaded play area with a few tunnels and a small slide. The area is fairly small but it’s a great waiting area for those on the rides nearby when you only have a few moments to wait.

Waiting at Magic Kingdom – Space Mountain, Stitch’s Great Escape, and Tomorrowland Speedway

The best way to entertain your preschooler for shorter periods of time is the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover. Its constant movement, changing views and relatively short wait times give this ride a quick way to spend time.

Waiting at Epcot – Mission Space and Test Track

My favorite waiting area for these rides is called Space Base. To get to this fun play area, wander through the Mission Space store and you’ll end up in kid paradise. An air-conditioned playground for little ones, they will climb and slide as a space explorer while you rest and watch them.

Waiting at Epcot – Soarin

Located beside Soarin’ is the Living with the Land boat voyage. A calm ride through greenhouses and a fish farm captivates their attention as they recognize all their favorite foods growing beside them. Once that is done, take them outside and head along the path for some more visual entertainment. Just along the path, located before you get to the Imagination! area is a fountain with water leaping from pad to pad. Your child will be mesmerized as they try to figure out where the water will shoot out next.  

Above all, when waiting for others to go on rides, make sure your little ones have enough rest and something to snack on. The day will be extremely busy, so be sure to take a little time out for all of you so that you can enjoy the rest of your day at Walt Disney World. Stayed tuned for more places to go with your preschooler at Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom!

Michelle Browne

Travel Specialist

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 More of Tressa’s to do list…

18.  Watch the Electrical Water Pageant from Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

19.  See the Castle lights at Christmas time.

20.  Complete an Agent P Mission at Epcot.

21.  Have my caricature made at the Contemporary Resort .

22.  Enjoy a campfire sing along with Chip and Dale at Disney’s Fort Wilderness.

23.  Photograph at least 1 hidden Mickey at each Disney resort and park on property.

24.  Get a picture with all 7 Dwarfs.

25.  Attend Star Wars Weekends at Hollywood Studios.

26.  Dine at Be Our Guest Restaurant.

 27.  Ride the Characters in Flight Balloon in Downtown Disney.

 28.  See the Gingerbread House at the Grand Floridian Resort.

 29.  Experience the Night of Joy at Magic Kingdom Park.

 30.  Ride all 12 monorails.

 31.  Eat at the Crystal Palace with Winnie the Pooh and Friends.

 32.  Take the Ferry Boat to the Magic Kingdom.

 33.  See Fantasmic!

 34.  See the Main Street Electrical Parade (again!).

 35.  Stay at the Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

 36.  Experience all the new attractions at The New Fantasyland.

 37.  Take a tour of the Wilderness Lodge

38.  Beat my husband at “Toy Story Midway Mania”

 39.  Ride in the front spaceship on Space Mountain.

Stay tuned, anyone have anything that I should add? 

Tressa Krippel

Travel Specialist