Thursday, June 16, 2011

Meeting Characters at WDW - Part 2 of 3

(the following is a guest blog)

I’ll try to quickly go through some of the other characters that you might find at the parks, where exactly to find them, and any tips I might have. Continue to keep in mind some of the general tips I mentioned in the last blog. All Ears has a great list of things to keep in mind as well.

Minnie, Donald and Goofy are probably three that are at the top of many lists after Mickey. These three can usually be found in the same spots, or at least close to the spots, that Mickey is. At Animal Kingdom, these three are also in Camp Minnie-Mickey. As I stated with Mickey, it’s best to stand in line for these three while a Lion King show has just started. They can also be found at the town hall square at Magic Kingdom. Expect a line there. The Character Spot at Epcot is a great place to get them as well as is Chef Mickey’s (but make sure you have an ADR there). Our kids got Goofy and Pluto at Dino Land at Animal Kingdom as well. Pluto is often in many of these same locations.

Daisy isn’t as easy to find as these others, but she’s easy to get as you just pass the gates at Epcot. We waited in line about 10 minutes. She’s also in the town hall square at Magic Kingdom.

If you have a princess of your own, you’ll need to get pictures with the various princesses located throughout the parks. Town Hall Theater now has Cinderella, Belle and Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) all

together, and they’re easy to get to, particularly early in the morning. Fast Passes are available for these three, but you likely won’t need one unless you wait until late afternoon/early evening. Belle and Aurora (along with Mulan, Jasmine and Mary Poppins) can also be found in Norway at Epcot at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall for breakfast. It’s a good breakfast, and character dining is always a great way to get pictures with your favorites. It’s a good breakfast, too, but make sure you have park tickets. You can’t get in without.

You can also find Mulan (China), Jasmine (and Aladdin and the Genie in Morocco), Mary Poppins (U.K.), Belle (along with the Beast in France) all at Epcot. The lines generally aren’t too bad for any of them, but if you did these collectively, it would take up a lot of time. Snow White is in Germany in Epcot. Jasmine and Aladdin are also in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom.

Pocahantas can be found in Camp Minnie-Mickey as you move your way to the Lion King show. There isn’t a long wait for her there. She’s a great one to get as well.

Two new character greets at Magic Kingdom are Tiana (Princess and the Frog), along with Prince Naveen, can be found at Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom. Expect a pretty good wait for her. The newest characters at Magic Kingdom are Rupunzel and Flynn Rider from Tangled. Expect a very long wait for these two. They are at Fariytale Garden. Use a map or ask for directions. It’s a little off the beaten path.

Alice still makes appearances at the parks. She can be found around the Tea Cups at Magic Kingdom or in the U.K. outside of the tea shop. You may even find other characters, such as the rabbit, from Alice in Wonderland as well. Alice is not a scheduled appearance at Magic Kingdom.

Another non-scheduled appearance is Pinocchio who can be found outside of the Pinocchio Village Haus. The line never seems long because most don’t know he’s there. We happened upon him because the kids had to hit the restroom, and there’s really no other reason to go on that side of the restaurant other than going to the restroom or standing in line for Pinocchio.

You can also catch Peter Pan, if you’re lucky, around Peter Pan’s Flight. Maybe even Captain Hook or Smee there or around the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in Frontierland. I’ve heard both. We weren’t as fortunate. Like Pinocchio, these are non-scheduled.

Tinkerbell and Pixie Hollow has been moved to Epcot and is located near Innovations East. We had a long line, and it looked like a long line all day long.

You can find the Fairy Godmother outside of Cinderella’s Castle on the Fantasyland side. She is also available if you dine inside the castle. She and two mice are part of a small show during the meal, and you get to meet Cinderella as you wait to go up for your dining. This, too, requires an ADR. (This is a great thing to do for your princess after a trip to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

I’ll finish up this series with meeting many of the characters of the Pixar movies and some other characters that your younger ones love.

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