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How to Make Your Disney Character Experiences Unforgettable


The following photo is of Alice and the Rabbit at Disneyland Paris. What an experience it was. There is nothing quite like meeting the characters at Disney, whether it's Disneyland or Walt Disney World. It's something that most parents, and kids alike, do to really make their trip memorable. The amazement on your child's face when they meet their favorite character is always a joy to behold. It however can be time consuming, but if it's something that you really want to do, my good friend Rachel is going to share with you some ways on how you can make your Disney Character Experiences Unforgettable.


One of our big mistakes during our first couple visits to Walt Disney World Resort was skipping the Character meet and greets. The lines can get pretty long, and we wanted to get the most out of our visit. By about our third visit, we started meeting our favorite Disney friends and we realized what we missed out on! Where else can you meet your childhood heroes and heroines? There’s a reason the lines can get quite long – interacting with these characters in real life brings you back into your childhood if only for a minute. Oh, and the kids enjoy it also!



I see many families wait in a long line just to go up when it is their turn, grab a quick hug, pose with fake smiles for the camera, and be on their way. I completely understand it can be awkward when meeting characters. What are you supposed to do? What do you say? I’m here to help! Many friends will start up a conversation with you, but sometimes they may need some ideas. Here’s a list of several Disney characters you may run into on your visit and some ideas to maximize your experience!

Aladdin & Jasmine
How far can Magic Carpet can travel before he gets tired?
How long does it take Jasmine to wash her long, beautiful hair? Does it get tangled easily?

Alice in Wonderland
Tell Alice it is your un-birthday!
Where is the best place to take croquet lessons?


Anna
Do you have any chocolate?
Tell her about the last sandwich you had.

Ariel
What is your favorite gadget or gizmo?
Do you prefer walking or swimming?

Cinderella
Are glass slippers comfortable?
Where do mice learn how to sew?

Elsa
How are you handling the heat in the kingdom of Florida?
Tell her about the last snowman you made.


Gaston
Tell him his trophies at the tavern are a bit small.
Tell him your muscles are bigger than his!

Kylo Ren
Call him Ben.
Ask him to give you mind-reading lessons.

Mary Poppins
Can you show me how to clean up with a snap of my fingers?
Is Burt still cleaning chimneys?

Merida
What latest mischief has your troublemaker brothers been into?
See if she will give you archery pointers.


Mulan
Can you show me some of your warrior moves?
What was it like being a boy?

Peter Pan
How can I not grow up?
Where is your favorite place in Neverland?

Rapunzel
Where is Pascal?
How do you get so much done in a day?

Snow White
Do you still eat apples?
Do you often have to get things down from high places for the Dwarves?


Tiana
Can I have your secret gumbo recipe?
What’s the most popular dish at your restaurant?

Tinker Bell
Do you have any extra pixie dust I can borrow?
What is your favorite tinker?

This is just a small sampling to get you started. Usually while we are waiting in line, we pass the time discussing together the perfect thing to say. My boys can come up with some pretty outrageous ideas – it can be quite entertaining! This is what Walt Disney World is all about to my family and I. Spending precious time together family making unforgettable memories!


“Rachel Langer is the owner of The Dreamer Family, where she shares her love obsession of Disney. As a frequent visitor to Walt Disney World, a travel agent specializing in Disney Parks travel, and even a former Disney Parks Moms Panelist; Rachel lives, breathes, and dreams of Disney! Follow along at The Dreamer Family to see how a displaced Disney Princess lives out her magical days.”
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  1. Love these tips. We've been so many times now that we skip the characters all together :)

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    1. My youngest is still at the age where she loves Minnie and Mickey so we still visit. No skipping for us.

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  2. One tip! Make sure the kids actually know who the character is that we are going to see. We took the little ones to meet Gaston and they weren't familiar with Beauty and the Beast so their expressions are comical! (they did see the live show after so at least they know who he is now)

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    1. There are a few characters my youngest has no idea who they are, but the ones she does know, those are the ones she most interested in seeing. I personally don't force her to see anyone and let her lead me along. :)

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  3. We totally did the Meet and Greets last time we went and are planning on doing them again. Love your suggestions though and so stealing a few for this time out. Thank you :)

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    1. You're very welcome Janine and I just know you and the family are going to have an amazing time there.

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  4. What cute tips! I love Disney but havent been in a million years. Probably because I dont have kids...but its such a magical place. The convo starters for characters is so funny!
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

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    1. Disney is great not just for kids but adults too. You can totally go and "adult" there. :)

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  5. Boy there are a few on that list we never met! Maybe next year.
    I absolutely loved the character meeting. We did a Fastpass for Anna and Elsa and I am so glad we did it to make my kids' life. Even my son got so into it!

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    1. Madison loves the meet and greet and was so excited to meet a few of her faves. She really wanted to meet Mickey and Minnie and did so last year. Gotta love Disney!

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  6. We had an amazing time when we met Elsa and Anna. My little baby was dressed as Anna and the characters loved it!

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    1. Oh how cute that must have been. Madison was dressed as Elsa for Halloween. We didn't meet them at Disneyland this year however. :(

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  7. Honored to help out! I hope my suggestions help make extra magical vacations for all.

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    1. Thank you Rachel, I'm sure that they did!

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  8. I love your questions! I saw that someone took pics with their iPad, and had each character autograph the picture. That was so cute!

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    1. That is a really neat idea although I'm wondering how they were able to autograph on their iPad. Time for me to google that!

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  9. I love the idea of asking the characters questions! It is a great way of making a connection and allowing the kids to work on their detective skills!

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    1. Yes it really is and you may even get to learn something that you didn't know before.

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  10. Great tips! I'll be going to Disneyland this weekend. No kids, but you're never too old for character photos!

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    1. I 100% agree with you on this. You're never too old for Disney!

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  11. Oh so much fun!

    I would love to visit Disney. It's on my list of places to see / things to do.

    Thank you so much for sharing.
    xoxo

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    1. Oh Jennifer you most certainly do and your little girls are at the perfect age for Disney too! Thank you for stopping by.

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  12. I love the plastic hair on them all, so cool. I want a plastic wig for me too. Great questions by the way, I hope you all had a fab time.

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    1. We all did and yes their wigs are fabulous aren't they?

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  13. Thanks for these tips. Thinking of things to say not only takes the boredom out of waiting in line but also adds to the family bonding.

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    1. I'm beginning to wonder if there's anything that truly takes the boredom out of waiting but it sure does help with family bonding. :)

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  14. By the time my kids go to Disney they probably will want to skip the characters. They will be probably 11-12 and 8-9.

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    1. They might actually surprise you Krystle. Ask them and find out.

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  15. This is so cute! Honestly, nothing pops out of my head if ever a Disney character is right in front of me right now. This is a good start. Even though I'm an adult, I still have that child in me who would gush should I get the chance to meet them face to face.

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    1. You sound just like me. I think I talk to them more than my own kids do. Disney sure does bring out the child in us.

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  16. I have never taken part of these when we have gone to Disney in the past! When I was young and went, the characters were always out and about with the crowds. When we bring my kids again, we plan to definitely work this into our plan!

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    1. That's a really great idea. After all I'm sure the kids would love to meet Mickey and Minnie although the lines to meet those are always almost ridiculous. :)

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  17. I've never been to Disney, would love to go. I would love to meet all of the characters - I bet they are so fun!

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    1. Oh yes they truly are a lot of fun. I think you'd enjoy it.

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  18. Else and Tinker bell are my favs. However I don't think I'll visit any Disneyland any time soon...

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    1. Well whenever you do, you'll have some questions that you can ask.

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  19. Wonderful tips for magical memories! I love Disney!

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    1. I remember when my friend's daughter had Sleeping Beauty on her shoes and they chatted about matching! One of my favorite Disney memories.

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    2. I don't think there are much people who hate Disney, well at least I haven't met any.

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    3. Lara that must have been such an experience. I know that Elsa likes to talk about matching as well, especially when the kids are dressed like she is.

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  20. Love the idea of asking them questions! Can't wait to take my little guy to Disney, I love going!

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    1. We love Disney as well and can't wait to go back.

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  21. We have so many wonderful character memories. Living in S. CA and visiting Disney often makes it easy :)

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    1. Oh how wonderful! If I lived in Florida or California I would certainly be visiting as much as I could too.

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  22. How fun !! We have t done Disney yet but will be soon the one in FL and we can't wait !!

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  23. We've only met a few characters and it was when our oldest was really little. She was lucky enough to have my grandmother take us all to a Disney resort for a birthday breakfast and meet a few of them while eating. The lines are always so long and the hubs has no time for that LOL. I love all of these questions though & want to go ask them myself!

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    1. Oh yes the lines can be extremely long. I know that even when we went to see Mickey Mouse in Disneyland Paris there was over a 30 minute wait.

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  24. These are amazing tips! I'm headed to Disney this weekend, so I'll have to print out this list of questions :)

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    1. Are you going to Disney World or Disneyland? I'm sure you'll have an amazing time no matter where you go. I still have yet to go to Disneyland California.

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  25. We are annual passholders to WDW and love interacting with the characters! Rapunzel is actually one of my favorites to talk to. She was so funny with my husband and loved to talk about her frying pan and Flynn Ryder.

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    1. Oh that is too funny. My daughter just loved the movie and I think those are her favorite parts too.

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  26. This makes me want to pack up the family and head to Disney tomorrow! We plan on taking our triplets the summer before the start Kindergarten. So, we still have 2 years to plan! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're very welcome Angela and I know that they're going to love it. I took my own daughter when she was 3 and she loved it. They're never too young to celebrate Disney but 5 is also a very good age.

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  27. My kids are older now but I wish I had this post when we visited Disney eight years ago! I never even thought of encouraging the kids to engage with the characters beyond smiling for a photo!

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    1. Well if you ever do visit again, you'll know to do that on your next trip. :)

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  28. One day our family will go there. This is an awesome guide and I can see where it would come in handy!

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    1. And when you do, you're going to make it memorable!

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  29. Truly, you can't miss this kind of experience when you're in Disneyland or Disney World. It's one of the best things you can do to make your kids jump for joy. And make the trip memorable altogether. I had a ball reading the questions! Thanks for the tips!

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    1. You're very welcome Elizabeth and I truly agree with you. It is one of the best experience ever and I know that my own daughter had a fun time meeting the characters.

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  30. These are the most darling questions I have seen! We are taking your kids to Disneyland in June and they will be so excited to ask some of these questions.

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    1. I'm sure they will be and don't forget to remind them. It will make their experience so much more worthwhile.

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  31. I love all of these tips and questions for the characters. I will have to remember this for the next time we go

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    1. Please do, they just might come in handy, or you can even make up a few questions of your own.

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  32. i'm a huge disney fan but sadly speaking, i've never been to any of their theme parks, be it land, world or sea. :(
    will love to visit one of the disney theme parks one day, though. asking snow white if she still eats apple is... brilliant! hahaha....

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    1. Isn't it? I would think that after you've had one poison apple, that would have turned you off completely from eating another apple. :)

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  33. I've never been to Disneyland, we were planning to when we went to Florida but things came up and we couldn't. Will remember these tips and make sure to look for all these characters to make the experience more memorable.

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    1. Disney World is in Florida while Disneyland is in California. The next time you make it to either, please do a character meet and greet. You gotta at least look for Minnie or Mickey.

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  34. These are great tips! Disney World is definitely a place for people of all ages. My parents are in their 50's and LOVE going there to meet the characters!! I'll have to show them this post. :)

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    1. Oh yes you're never too old for Disney. I'm glad they're still enjoying it in their golden years.

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  35. I love all the questions you guys cooked up! I'm sure all the Disney characters would have found them amusing.

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    1. I'm pretty sure they must do but it's so great to ask them questions and have them respond.

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  36. This looks like a lot of fun for both adults and kids. This should enhance the experience so much more

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    1. Yes it truly would and kids just love those meet and greet, even adults too!

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  37. This is a great idea. It would really make the most of your visit to interact with the different characters and relating to their character.

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    1. Yes, absolutely. And these meet and greet is all about taking photos, it's about interacting.

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  38. Such an awesome time for your kids! I remember how surreal it was my first time in Disneyland! :D

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    1. Oh the kids had a lot of time when we went and my daughter did as well this year too in Disneyland Paris.

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  39. What a lovely place to visit! Disneyland is really a place of happiness and where dreams do come true. I would love to meet Gaston, he looks hot!

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    1. I busted out laughing when I read your comment about Gaston. I bet you would really love to meet him. :)

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  40. We have not yet been to disney and still waiting for kids to enjoy it but i think by the time we will go one will be old and hopefully younger one will enjoy.

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    1. I don't think you'll ever be too old for Disney. Mine has been going for a while and even my oldest who was 19 last year went and still enjoyed it.

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  41. Qhen I was a kid,getting to disneyland used to be on my bucketlist. If given a chance, I'd love to visit Disneyland in the near future. Re-living my childhood characters 😇.

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    1. That would be fun I'm sure and I would certainly add it to my bucket list if I were you.

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  42. Awe such great ideas to encourage interactive experiences with the characters! I'll have to remember these when we make our visit one day!

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    1. When you do visit I hope you remember to ask some questions. You'll really enjoy it.

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  43. I admit that these character meet and greets are not our priorities when we go to a Disney park. The kids themselves would rather line up at rides than these photos.

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    1. When you've seen them a few times you're not as interested as before. My own kids are the same. My youngest however loves the meet and greet still.

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  44. Oh the questions are so awesome! Thanks for sharing. I love going to Disneyland with our kid through the years. She started when she was a year old! I always make a photo book out of it so we can recall the blast of a time we had!

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    1. I take so many photos and I also use the Disney Photopass. Together they really show how much fun we all had.

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  45. I do know that certain characters become angry when you say certain things to them... have you heard or experienced that?

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    1. I have actually never experienced that. Disney characters are not know to be rude or get angry. I would hope they wouldn't get mad at young kids.

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  46. Meeting the characters was one of the best part of our Disney trip. These are great tips and ones we will make use of on our next trip.

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    1. It is rather exciting meeting them isn't it? Be sure to use these tips on your next trip to make it more memorable.

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  47. Oh my goodness these are super fun! Where IS Pascal??!! ;) These make me want to do to WDW just to ask the characters a fun question.

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    1. Well it doesn't have to be Walt Disney World, you can ask these questions at any Disney Park. They all have characters. :)

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  48. I so agree with this post. Most of the times, we just go and click one photo with the cast and characters and don't interact at all.

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    1. That is so true. We are so focused on the photo taking that we forget about the interaction.

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  49. How beautiful! I would love to go there with the kids some day. Looks like some happy faces!

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    1. Oh you would totally love it and so would the kids!

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  50. Alice in Wonderland is my favorite! I will really endure waiting in the looong queue to take a picture with these people in wonderful costumes. So fun! :)

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    1. And most people do and it's not just kids. I think you would enjoy it.

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  51. Really love your tips and idea, i grow up watching donald duck, didn't like mickey that much. It is even in our itinerary in my coming vacation to have a tour in honking Disneyland, to see it with my kids, unless the decided to go to universal studio in Singapore

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    1. Oh I would love to see your photos in Disneyland HongKong. That would be awesome. Universal Studios Singapore is also a great choice.

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  52. Great tips and questions to get the most memorable experience out of the Meet-and-Great Disney sessions! My family and I love going to Disneyland Parks and the best trip we had was on Disney Dream Cruise to Bahamas!

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    1. Oh that cruise sounds delightful. We're planning a cruise next year ourselves and Disney is on the top of the list for our cruise but it remains to be seen.

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  53. My daughter just turned 4, so I am waiting a year or two before I take her to Disney. She will absolutely love it. She loves all the princesses, but still likes Mickey and Minnie Mouse and several other characters as well.

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    1. My daughter first went when she was 3 and she enjoyed it. She went again this year to Disneyland Paris at age 4 and loved it as well. Just take a lot of photos to memorialized the trip.

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  54. My kids are grown but I am looking forward to one day going with a grandchild (fingers crossed) and I will make sure we meet all of the characters. To me, that would be one of the important parts of the whole experience to set the tone to the rest of your stay. Great tips!

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    1. Oh Pam how exciting that would be. I'm not looking forward to taking any grandkids however, I want to go all by myself. :)

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  55. Wow this is so cool and fun experience, although I do not have children yet but I can feel the thrill as a child too.

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    1. You don't need to have a child to experience and love Disney. I loved it even before I had my own kids. :)

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  56. This takes me back down the memory lane. Thanks for this post!

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    1. You're very welcome George. Did you visit a Disney Park as a child?

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