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We all have a favorite Disney Character and meeting these beloved characters is often the highlight of a trip, for adults and children alike! But how do you prepare your toddler or young child for their first character greetings? Often times we have an ideal picture of what these meet and greets should look like, but find ourselves as parents faced with a harsh reality when they occur.
When we took our two year old for his first visit it was my goal to make the character greetings process as enjoyable as possible for our whole family so we tried to prepare him ahead of time. Here are five simple steps to help prevent the character greeting meltdown!
1. Watch You Tube Videos of Kids Meeting Characters at Disney Parks: Most kids know their favorite Disney characters from movies and TV, however they look different at the parks then they do on the big and small screen. Showing them videos of kids meeting the actual characters will set up realistic expectations for the child on what to expect at the character greetings. It’s as simple as searching for “meeting Mickey at Disneyworld”!
2. Book a character meal early in your trip: A character meal is a great way to meet characters without wasting time in line at the parks. You can distract your child with the food while you wait and they will get lots of special attention when the character comes around. In addition, if your child is freaked out by characters you can easily ask for them to bypass your table. Book this meal early in your trip so you can gauge your child’s response to the characters. This way you’ll know whether you should focus on character greetings or avoid them during the rest of your trip!
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After enjoying an enchanted time with Belle and the Beast in France, or catching some street performers it’s time to head into a completely different world, Morocco! The land of Princess Jasmine, Aladdin and the Genie.
- You can take a guided tour of the Morocco Pavilion, there is no charge and the times and availability vary. Just check in at the Tangierine Cafe (the tourism office) or ask any CM at the Markesh Kiosk. It’s takes about 20 minutes.
- When Walt Disney World approached the king about joining the World Showcase, he was so thrilled he sent over his men to construct it and even paid for it. It did not cost Disney anything to build it. They brought back 19 designers with them from the king to aid in development.
One of Mickey Mouse’s favorite things about Star Wars Weekends is that he gets to dress in his Jedi best and join the galactic fun. Each year, Mickey seems to take on a different role in the official “Star Wars” Weekends logo. This year, his imagination takes him to the Forest Moon of Endor, where he is seen zipping away from scout troopers with Chip and Dale. Mickey’s wild speeder bike ride on this year’s artwork has historical significance, as 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of “Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi” — the film that featured the Battle of Endor.
In addition to unveiling the logo for this year’s event, we’re excited to announce a pair of celebrity appearances for “Star Wars” Weekends 2013 at Walt Disney World Resort, with two legends from the saga doubling the fun in two consecutive weekends.
Action star Ray Park, who portrayed the Sith warrior Darth Maul on the silver screen, will be one of the celebrity guests in Weekends I and II. Actor Warwick Davis, known to “Star Wars” fans as everyone’s favorite Ewok, Wicket W. Warrick, will be one of the guests during Weekends II and III.
For one week only, from March 18-24, you’ll be able to search for special hidden “eggs” themed to Disney characters at Epcot and at Disney California Adventure park and then record your discoveries on specially themed Eggs-perience park maps.
And at Disney California Adventure park, you can purchase the map at Elias & Co., Oswald’s, Radiator Springs Curios, Tower Hotel Gifts and Treasures in Paradise.
Each map and set of stickers will cost $4.95, plus tax at select locations. And whether you choose to hunt for eggs or not, return your map to a Port of Entry at Epcot or Elias & Co. at Disney California Adventure park for a surprise.
Maps will be available while supplies last and no discounts apply. You should also know that separate admission is required to enter Disney Theme Parks and the experience is subject to restrictions and change without notice.
- Changes Coming to Disney Parks for Unaccompanied Park Entry (chipandco.com)
- New Hidden Mickey Disney Pins In 2013 At Disney Parks (chipandco.com)
Have you been missing seeing the Mickey Mouse cartoons on TV? Good news! They are coming back to the small screen. As Disney tries to bring back Mickey Mouse’s popularity to it’s hey day they will be showing 19 different 2-D cartoons on the Disney channel as well as on disney.com and the Watch Disney app.
Starting on June 28th, you will once again enjoy Mickey and a few of his famous friends (I am hearing rumors that in addition to his true-love Minnie, that Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto all have plans to appear with their buddy Mickey).
The plan is for the shorts to bring you back to the days of founder Walt Disney, highlighting Mickey’s playful qualities.
“Over time we thought that maybe Mickey lost some of those impish or innocent qualities, that vitality that people once saw in him. So we decided to bring him back,” Bob Iger, Walt Disney Co.s CEO said.
If you visit Disney.com there is a snippet of one of the new cartoons so you can check that out HERE.