Meet and Greet at Disneyland

Photo from YouTube.

Photo from YouTube.

It goes without saying that the biggest thrill for kids at the Disney parks is getting up close and personal with the characters. What 4-year-old wouldn’t love to have his photo taken with Captain Hook and what princess wannabe wouldn’t love to share a hug with Snow White?

Rachel Poletick shares some tips at

First, she says, check at Guest Relations, which is at City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A. Cast members usually have information about who is where in the park.

Citing the popularity of the movie, Frozen, Poletick suggests the meet-and-greet cottage of Anna and Elsa in Fantasyland and Fantasy Faire, home to the princesses. Peter Pan can be elusive, but he can be spotted with a bit of effort; it’s a bonus if you find him hanging out with Captain Hook.

An afternoon round of musical chairs is usually hosted by Alice and the Mad Hatter. Other popular characters such as Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, Cruella de Vil and the Queen of Hearts may also take part.

Characters may also be found at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Frontierland, which has the new Character Roundup. Featured are Robin Hood and mice from Cinderella; rare characters such as Pocahontas may also be spotted.

California Adventure has its own set of characters. Appearances may be made by characters from “The Incredibles” (in the Hollywood Land area), Sofia the First or Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates, as well as Russell and Dug from “Up” and there auto starts from “Cars.”

Holiday are another opportunity to meet characters, whose appearances coincide with specific ones: Disney princes around Valentine’s Day; characters from The Princess and the Frog in New Orleans Square at Mardi Gras and Mulan at Chinese New Year.

In general, Poletick simply suggests remaining alert and patience. “… [W]ith just a bit of faith, trust and pixie dust, you will find yourself running into the characters you dreamed of meeting when you were a youngster.”

What tips can you suggest for meeting characters at Walt Disney World?

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