The character meet ups on Buena Vista street are pretty cool and should be something you try to do while you are there. Most of the characters are the same as the characters at Dinseyland, however they are dressed in 1920’s outfits and sometimes have different things they do as well that make you feel a bit more like you are in the 20’s too!
The characters you will see there are:
Chip and Dale
A few of the locals from Buena Vista Street throughout the day.
If you are looking for the specific times of day the characters will be in what area be sure you check out The Times Guide. The free guide that Disney gives out with their maps at the entrance to the park. Anyone and everyone can read over the list and find out what characters are going to be where!
My tips for meeting the characters:
- Almost all characters sign, make sure you have an autograph book (write your cell phone number in it) and pen for them to use. Characters don’t really like to use Sharpies they prefer pens. The Sharpies stain and Mickey is not to fond of that. Also they really prefer pens that is a normal size not anything small.
- Character Handlers are usually themed to the appropriate land they are hosting in. However, they always have a yellow button (opposite side of their name tag) that has a mickey hand on it and reads “Ask Me About Characters” they are always friendly and there to help. If you forget a pen for autographs they usually have one of those you can barrow too!
- When you get in line, ask the cast member when the character plans to go get a snack. You might not want to wait the extra 5 minutes for their break.
- Only face characters (like the Princesses) speak. You could explain this to your child by saying that the other characters have to save their voices for the parades and shows (where they do speak).
- It is okay to ask questions to the characters about their movies, life, etc. It might be fun while you wait in line to come up with a question to ask them. Just don’t ask Chip and Dale where they keep their nuts!
- When we meet a character, we get the autograph first (make sure you open your book to a clean page while you are waiting in line), give hugs and then take a picture. The characters will help your children to turn around to pose for the picture.
- If you want a character to sign a t-shirt or any other type of clothing you cannot be wearing it otherwise they cannot sign. They cannot sign park tickets or receipts or any type of legal document either. Another good thing to know is they are allowed to sign Disney dollars however if they do sign your Disney Dollar it has lost it’s value and now worth nothing.
- Take a picture of your child as they walk towards the character. I’ve caught some cute pictures of Jacob with his arms outstretched towards the character. It’s so cute.
- Most characters have a Photopass Photographer with them. They will take pictures with your camera too. Don’t be afraid to ask!
- It is okay to have a picture made with just your kids and then you jump in for a second shot.
- If you have more tips for this list, please add them to the comments so I can update it.
This Disneyland training article was written by my friend Melissa. Melissa is a Wife and Mother of 3 (ages 6, 4, and 2). Her family lives 10 minutes from Disneyland and visit the magical park at least 1 a week! She also blogs over at Living A Frugal Life about how to have a frugal life while still having a rich family life. She loves DIY projects, frugal recipes, saving money and spending time with her little family!
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