I am working on two weeks of Disney withdrawal. I don't even have all of my pictures sorted.
I loved the most this time was character meet and greets. Being an
adult, I never got into the idea that I had to run around on a character
hunt just to stand in line and get a picture. Well somehow, someone
at Disney must have realized that Character pictures are cool because
between 2007 and two weeks ago, Disney completely changed character
encounters inside the parks.
There is always character dining,
which is a good way to see characters, especially some of the harder
ones. With the Disney Dining Plan it is not hard to do and it doesn't
seem as expensive. Yes you pay but with the dining plan you pay 25%
less b/c you pay up front. This trip we did the O'hana Breakfast with
Lilo & Stitch, Chef Mickeys and the Garden Grill. For those that
don't know, I am a monstrous Stitch Fan and I was so worried I would get
passed over for being an adult, I told my server about it. She laughed
at me and said, he will stop at every table, no worries. I could have
come straight home I was so happy about Stitch. But then it was only
The Disney Mobile app for Verison phones helped a lot.
You could look up your characters and find out where they were
appearing. What part of the park and how long they would be there. You
have to be a Verison Customer to use it, I think but it worked well,
especially with que wait times. (More on this later)
queue from Mickey's Toon Town Fair (now closed) in EPCOT there is now
the EPOCT Character Spot. A place where you can meet 5 classic
characters (Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto) get your pictures
take with either your own camera or with Photo Pass and get autographs.
It is inside and cool. The characters have their own backgrounds and
each station has a photo pass photographer. It is of course targeted at
kids but enough adults go through that they don't think you have lost
your mind. It was so fun even David got in the pictures.
characters that seemed the most popular with adults where Phineas and
Ferb in Hollywood studios. We found their appearance on the mobile app
and their que did not seem too long. Standing listening to the music
and watching the encounters in front of us, we realized that the adults
out numbered the kids by a wide margin. Funny.
I did use my autograph book but only at character dinning. It just seemed cumbersome any other time.
recap: We saw Phineas and Ferb, Mickey (x3), Minnie (x2), Pluto (x2),
Goofy (x2), Donald (x2), Pooh, Daisy, Lilo, Stitch (x2), Chip and Dale,
Baloue, King Louie and Marie (from the Aristocats).
Weird side note - the character spots in the World Showcase did not have photopass photographers.