First of all, going the last week of August/beginning of September means hot hot hot weather. I’m not kidding, everyday they would say “92 degrees, feels like 99”. One night I looked at the weather and it said “77 degrees, feels like 99!” I’m not joking. I don’t know how I – with my deep aversion to hot weather – made it. But we did. We just accepted the layer of sweat, gave up the attempt to be at all cute and put together and drank lots of water. Also, it meant the crowds were pretty low and we hardly had to wait in line. Which made the following doable for us:
One of the main things kids like to do at Disney Parks is get the autographs of the characters. This seems rather inane to me, as I once dated a guy who dressed up as Prince Charming at the Magic Kingdom, and – just trust me on this one-he was no Prince Charming. So it’s fake. Yes, fake. You’ll also have to buy the autograph books and the big pen and stand in line.
But, cynicism aside, the kids like it and, if you plan it right, the lines aren’t too long.
Here’s the kids talking to the Princess and the Prince from “The Princess & the Frog.” They’re discussing Chicago deep dish pizza.
The one we stood in line the longest for was the fairies. It was an hour long. An hour. In line. However, lest you get all uppity and declare you’d never stand in line for an hour to meet fairies, it “felt like 99!” outside and the line was in an air conditioned building.
Turned out it was Terrence, Tinkerbell and Vidia waiting for us. They let in one family at a time. Talked to the kids and had mannerisms straight from the movie…which was actually cool (since our kids are totally into these movies right now).
Here Tinkerbell and Terrence are discussing silly bandz with the kids.Which Tinkerbell had never heard of. Imagine that.
And, Buzz Lightyear over in Tomorrowland:
TIPS: I have a couple mom friends who are possibly going to visit Disney soon. So I’ll add a few tips for them.
*If you know your kids will like doing this character autograph thing, make sure to plan ahead and buy notebooks or autograph books at home and take them with you. You’ll save money.
*If you don’t mind spending the money, Disney autograph books are available at most stores in the park. Buy the big ol’ autograph pen there – it is easier for the characters to sign with.
*Times for the characters and locations are given on the paper you get when you enter the park.
*I’m sorry if you have to stand in line longer than 15 minutes. It stinks. But it’s for the children!!