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Wendy
26-01-2013, 07:48 PM
The first time we went to WDW, I was a big kid and got an autograph book and lined up to have my photo taken :lol: When I think back now, people must have thought I was mad :lol:

We don't line up like we used to although we do have our favourites that we like to have our photos taken with.

Keith got me thinking when he said in another thread that they don't have their photos taken. If you are a couple do you line up to get your photos taken with characters or if you are a family is it just your children that have their photo taken or do you join in as well :D

keith
26-01-2013, 07:58 PM
Well you know my answer from the other thread :)

We've never lined up in all the years we've been going although we do have some photos with the characters from the odd character dinner at crystal palace etc.

There have been other occasions particularly in the years around 2001 when the parks were so empty that the characters would wander round with no queues. We often used to get a character run over to us and make a fuss, those are some of our very fond memories.

Again years ago, Disney experimented with the character bus which as many of you will remember was a double decker bus on which a load of characters would arrive. We have great shots of that :)

They also experimented with sending the characters to the lobby of the Disney resorts. Anyone remember those days? Again, the interaction was less rushed and a lot more fun

Mags
26-01-2013, 08:23 PM
I tend not to but if I ever spot Donald Duck (my hero and a bird with attitude) I would queue up. I hardly ever seem to find him even though I know where he appears, so I guess he's avoiding me. My 23 yr old loves Lilo and Stitch and she likes to get her photo taken with them as well as the Marvel characters at IoA. The only other time I have my photo taken is at the Breakfast buffet at 1900 Park Fare. I do like the Mad Hatter and Alice.

Mags

uscwest
26-01-2013, 08:36 PM
Autographs only when grandkids are with us. But pictures with characters, you bet.

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Wendy
26-01-2013, 09:07 PM
You wouldn't catch me walking round with an autograph book now, that was the first and only time I did it :lol:

Do you find you get a look or sigh because you are standing in line and there are children behind you?

I always feel guilty when that happens, on our last trip, a little girl was desperate to get to Goofy and her mum kept pulling her back and saying very loudly that the adults in front were before her and we should ashamed of ourselves as the characters were there for children.

Chris kept turning round and giving them dirty looks, but I stopped him from saying anything.

Vikki
26-01-2013, 09:10 PM
We've always had our photo taken with the characters, before we had kids, and now we have them. Ah yes, that's cause we're big kids ;)

Johnie
27-01-2013, 12:05 AM
I don't get autographs unless I'm sending out postcards for people. I do stand in line for characters. And sadly I have had adults say rude things because there are no small children with us. I ignore it. Some of us weren't lucky enough to go as children.

uscwest
27-01-2013, 02:01 AM
I look at it this way. I'm paying good money to go to WDW. What WDW offers is for everyone. So if I want my photo with a character, I'll get my photo with a character. I haven't managed to get mine with the 7 Dwarfs yet and would have loved to have been there with the 3 Little Pigs.

Johnie
27-01-2013, 02:43 AM
Agreed John. I don't let it stop me but some people are just really rude :-(

lisaw
27-01-2013, 05:37 AM
We did before kids and will do after kids! :lol: The characters are what make Disney for me, I try to get as many as I can each trip and I love finding an unusual one! :lol:

Tink
27-01-2013, 09:17 AM
Right now Disney is bringing out the "old characters" a different group per week. This week is was characters from Pinocchio... friends of ours are there and keep sending photos with the old ones. Too cool.

I've never had anyone say anything rude while waiting for a character, but then we don't do that often. Mostly we just walk by. I am NOT a photo person so you couldn't pay me to stand still to take my picture. :eek: :nono:

Britchick
27-01-2013, 10:16 AM
Occasionally I will get my photo taken with a character, but usually it's push Caitlin forward. I would ignore the adults, just because they aren't young in their hearts, their loss!

I do remember the bus Keith from about 2002 in Epcot, and they stopped EMH in favour of the characters in the resorts didn't they? Can't say we ever sought them out purposefully.

keith
27-01-2013, 10:33 AM
I look at it this way. I'm paying good money to go to WDW. What WDW offers is for everyone. So if I want my photo with a character, I'll get my photo with a character. I haven't managed to get mine with the 7 Dwarfs yet and would have loved to have been there with the 3 Little Pigs.

definitely agree John!

keith
27-01-2013, 10:35 AM
I do remember the bus Keith from about 2002 in Epcot, and they stopped EMH in favour of the characters in the resorts didn't they? Can't say we ever sought them out purposefully.

did they? I thought Extra magic hours came out to replace the extra character ops but I can't really remember I must admit

we were at all star movies at christmas when the characters turned up and I must admit the atmosphere was really great

Johnie
27-01-2013, 11:16 AM
They had EMH that you could pay for

keith
27-01-2013, 11:24 AM
They had EMH that you could pay for

I remember they had e-ride night at the magic kingdom if that's what you meant? Actually although it was a separately ticketed event, it did offer a very empty park. I think it was limited in terms of guests and was a lot less busy than emh

Johnie
27-01-2013, 11:25 AM
Yes that is what I'm referring to.

keith
27-01-2013, 11:29 AM
All in all I do love EMH though... never seen the morning one, but love the evening

Britchick
27-01-2013, 12:11 PM
I'm sure there was a huge hoop de do about the EMH being cancelled, it was in the slow time after 9/11. :shrug1: I do remember the eticket thing though. I think maybe EMH was called something else...early entry or something?

Britchick
27-01-2013, 12:15 PM
Actually it was in June 2001, remember the disney club too :(

Taken from another site

Upon reading a little newsletter for the Disney Club, I noticed a blurb about Early Entry. It said that on select days, a caravan of characters would visit certain resorts. This was a compromise of some sorts for losing Early Entry days. Here's the article:

"Disney's Character Caravan is one of WDW Resort's newest and most convenient ways to meet everybody's favorite pals. On certain mornings, wonderful Disney Characters appear at participating WDW Resort Hotels. The caravan is a memorible way to start the day as the characters give Guests a warm send off right to their resort.

To give Guests a better chance to meet with Disney characters, this new kind of cherished memory replaces Early Disney Theme Park Entrance (Surprise Mornings) with brand new morning magic--bringing the characters everyone loves right to them.

Disney's Character Caravan is exclusively for Guests at selected WDW Resort Hotels. . ."

Isafari
27-01-2013, 01:17 PM
We always have our photo taken with the characters. We've never had any comments made to us by others in line - and there are usually other adults only in line too.
We've paid good money to enjoy the parks and sorry but, I don't think Disney is just for the kids, we are there to have fun too.

kennythepirate
29-01-2013, 04:47 PM
I like to take a few shots of the character alone, then have the CM take a pic of me or my family with the character using my camera. Often the photos that the CM takes aren't the best though. They seem quite rushed and the photos aren't the best quality.

Watchinherskip
30-01-2013, 04:51 PM
Yes, it the opportunity presents itself yes. Last trip we as Disney Visa cardholders got a special meet and greet. It was sort of cool. Not the same as it used to be when DD Alex was young. Have the fondest memories of the double decker bus pulling up in Epcot and all the Christmas themed characters were there as well as princesses and our favorites...the reindeer...they were a hoot!!!!

Faythstar
31-01-2013, 10:47 PM
It's terrible that some people will make you feel bad for standing in line for characters! Disney Magic is for everyone!:nono:

I've never had a trip where I didn't line up for characters. I did the autograph thing on my very first trip when I was little, but I'm trying to work up the courage to do it again because I've heard people talking about getting the characters to personalize messages and I think that would make a wonderful keepsake. I'm just a little nervous about asking for that as an adult. :embarassed:

The trip before last was the first that I took with the man who is now my husband. He lived in Florida most of his life and so had been to Disney many times, but his family never let him stop for characters (which was unheard of for me). So we saw a lot of them during that trip, and now he loves it as much as me! He's partial to the princesses, and has had solo pictures taken with each of them. ;) I think my favorite characters to take pictures with are the Chip & Dale (who sadly I haven't been able to track down for a while), Minnie (she's my favorite Disney character), and Phineas & Ferb at Hollywood Studios. They are just so much fun!

kennythepirate
01-02-2013, 12:44 AM
It's terrible that some people will make you feel bad for standing in line for characters! Disney Magic is for everyone!:nono:

I've never had a trip where I didn't line up for characters. I did the autograph thing on my very first trip when I was little, but I'm trying to work up the courage to do it again because I've heard people talking about getting the characters to personalize messages and I think that would make a wonderful keepsake. I'm just a little nervous about asking for that as an adult. :embarassed:

The trip before last was the first that I took with the man who is now my husband. He lived in Florida most of his life and so had been to Disney many times, but his family never let him stop for characters (which was unheard of for me). So we saw a lot of them during that trip, and now he loves it as much as me! He's partial to the princesses, and has had solo pictures taken with each of them. ;) I think my favorite characters to take pictures with are the Chip & Dale (who sadly I haven't been able to track down for a while), Minnie (she's my favorite Disney character), and Phineas & Ferb at Hollywood Studios. They are just so much fun!

Yeh, I get some odd looks at times being a married adult male with kids and taking photos alone. Often parents push their kids in front of me thinking I was the bored husband of the previous group. I have to explain that I'm alone and often wait for the pushy family to finish :) Chip n Dale are a blast. I like asking them to have a dance off. I like the Tremaines, Gaston and Alice. Alice is fun because here story is so odd.

Tink
01-02-2013, 10:17 AM
Check out EPCOT, Faystar. There are many wonderful opportunities there for character meeting and often the lines are not long at all. I've seen Chip and Dale quite a bit at the International Gateway. :yes:

Maybe guest services at EPCOT can help you locate where the characters will be at any given time.

Faythstar
01-02-2013, 04:16 PM
That's a good point! We usually stop for the characters in the World Showcase but skip over the meeting spot in Future World for some reason! Must not do that next time. ;)

Johnie
01-02-2013, 08:50 PM
You can frequently see Chip and Dale, Mickey, Pooh and Friends by America in WS. They hang out in the little alley

MystikPiglit
04-02-2013, 03:50 PM
We're all kiddies at WDW, :D so there's no reason to feel bad about lining up. I do like to have my photo taken but I tend to pop in when there aren't many people waiting.