17 bizarre things you didn't know about working at Disney World
Here are some tips & tricks to meet Disney World characters. Guide near the entrance with daily updates on character meet-and-greets. My daughters' favorite is Stitch, who has limited meet-and-greets and him in the WDW parks is at Stitch's Alien Encounter Character Greeting. To most guests, Disney character meeting is an important part of their Disney vacation. Liliane Opsomer shares her tips how to best meet them.
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The suite is covered in gold tiles and comes complete a lavish bed, hot tub, fireplace, and even your very own magic mirror that turns into TV. One can only dream. Bonus fact 1 The secret codes 5. This is adopted by Cast Members when giving out directions so not to offend anyone who may find a one fingered point rude. Jun 9, at Not only do you have to wear a giant fuzzy costume in sweltering heat, but you need to go through intensive training too.
This involves hours of practicing the moves and mannerisms of a character, learning how that particular character expresses certain emotions and being able to perfectly copy their autograph. Mickey can't be more than 5'2" People from all over the world apply to work for Walt Disney World and competition is tough. Disney have an extremely high standards. Mickey Mouse is often played by girls due to his height range lying between 4'8" and 5'2". Not surprisingly, Lightning and Mater are in the non-autograph-signers club.
How much do autograph books cost? Where can I buy them? There are several styles of Disney autograph books for sale in the parks and resorts. Several versions of Disney autograph books are also sold on DisneyStore.
That being said, there is absolutely no requirement that you use a Disney branded autograph book when you get signatures. Do I have to get autographs in an autograph book? The characters will sign almost anything.
You should know that characters will not sign any clothing while you are wearing it. Nor will they sign any part of a human body. If you will be asking characters to sign something non-traditional, be sure to give them a mechanism so they can do this easily. For example, if you want a character to sign a tee shirt, bring a clipboard or piece of sturdy cardboard to provide a backing surface for them to lean on. Well, even Mickey needs a potty break from time to time.
Look for semi-official looking people with blue shirts and walkie-talkies or headsets. Be aware that characters appearing outdoors on hot days will take much more frequent breaks than those hanging out in air-conditioned digs.
Are there PhotoPass photographers at the character greeting stations? Some, but by no means all, character greetings have a nearby PhotoPass photographer to capture your memories. They are totally used to doing this and are happy to help. Do you have any tips for getting a good photo with a character? Touring Plans contributor and all around photo god Tom Bricker has some great tips for getting better family photos in the Disney parks. Watch the position of the sun.
Perhaps you can ask the character to pivot a bit for less glare. Or maybe save character photography or any human photography for times other than mid-day. Your flash will wash out your subject.
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- Getting Your Teens To Meet Characters At Walt Disney World
Figure out your camera settings and learn how to take a decent indoor picture without using the flash. It matters what you wear. Take a quick glance at the background of your shot.
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Is there a tree behind little Katie that makes her look like she has horns? Can this be fixed quickly to make your overall photo more attractive? Can I take more than one photo with a character?
Sure, but try to be as efficient as possible. However, there are some particular favorites that require the group pose plus an individual shot of just one of the girls with the character.
Or imagine any other of a thousand unpleasant scenarios that might occur if characters held children.
It depends on what the sign says. Can I take video of my child with a character?
But please be aware of the other guests and their desire for character interaction. A few seconds of video is fine, enough footage for an hour-long documentary is not. Are there age limits for meeting characters?
This is not even a little bit weird at all. In fact, I absolutely insist that every grown-up get at least one photo with Mickey without a child in the frame. Is there anything I can do to increase the quality of my interaction with a character? If the characters are super busy, you might not be able to get more than a quick hug or hello.
But there are many times when you can get a more substantial or personal interaction with a character. The trick to get characters to engage with you, is to give them an opening or hook they can latch on to. One of my personal favorite character interaction stories happened this past Christmas, which we celebrated at Walt Disney World.
You could tell that Duffy himself was reeeeeally ready for a vacation himself. He insisted on putting on one of the hats and posing for photos in it. This bit was simultaneously funny and ironic, as well as completely personal for our family. Is it possible to get a photo of my child with more than one character at a time?
Sometimes, but not often. Lilo and Stitch are also somewhat easy to find as a set. But most other characters only greet alone.
17 bizarre things you didn't know about working at Disney World
Are character greetings ever impacted by the weather? Any outdoor character greeting will be either cancelled or moved during rain and possibly even during extreme heat or cold.
Is it possible to have a character at a private event at Walt Disney World? You can get Mickey or almost any other character to appear at your wedding reception or other private event. Be aware that this level of character interaction does not come cheap. Speak with your Disney event planner for details and pricing. Can Mickey Mouse or another character give my child his birthday present? Maybe, but this would really be a spur of the moment thing handled on a case by case basis.
Every effort was made to ensure the details here are correct. Please be aware that times, locations, and characters are all subject to change on a daily basis.
Each park offers a Times Guide near the entrance with daily updates on character meet-and-greets. Blithe Bassoon via Flickr This is a 25 minute interactive show that encompasses clips from the actual movie along with all of your friends from Frozen — live on stage. When neither of these options are available, arrive 20 minutes before the show and try to avoid those few seats that might have an obstructed view. What you need to know When: Jason Wohlford via Flickr Cinderella's Royal Table is a restaurant inside Cinderella Castle, which makes it special and unique in itself.
Be sure to make reservations days in advance. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Where: Jason Wohlford via Flickr Epcot Character Spot is the place to find Mickey, Goofy, and Minnie taking a break from creating their latest innovation — just to meet you. As with all character experiences, Photopass Photographers will be on hand to help you capture the moment! Future World, Epcot 4 Character Palooza: It happens from pm, depending on crowd levels.
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Cory Disbrow Once daily at 3 pm, you can catch this incredible parade with innovative floats and characters in vibrant costumes.
There are more than live performers that accompany the floats. The finale is Mickey and Minnie in an air ship!