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Vacation Post #5: Character Greetings

You knew it was coming. You knew that I couldn't talk about food forever (Okay, it was only two days, and the last two restaurants are coming), so today, I'm going to talk about something fun. It is Friday, after all.

Disney is known for its character greetings. I'm not one for lines, so I typically just smile, wave, and if I'm in the vicinity when they're walking past, I get a high five (Happened with Pluto, Stitch, Mickey, and I believe Minnie).
Captain Mickey on Pirate Night
There was always a character greeting somewhere, and the Personal Navigator (Schedule of Events) was good to let you know who'd be around, and when. There were some that were more popular than others, and the less popular (though, still beloved) could walk around and meet people, instead of having long lines. That's how I met Daisy on the last Disney Cruise: I was watching Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and I stay until the end of the credits for movies like that, when who should walk in, but Daisy Duck, decked out in her own Pirate Gear for the party.

September 2011
I didn't get my picture with Daisy this time around, but I think I did a bit better. I got FIVE Disney Princesses. 

They had two days of Princess meet & greets, since they're so popular. I didn't think much of it on the first day, since I despite lines (like I said). However, when I found out they'd be doing it again, I decided, 28 years old or not, if the line wasn't too bad, I would stand in line.

I think my inner child was super antsy, because I finished my breakfast in time to get the last good spot in line. I was just around the corner from the atrium, and only had to wait in line (once it was moving) for about fifteen minutes. My sister and my aunt joined me, also to get their pictures. My aunt wanted to get her pictures for my cousin's daughter, Serenity, who is all about the princesses. I asked her if she was excited about her grandmother meeting the princesses, and she was. Hope she gets to meet the princesses she loves so much one day.

To keep the line moving, Kiri and I opted for dual pictures. 

I really wanted to ask Rapunzel who life outside the tower was, but we didn't really have time. If we were kids, they probably would've talked more.

Photo by Patrice Lippert
 Tiana was the most fun. She was just amazing and sassy. Definitely the Tiana we met in The Princess and the Frog.
Photo by Patrice Lippert
 Belle was very sweet. Not as spunky as her movie, though, but very sweet (and SHORT!).

Photo by Patrice Lippert
 Ariel was cute. She looked at Kiri's hair and said, "We have the same hair color!" To which, I said I felt left out, and she replied, "Well your hair is pretty, too."

Thanks, Ariel.
Photo by Patrice Lippert
 And, of course, Cinderella. Gracious and kind, as she was in her movie. Plus, she really does look like Bernadette from The Big Bang Theory.
Photo by Patrice Lippert
I'm glad I got the Princesses. It was fun, didn't take as long as it could've (the line by the time it started was all the way down to Parrot Cay. Check out the website to see just how long of a line that was.

Rewinding a bit, after Kiri and I went to the Vacation Club session, we decided to get some food on the pool deck, and got separated while she had a cigarette, and I went in search of food. I actually came across my mom, standing in a character line at the Goofy Pool to meet...Mickey Mouse!

I didn't cut to join her. She was at the end of the line, so I told her to hold my spot while I went to grab my sister, who ran with me back to the line. As we were standing in line, we heard one of the handler say to the people behind us that Mickey was going away, and Minnie would be coming. Mom, Kiri and I about had a heart attack. Mom was determined to get a picture with Mickey this trip (she's been to Disney World 4 times, and now two Disney Cruises, but no Mickey). Luckily, the handler said that we were still in the Mickey line. Whew!

Let's go for a swim, Mickey!
Mission: Accomplished. 

Mom and her Dream Mouse

Later on, Mickey blew me a kiss. Mom thinks he blew her the kiss, but it was me. Totally me. 

I also got blown kisses from Stitch and Pluto. Take that, mom. ;-)

Disney is so great with everything, every schedule. The lines aren't as long as they could, be, and while your time with a character might be quick, they're so good that you do have good memories of them. Right on, Disney.

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